Bilkent ME Department

Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM) Research Group

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Prof. Baykara is moving to University of California, Merced!

Alumni:


2017

Nasima Afsharimani - Postdoctoral Associate - FunGlass (Centre for Functional and Surface-Functionalized Glass)
Tarek Abdelwahab - MS student - Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research
Alper Özoğul - MS student - Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena
Berkin Uluutku - MS student - George Washington University
Verda Saygın - BS student - Boston University
Zeynep M. Süar - BS student - Stevens Institute of Technology

2016

Arda Balkancı - MS student - McGill University

2015

Ebru Cihan - MS student - KIT (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
Tuna Demirbaş - MS student - ASELSAN

2014

Pınar Karayaylalı - BS student - MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Collaborators:


Engin Durgun - Bilkent University
Urartu Seker - Bilkent University
Sefik Suzer - Bilkent University
Hande Toffoli - METU
Ashlie Martini - UC Merced

Funding:




News


2017

• Prof. Baykara is moving to University of California, Merced!

• Prof. Baykara will be at the Department of Physics, Harvard University as a Visiting Scholar in Fall 2017.

Nasima Afsharimani has successfully completed her postdoctoral appointment in our group. She will now join FunGlass (Centre for Functional and Surface-Functionalized Glass) in Slovakia. Congratulations, Nasima!

• Our paper titled "Effect of Roughness on the Layer-Dependent Friction of Few-Layer Graphene" has been published in Physical Review B.

Berkin Uluutku has successfully defended his M.S. thesis. He will join the group of Santiago Solares at George Washington University as a Ph.D. student. Congratulations, Berkin!

• Prof. Baykara gave an invited talk at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) in Mainz, Germany on June 22, 2017.

• Prof. Baykara gave an invited talk at Kobe University - Department of Chemistry on June 9, 2017.

Tarek Abdelwahab has successfully defended his M.S. thesis. He will join the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany as a Ph.D. student. Good job, Tarek!

Alper Özoğul has successfully defended his M.S. thesis. He will join the group of Enrico Gnecco at Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena as a Ph.D. student. Congratulations, Alper!

• Our paper titled "Genetically-Tunable Mechanical Properties of Bacterial Functional Amyloid Nanofibers" has been published in Langmuir.

• Prof. Baykara has been announced as one of the top five finalists for the 2017 Gerhard Ertl Young Investigator Award and gave an invited talk as part of a special session at the 2017 Spring Meeting of the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft on Mar. 23, 2017.



• Prof. Baykara gave an invited talk at University of California, Merced on Jan. 21, 2017.

2016

• Prof. Baykara has been named one of the "Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) of the World" by Junior Chamber International (JCI).

• Prof. Baykara delivered an invited talk at the 3rd Emerging Graphene & 2D Materials Conference in Istanbul, Turkey on October 20, 2016.

• Prof. Baykara delivered an invited talk at the ICTP-ECAR Workshop titled "Physical, Biological and Chemical Foundations of Bioelectronics, Biophotonics and Biosensors" in Izmir, Turkey on July 29, 2016.

• Our paper titled "Structural Lubricity under Ambient Conditions" has been published in Nature Communications.



• We have successfully organized the "2016 Graphene & Related Materials Conference (GRM-2016)" at Bilkent University during July 13-15, 2016.



Arda Balkancı has successfully defended his M.S. thesis. He will join the Department of Materials Engineering at McGill University as a Ph.D. student. Congratulations, Arda!

• SPM Group has participated in the "12th Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Conference (NanoTR-12)" held in Gebze during June 3-5, 2016.

• The next installment in the thematic series titled "Noncontact Atomic Force Microscopy" co-edited by Prof. Baykara has been published in the Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology.

• Prof. Baykara delivered an invited talk at the 2016 EMN Spring Meeting in Taipei, Taiwan on Mar. 8, 2016.

• Our paper titled "Three-Dimensional Interaction Force and Tunneling Current Spectroscopy of Point Defects on Rutile TiO2(110)" has been published in Applied Physics Letters.

• Our paper titled "Nanoscale Tribology of Graphene Grown by Chemical Vapor Deposition and Transferred onto Silicon Oxide Substrates" has been published in the Journal of Materials Research.

Nasima Afsharimani (Institut de Physique et de Chimie des Materiaux de Strasbourg) has joined the SPM group as a post-doctoral associate. Welcome, Nasima!

• TUBITAK announced the approval of our joint 1001 Grant Proposal with Prof. Hande Toffoli (METU Physics Department) on the nanotribological properties of the gold-graphene interface.

