Professor Coşkun Kocabaş, a researcher at the National Graphene Institute, is one of six distinguished scientists nominated for the IET's £350.000 AF Harvey Engineering Research Award.
Each year, nominees for an award to support their own future research are awarded to scientists for their work in engineering research in the fields of medicine, microwave and radar, or laser/optoelectronic engineering. This year's theme is optoelectronics and lasers.
Applications of graphene and other 2D materials in optoelectronics is one of Professor Kocabaş's areas of work. He is best known for his important work on using graphene-based devices to regulate light in a broad spectrum from visible light to microwave.
Professor Coşkun Kocabaş's Outstanding Research Achievements
Sir John O'Reilly, Chair of the IET's Search and Selection Panel for the award, said: “The AF Harvey Engineering Research Award recognizes the outstanding research achievements of candidates from anywhere in the world, identified through a search and selection. The award winner is found at the end of the process carried out by a panel of international experts from all over the world.
The late Dr. “Thanks to the legacy of AF Harvey, we are extremely pleased to recognize and support the development of groundbreaking engineering research in these areas and the resulting impact on improving the world around us.” He continued, "I congratulate our six finalists.
The award winner will be selected from the shortlisted candidates and will be announced in December 2022. The winning researcher will give a keynote speech about their research in the spring of 2023.
The IET's AF Harvey award goes to Dr. John, who donates a generous sum to the IET for a trust fund to be set up in his name to further research in the areas mentioned. It is named after AF Harvey.
Who is Coşkun Kocabaş?
He completed his BA (2001) and Physics MA (2003) at Bilkent University (Turkey). He received his PhD in Physics (2007) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA).
After receiving his PhD, he worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University.
Working as Assistant Professor and Associate Professor at Bilkent University between 2009 and 2017, Coşkun managed the Smart Materials and Devices group.
His main research interests include optoelectronic applications of graphene and other 2D materials. His research aims to understand and design the electronic and optical responses of emerging 2D materials to produce new devices that cannot be realized with conventional semiconductor materials.
PhD, Physics (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), 2007.
MSc, Physics (Bilkent University), 2003.
BS, Physics, (METU), 2001.