KUTEM is an energy research center at Koç University established in 2012 by funds from Tüpraş. The center constitutes of around 30 faculty members in Engineering, Sciences and Administrative Science & Economics. Research projects are carried out in a newly constructed state-of-the-art laboratory as well in research laboratories of the affiliated faculty. The research activities of the center are focused on development of new energy technologies in areas which are fossil fuels, biofuels and solar fuels. The activities of the center are planned by the Executive Council consisting of representatives from Koç University and Tüpraş.


Recent Research Highlights

  • Dr. Uzun's paper is accepted for publication in JACS with a cover art and highlighted in C&E News (July, 2018).
    Dr. Erkey and his group contributed a chapter titled “Mass Transfer Effects in SCR Reactor for NOx Abatement in Diesel Engines to a book titled Exergetic, Energetic and Environmental Dimensions, Elsevier (November, 2017).
    Associate Professor Seda Keskin, has received the European Research Council Starting Grant for her project, “Computational Simulations of MOFs for Gas Separations” (October, 2017).
    Drs Keskin and Uzun's paper is selected as cover page for ChemSusChem journal
    Dr Keskin's paper is selected to Groundbreaking Research on MOFs, ACS Virtual Issue
    Samira Kurtoğlu, Ramazan Oğuz Canıaz, Ezgi Erdem and Melike Babucci received the best poster awards in 1st KUTEM Energy Day (April, 2017)
    KUTEM Energy Day 2017 will be held on April 4th. Please visit official website of the event.
    Congratulations to Alper Uzun and his team for getting their paper accepted in Journal of Catalysis (April, 2017).
    Asst. Prof Alper Uzun and Asst. Prof Sarp Kaya received 2016-TUBA-GEBIP awards (http://www.tuba.gov.tr/news/tuba-gebip-odulu-kazananlari-aciklandi/id/1583/lang/tr/ November, 2016).
    Assoc. Prof. Seda Keskin was recently announced to be the recipient of 2016 FABED Eser Tümen Outstanding Research Award (http://fabed.com/sonuclar.php?p=2016_basari).
    Asst. Prof Alper Uzun's recent work "Red Mud as an Efficient, Stable, and Cost-Free Catalyst for COx-Free Hydrogen Production from Ammonia" has been highlighted in C&E News and Advances in Engineering (September, 2016).
    KUTEM offered seed grants to faculty members to initiate research projects in the energy field. Six projects involving 11 faculty members from different disciplines were funded (September, 2016).
    Prof. Alper Kiraz hosts COST workshop on Experimental Flowing Matter, 13-15 April 2016, Istanbul.
    Assoc. Prof Seda Kızılel's research about anti-icing asphalt attracted a lot of attention from national/international media, scientists and government (December, 2015).
    Assoc. Prof Seda Keskin Avcı received ODTÜ-Prof. Dr. Mustafa Parlar Foundation Research Encouragement Award (December, 2015).
    Asst. Prof Alper Uzun received BAGEP award of The Science Academy, Turkey (April, 2015)
    Assoc. Prof Seda Kızılel's recent article in Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research has been selected as the topic of a press release that is included in the American Chemical Society (ACS) Office of Public Affairs' weekly PressPac.

  • Our faculty members continue to publish energy-related works
    Sumer, Z.; Keskin, S., Computational Screening of MOF-Based Mixed Matrix Membranes for CO2/N-2 Separations. J Nanomater 2016.
    Sezginel, K. B.; Keskin, S.; Uzun, A., Tuning the Gas Separation Performance of CuBTC by Ionic Liquid Incorporation. Langmuir 2016, 32 (4), 1139-1147.
    Ogasawara, H.; Kaya, S.; Nilsson, A., Operando X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy Studies of Aqueous Electrocatalytic Systems. Top Catal 2016, 59 (5-7), 439-447.

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  • The article by Selmi Bozbağ and Can Erkey titled "Supercritical Fluids in Fuel Cell Research and Development" is 2nd on the top 25 Hottest Articles in 2012 list of the Journal of Supercritical Fluids.