Dual Awards for Dr. Duygu Bozkurt Ağaoğulları
Jan 10, 2017

Our students and academics represent our university in the best way at every national and international event in the scientific community. With the feedback they receive on the presentations, they broaden their perspectives and give ITU great pride with their awards.

Chemistry - Metallurgy Faculty graduate Dr Duygu Bozkurt Ağaoğulları added to our international awards tally. First, Dr Ağaoğulları was awarded the Best Poster Presentation Award for her work, "Characterization of Graphite-Encapsulated Iron Nanoparticles Synthesized by Milling-assisted Low-pressure Chemical Vapor Deposition" during the Yugoslav Materials Research Society Conference 2016 - YUCOMAT 2016 on September 5-10 in the Montenegro city of Herceg Novi. Dr Ağaoğulları’s presentation "Synthesis and Characterization of Metallic Nanoparticles for Various Medical Applications and Diagnosis and Treatment of Cancer" is considered to be an extension of her post-doctoral studies at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University and research carried out at our university’s Particle Materials Laboratories at the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering.

The work which earned Dr Ağaoğulları the "Best Poster Presentation Award" focuses on the production, development and characterization of metallic magnetic nanoparticles for use in cancer diagnosis and treatment, one of the most important issues in recent years. In this study, a solution is proposed to the problem of reduced magnetic properties, due to oxidation, of metallic nanoparticles such as iron, cobalt, and nickel which are used to treat cancerous areas by drug release into cells that have been diagnosed as cancerous by visualization at the molecular level under a magnetic field with the aid of contrast agents.

Dr Ağaoğulları’s second success came at the GRAPHENE 3rd Emerging 2D Materials & Graphene Conference from Laboratory to Industry 2016, held October 20 and 21st. She received her second award, at this event, for her work titled “Characterization of Graphite-Encapsulated Iron Nanoparticles Prepared by Low-Pressure Chemical Vapor Deposition and Leaching for Possible Biomedical Applications”. This work, which brought her the "Best Poster" award, was also highlighted with the participation of co-authors Stanley Madsen, Ai Leen Koh, and Robert Sinclair, lecturers at Stanford University Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

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Who is Dr Duygu Bozkurt Ağaoğulları?

Born in Istanbul on October 29, 1982, Duygu Bozkurt Ağaoğulları, commenced her studies at our university’s Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, completing her undergraduate degree in 2004. Dr Ağaoğulları, who also participated in a double major program starting in 2002, graduated in 2006 from the Department of Chemical Engineering, receiving her second diploma. While continuing her second undergraduate study in the Chemical Engineering Department, she started a graduate program at ITU Engineering in Advanced Technologies, Material Science and Engineering in 2004, successfully completing this program in 2007. On her continuing academic adventure, Dr Duygu Bozkurt Ağaoğulları was successfully awarded a doctoral degree in 2014 from this same department of our university. Among her main research topics are "extractive metallurgy", process control, quality control and industrial gas production based on the purification of ore from metal; she continues these studies at our university.