Assoc. Prof. Hülya Cebeci

Assoc. Prof. Elif Özden Yenigün


Assoc. Prof. Hulya Cebeci is a faculty member in Department of Aeronautical Engineering and affiliated with MIT, USA. She has developed an interest since her PhD. studies and performed studies on nanostructures synthesis to be used in structural composites, wearable electronics, multifunctional applications and microdevices. To establish structure-property relations in between nanomaterials and structural composites she has performed both on the experimental and modeling studies. Within her Polymer Science and Technology degree in MSc., she also made extensive work on polymer nanocomposites for multifunctional property enhancement and actuator based systems. She has performed all of her experimental studies during her PhD. at Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Prof. Brian L. Wardle as her co-advisor in between 2007-2010. Since 2013, she has been working as a faculty member in Faculty of Aeronautics and Astronautics in ITU. She has received ‘Boeing Faculty Member Grant’ in 2014 for her outstanding merits as a researcher and lecturer, but also as to promote women professors in engineering. She is co-founder of Nanomaterials, Textiles, and Advanced Composites Research Group at ITU and her research is supported by several national and international partners from the aerospace industry. She has co-authored articles in high impact journals and other papers/presentations that appeared in national/ international conference proceedings, and filed 3 international patents.

Research Interest

Assoc. Prof. Hülya Cebeci’s current major research interests are synthesis of nanostructures such as carbon, boron nitride nanotubes, nano-engineered composites, wearable sensor systems and electronics, filtration technologies with nanomaterials and membranes, high performance structural foams and sandwich structures, 3D printing and high performance polymer fibers, thermoplastic structural composites, 3D composite structures, modeling of carbon and boron nitride nanostructures. She also has an interest biological applications of functional nanostructures and devices through academic collaborations.


Assoc. Prof. Elif Ozden Yenigun is co-founder of ISTAERO Aviation and Aerospace Technologies and also held academic positions at Royal College of Art, UK. Her research focuses on developing cutting-edge textile based materials, manufacturing methods and tools that enable the design of more novel and optimized engineered smart systems and products as well as to propose unique design and fabrication processes. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Elif Ozden Yenigun received a B.Sc. degree in Textile Engineering from Istanbul Technical University and her Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering from Sabanci University with the thesis 'Designed-In Molecular Interactions and Cross-linking Interface for Superior Nanocomposites: A Multi-Scale Insight’ under supervision of Prof. Dr. Melih Papila . She has performed computational studies during her Ph.D. at University of Cambridge with Prof. James Elliott. She has received a prestigious Individual Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship (MSCA-IF) to perform research on adaptive smart textiles and wearable antenna systems. She is co-founder of Nanomaterials, Textiles, and Advanced Composites Research Group at ITU. She has authored numerous articles and other papers/presentations that appeared in national/ international conference proceedings, and filed international patents. She has received many funding from national and international bodies to pursue her research on nanoengineered aerospace composites and smart soft materials.

Research Interest

Assoc. Prof. Elif Ozden Yenigun’s current research interests include nanoengineered aerospace composites, smart wearables and soft systems, wearable antennas, 3D textile preforms, carbon nanomaterial based CNT and graphene fibers, high performance polymer fibers and its production, fibrous materials for energy storage and actuators, 3D printing, thermoplastic structural composites, multi-scale modelling of nanocomposites (molecular dynamics, dissipative particle dynamics), electrospinning/electrospraying process.

General Announcements

Graduate students both at M.Sc. and Ph.D. levels are sought and scholarships are offered depending on the availability of funds.

Applicants from engineering disciplines including, but not limited to, Aeronautical or Astronautical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electronic and Control Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, Textile Engineering ; if you think that your research interest fits into our topics, you may send your resume and transcript (in MS Word or pdf formats) to us. You can get more information from Projects section for ongoing studies. For graduate students, research opportunities are available through our collaborators to gain international experience laboratories beyond Turkey. To the best of our abilities and depending on your efforts and academic excellence, it might be possible for the candidate to spend a year abroad for research.

Undergraduate students, please apply for the graduation projects in advance. The projects will be given starting from your 5th term. Feel free to mail us about your graduation project details. Currently, the research areas span smart wearables, separation science, nanotechnology and composite materials. The short list of the topics are below:

• Nano-engineered prepregs and composites
• Carbon nanomaterial based buckypapers and yarns for sensors and actuators
• Nano-engineered 3D textile preforms
• Boron based functional nanomaterials
• 3D printing of conductive structural components
• Nanofiber proton exchange membranes for fuel cells
• Multiscale modeling of nanocomposites and laminated composites
• Aircraft cabin air filtration technologies
• Functional nanofiber membranes for filtration
• CNTs based gas sensors/biomedical device configuration and testing
• Smart textiles