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Seminar: Burcu Gurkan, Case Western Reserve University

Title: "Solvation and Electrode-Electrolyte Structure in Ionic Liquids."

Burcu Gurkan is Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Case Western Reserve University.

Ionic Liquids (ILs) as electrochemical solvents has been an emerging area of study in electrochemistry since the 1970s, due mainly to their wide electrochemical window, lack of flammability and negligible volatility. ILs are composed solely of ions and lack neutral ion solvation shell. Due to the weaker ionic bond between the constituent ions, ILs differ from regular salts and melt at much lower temperatures, below 100˚C and some below room temperature. This talk will present the unique IL bulk phase and interfacial behavior that impact charge transfer and electrical double layer structuring processes in batteries, supercapacitors and electrocatalytic reactions.

Gurkan’s research program is built on understanding the physicochemical, electrochemical and transport properties of ionic liquids and deep eutectic solvents, and applying these fundamentals to electrochemical processes, separations, and sensors.

She received the Best Master Thesis Award from the University of Toledo and was awarded Bayer Pre-doctoral Fellowship through the Center for Environmental Science and Technology at the University of Notre Dame, for her studies in the energy and environment field. She has recently been awarded the NASA Early Career Faculty. She is the thrust leader of one of the two thrusts of BEES (Breakthrough Electrolytes for Energy Storage); an Energy Frontier Research Center of DOE.


  • BS, Chemical Engineering from the Middle East Technical University
  • MS, Chemical Engineering from the University of Toledo
  • PhD, Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame du Lac
  • Postdoc, Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Postdoc, Polymer Engineering at the University of Akron

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Dougherty Engineering Building, 416
1512 Middle Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996

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Current Students, Faculty & Staff, General Public


CBE Seminar, CBE Fall 2019

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
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