2015

• Prof. Baykara has been named one of the "Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP)" in Turkey by Junior Chamber International (JCI).

Tuna Demirbaş has successfully defended her M.S. thesis. She will join ASELSAN as a mechanical design engineer. Congratulations, Tuna!

• Prof. Baykara delivered an invited talk at the 6th European Nanomanipulation Workshop in Giessen, Germany on Sep. 23, 2015.

• Our review titled "Noncontact Atomic Force Microscopy: An Emerging Tool for Fundamental Catalysis Research" has been published in Accounts of Chemical Research.

Ebru Cihan has successfully defended her M.S. thesis. She will join the group of Martin Dienwiebel at KIT (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) as a Ph.D. student. Congratulations, Ebru!

• SPM Group has participated in the "International Conference on Understanding and Controlling Nano and Mesoscale Friction" held in Istanbul during June 22-26, 2015.

Verda Saygın has joined the SPM Group by winning the TUBITAK 2209/A undergraduate research project award. She will be working on self-assembled monolayers on graphene. Congratulations, Verda!

• Prof. Baykara delivered an invited talk at Koç University - College of Engineering on May 6, 2015.

• A book chapter titled "3D Force Field Spectroscopy" co-authored by Prof. Baykara has been published by Springer.

• Our paper titled "Structure and Nanotribology of Thermally Deposited Gold Nanoparticles on Graphite" has been published in Applied Surface Science.

• Prof. Baykara received the 2015 Science Academy Association Distinguished Young Scientist Award (BAGEP).

• Our paper titled "Artifacts related to tip asymmetry in high-resolution atomic force microscopy and scanning tunneling microscopy measurements of graphitic surfaces" has been published in the Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B.

• Our paper titled "Simultaneous Measurement of Multiple Independent Atomic-Scale Interactions Using Scanning Probe Microscopy: Data Interpretation and the Effect of Cross-Talk" has been published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C.

• A book chapter titled "Noncontact Atomic Force Microscopy for Atomic-Scale Characterization of Material Surfaces" authored by Prof. Baykara has been published by Springer.

• SPM group member Zeynep M. Süar has won the TUBITAK 2209/A undergraduate research project award. Congratulations, Zeynep!

• TUBITAK announced the approval of our 3501 Career Development Program proposal on self-assembled monolayers on graphene.

2014

• Our first AFM has arrived in the lab!

• Prof. Baykara delivered the departmental seminar at METU Chemistry on Dec. 12, 2014.

• Prof. Baykara has been elected to the executive committee of the Nanometer-Scale Science and Technology Division of AVS (AVS-NSTD).

• Prof. Baykara delivered the departmental seminar at Boston University Mechanical Engineering on Nov. 14, 2014.

• Prof. Baykara delivered a talk at the 61st International AVS Symposium in Baltimore, USA on Nov. 13, 2014.

• Our paper titled "Tribological Interaction between Polytetrafluoroethylene and Silicon Oxide Surfaces" has been published in the Journal of Chemical Physics.

Tarek Abdelwahab has joined the SPM Research Group. He'll be working on AFM imaging and spectroscopy of biological materials. Welcome, Tarek!

Zeynep M. Süar (BilMech Sophomore) has joined the SPM Research Group. She'll be working on developing an AFM for biological research. Welcome, Zeynep!

• Prof. Baykara received the 2014 FABED Eser Tümen Outstanding Young Scientist Award.

• Prof. Baykara received the 2014 Outstanding Young Scientist Award of the Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA-GEBİP).

• The first alumna of our research group -Pınar Karayaylalı- has been admitted to the graduate program at MIT Mechanical Engineering. Congratulations, Pınar!

• A thematic series titled "Noncontact Atomic Force Microscopy II" co-edited by Prof. Baykara has been published in the Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology.

• Our paper titled "Analysis of Amplitude Modulation Atomic Force Microscopy in Aqueous Salt Solutions" has been published in Applied Surface Science.

2013

• Prof. Baykara received the 2013 METU Prof. Dr. Mustafa Parlar Foundation Research Incentive Award.

• Prof. Baykara delivered a talk at the 60th International AVS Symposium in Long Beach, USA on Oct. 28, 2013.

• Our paper titled "Understanding Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Contrast Mechanisms on Metal Oxides: A Case Study" has been published in ACS Nano.

Arda Balkancı (BilMech '13), Ebru Cihan (Anadolu University, MSE '13) and Tuna Demirbaş (BilMech '13) joined the SPM Research Group. Welcome everyone!

