In recent news from the Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK), three Bilkent University faculty members are among this year’s recipients of the Council’s awards; in addition, the university was ranked second in the Council’s Entrepreneurial and Innovative Universities Index.
Prof. Hilmi Volkan Demir, director of the National Nanotechnology Research Center (UNAM), a member of the Departments of Electrical and Electronics Engineering and Physics, and chair of the graduate program in Materials Science and Nanotechnology, was presented with a TÜBİTAK Science Award, while Asst. Prof. Bilge Baytekin and Asst. Prof. Ferdi Karadaş of the Department of Chemistry and UNAM received TÜBİTAK Incentive Awards for 2020.
TÜBİTAK gives awards every year to encourage researchers who have made significant contributions to science at an international level. This year, the TÜBİTAK Executive Board decided on the basis of its evaluative process to present four science awards, one special award and 13 incentive awards.
Prof. Demir received his award for his work in the fields of semiconductor optoelectronics and nanophotonics, in particular on the physics, optical properties and applications of quantum-confined colloidal structures for LEDs in lighting and display technologies, and for his contributions to nanocrystal-based color conversion, display-backlighting color enrichment, energy transfer and optical gain in semiconductor nanocrystals. Dr. Baytekin’s award was presented for her work on the molecular mechanism of static electricity and prevention of accumulation of electrostatic charges on insulators. Dr. Karadas’s award, in the field of inorganic chemistry, recognized his contributions to the development of active catalysts for water oxidation.
TÜBİTAK has also announced the 2020 version of its Entrepreneurial and Innovative Universities Index. The index lists the country’s top 50 universities on the basis of their performance in the areas of entrepreneurship and innovation. The methodology for compiling the rankings is based on the following categories: scientific and technological research competence; intellectual property; cooperation and interaction; and economic contribution and commercialization.
In this year’s index, Bilkent University was ranked second, along with İstanbul Technical University, with 74.9 points.
The aim of the index is to promote entrepreneurship and innovation at universities.