Seda Keskin Avcı is the new guest of the Nano Open Webinars

Organized by Sabancı University Nanotechnology Research and Application Center (SUNUM), the Nano Open Webinars continue with a webinar entitled “Molecular Modeling of Porous Materials for Energy Applications” that will be delivered by Prof. Seda Keskin Avcı, from Chemical and Biological Engineering Department, Koç University, at 11:00 on Wednesday, April 26, 2023.

Seda Keskin Avcı

Metal-organic frameworks (MOF) and covalent organic frameworks (COF) have enormous potential as next-generation porous materials for a wide range of applications. The number of MOFs and COFs in the literature is increasing day by day, but it is not possible to test all materials individually for a targeted application considering labor, time and resource requirements. It is possible to accurately and quickly select the best materials for a given application by efficiently evaluating the potential of millions of materials thanks to computerized models at the molecular level. This talk will focus on the molecular level modeling of MOF and COF materials, especially for gas storage applications such as carbon dioxide capture, natural gas storage, hydrogen storage. In addition, emphasis will be given on the framework-performance relations obtained as a result of the molecular level modeling of the best performing MOF and COF materials to be used in gas separation processes for the decarbonization of natural gas and flue gas and for hydrogen recovery and the combination of these relations with the applications of machine learning approaches.

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About Prof. Seda Keskin Avcı

Prof. Seda Keskin Avcı was born in Istanbul in 1982. She graduated from Boğaziçi University, Department of Chemical Engineering in 2004 as the top-ranking student. She completed her graduate studies in the same department in 2006. In 2009, she received her PhD from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering by winning the 'Sigma Xi Best Doctoral Dissertation Award' and the 'Outstanding PhD Thesis Award'. She started to work as an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Koç University in 2010. She became an associate professor in 2013 and a professor in 2018. She conducts research on determining the potential of metal-organic structures, which are new generation nano-porous materials, in energy applications with detailed simulations at the atomic level. She focuses on subjects with high industrial, environmental and social values, such as the decarbonization of natural gas to increase energy quality, and the recovery of hydrogen for clean energy-oriented applications. She received L’Oreal Turkey Young Women in Science Award, Turkey Academy of Sciences Distinguished Young Scientist Award, TUBITAK Encouragement Award, Science Academy the Young Scientists Award (BAGEP), ODTÜ Prof. Dr. Mustafa N. Parlar Foundation Research Incentive Award, FABED Eser Tümen Outstanding Achievement Award, and Koç University Outstanding Faculty Award. In 2017, she was awarded the European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant, and was elected to Global Young Academy (GYA) in 2018 as the Turkish representative in the field of engineering.  She was recognized as one of the “Outstanding Women in Chemical Engineering Across the Globe” in 2022 by Chemical Engineering Research and Design Journal (ChERD).