Self-assembly research has the potential to fulfill our ultimate technological and scientific desires that are (i) to mimic complex material architectures that we see in Nature to advance our technology, (ii) to understand the emergence of life and (iii) to decipher the universal rules that govern emergence of complex materials and behavior. Although there is no general theory for complex systems, this does not stop us from experimentally exploring the controlled creation of complex structures and behavior, inspired primarily by biological organisms.

We conduct interdisciplinary research at the interface between materials science, physics, chemistry, and biology. Our goal is to understand complexity around us and to make use of it by “simplifying” it through a unique far-from-equilibrium self-assembly approach that we have developed. We have shown this method in very many different experimental setups ranging from vacuum systems to liquid/colloidal solutions to liquid crystals to light-solid interactions to light itself in the form of ultrashort laser pulses. Using these setups, we have experimented with a variety of materials ranging from silicon atoms to polystyrene nanoparticles, to microorganisms, to cancer cells, to sub-5 nm nanoparticles, to ceramics, and metal surfaces. Brief descriptions of our current research efforts are listed below:

– Fundamentals of complex systems and far-from-equilibrium dynamics [in collaboration with Prof. F. Ö. Ilday],

– Condensed matter physics [in collaboration with Prof. O. Gülseren],

– Complex nanoparticle arrangements for optical, optoelectronic, and photonic device applications [in collaboration with Prof. H. Volkan Demir and Prof. O. Tokel],

– Probability theory and statistical physics [in collaboration with Dr. G. Yıldırım],

– Emergent phenomena in microbiology [in collaboration with Prof. E. Doruk Engin and Prof. Yilin Wu],

– Cancer as a far from equilibrium phenomena [in collaboration with Prof. Özgür Şahin and Prof. Tayfun Özçelik],

– Metabolic disease mechanisms [in collaboration with Prof. Ebru Erbay],

– Complex, dynamic, and adaptive materials for solar cells,

– Dissipative chemistry.