After earning the most prestigious award given to a young researcher by the United States — a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation — in 2016, Sefaattin Tongay has earned another acclaimed award from a Turkish science organization.
Tongay, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, was among six scientists, selected from a pool of 122 applicants, to receive a 2016 Young Scientist Award from the Heroes of Science Association (Bilim Kahramanlari Derneği) in Turkey.
A selection committee composed of university presidents, deans, professors and other leading academics chose Tongay based on the societal impact of his scientific discoveries, his educational contributions to ASU and the originality of his research.
The fifth annual awards ceremony was held on May 17, 2017 in the Pera Museum in Istanbul, and was hosted by Jewish/Turkish actor Yosi Mizrahi.
In particular, the committee was impressed with Tongay’s research at the intersection of photonics, wearable materials and technology. With his research group, Tongay is designing a new class of 2D materials that can outperform traditional materials to address current challenges in energy, flexible electronics and photovoltaics, photonics and optics.
Improving 2D materials’ distinctive properties could lead to improvements in lighting technologies such as light-emitting diodes (LEDs), as well as batteries, cell phones, flexible electronics, biosensors and the photovoltaic cells used to convert sunlight into energy.