Dr. Engin Durgun has been named as “Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World.” in the field of Academic leadership and/or accomplishment

Dr. Durgun’s profound educational background has allowed him to explore vast opportunities in the areas of science and nanotechnology including the application of state-of-the-art computational techniques such as spintronics—technology based on the use of electrons and spin—to greatly increase the performance of today’s electrical devices. After accepting an offer from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) he begun to focus on environmental issues related to cement chemistry which led him to the discovery that when you increase the reactivity of cement by means of nano-technology, both carbon emission and energy consumption can be reduced, leading to a new generation of environment-friendly cement. Looking to further his impact, Dr. Durgun joined the National Nanotechnology Research Center (UNAM)—a center focused on the advancement of nanotechnology—where he is working as vice-director contributing to the centers evolvement and investigating 2-dimensional materials. As a leader in scientific development, Dr. Durgun believes that if science can lead the charge we have the opportunity to prevent global issues before they arise.

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Our paper titled “The effect of strain and functionalization on the optical properties of borophene” published in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (July 2018)

Our paper titled “Encapsulation of camphor in cyclodextrin inclusion complex nanofibers via polymer-free electrospinning” published in Journal of Materials Science (April 2018)

Our paper titled “Fundamentals, progress, and future directions of nitride-based semiconductors and their composites in two-dimensional limit” published in Applied Physics Review (March 2018)

Our paper titled “Two-dimensional fluorinated boron sheets: mechanical, electronic, and thermal properties” published in Journal of Materials Science (February 2018)

Our paper titled “Antioxidant electrospun zein nanofibrous web encapsulating quercetin/cyclodextrin inclusion complex” published in Journal of Materials Science (January 2018)


Our paper titled “Lateral and Vertical Heterostructures of h-GaN/h-AlN: Electron Confinement, Band Lineup, and Quantum Structures” published in Journal of Physical Chemistry C (December 2017)


Our paper titled “Single layers and multilayers of GaN and AlN in square-octagon structure: Stability, electronic properties, and functionalization” published in Physical Review B (December 2017)


Our paper titled “Structural superlubricity of platinum on graphite under ambient conditions: The effects of chemistry and geometry” published in Applied Physics Letters (November 2017)


Our paper titled “The interaction of halogen atoms and molecules with borophene” published in Phys.Chem.Chem.Phys (October 2017)


Dr. Engin Durgun has been named as one of this year’s “Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Turkey.”

Asst. Prof. Durgun, who completed his PhD in the Department of Physics and is now at the Institute of Materials Science and Nanotechnology (UNAM), was chosen for the honor in recognition of his scientific leadership at UNAM.engin_durgun_odul odul toreni_toplu1


Our paper titled “Selective and Efficient Removal of VOCs by Channel-type Gamma-Cyclodextrin Assembly through Inclusion Complexation” published in Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research (June 2017)


Our paper titled “Antibacterial electrospun zein nanofibrous web encapsulating thymol/cyclodextrin-inclusion complex for food packaging” published in Food Chemistry (Apr. 2017)


Our paper titled “In-plane commensurate GaN/AlN junctions: Single-layer composite structures, single and multiple quantum wells and quantum dots” published in Phys. Rev. B (Apr. 2017)


Our paper titled “Tuning Electronic Properties of Monolayer Hexagonal Boron Phosphide with Group III–IV–V Dopants” published in The Journal of Physical Chemistry C (Feb. 2017)


Our paper titled “Ab initio study of hydrogenic effective mass impurities in Si nanowires” published in Journal of physics. Condensed matter (Jan. 2017)


Our paper titled “Optical properties of single-layer and bilayer arsenene phases” published in Phys. Rev. B (Nov. 2016)(link)


Our paper titled “Stability of single-layer and multilayer arsenene and their mechanical and electronic properties” published in Phys. Rev. B (Nov. 2016)(link)