Apr 20, 2016

In 2+2 program of TUBITAK BMBF Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for which more than 1000 applications were made, 2 out of 9 projects considered worthy to be supported are from ITU.

The first of these projects, coordinated by Prof. Dr. Beraat Özçelik from the Department of Food Engineering in the Faculty of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, is a joint one between Northstar from Turkey, Innovation Company of ULKER Yıldız Holding, and Christian Albrechts University of Kiel (CUA) and Breko GmbH from Germany.

The other project, coordinated by Prof. Dr. Hasan Güneş, a lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the Faculty of Mechanics, is a joint one between Dr. Hüsnü Kerpiçci from ARÇELİK A.Ş. and Prof. Dr. Ing. Ullrich HESSE from Technische Universitaet Dres and Christian PUHL from Fuchs Europe Schmierstoffe GMBH.

New Research For the Food Industry

Within the comprehensive protocol signed between Yıldız Holding and Istanbul Technical University (ITU) on May 2015, it was intended to conduct graduate programs, R&D projects and joint academic studies with the collaboration of university and industry.

As the first step of the protocol, ITU, which has a reputable place in the world for its research in the field of food, has focused on a multidimensional study where stakeholders of international science, technology and industry come together. 

Prof. Dr. Beraat Özçelik, the Dean of Faculty of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, stated these about her project: “From ITU, 2 projects including ours have been successful. As the Project Coordinator, I would like to express my great pleasure for carrying out a joint project with Northstar of Yıldız Holding.  I would like to offer my special thanks to all ITU and Nortstar team for their contributions in the project.”

With this project, studying on interactions of food components improving health with food-metabolism and bioavailability, Kiel University and Breko GmbH Company from Germany, and ITU and the innovation company of Yıldız Holding, Northstar Innovation from Turkey, intend to carry out clinical studies and produce functional goods aiming to increase the use of Omega-3-fatty acids in humans.

A Techn
ology-based Environmental Project

ITU’s second supported project has been a technology-based environmental project. 

This project coded “REFMIX” on “increasing the efficiency of energy in refrigerators and heat pump dryers by using appropriate coolant mixtures and oil” aims to reduce energy consumption in refrigerators and heat pump dryers being used in the houses in Turkey nowadays.