The NANOGRAFEN venture, founded by Material Science and Engineering 2007 Master's and 2011 PhD Graduate and SUNUM Researcher Dr. Burcu Saner Okan and Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences Dean Professor Yusuf Menceloğlu in partnership with Inovent A.Ş. for the production of high-quality, affordable and high-quantity graphene, won two awards.
Nanografen was a finalist in the Big Bang contest held at the ITU Süleyman Demirel Cultural Center on November 12, 2016, and won a cash prize of 60,000 TL. 25,000 TL of the grant was provided by Monitise, and 35.000 TL by the Association of Automotive Exporters in the "Automotive Technologies" category.
Meanwhile, Burcu Saner Okan came second in the "Nanocomposites Project Marketplace" held by Yıldız Technical University on November 2, 2016 in order to provide international cooperation opportunities to academics and industrialists working on nanocomposites. The presentation for the contest focused on the results of using graphene obtained from waste tires with a method developed by Nanografen for the production of high performance, lightweight and resilient composites. Sabancı University-Kordsa Composites Center of Excellence researcher Dr. Jamal Seyyed Monfared Zanjani was a contributor to this project.
Named one of the top 20 ventures in Turkey among 5400 entrants, Nanografen focuses on the design and production of nanocomposite materials for the plastics industry using carbon obtained from waste resources and converting it to graphene-like materials. Nanografen was founded by Sabancı University Nanotechnology Research and Application Center Researcher Assistant Professor Burcu Saner Okan and Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences Dean Professor Yusuf Menceloğlu in partnership with Inovent A.Ş. in December 2013. The production line recently built in Hadımköy, Istanbul will mass-scale domestic production of cutting edge nanomaterials.