About the PI

Dr. Gurkan is the Nord Distinguished Assistant Professor in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) since August of 2016. Prior to joining CWRU, she trained at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2011-2013) and at the Polymer Engineering Department in University of Akron (2013-2015) as a postdoctoral researcher. She received her PhD degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame (2011) where she graduated with a Bayer Pre-doctoral Research Fellowship. She was a RECS Fellow (Research Experience in Carbon Sequestration) in 2011. She has a BS degree from the Middle East Technical University in Turkey (2004) and MS degree from the University of Toledo in Ohio.

Dr. Gurkan is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and the Electrochemical Society (ECS). She currently serves as the Director for the Transport and Energy Processes Division of AIChE. Her publications have received more than 2200 citations with an i10-index of 17 according to Google Scholar.

Dr. Gurkan is a faculty affiliate of the Great Lakes Energy Institute (GLEI) at Case Western Reserve University.

She is a Thrust Leader for the DOE EFRC Breakthrough Electrolytes for Energy Storage (BEES).


Ionic Liquids and Deep Eutectic Solvents

CO2 capture by absorptive and electrochemical processes

Electrochemical Energy Storage

Experience in: Electrospinning of polyurethanes (for wound healing), computational simulations (Gaussian, Towhee, LAMMPS)


ECHE 364 Chemical Reaction Processes

ECHE 472 Electrochemical Energy Storage

ECHE 472: Batteries and supercapacitors as part of renewable energy systems are examined. Related fundamental electrochemistry concepts, materials and techniques are described. Challenges, current literature and future opportunities in energy storage are discussed.


Dr. Gurkan leads the STEAM (Science Technology Energy Arts and Math) initiative at CWRU. She works with the art students in the Cleveland Institute of Art to involve them on the chemical engineering and in particular electrochemical energy storage concepts. 

Director, Transport and Energy Processes Division, AIChE

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