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Prof. Özgür E. Müstecaplıoğlu received his PhD from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey in 1999, under the supervision of Prof. A. Shumovsky. He was a visiting research student at University of Toronto in 1998 in the Photonic Band Gap group of Prof. S. John. He then worked as a postdoctoral fellow within the GeorgiaTech Ultracold Atoms group until 2002, when he was appointed Assistant Professor at KU. In 2012 he became Full Professor at KU. He has been inducted to the Turkish Science Academy Society (2013) and received prestigious national research awards such as the Mustafa Parlar Research Award (2009), TUBITAK Research Encouragement Award (2007) and the Turkish Academy of Science Young Scientist Award (2004). He was elected as an Outstanding Referee of American Physical Society in 2012. He has held visiting academic positions at Queen's University Belfast (2016), Princeton University (2014), and ETHZ (2010). He has contributed to a wide range of fields, including plasmonics, nanophotonics, ultracold atoms, quantum information, quantum decoherence, cavity QED, stochastic and quantum thermodynamics, optomechanics, and optical properties of semiconductors. Prof. Müstecaplıoğlu has authored or co-authored 100+ publications since 1995, attracting 1350+ citations and securing € 1.3M+ in research funding from national and international agencies.


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Postdoctoral Researchers

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Onur Pusuluk
  • Research Interests: Quantum nature of (bio-)chemical bonds, dynamical structure of (bio-)molecules, role of classical and quantum correlations in biocatalysis, open quantum system dynamics, quantum resource theories in single-shot regime.

  • PhD: ITU Physics , 2018 - "Quantum aspects of molecular correlations in biological catalysis".

  • BSc: ITU Physics, 2009 - " Quantum Algorithms and the Genetic Code"; ITU Molecular Biology and Genetics, 2006 - "Mathematical Modelling of Neuroimmunological Interactions".

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Elif Yunt
  • Research Interests: Mathematical Physics, Topological Insulators, Quantum Thermodynamics

  • Post-Doc: KU, 2018-.., Thermodynamical Curvature/ Quantum Thermodynamics of Topological Insulators

  • Post-Doc: ITU, 2015-2017, Semiclassical Kinetic Theory of Dirac and Weyl Particles in Rotating Coordinates

  • PhD: ITU, "Dirac Systems in Terms of the Berry Gauge Field and Effective Field Theory of A Topological Insulator "

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Mojde Fadaie
Ricardo R. Ancheyta
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  • Post-Doc: KU, 2018-.., Quantum Heat Engines and Quantum Batteries.

  • PhD: UNAM, 2014-2018. "Dynamical Casimir effect in quantum optics".

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PhD Students

Nur Aslan Çetinkaya

M.Sc. Physics: Istnabul Technical University, Istanbul.

Research interest: Stochastic thermodynamics, thermodynamics of biological systems.

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M. Tahir Naseem

M.Phil. Electronics: Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad.

Research Interests: Quantum thermodynamics, Optomechanics, Magnomechanics.

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Mohsen Izadyari

I have received my BSc and MSc degrees from Urmia university, Iran, in 2012 and 2014 respectively. During Master time, I have studied quantum state engineering in atom-cavity-fiber system by using adiabatic passage method under the supervision of Prof. M. Amniat-Talab. Currently, I am a member of QuEST team under supervision of Prof. Özgür E. Müstecaplıoğlu as a PhD student at Koç University. My research interest includes quantum heat engines, entanglement, quantum coherence, quantum thermodynamics.

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MSc Students

Serhat C. Kadıoğlu

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Emre Köse
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Onat Arisoy

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