About the PI

Dr. Gurkan is Professor  of 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). Her publications have received more than 5000 citations with an h-index of 30 according to Google Scholar.

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

She was a Thrust Leader for the DOE EFRC Breakthrough Electrolytes for Energy Storage (BEES) (2018-22). She is the Deputy Director of EFRC BEES2; the second phase of BEES Center (2022-26). 


Ionic Liquids and Deep Eutectic Solvents

CO2 capture by absorptive and electrochemical processes

Electrochemical energy storage

Functional materials for separations


ENGR 225 Thermodynamics, Fluid, Heat & Mass Transfer (Engineering core:Thermo section)

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.

ECHE 580: Electrochemical Measurements


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. 

Elected chair of the Gordon Research Conference Separation Science. 

Programming Chair, Energy and Fuels, ACS (2024)

Discussion Leader and Power Hour Chair, Gordon Research Conference (Ionic Liquids 2022 & Separation Science 2022)

Associate Editor, ACS Applied Engineering Materials

Past Chair, Transport and Energy Processes Division, AIChE (2022-23)

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