• Prof. Baykara has presented a poster at the NC-AFM 2013 Conference in Maryland, USA on Aug. 7, 2013.

• Our paper titled "Nonuniform Friction-Area Dependency for Antimony Oxide Surfaces Sliding on Graphite" has been published in Physical Review B.

• Baykara Group members Alper Özoğul and Berkin Uluutku have won TUBITAK 2209/A undergraduate research project awards.

• Our paper titled "Effect of Lateral Tip Stiffness on Atomic-Resolution Force Field Spectroscopy" has been published in the Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B.

• Our paper titled "Atom-Specific Forces and Defect Identification on Surface-Oxidized Cu(100) with Combined 3D-AFM and STM Measurements" has been published in Physical Review B and highlighted as Editor's Suggestion.

• Prof. Baykara has given a talk at the 2013 March Meeting of the APS on Mar. 21, 2013.

• Our Group has been awarded a Career Integration Grant (CIG) by the Marie Curie Actions of the European Commission for nanotribology research.

2012

• An editorial co-authored by Prof. Baykara for the thematic series titled "Advanced Atomic Force Microscopy Techniques" has been published in the Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology.

• Prof. Baykara has presented a poster at the 2012 Fall Meeting of the MRS on Nov. 28, 2012.

• Prof. Baykara delivered an invited talk at Boğaziçi University - Department of Physics on Nov. 21, 2012.

• Prof. Baykara delivered an invited talk at ITU - Department of Physics on Nov. 16, 2012.

• Prof. Baykara delivered an invited talk at METU - Department of Mechanical Engineering on Sep. 28, 2012

• Our paper titled "Exploring Atomic-Scale Lateral Forces in the Attractive Regime: A Case Study on Graphite (0001)" has been published in Nanotechnology.

• Our paper titled "Probing three-dimensional surface force fields with atomic resolution: Measurement strategies, limitations, and artifact reduction" has been published in the Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology.

Pınar Karayaylalı (junior @ BilMech), Alper Özoğul (sophomore @ BilMech), and Berkin Uluutku (sophomore @ BilMech) joined the SPM Research Group. Welcome, guys!

• Prof. Baykara joined Bilkent University as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering on Sep. 01, 2012.

Publications:

    Journal Papers

  • Afsharimani, N., Uluutku, B., Saygin, V., Baykara, M.Z. (2017). "Self-Assembled Monolayers of Alkanethiols on Graphene for Heavy Metal Sensing", (submitted)

  • Özoğul, A., İpek, S., Durgun, E., Baykara, M.Z. (2017). "Structural Superlubricity of Platinum on Graphite under Ambient Conditions: The Effects of Chemistry and Geometry", (submitted)

  • Ye, Z., Balkancı, A., Martini, A., Baykara, M.Z. (2017). "Effect of Roughness on the Layer-Dependent Friction of Few-Layer Graphene", Physical Review B, v.96 p.115401
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.96.115401

  • Abdelwahab, T., Kalyoncu, E., Onur, T., Baykara, M.Z., Seker, U.O. (2017). "Genetically-Tunable Mechanical Properties of Bacterial Functional Amyloid Nanofibers", Langmuir, v.33 p.4337-4345
    DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.7b00112

  • Cihan, E., İpek, S., Durgun, E., Baykara, M.Z. (2016). "Structural Lubricity under Ambient Conditions", Nature Communications, v.7 p.12055
    DOI: 10.1038/ncomms12055

  • Demirbaş, T., Baykara, M.Z. (2016). "Nanoscale Tribology of Graphene Grown by Chemical Vapor Deposition and Transferred onto Silicon Oxide Substrates", Journal of Materials Research, v.31 p.1914-1923
    DOI: 10.1557/jmr.2016.11

  • Baykara, M.Z., Mönig, H., Schwendemann, T., Ünverdi, Ö., Altman, E., Schwarz, U. (2016). "Three-Dimensional Interaction Force and Tunneling Current Spectroscopy of Point Defects on Rutile TiO2(110)", Applied Physics Letters, v.108 p.071601
    DOI: 10.1063/1.4942100

  • Baykara, M.Z., Schwarz, U. (2016). "Noncontact Atomic Force Microscopy III (Editorial)", Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology, v.7 p.946-947
    DOI: 10.3762/bjnano.7.86

  • Altman, E., Baykara, M.Z., Schwarz, U. (2015). "Noncontact Atomic Force Microscopy: An Emerging Tool for Fundamental Catalysis Research", Accounts of Chemical Research, v.48 p.2640-2648
    DOI: 10.1021/acs.accounts.5b00166

