Seminar on "Bio-inspired Sustainable Functional Materials"

05 June 2017


Dr. Ahu Gümrah Parry (née Dumanlı), Imperial College London, Department of Materials
June 5, 2017 (Monday); 14:00 – 15:00
Institute of Biomedical Engineering, AZ-19, Boğaziçi University Kandilli Campus, Istanbul
About the Seminar: 
Over the last 3.6 billion years, nature has developed processes and materials with exquisite selectivity, specificity, and adaptability. Mastering nature's concepts opens new doors for developing strategies in materials science because the performance of many of the functional materials used in today’s advanced technologies is dependent on the nanostructural features of the material. In my talk I will present bioinspired sustainable functional materials made of cellulose highlighting the versatility of cellulose as a sustainable material produced by different biological sources. Cellulose forms very intriguing nanostructures (ordered and disordered) and also is a great template material thanks to its surface functionality and high temperature resistance. My talk will cover 2 distinct type of structural organization in cellulose; first highly ordered photonic structures made of cellulose nanocrystals for optical devices and sensor development and second is the randomly ordered aerogels made of cellulose nanofibers for development of photocatalysts and stimuli-responsive composites. I will first introduce my biological inspirations and explain how nature uses cellulose as a functional material in connection to development of various optical devices, sensors and hybrid materials. I will also discuss what can we expect from future following the bio-inspired materials.
About the Speaker: 
Dr. Ahu Gümrah Parry (née Dumanlı) studied chemistry in Hacettepe University, Ankara and finished an MSci degree in Polymer Science and Technology in Middle East Technical University, Ankara before doing a PhD on controlled production of carbon nanotubes with different morphologies at Sabancı University, Istanbul. In 2008 she joined Alan Windle’s
Macromolecular Materials group in Cambridge focusing on the production of cellulosic advanced materials. She was awarded a Schlumberger Fellowship in 2012 and she worked jointly with the Steiner (Cavendish Laboratories, University of Cambridge) and Reisner groups (Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge). In 2014, she took a senior researcher post at the Adolphe Merkle Institute in Fribourg before returning to Cambridge to continue her work on biomimetic functional materials as a senior researcher in the Chemistry Department. She joined to Imperial College, London in October 2016 to fill a tenured academic post as a Teaching Fellow.