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Dr. Tansel Karabacak

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Associate Professor
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Department of Physics and Astronomy, ETAS 300B
2801 South University Avenue
Little Rock, AR  72204
Tel: 501-569-8045
Fax: 501-569-8020
Email: txkarabacak@ualr.edu
http://www.ualr.edu/txkarabacak/

Curriculum Vitae (click here)

Research Interests

  • Investigating fabrication and properties of nanostructured electrodes for energy conversion and storage applications including photovoltaic solar cells, fuel cells, and batteries.
  • Exploring growth dynamics and material properties of nanostructures by glancing angle deposition (GLAD; also named oblique angle deposition), conformal coatings by small angle deposition (SAD), and SAD-GLAD core-shell nanorod arrays.
  • Investigating light trapping and surface plasmonic effects in semiconducting and metallic GLAD nanostructures of different shapes for solar cell and photodetector applications.
  • Studying SAD-GLAD core-shell electrocatalysts for PEM fuel cells.
  • Developing density modulated thin films for Li-ion batteries and stress-resistant durable coatings.
  • Studying nanostructured metal hydrides for hydrogen storage applications.
  • Developing microstructured, nanostructured, and hierarchical superhydrophobic/superhydrophilic and superoleophobic surfaces for applications such as anti-fogging, anti-icing, water-oil separation, water condensation, and water-cooling applications.
  • Studying the morphological growth front evolution of thin films during deposition and etching

Education

  • Ph.D. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Department of Physics, Troy, NY (06/99 – 08/03)

Dissertation: Shadowing and Physical Self-Assembly in Oblique Angle Deposition
Dissertation Advisor: Prof. Toh-Ming Lu

  • M.S. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Department of Physics, Troy, NY (08/97 – 05/99)

Research Project: Surface roughness characterization by large angle light scattering and AFM Research
Advisor: Prof. Toh-Ming Lu

  • B.S. Middle East Technical University, Department of Physics, Ankara, Turkey (09/92 – 06/96)

Graduated with Honors

Awards & Honors

  • Faculty Excellence in Research, University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR), Little Rock, AR (04/13)
  • Kathleen Thomsen Hall Award (2X), UALR, AR (05/07 & 08/12)
  • Selected for 2010 Edition of Marquis Who’s Who in America, Marquis Who’s Who (05/09)
  • Northrop Young Researcher Award, UALR, Little Rock, AR (04/07)
  • Hillard B. Huntington Award, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Troy, NY (05/04)
  • American Vacuum Society (AVS) Graduate Research Award, Baltimore, MD (11/03)
  • Harry F. Meiners Fellowship, RPI, Troy, NY (05/99 – 08/03)
  • Turkish Government Ministry of Education Scholarship, Turkey (08/97 – 01/99)
  • Middle East Technical University Dean’s List, Ankara, Turkey (06/96)
  • Middle East Technical University Fellowship, Ankara, Turkey (08/94 – 06/96)

Grants

As of December 2014, managed/participated in 11 grants as PI (9 grants) and co-PI (2) in the research projects listed below corresponding to funds that sum to total $3,833,500 with $1,521,500 being Dr. Karabacak’s portion.

  • “SAD-GLAD Nanorod Array Catalyst Electrodes for Next Generation Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells”, NSF-CBET Catalysis and Biocatalysis Program, PI (single investigator), 08/14/2012-08/15/2016, Funding: $300,000.
  • “Green Renewable Energy-Efficient Nanoplasmonic (GREEN) Solar Cells”, NSF-EPSCoR, Campus-PI, 01/01/2014-12/31/2015, Funding: $1,045,000 (UALR’s portion), Dr. Karabacak’s portion: $300,000.
  • “Photoconductive and Photovoltaic Arrays of Indium (III) Sulfide Nanostructures for NASA-Relevant Light Detection, Sensor, and Energy Conversion Applications”, NASA-EPSCoR, PI, 01/01/2010-12/31/13, Funding: $1,500, 000 ($750K federal + $750K UALR), Dr. Karabacak’s portion: $638,000.
  • “SAD-GLAD Nanorod Array Catalyst Electrodes for Next Generation Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells”, UALR Thomsen Hall Grant, PI (single investigator), 08/01/2012-07/31/2013, Funding: $7,000.
  • “Photoconductive and Photovoltaic Arrays of Indium (III) Sulfide Nanostructures for NASA-Relevant Light Detection, Sensor, and Energy Conversion Applications”, NASA-EPSCOR RID P&P Supplement, PI, 09/01/2008-08/31/2009, Funding: $15,000, Dr. Karabacak’s portion: $6,000.
  • “Photoconductive and Photovoltaic Arrays of Indium (III) Sulfide Nanostructures for NASA-Relevant Light Detection, Sensor, and Energy Conversion Applications”, NASA-EPSCOR RID P&P, PI, 09/01/2007-08/31/2009, Funding: $40,000, Dr. Karabacak’s portion: $16,000.
  • “Photosensitive Arrays of Indium (III) Sulfide Nanostructures”, UALR Thomsen Hall Grant, PI (single investigator), 06/01/2007-08/31/2008, Funding: $3,500.
  • “A Nanotube-Based Molecular Sieve for Measurements of Trace Quantities of Biogenic Gases”, NASA-EPSCOR RID P&P, Co-PI, 09/01/2008-08/31/2009, Funding: $20,000, Dr. Karabacak’s portion: $7,500.
  • “University of Arkansas Hydrogen Storage and Production Project”, DOE, Co-PI, 07/01/2006-06/30/2009, Funding: $891,000, Dr. Karabacak’s portion: $233,000.
  • “Nanostructured Photosensitive Compound Semiconductor Materials”, NASA RI, PI (single investigator), 10/01/2006-09/30/2008, Funding: $7,000.
  • “Photosensitive Arrays of Indium (III) Sulfide Nanostructures”, NASA-EPSCOR P&P, PI, 12/01/2006-08/31/2007, Funding: $5,000, Dr. Karabacak’s portion: $3,500.