Can Kartoglu

Sabanci University

Bilateral Meetings

  • Wednesday 12:00-15:00
  • Thursday 12:40-14:40
DescriptionSabanci University's Nanotechnology Research and Application Center is engaged in highly effective multidisciplinary research programs, bringing together researchers with expertise spanning advanced materials, basic sciences, and nano-engineering, in order to address solutions in electronics, photonics, healthcare, construction, the environment, agriculture and packaging industries. Sabanci University (SU) has been the most successful university in Turkey in terms of the number of EU Framework Programmes projects per faculty member, taking part in 20 FP6 projects (Total Budget: €3.584.848); 53 FP7 projects; 37 Marie Curie Grants (18 IRG, 10 CIG, 2 ERG, 1 Excellence Award, 3 ITN, 1 IOF, 2 IRSES), 12 Cooperation Projects, and 4 Capacities Projects (Total Budget: €2.196.753), as well as 5 Jean Monnet European Modules, 3 Jean Monnet Chairs ad personam and 1 Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence. These EC grants constitute about 15% of the SU’s total budget for research grants.
Organization Type University
CityIstanbul, Sabanci Universitesi Orta Mah. Universite Cad., No Google map
Areas of Activities

Material Science



        Research and development


          Genetically programmed specific stimuli-responsive and light emitting bacteria for biological sensor

          Proposal idea:
          Development of genetically programmed bacteria that can respond by emitting light against desired stimulus, such as against untested drugs, nanoparticles or potentially toxic chemicals. These innovative biological sensors serve as surrogates to human health risks.

          The proposed idea will generate a library of a series of genetically programmed bacteria, where each of the bacterial variant will be specialized in responding to specific biological response by emitting light, for eg., genotoxicity, chemical/drug toxicity. This concept and approach enable high-throughput screening and monitoring of pharmaceutical drugs, food additives, defense agents and environmental contaminants.

          European Dimension:
          The proposed concept matches to the upcoming Work Programme 2018-2020 of EU/Horizon 2020, such as CE-BIOTEC-04-2018, CE-BIOTEC-05-2019, BIOTEC-06-2020.

          The concept will result in delivering a unique biotechnology platform that is applicable industries, such as pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, food and environmental industries. The tool that will be generated allows high-throughput screening and monitoring of not only chemical- but also biological-impacts of certain new and untested industrial targets. It provides a novel, easy to handle and less-expensive tool that contributes to preventing risks to human health, food and the environmental safety and thus contributes to industrial improvement in R&D and socio-economic development of EU and associated countries.

          Small, medium and large-scale pharma, food and environmental industries with R&Ds.

          CE-BIOTEC-04-2018: Bio-remediation of at least two toxic contaminants and elucidation of bio-remediation pathways. Establishing proof of technology to be developed for field trials and demonstration of benefits from bio-remediation process over physicochemical remediation approaches.
          CE-BIOTEC-05-2019: Microbial bio-degradation of plastics/plasticizers and elucidation of relevant enzymatic pathways involved in partial (20~60%)/complete removal of plasticizers in plastic materials. Scaling plasticizer bio-degradation for sustainable and environmentally friendly pilot system and to include indicators to prove the impact.
          BIOTEC-06-2020: Generate a series of genetically programmed biological sensors for detection of at least 2-5 target toxic agents.
          Generate IPR and industrial partnership for further exploitation of technology to be developed.

          Tentative Horizon 2020 work programme, call, and funding scheme:
          The proposed concept matches to the upcoming EU/Horizon 2020. Possible matches CE-BIOTEC-04-2018: New biotechnologies for environmental remediation (RIA). CE-BIOTEC-05-2019: Microorganism communities for plastics bio-degradation (RIA). BIOTEC-06-2020: Reprogrammed microorganisms for biological sensors (IA).

          Partners and roles:
          Partners who are inclined to collaborate and mutually cooperate in carrying out joint research program, generating joint IP and dissemination of results outcome.
          Specific functions and roles: Characterizing biological sensors for their selectivity and specificity to their targets.

          Budget and duration estimate:
          Budget in the order of thousands or millions of Euro.

          Project duration 36~60 months

          Keywords: CE-BIOTEC-05-2019BIOTEC-06-2020CE-BIOTEC-04-2018
          Cooperation Offered
          1. Technical co-operation

          Food packaging material with antibacterial, ethylene scavenging and barrier properties

          Active and multifunctional packaging materials are facing increasing demand because of the changing trend of the customer needs such as safety and long shelf life of the food material without interfering with processed materials, preservatives and additives.

          Contrary to conventional food packaging that is inert to the food; active food packaging has the ability to act against the contaminants and to remove them. Active packaging functions like being antibacterial, ability to scavenge spoiling molecules, and impermeability to gases are achieved by the integration of active components into the food packaging materials.

          There exists continuing need for a modified film packaging that can have antimicrobial, gas scavenging and barrier properties while having also easy applicability to conventional olefins, particularly thermoplastics and more particularly to plastics of having lower surface energy such as Polyethylene (PE) and Polypropylene (PP).

          We have developed a food packaging material in the form of polymeric films or a coating for polymeric films having good antibacterial, barrier and scavenging properties by using halloysite nanotubes and antibacterial active agents. We are open for licence agreements with SME or large enterprises active in food packaging (film) material production.

          Keywords: antibacterialpackagingfood
          Cooperation Offered
          1. Technical co-operation

          A new bio coating for enhanced heat transfer

          Boiling heat transfer is used in a variety of industrial processes and applications, such as refrigeration, power generation, heat exchangers, cooling of high-power electronics components and cooling of nuclear reactors. Enhancements in boiling heat transfer processes are vital, and could make these typical industrial applications more energy efficient.

          We have developed a biocoating which is a significant alternative to surface enhancements in microchannels/tubes as well as conventional scale. Due to the porous structure of the coating, biocoated surfaces have much more active nucleation sites in comparison to the bare surfaces and have higher performance.

          The biocoating is organic, biocompatible and is also applicable to different industrial fields where enhanced performances are sought. This technology has the potential of offering both biocompatibility and enhanced performance.

          SME or large (multinational) enterprises that could be the end user of the technology are sought for further increasing the TRL. First step could be a research cooperation agreement for integrating the technology in to a product and then licence agreements can be considered with the same partner.

          Keywords: BiocoatingHeat transferSurface modification
          Cooperation Offered
          1. Technical co-operation