Kelestemur awarded SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA – 21 May 2015 – Yusuf Kelestemur has been awarded a 2015 Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics for his potential contributions to the field of optics, photonics or related field.

Kelestemur is pursuing his PhD degree under the supervision of Professor Hilmi Volkan Demir in the Department of Material Science and Nanotechnology at the Bilkent University (Turkey). He is working on the colloidal synthesis of semiconductor nanocrystals having different dimensionalities and architectures for next‐generation colloidal optoelectronic device applications including highperformance nanocrystal‐based light‐emitting diodes and lasers. Kelestemur has coauthored
numerous conference papers and 15 scientific journals including Advanced
Materials, ACS Nano, Small and Nanoscale.

In 2015 SPIE awarded $353,000 in education and travel scholarships to 126 outstanding individuals, based on their potential contribution to optics and photonics, or a related discipline. Award‐winning applicants were evaluated, selected and approved by the SPIE Scholarship Committee, Chaired by SPIE volunteer Cristina Solano.

Through 2014, SPIE has distributed over $4.5 million dollars in individual scholarships. This ambitious effort reflects the Society’s commitment to education and to the next generation of optical scientists and engineers around the world.

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SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, a not‐for‐profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light‐based technologies. The Society serves nearly 264,000 constituents from approximately 166 countries, offering conferences, continuing education, books, journals, and a digital library in support of interdisciplinary information exchange, professional networking, and patent precedent. SPIE provided more than $4 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2014.

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