Yiğit Altay
PhD Student

Conducts research in the field between chemistry and biology with a focus on supramolecular and systems chemistry. Primary areas of interest include self-replicating systems, self-assembly of macromolecules, catalytic activity of peptides, fluorescent molecular recognition systems and solar cells.

Education

Groningen, the Netherlands

University of Groningen, Stratingh Institute for Chemistry
2013 - Present

Philosophy of Doctorate (PhD), Continuing student.

Ankara, Turkey

Bilkent University, Department of Chemistry
2011 - 2013

Master of Science (MSc), CUMGPA: 3.84 / 4.00.

Ankara, Turkey

Bilkent University, Department of Chemistry
2006 - 2011

Bachelor in Science (BSc). Graduated magna cum laude, CUMGPA: 3.71 / 4.00

Eindhoven, the Netherlands

Eindhoven University of Technology, Department of Chemistry
2010

Erasmus exchange student.

Ankara, Turkey

Yildirim Beyazit Anatolian High School
2002-2006

Graduation grade: 5.00/5.00

Publications

Safacan Kolemen, Yusuf Cakmak, Sule Erten-Ela, Yigit Altay, Johannes Brendel, Mukundan Thelakkat, and Engin U. Akkaya. , “Solid State Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Using Red and Near IR Absorbing Bodipy Sensitizers”, Org. Lett., 2010, 12 (17), 3812-3815.

Murat Işık, Ruslan Guliyev, Safacan Kölemen, Yigit Altay, and Engin U. Akkaya, “Selective Sensing in Space and Time: Designing Kinetic and Thermodynamic Differentiation for Biologically Relevant Thiols”, Org. Lett., 2014, 16 (12), 3260-3263.

 

Project Experience

Groningen, the Netherlands

System Chemistry Lab – Prof. Sijbren Otto
2013 - Present
  • “Search for larger self-replicators from dynamic combinatorial libraries”
  • “Template assisted emergence of novel replicators”
  • “Spectroscopic studies of self-replicators”
  • “Salt effects in self-replication kinetics”
  • “History dependence of dynamic combinatorial libraries in out-of-equilibrium conditions”
  • “Sustainability of self-replicators at far-from-equilibrium”

Ankara, Turkey

Supramolecular Chemistry Laboratory - Prof. Engin Umut Akkaya
2011 - 2013
  • “A Homogeneous System for Photogeneration of Hydrogen from BODIPY Based Photoinduced Electron Transfer System”
  • “Nanovesicle formation and catalytic activity of short peptide amphiphiles: Implications on the origin of life.”
  • “Strengthening of self-assembled amphiphilic peptide nanotubes through controlled click chemistry. ”
  • “Selective Fluorescence Sensing of Biological Thiols Using a BODIPY based Bifunctional Probe.”
  • “Enantioselective Sensing of Amino Acids by Atropisomeric BODIPY Dyes.”

Eindhoven, the Netherlands

Laboratory of Macromolecular and Organic Chemistry – Prof. Rint P. Sijbesma
2010
  • “Study of poly(2-hydroxylethylmethacrylate) based hydrogel beads under swelling and contraction conditions by fluorescence resonance energy transfer”

Ankara, Turkey

Supramolecular Chemistry Laboratory - Prof. Engin Umut Akkaya
2011 - 2013
  • “Modulation of excited energy transfer through PET mechanism in dendritic systems”
  • “Synthesis of Bodipy dyes for solid state dye-sensitized solar cells using red and near IR absorbing Bodipy sensitizers”
  • “Chemiluminescence activation of a photosensitizer through energy transfer”

Ankara, Turkey

TUBITAK Hydromobile Hydrogen Car Racing
2008
  • Bilkent University Team
Teaching Experience

Groningen, the Netherlands

University of Groningen, Stratingh Institute for Chemistry
2013 - Present

Synthesis and Analysis I practical course supervisor.

Ankara, Turkey

Bilkent University, Department of Chemistry
2011 - 2013

Organic Chemistry I and II laboratory supervisor

Ankara, Turkey

Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI)
2010

Summer internship at fresh water, domestic/ industrial waste purification facilities.

