Yiğit Altay PhD Student
+31 61 219 6669
Centre for Systems Chemistry, Stratingh Institute for Chemistry, University of Groningen, Nijenborgh 4, Office 51.15.221, 9747 AG, Groningen, The Netherlands
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. ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-3413-9030
University of Groningen, Stratingh Institute for ChemistryGroningen, the Netherlands2013 - PresentPhilosophy of Doctorate (PhD), Continuing student.
Bilkent University, Department of ChemistryAnkara, Turkey2011 - 2013Master of Science (MSc), CUMGPA: 3.84 / 4.00.
Bilkent University, Department of ChemistryAnkara, Turkey2006 - 2011Bachelor in Science (BSc). Graduated magna cum laude, CUMGPA: 3.71 / 4.00
Eindhoven University of Technology, Department of ChemistryEindhoven, the Netherlands2010Erasmus exchange student.
Yildirim Beyazit Anatolian High SchoolAnkara, Turkey2002-2006Graduation grade: 5.00/5.00

4. Yigit Altay, Meniz Tezcan and Sijbren Otto, “Emergence of a New Self-Replicator from a Dynamic Combinatorial Library Requires a Specific Pre-Existing Replicator”, JACS, 2017,  139 (39), pp 13612–13615. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b07346


3. Pim W. J. M. Frederix, Julien Idé, Yigit Altay, Gaël Schaeffer, Mathieu Surin, David Beljonne, Anna S. Bondarenko, Thomas L. C. Jansen, Sijbren Otto, and Siewert J. Marrink, “Structural and Spectroscopic Properties of Assemblies of Self-Replicating Peptide Macrocycles”, ACS Nano, 2017, 11 (8), pp 7858-7868. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.7b02211

