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Sefaattin Tongay

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Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6106
Biography

Dr. Sefaattin Tongay is currently a tenure-track professor in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy at Arizona State University. Prior to his appointment at ASU, he has completed his postdoctoral studies at University of California, Berkeley at the Materials Science and Engineering department with Prof. DR. Junqiao Wu. He received his Ph.D. degree at the University of Florida in 2010 working with Distinguish Prof. Dr. Arthur F. Hebard, M.Sc degree at Bilkent University in 2005 with Prof. Dr. S. Ciraci, and bachelor’s degree at Ege University in 2002. 

He has published +100 SCI-indexed research articles in prestigious journals such as Science, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Physics, Nature Chemistry, Nature Communications, Nano Letters, and Physical Review Letters. He currently has h-index of 43, and holds 3 key patents on 2D materials. His work received wide media coverage from Nature publications, Scientific American, MIT news, Science Daily, Phys.org, IOP nanotechweb, Gizmag, and various other media sources. He is the winner of prestigious 2016 NSF Early Career Award, Tom Scott Memorial Award, 2016, 2017, and 2018 Top Teaching Award at Arizona State University, Outstanding Assistant Professor Award (2017), and 2016 Top Scientist of the Year award by Turkish Science Heroes Agency, 2017 Jewish National Funds Faculty Fellowship, Summa Cum Laude degree from undergraduate education, and various other awards including travel grant awards, graduate scholarship awards, and presidential scholarship awards. Prof. Tongay is an editorial member of IOP Applied Physics Review (impact factor 14) and more recently Nature Publishing Journal Nature 2D Materials and Applications. He has been awarded various research grants by National Science Foundation Division of Materials Research (DMR), Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) programs, Army Research Office, as well as two (2) different private companies. He has contributed to multiple grant proposals for Office of Naval Research (ONR), National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Energy (DOE), and DARPA between 2007 and 2014.

Faculty website

Research Interests

His research focuses on synthesis of next generation low-dimensional materials and understanding their optical, electrical, mechanical, and magnetic properties using state-of-art experimental and theoretical techniques. Research aims at incorporating these unusual materials in unique applications that are otherwise unattainable using conventional materials. For more information see Tongay Research Group website at 

http://faculty.engineering.asu.edu/tongay/

  • Two-dimensional materials
  • Next-generation materials: Growth & synthesis
  • Flexible electronics: Solar cells, sensors / detectors, diodes, and Field-effect transistors (FETs)
  • Optical Spectroscopy: Photoluminescence, Raman, Photo-current, scanning photocurrent, micro-absorption / reflection
  • Computational Materials Design: Density Functional Theory (DFT) and molecular dynamics (MD). 
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
MSE 215Materials Synthesis
MSE 492Honors Directed Study
PHY 495Project Research
MSE 499Individualized Instruction
MSE 591Seminar
MSE 599Thesis
EEE 599Thesis
MSE 792Research
PHY 792Research
MSE 795Continuing Registration
MSE 799Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
MSE 792Research
PHY 792Research
MSE 795Continuing Registration
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PHY 495Project Research
MSE 598Special Topics
MSE 599Thesis
PHY 792Research
MSE 792Research
MSE 795Continuing Registration
MSE 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MSE 215Materials Synthesis
MSE 492Honors Directed Study
PHY 495Project Research
MSE 591Seminar
MSE 599Thesis
MSE 792Research
MSE 795Continuing Registration
MSE 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MSE 792Research
PHY 792Research
MSE 795Continuing Registration
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MSE 493Honors Thesis
PHY 495Project Research
MSE 598Special Topics
MSE 599Thesis
MSE 792Research
MSE 795Continuing Registration
MSE 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
MSE 215Materials Synthesis
MSE 492Honors Directed Study
MSE 599Thesis
MSE 792Research
MSE 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
MSE 792Research
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
MSE 593Applied Project
MSE 598Special Topics
MSE 599Thesis
MSE 792Research
MSE 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
MSE 215Materials Synthesis
MSE 599Thesis
MSE 792Research
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
MSE 792Research
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
MSE 592Research
MSE 598Special Topics
MSE 792Research
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
MSE 590Reading and Conference
MSE 792Research
Honors / Awards

Honors / Awards

  • Top 5% Engineering Faculty Teaching Award (ASU) (2018)
  • Ira. A. Fulton Outstanding Assistant Professor Award (ASU) (2017)
  • Jewish National Funds Rising Professor Fellowship (2017)
  • Outstanding Reviewer Award by Chemistry of Materials (impact factor:10)
  • Top 5% Engineering Faculty Teaching Award (ASU) (2017)
  • NSF Early Career Award (CAREER) (2016)
  • Scientist of the Year by Turkish Science Heroes Foundation (2016)
  • French National Institute Applied Sciences Researcher Award
  • Tom Scott Memorial Award (Most innovative dissertation award at Florida)
  • Bilkent University Broad of Directors Fellowship (Bilkent) 
  • Summa Cum Laude (Top rank student award) (Aegean) 
  • Presidential awards for distinguished undergraduate students (Aegean)​

 

Editorships

Applied Physics Reviews [Impact factor: 14.3] 2015 – present
Nature 2D Materials & Applications 

Professional Associations

Materials Research Society (MRS)

American Physical Society (APS)

American Vacuum Society (AVS)

American Chemical Socienty (ACS)