About the PI

Dr. Gurkan is the Nord Distinguished Associate Professor in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU).  Prior to joining CWRU in August of 2016, 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), the Electrochemical Society (ECS), and the Materials Research Society (MRS). She currently serves as the 1st Vice Chair for the Transport and Energy Processes Division of AIChE. She is in the Editorial Advisory Board of ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces and currently serves as a Review Editor for the Frontiers in Chemical Engineering, Electrochemical Engineering.  Her publications have received more than 2600 citations with an i10-index of 23 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. 

2nd Vice Chair, Transport and Energy Processes Division, AIChE

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