  • Cihan, E., Özoğul, A., Baykara, M.Z. (2015). "Structure and Nanotribology of Thermally Deposited Gold Nanoparticles on Graphite", Applied Surface Science, v.354 p.429-436
    DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2015.04.099

  • Uluutku, B., Baykara, M.Z. (2015). "Artifacts Related to Tip Asymmetry in High-Resolution Atomic Force Microscopy and Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Measurements of Graphitic Surfaces", Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B, v.33 p.031802
    DOI: 10.1116/1.4915898

  • Baykara, M.Z., Todorović, M., Mönig, H., Schwendemann, T., Rodrigo, L., Altman, E., Perez, R., Schwarz, U. (2015). "Simultaneous Measurement of Multiple Independent Atomic-Scale Interactions Using Scanning Probe Microscopy: Data Interpretation and the Effect of Cross-Talk", Journal of Physical Chemistry C, v.119 p.6670-6677
    DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b00594

  • Karayaylalı, P., Baykara, M.Z. (2014). "Analysis of Amplitude Modulation Atomic Force Microscopy in Aqueous Salt Solutions", Applied Surface Science, v.318 p.137-141
    DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2014.02.016

  • Ucar, A., Copuroglu, M., Baykara, M.Z., Arikan, O., Suzer, S. (2014). "Tribological Interaction between Polytetrafluoroethylene and Silicon Oxide Surfaces", Journal of Chemical Physics, v.141 p.164702
    DOI: 10.1063/1.4898384

  • Baykara, M.Z., Schwarz, U. (2014). "Noncontact Atomic Force Microscopy II (Editorial)", Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology, v.5 p.289-290
    DOI: 10.3762/bjnano.5.31

  • Uluutku, B., Baykara, M.Z. (2013). "Effect of Lateral Tip Stiffness on Atomic-Resolution Force Field Spectroscopy", Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B, v.31 p.041801
    DOI: 10.1116/1.4807376

  • Baykara, M.Z., Todorović, M., Mönig, H., Schwendemann, T., Ünverdi, Ö., Rodrigo, L., Altman, E., Perez, R., Schwarz, U. (2013). "Atom-Specific Forces and Defect Identification on Surface-Oxidized Cu(100) with Combined 3D-AFM and STM Measurements", Physical Review B, v.87 p.155414
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.87.155414

  • Mönig, H., Todorović, M., Baykara, M.Z., Schwendemann, T., Rodrigo, L., Altman, E., Perez, R., Schwarz, U. (2013). "Understanding Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Contrast Mechanisms on Metal Oxides: A Case Study", ACS Nano, v.7 p.10233-10244
    DOI: 10.1021/nn4045358

  • Ritter, C., Baykara, M.Z., Stegemann, B., Heyde, M., Rademann, K., Schroers, J., Schwarz, U. (2013). "Nonuniform Friction-Area Dependency for Antimony Oxide Surfaces Sliding on Graphite", Physical Review B, v.88 p.045422
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.88.045422

  • Glatzel, T., Hölscher, H., Schimmel, T., Baykara, M.Z., Schwarz, U., Garcia, R. (2012). "Advanced Atomic Force Microscopy Techniques (Editorial)", Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology, v.3 p.893-894
    DOI: 10.3762/bjnano.3.99

  • Baykara, M.Z., Schwendemann, T., Albers, B., Pilet, N., Mönig, H., Altman, E., Schwarz, U. (2012). "Exploring Atomic-Scale Lateral Forces in the Attractive Regime: A Case Study on Graphite (0001)", Nanotechnology, v.23 p.405703
    DOI: 10.1088/0957-4484/23/40/405703

  • Baykara, M.Z., Dagdeviren, O., Schwendemann, T., Mönig, H., Altman, E., Schwarz, U. (2012). "Probing Three-Dimensional Surface Force Fields with Atomic Resolution: Measurement Strategies, Limitations, and Artifact Reduction", Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology, v.3 p.637-650
    DOI: 10.3762/bjnano.3.73

  • Baykara, M.Z., Schwendemann, T., Altman, E., Schwarz, U. (2010). "Three-Dimensional Atomic Force Microscopy – Taking Surface Imaging to the Next Level", Advanced Materials, v.22 p.2838-2853
    DOI: 10.1002/adma.200903909

  • Vaz, C., Wang, H., Ahn, C., Henrich, V., Baykara, M.Z., Schwendemann, T., Pilet, N., Albers, B., Schwarz, U., Zhang, L., Zhu, Y. (2009). "Interface and Electronic Characterization of Thin Epitaxial Co3O4 Films", Surface Science, v.603 p.291-297
    DOI: 10.1016/j.susc.2008.11.022

