Stoddart Mechanostereochemistry Group





Stoddart Mechanostereochemistry Group



Onur Buyukcakir

Visiting Researcher

Hometown: Turkey-Ankara

Joined group: 2011

Left group: 2012


2008-Present PhD., Bilkent University, Material Science and Nanotechnology Ankara, Turkey Advisor: Prof. Engin U. Akkaya 2006–2008 M.S., Middle East Technical University, Chemistry Department Ankara,Turkey Advisor: Prof. Engin U. Akkaya 2001 – 2006 B.S., Middle East Technical University, Chemistry Department Ankara, Turkey


1.Bozdemir, O.A., Buyukcakir, O., and Akkaya, E.U. 2009. Novel molecular building blocks based on the Boradiazaindacene chromophore: applications in fluorescent metallosupramolecular coordination polymers. Chem. Eur. J., 15 (15): 3830-3838. 2.Guliyev, R., Buyukcakir, O., Sozmen, F., and Bozdemir O.A. 2009. Cyanide sensing in aqueous solutions via metal ion removal from a fluorogenic complex. Tetrahedron Letters, 50 (36): 5136-5141. 3.Buyukcakir, O., Bozdemir, O.A., Kolemen, S., Erbas, S., and Akkaya, E.U. 2009. Tetrastyryl-Bodipy dyes: Convenient synthesis and characterization of elusive near IR fluorophores. Org. Lett., 11(20): 4644-4647. 4.Bozdemir, O.A., Yılmaz, M.D., Buyukcakir, O., Siemiarczuk, A., Tutas, M., and Akkaya, E.U. 2010 Convergent synthesis and light harvesting properties of dendritic boradiazaindacene (BODIPY) appended perylenediimide dyes. New J. Chem., 34(1):151-155. 5.Bozdemir, O.A., Guliyev, R., Buyukcakir, O., Selcuk S., Kolemen S., Gulseren G., Nalbantoğlu T., Boyaci H. and Akkaya E.U. 2010, Selective Manipulation of ICT and PET Processes in Styryl-Bodipy Derivatives: Applications in Molecular Logic and Fluorescence Sensing of Metal Ions. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 132(23): 8029-8036. (Cover Article) 6.Bozdemir O.A. Sozmen, F., Buyukcakir, O., Guliyev, R., Cakmak Y. And Akkaya E.U., 2010. Reaction-based Sensing of Fluoride Ions Using Built-in Triggers for ICT and PET. Org. Lett., 12(7): 1400-1403.


I was born in Ankara, the capital city of Turkey. In July 2006, I graduated from Middle East Technical University with a B.S. degree in chemistry. For a M.S. degree, I attended to the graduate program in Chemistry at Middle East Technical University from 2006 to 2008. I have been attending to the PhD degree program in Institute Material science and Nanotechnology at Bilkent University from 2008 to present. During my M.S and PhD studies, being under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Engin Umut Akkaya had given me a valuable opportunity to explore the science and art of conducting research. My research interests have been centered on organic and supramolecular chemistry ranging from light harvesting dendrimers, chemosensors, photodynamic therapy reagents, supramolecular polymers to design and synthesis of new Boradiazaindacene derivatives, and mesoporous silica nanoparticles. I plan to continue my research in supramolecular chemistry in an effort to develop new functional materials for material science and nanotechnology applications. I gained a scholarship from the scholarship from the Scientific Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) to work in the Stoddart group at Northwestern University. I recently joined Professor Stoddart’s group as a visiting pre-doctoral scholar. Now, I am really excited about being here and working with a dynamic research group. Outside the lab, I enjoy playing clarinet and listening Turkish Classical Music.


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