Alper Uzun’s Catalysis Research Group





“from fundamentals to applications”

Our research interests focus on

 achieving an atomic-level understanding on the structure-activity relationships in catalytic systems;

and on

utilizing it to tailor the catalytic structures to have an ultimate control over their performance.

Please check the “Projects” link to see our current funded projects.





Assoc. Prof. Alper Uzun

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Koç University

Rumelifeneri Yolu

34450 Sariyer, Istanbul, Turkey

Phone: +90 (212) 338-1754

Fax: +90 (212) 338-1548

E-mail: auzun (at) ku (dot) edu (dot) tr

 Koç University

©  Alper Uzun — Last update: Apr 17, 2019


Announcements and News


¨ Congratulations to Samira, her paper got accepted in ACS Catalysis.

¨ Congratulations to Dr. Özge Deniz Bozkurt, she got the “The Best PhD Thesis on Environment Award” from Çevre Vakfı.

¨ Another chapter from Melike’s PhD thesis got accepted for publication, this time in Journal of Catalysis.

¨ Dr. Uzun receives the 2019 Tübitak Incentive Award.

¨ Dr. Uzun receives METU Prof. Mustafa N. Parlar Education and Research Foundation Research Incentive Award.

¨ Dr. Uzun is becomes the co-director of Koç University-Tüpraş Energy Center (KUTEM).

¨ We got the cover in ACS Catalysis, the article was also highlighted in C&E News.

¨ Melike receives the Koç University Academic Excellence Award for her PhD Thesis.

¨ Our recent article is on the cover of ACS Combinatorial Science.

¨ Congratulations to Özge for defending her PhD thesis successfully! She joins Tüpraş R&D Center.

¨ Betül joins Tüpraş R&D Center, congratulations!

¨ Congratulations to Melike! She is the first PhD graduate from our group.

¨ Melike’s latest article is accepted for publication in Chemical Science, the flagship journal of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and featured in 2019 Chemical Science HOT Article Collection

¨ Zeeshan’s and Vahid’s paper is accepted for publication in JACS with a cover art and highlighted in C&E News

¨ Melike’s recent article is accepted for publication in ACS Catalysis (also highlighted in C&E News)

¨ Our recent paper is on the cover of ChemSusChem, it is now in the top 20 most downloaded articles list.

¨ Samira Fatma Kurtoğlu and Melike Babucci receive the best poster award in 1st KUTEM Energy Day.

¨ Ahsan Jalal’s paper has been accepted for publication in Journal of Catalysis. It is the first one from Turkey published in this journal in the last five years.

¨ Dr. Uzun receives the TÜBA-GEBİP award of the Turkish Academy of the Sciences.

¨ Our recent work published in Scientific Reports has been highlighted in C&E News and Advances in Engineering

¨ Samira Fatma Kurtoğlu receives the Koç University Academic Excellence Award for her MS study.

¨ Dr. Uzun receives 2015-2016 Koç University Engineering Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award.

¨ Dr. Uzun receives the BAGEP award of The Science Academy, Turkey.


¨ We are seeking highly motivated PhD and MSc students for Fall 2021. Our scholarship includes tuition waiver, stipend, accommodation, laptop, meal card, HGS,….

¨ We are seeking a talented post-doctoral fellow with experience in heterogeneous catalysis. Please contact us..