Supramolecular Chemistry Research Group
Engin U. Akkaya
Fluorescent Molecular Sensors, Molecular Logic Gates, Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells, Photodynamic Therapy
While the majority of chemical processes are no doubt driven by interactions between individual molecules, more complex structures, formed through the assembly of large molecular subunits, dominate the biological scape and display a number of curious properties. Dr. Akkaya’s group characterizes the behavior of such complex molecular assemblies and their interactions, with emphasis on the optical behaviors exhibited by fluorescent dyes. These molecules can be used as molecular sensors, solar cell sensitizer dyes, biological markers and therapeutic agents in photodynamic treatments.
Biomimetic Materials Laboratory
Mustafa O. Güler
Bioinspired and Biomimetic Materials, Functional Materials, Self-assembled Supramolecular Systems, Regenerative Medicine, Materials for Renewable Energy
Working at the boundary between biology, chemistry and materials science, Dr. Guler’s research group utilizes peptide and polymer networks to understand how the chemical structure alters biological function in both natural systems and nanotechnology-derived healthcare materials. Inspired by the great diversity of functional groups in biological systems, Dr. Guler’s group employs a vast variety of functional groups, such as bioactive amino acid sequences, metal-chelating motifs, steroid rings and glycosaminoglycan-mimicking elements, to design biocompatible, biodegradable and biofunctional materials, with emphasis on the use of peptide amphiphile gels in medical settings.