2. 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. DOI: 10.1021/ol501272z


1.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. DOI: 10.1021/ol1014762

Project Experience
System Chemistry Lab – Prof. Sijbren OttoGroningen, the Netherlands2013 - 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"
Supramolecular Chemistry Laboratory - Prof. Engin Umut AkkayaAnkara, Turkey2011 - 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.”
Laboratory of Macromolecular and Organic Chemistry – Prof. Rint P. SijbesmaEindhoven, the Netherlands2010
  • “Study of poly(2-hydroxylethylmethacrylate) based hydrogel beads under swelling and contraction conditions by fluorescence resonance energy transfer”
Supramolecular Chemistry Laboratory - Prof. Engin Umut AkkayaAnkara, Turkey2011 - 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”
TUBITAK Hydromobile Hydrogen Car Racing Ankara, Turkey2008
  • Bilkent University Team
Teaching Experience
University of Groningen, Stratingh Institute for ChemistryGroningen, the Netherlands2013 - PresentSynthesis and Analysis I practical course supervisor.
Bilkent University, Department of ChemistryAnkara, Turkey2011 - 2013Organic Chemistry I and II laboratory supervisor
Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI) Ankara, Turkey2010Summer internship at fresh water, domestic/ industrial waste purification facilities.
Conferences and Meetings:
ERC Grantees ConferenceZandvoort, the Netherlands2016, August 31 - September 2Poster Presentation
Functional Molecular Materials (FMS) Annual Meeting Veldhoven, the Netherlands2015, November 29Oral Presentation
Stratingh Institute WorkweekEindhoven, the Netherlands2015, June 10 - 12Organization Committee and Poster Presentation
Dutch Peptide SymposiumNijmegen, The Netherlands2015, May 27Poster Presentation
SysChem 2015Kerkrade, the Netherlands2015, May 19 - 22Organization Committee and Poster Presentation
UTwente – RuG Joint SymposiumGroningen, the Netherlands 2015, April 14Poster Presentation
CHAINS: Dutch National Chemistry ConferenceVeldhoven, the Netherlands2014, November 17-19Poster Presentation
Summer School: Challenges in Supramolecular ChemistryStrasbourg, France2014, September 8 - 12Flash and Poster Presentation
Stratingh Institute WorkweekHeidelberg, Germany2014, June 4 - 6Poster Presentation
Dutch Peptide SymposiumUtrecth, the Netherlands2014, May 13Participant
e-WISPOC European Winter School on Physical Organic ChemistryBressanone, Italy2014, February 2 - 7Poster Presentation
RSC Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry MeetingGlasgow, United Kingdom2013, December 16 - 18Poster Presentation
Centre for Systems Chemistry SymposiumGroningen, the Netherlands2013, September 11 - 12Participant
63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate MeetingLindau, Germany2013, June 30 – July 5Participant (Selected among 40.000 applications). Supported by TUBITAK.
26rd Turkish National Chemistry CongressMugla, Turkey2012, October 1 - 6Poster Presentation
6th International Symposium on Macrocyclic & Supramolecular ChemistryBrighton, United Kingdom2011, July 3 - 7Poster Presentation
2nd National Chemistry Students CongressBolu, Turkey2011, June 14 - 17Oral Presentation
Molecular Sensors and Logic Gates ConferenceAntalya, Turkey2010, October 22 - 25Organising Committee.
SCAN 2010 Workshop and School “Synthesis, Characterization and Applications of Nanomaterials”Ankara, Turkey2010, September 30 - October 6 Participant.
Symposium on Surface ScienceAnkara, Turkey2008Participant.
National Nanotechnology ConferenceAnkara, Turkey2007Participant.
Technical Calculations with MATLAB SeminarAnkara, Turkey2007Participant.
Awards and Certificates
2014 - The Best Flash Presentation award Strasbourg, FranceSummer School: Challenges in Supramolecular Chemistry
2013 - Participation CertificateLindau, Germany63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting
2011 - Full Scholarship for Graduate StudentsAnkara, TurkeyBilkent University, Department of Chemistry
2011 - The Best Oral Presentation AwardBolu, TurkeyII. National Chemistry Student Congress
2010 - Grant for Undergraduate Students National/International Research ProjectsAnkara, TurkeyTUBITAK
2006 - Full Scholarship for Undergraduate studentsAnkara, TurkeyBilkent University, Department of Chemistry
2006-2011 - High Honor & Honor Certificates Ankara, TurkeyBilkent University, Department of Chemistry
2002-2006 - High Honor Certificates Ankara, TurkeyYıldırım Beyazıt Anatolian High School
American Chemical Society 2009 - Present
Oriental Numismatic Society2013 - Present
Izmir Numismatic Society2009 - Present
The Cloud Appreciation Society 2008 - Present
Founder Member and the President of the Bilkent Chemistry Club2010 - 2011
Board Member, Photographer, Illustrator and designer of Bilkent Koza Magazine2006 - 2011
Interests and Activities

Coin Collection:

I have a collection of modern, medieval and ancient coins with a particular focus on the Ilkhans (Mongols of Persia). Coin collecting not only helps me to create space to relax but allow me to communicate people from all over the world. And holding a 2500-year-old coin is priceless. In 2006, I became the youngest licensed ancient coin collector in Turkey. My collection can be seen on altaycoins.com.


Analog Photography:

Documentary photography, which helped develop my communication skills through communicating a variety of people and improve my vision of life. I prefer using analog techniques for photography because it allow me to be part of the process. I shoot, develop and print my own prints in my darkroom. As a chemist, it is an ultimate hobby.


References and letters of recommendation are available on request.

LanguagesTurkish (native), English (Fluent), Dutch (beginner)
Programming Languages• HTML-Advanced • Java – Beginner • Matlab – Beginner • ASP.NET – Beginner • PHP - Beginner
Technical Skills• SolidStatePeptideSynthesis(*****) • ESIMassSpectroscopy(*****) • CircularDichroism(*****) • FluorescenceSpectroscopy(*****) • UV-VISSpectroscopy(*****) • IRSpectroscopy(*****) • ScanningElectronMicroscopy(****) • DifferentialScanningCalorimetry(***) • 1D-2DLiquidNMR(*****) • ConfocalMicroscopy(****) • SingleCrystalXRD(***) • Rheometry(**) • ThermoGravimetricAnalysis(**) • DynamicMechanicalAnalysis(**) • X-Ray Photoemission Spectroscopy (**)
Computer Programs• Microsoft Office – Advanced • Adobe Photoshop – Advanced • Origin – Advanced • Adobe InDesign – Advanced • Adobe Dreamweaver – Advanced • Berkeley Madonna – Basic • Latex – Basic