Yigit Altay
Yigit Altay
Chemist / PhD candidate in Chemistry / currently looking for new R&D opportunities in industry
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

Education
University of Groningen, Stratingh Institute for Chemistry
Groningen, the Netherlands
2013 – 2018

Philosophy of Doctorate (PhD), thesis defense pending.

Bilkent University, Department of Chemistry
Ankara, Turkey
2011 – 2013

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

Bilkent University, Department of Chemistry
Ankara, Turkey
2006 – 2011

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

Eindhoven University of Technology, Department of Chemistry
Eindhoven, the Netherlands
2010

Erasmus exchange student.

Yildirim Beyazit Anatolian High School
Ankara, Turkey
2002-2006

Graduation grade: 5.00/5.00

Publications

6.  Yigit Altay Meniz Altay and Sijbren Otto, “Existing Self‐Replicators Can Direct the Emergence of New Ones”,Chem. Eur. J. 2018, 24, 11911 – 11915. DOI: 10.1002/chem.201803027 . 

5. Meniz Altay, Yigit Altay and Sijbren Otto, “Parasitic Behavior of Self‐Replicating Molecules”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2018,  139 (57), pp 10564–10568. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201804706

Highlighted in chemistryworld.com by James Urquhart (June 26, 2018)

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 Otto
Groningen, the Netherlands
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”
Supramolecular Chemistry Laboratory – Prof. Engin Umut Akkaya
Ankara, Turkey
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.”
Laboratory of Macromolecular and Organic Chemistry – Prof. Rint P. Sijbesma
Eindhoven, the Netherlands
2010
  • “Study of poly(2-hydroxylethylmethacrylate) based hydrogel beads under swelling and contraction conditions by fluorescence resonance energy transfer”
Supramolecular Chemistry Laboratory – Prof. Engin Umut Akkaya
Ankara, Turkey
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”
TUBITAK Hydromobile Hydrogen Car Racing
Ankara, Turkey
2008
  • Bilkent University Team
Teaching Experience
University of Groningen, Stratingh Institute for Chemistry
Groningen, the Netherlands
2013 – Present

Synthesis and Analysis I practical course supervisor.

Bilkent University, Department of Chemistry
Ankara, Turkey
2011 – 2013

Organic Chemistry I and II laboratory supervisor

Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI)
Ankara, Turkey
2010

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

Conferences and Meetings:
ERC Grantees Conference
Zandvoort, the Netherlands
2016, August 31 – September 2

Poster Presentation

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

Oral Presentation

Stratingh Institute Workweek
Eindhoven, the Netherlands
2015, June 10 – 12

Organization Committee and Poster Presentation

Dutch Peptide Symposium
Nijmegen, The Netherlands
2015, May 27

Poster Presentation

SysChem 2015
Kerkrade, the Netherlands
2015, May 19 – 22

Organization Committee and Poster Presentation

UTwente – RuG Joint Symposium
Groningen, the Netherlands
2015, April 14

Poster Presentation

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

Poster Presentation

Summer School: Challenges in Supramolecular Chemistry
Strasbourg, France
2014, September 8 – 12

Flash and Poster Presentation

Stratingh Institute Workweek
Heidelberg, Germany
2014, June 4 – 6

Poster Presentation

Dutch Peptide Symposium
Utrecth, the Netherlands
2014, May 13

Participant

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

Poster Presentation

RSC Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry Meeting
Glasgow, United Kingdom
2013, December 16 – 18

Poster Presentation

Centre for Systems Chemistry Symposium
Groningen, the Netherlands
2013, September 11 – 12

Participant

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

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

26rd Turkish National Chemistry Congress
Mugla, Turkey
2012, October 1 – 6

Poster Presentation

6th International Symposium on Macrocyclic & Supramolecular Chemistry
Brighton, United Kingdom
2011, July 3 – 7

Poster Presentation

2nd National Chemistry Students Congress
Bolu, Turkey
2011, June 14 – 17

Oral Presentation

Molecular Sensors and Logic Gates Conference
Antalya, Turkey
2010, October 22 – 25

Organising Committee.

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

Participant.

Symposium on Surface Science
Ankara, Turkey
2008

Participant.

National Nanotechnology Conference
Ankara, Turkey
2007

Participant.

Technical Calculations with MATLAB Seminar
Ankara, Turkey
2007

Participant.

Awards and Certificates
2014 – The Best Flash Presentation award
Strasbourg, France
Summer School: Challenges in Supramolecular Chemistry
2013 – Participation Certificate
Lindau, Germany
63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting
2011 – Full Scholarship for Graduate Students
Ankara, Turkey
Bilkent University, Department of Chemistry
2011 – The Best Oral Presentation Award
Bolu, Turkey
II. National Chemistry Student Congress
2010 – Grant for Undergraduate Students National/International Research Projects
Ankara, Turkey
TUBITAK
2006 – Full Scholarship for Undergraduate students
Ankara, Turkey
Bilkent University, Department of Chemistry
2006-2011 – High Honor & Honor Certificates
Ankara, Turkey
Bilkent University, Department of Chemistry
2002-2006 – High Honor Certificates
Ankara, Turkey
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:

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

References and letters of recommendation are available on request.

Skills
Languages
Turkish (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