I have earned my Bachelor’s degree in Science from the Physics Department at Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey in 2004. During my undergraduate, I have studied for one year at Physics Department at Lund University, Sweden as an exchange student of European Union Erasmus program.
After graduating from Bilkent, I moved to the US to Stony Brook University Physics and Astronomy Department Ph.D. program. En route to the Ph.D. candidacy, I have also earned my Master of Arts degree in physics. In 2014, I obtained my Ph.D. in Physics working in Prof. Marivi Fernández-Serra’s computational and theoretical condensed matter physics group at Stony Brook.
During my postdoc, I worked with Matteo Calandra and Francesco Mauri at IMPMC, CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique -The French National Centre for Scientific Research) and Sorbonne Universités – Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC), Univ. Paris VI, in Paris, France.
At the moment, I am working as a research associate working with Craig Fennie and Darrell Schlom at PARADIM (Platform for the Accelerated Realization, Analysis, and Discovery of Interface Materials) at Cornell University.
Currently, my research has been focused on oxides. During my postdoctoral research I worked on understanding the mechanism of superconductivity in two dimensional doped semiconductors, such as LixZrNCl and LixHfNCl. I also worked on the magnetism opening a gap of rhombohedral-stacked multilayer graphene. The core of my research during my PhD has been on exploring nuclear quantum effects in ice and liquid water using first principles density functional theory. We have explained the physics behind the anomalous isotope effect in hexagonal ices, and we have worked on the proton order-to-disorder phase transition. Furthermore, we have expanded our study to understand the isotope effect on other ices and ice-like structures with different densities. In addition to this, I have worked on PbTiO3 perovskite thin films / water interactions and importance of van der Waals forces on the lattice distortions of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and ethane absorption.
In addition to my research, I have been interested in communicating science to public and women in science. I have been involved in the organization of NYAS Gotham-Metro Condensed Matter Meeting during my PhD studies. Also, for about 2 years, I helped the SB Research Assistants Union as acting business agent. When not working, I like travelling/backpacking, dancing tango, reading, going to the theatre, and hiking.