Conferences and Meetings:

Zandvoort, the Netherlands

ERC Grantees Conference
2016, August 31 - September 2

Poster Presentation

Veldhoven, the Netherlands

Functional Molecular Materials (FMS) Annual Meeting
2015, November 29

Oral Presentation

Eindhoven, the Netherlands

Stratingh Institute Workweek
2015, June 10 - 12

Organization Committee and Poster Presentation

Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Dutch Peptide Symposium
2015, May 27

Poster Presentation

Kerkrade, the Netherlands

SysChem 2015
2015, May 19 - 22

Organization Committee and Poster Presentation

Groningen, the Netherlands

UTwente – RuG Joint Symposium
2015, April 14

Poster Presentation

Veldhoven, the Netherlands

CHAINS: Dutch National Chemistry Conference
2014, November 17-19

Poster Presentation

Strasbourg, France

Summer School: Challenges in Supramolecular Chemistry
2014, September 8 - 12

Flash and Poster Presentation

Heidelberg, Germany

Stratingh Institute Workweek
2014, June 4 - 6

Poster Presentation

Utrecth, the Netherlands

Dutch Peptide Symposium
2014, May 13

Participant

Bressanone, Italy

e-WISPOC European Winter School on Physical Organic Chemistry
2014, February 2 - 7

Poster Presentation

Glasgow, United Kingdom

RSC Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry Meeting
2013, December 16 - 18

Poster Presentation

Groningen, the Netherlands

Centre for Systems Chemistry Symposium
2013, September 11 - 12

Participant

Lindau, Germany

63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting
2013, June 30 – July 5

Participant (Selected among 40.000 applications). Supported by TUBITAK.

Mugla, Turkey

26rd Turkish National Chemistry Congress
2012, October 1 - 6

Poster Presentation

Brighton, United Kingdom

6th International Symposium on Macrocyclic & Supramolecular Chemistry
2011, July 3 - 7

Poster Presentation

Bolu, Turkey

2nd National Chemistry Students Congress
2011, June 14 - 17

Oral Presentation

Antalya, Turkey

Molecular Sensors and Logic Gates Conference
2010, October 22 - 25

Organising Committee.

Ankara, Turkey

SCAN 2010 Workshop and School “Synthesis, Characterization and Applications of Nanomaterials”
2010, September 30 - October 6

Participant.

Ankara, Turkey

Symposium on Surface Science
2008

Participant.

Ankara, Turkey

National Nanotechnology Conference
2007

Participant.

Ankara, Turkey

Technical Calculations with MATLAB Seminar
2007

Participant.

Awards and Certificates

Strasbourg, France

2014 - The Best Flash Presentation award
Summer School: Challenges in Supramolecular Chemistry

Lindau, Germany

2013 - Participation Certificate
63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Ankara, Turkey

2011 - Full Scholarship for Graduate Students
Bilkent University, Department of Chemistry

Bolu, Turkey

2011 - The Best Oral Presentation Award
II. National Chemistry Student Congress

Ankara, Turkey

2010 - Grant for Undergraduate Students National/International Research Projects
TUBITAK

Ankara, Turkey

2006 - Full Scholarship for Undergraduate students
Bilkent University, Department of Chemistry

Ankara, Turkey

2006-2011 - High Honor & Honor Certificates
Bilkent University, Department of Chemistry

Ankara, Turkey

2002-2006 - High Honor Certificates
Yıldırım Beyazıt Anatolian High School
Memberships
American Chemical Society
2009 - Present
Oriental Numismatic Society
2013 - Present
Izmir Numismatic Society
2009 - Present
The Cloud Appreciation Society
2008 - Present
Founder Member and the President of the Bilkent Chemistry Club
2010 - 2011
Board Member, Photographer, Illustrator and designer of Bilkent Koza Magazine
2006 - 2011
Interests and Activities

Coin Collection:

World coins, Islamic and Greek coins collection provide me a powerful tool for observing artifacts of the past to compare with new technologies in mintage, communicating with people from all over the world, and creating time to relaxing. I am the youngest licensed ancient coin collector of Turkey.

 

Photography:

Portraiture and abstract photography, which helped develop my communication skills through communicating a variety of people and improve my abstract thinking, are in my primary interest.

References

References and letters of recommendation are available on request.