Dr. Fatma Demir obtained her B.Sc in Chemistry in 2002 and M.Sc in Polymer Science & Technology in 2007. She received her PhD from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 2014 under the supervision of Prof. Dr. ir Guy Van Assche at the department of Physical Chemistry and Polymer Science (FYSC). During her PhD, she specialized in the phase behavior and crystallization kinetics of polymer: fullerene active layers of organic solar cells. Between 2015 and 2017, she had her first post-doctoral research for an EU funded Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions Cofund Brain Circulation Scheme program in the Middle East Technical University. She had her second post-doctoral study in Bilkent University for another two years, focusing on the mechanochemistry, contact electrification, triboelectricity and smart & self-responsive polymers for soft-robotic systems. Currently, she is working in the FYSC and R&MM in the VUB as the ‘Postdoctoral Research and Project Manager’ of two EU funded projects: SMART ITN (EU Marie Curie international training network on Soft, Self-responsive, Smart Materials for Robots) and SHERO (A Horizon 2020 Future and Emerging Technologies -FET on Self-Healing Soft Robotics).
The goal of this project is to get insight in the fundamentals of the solution and phase behaviour of conjugated polymers in specific solvents, on the one hand, and to extend this knowledge to the rheological behaviour under shear or extension, on the other hand. This is extended from solutions of conducting polymers to mixtures of conjugated polymers with fullerene derivatives. These material ...
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