  • Albers, B., Schwendemann, T., Baykara, M.Z., Pilet, N., Liebmann, M., Altman, E., Schwarz, U. (2009). "Data Acquisition and Analysis Procedures for High-Resolution Atomic Force Microscopy in Three Dimensions", Nanotechnology, v.20 p.264002
    DOI: 10.1088/0957-4484/20/26/264002

  • Albers, B., Schwendemann, T., Baykara, M.Z., Pilet, N., Liebmann, M., Altman, E., Schwarz, U. (2009). "Three-Dimensional Imaging of Short-Range Chemical Forces with Picometre Resolution", Nature Nanotechnology, v.4 p.307-310
    DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2009.57

  • Albers, B., Liebmann, M., Schwendemann, T., Baykara, M.Z., Heyde, M., Salmeron, M., Altman, E., Schwarz, U. (2008). "Combined Low-Temperature Scanning Tunneling/Atomic Force Microscope for Atomic Resolution Imaging and Site-Specific Force Spectroscopy", Review of Scientific Instruments, v.79 p.033704
    DOI: 10.1063/1.2842631

  • Book Chapters

  • Baykara, M.Z., Morgenstern, M., Schwarz, A., Schwarz, U. (2017). "Low-Temperature Scanning Probe Microscopy", Handbook of Nanotechnology (4th Ed.), Springer, (in press)

  • Baykara, M.Z., Schwarz, U. (2017). "Atomic Force Microscopy: Methods and Applications", Encyclopedia of Spectroscopy and Spectrometry (3rd Ed.), Elsevier p.70-75
    DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-409547-2.12141-9

  • Baykara, M.Z., Schwarz, U. (2015). "3D Force Field Spectroscopy", Noncontact Atomic Force Microscopy (vol. 3), Springer p.9-28
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-15588-3_2

  • Baykara, M.Z. (2015). "Noncontact Atomic Force Microscopy for Atomic-Scale Characterization of Material Surfaces", Surface Science Tools for Nanomaterials Characterization, Springer p.273-316
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-662-44551-8_8

  • M.Sc. Theses

  • Berkin Uluutku (Advisor: Mehmet Z. Baykara), (2017). "Modeling of NC-AFM Experiments by the Utilization of Molecular Dynamics and the Harmonic Oscillator Model", Bilkent University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ankara, Turkey
    Full Text

  • Tarek Abdelwahab (Advisor: Mehmet Z. Baykara), (2017). "Genetically-Tunable Morphology and Mechanical Properties of Bacterial Functional Amyloid Nanofibers", Bilkent University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ankara, Turkey
    Full Text

  • Alper Özoğul (Advisor: Mehmet Z. Baykara), (2017). "Investigation of Structural Lubricity on Platinum Nanoparticles under Ambient Conditions", Bilkent University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ankara, Turkey
    Full Text

  • Arda Balkancı (Advisor: Mehmet Z. Baykara), (2016). "Influence of Interface Structure on the Nanotribological Properties of Exfoliated Graphene", Bilkent University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ankara, Turkey
    Full Text

  • Tuna Demirbaş (Advisor: Mehmet Z. Baykara), (2015). "Nanotribological Properties of Graphene Grown by Chemical Vapor Deposition and Transferred Onto Silicon Oxide Substrates", Bilkent University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ankara, Turkey
    Full Text

  • Ebru Cihan (Advisor: Mehmet Z. Baykara), (2015). "Structure and Nanotribology of Thermally Deposited Gold Nanoparticles on Graphite", Bilkent University, Institute of Materials Science & Nanotechnology, Ankara, Turkey
    Full Text

  • Ph.D. Theses

  • Mehmet Z. Baykara, (2012). "Atomic-Resolution Quantification of Chemical Interactions Using Three-Dimensional Atomic Force Microscopy", Yale University, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, New Haven, CT, USA
    Full Text

  • Patents

  • Baykara, M.Z.. "Material System with Sub-Micrometer-Scale Interfaces Exhibiting Structural Lubricity under Ambient Conditions and the Method for Synthesis Thereof (USPTO Application, 1495300)"

  • Baykara, M.Z.. "Material System with Sub-Micrometer-Scale Interfaces Exhibiting Structural Lubricity under Ambient Conditions and the Method for Synthesis Thereof (Republic of Turkey Patent Application, 2015/07405)"



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