Research Summary


Hulya Cebeci studied the synthesis characterization and testing of nanostructures specifically carbon based nanomaterials like carbon nanotubes and nanofibers. The research was based on mostly experimental work but supported with modeling studies using finite element method as well. She established structure-property relations for a specific system as polymer nanocomposites reinforced with vertically aligned carbon nanotubes as a possible application for actuators, aerospace advanced composites and super capacitors. Also this material was a representative volume element (RVE) of a more complex structure, defined as hierarchical nano-engineered composites. It was important to investigate the properties of this RVE for tailoring and designing more complex structures that can be used as structural materials. Along these studies, she got many instrumental skills to use in synthesizing, characterizing and testing of nanomaterials.  For future studies she is planning to perform research activities along this direction.


Research Projects


  1. “Nanotube integrated 3D hierarchical composites for aerospace applications”-under evaluation
  2. “Fabrication of 3D Ultra Porous Micro and Nanostructures for Nano Particle Exchangers”, Scientific and Technological Research Project 1001, The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK), PI-funded
  3. “Nanotube integrated Carbon Fiber Composites for Investigation of Impact Toughness: Phase – I”, Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM-TAI), Jet Trainer Aircraft and Fighter Aircraft Conceptual Design Project, PI – funded
  4. Advanced Filtration Technology – Volatile Organic Compound Removal, Boeing-ITU Research Project, Co-PI-funded
  5. Macroscale modeling of waviness dominated vertically aligned CNTs in polymer nanocomposites with a controlled fashion
  6. Vertically aligned carbon nanostructures, CNT yarns, synthesis, characterization and testing
  7. Boron nitride nanotube (BNNT) synthesis, characterization and modelig studies for aerospace applications
  8. Nanoengineered (hybrid) composite architectures for laminate-level mechanical performance improvement
    • Multifunctional properties including damage sensing and detection
    • Manufacturing




Hülya Cebeci had worked in several projects with several leading academic group's and industry collaborators from around the world as a student, researcher and asistant faculty member listed below. With the new projects Dr. Cebeci is looking forward to work with new collaborators as well.

Prof. Brian L. Wardle at MIT - Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Prof. Karen K. Gleason at MIT – Department of Chemical Engineering
Prof. Michael Rubner at MIT – Department of Materials Science and Enginerring
Prof. Mehmet Toner at MIT-Harvard Health Sciences and Technologies
Prof. Qiming Zheng at Penn State University – Department of Electrical Engineering
Prof. Gregory Odeagard at Michigan State University – Department of Mechanical Engineering
Assoc. Prof. Gökhan İnalhan at İTÜ – Department of Aeronautical Engineering
Asst. Prof. Hai M. Duong at NUS – Department of Mechanical Engineering
Asst. Prof. Ali Fuat Ergenç at İTÜ – Control Engineering
Dr. Aytac Arıkoğlu at İTÜ – Department of Aeronautical Engineering
Dr. Roberto G. De Villoria at IMEADA Spain
Dr. Namiko Yamamoto at California Institute of Technology
Dr. Stephen S. Steiner at MIT – Department of Biological Enginerring