Our research aim is to propose, develop, and demonstrate novel and useful bioelectronic, nanophotonic and optoelectronic devices and interfaces for the applications to energy, medicine, and environment. To meet this objective we explore, engineer and exploit interesting characteristics and phenomena of nanomaterials and biomaterials, and use them in novel device and interface architectures. Our research integrates fundamental scientific knowledge with forward-looking engineering approaches, and it spans conception, modeling, material preparation, device fabrication, characterization, and their system-level applications.


We are delighted to be informed by the editorial office of Nano Research that our new review paper on the exciting nanomaterial of InP quantum dots is recognized as one of the highly cited papers as of May/June 2023, which received citations to place it in the top 1% of its academic field according to the metrics by Web of Science (WOS).


Our research on AgBiS2 quantum dot based bioelectronic devices is recognized with a poster award in The Eye and the Chip Congress 2023, Detroit, USA.




Our new paper demonstrating MnO2 nanoflowers for efficient photostimulation of neurons has been featured on the inside front cover of Advanced Science.







Our review paper on optical neuromodulation has been featured on the front cover of Chemical Society Reviews.







Prof. Nizamoglu received Koç University President’s Outstanding Faculty Award.





Prof. Nizamoglu received Aziz Sancar Incentive Award for his research on bioelectronics and photomedicine.



Prof. Nizamoglu received the first Science Diplomacy Award by Council of Higher Education.





Prof. Nizamoglu received ERC (European Research Council) Consolidator Grant for his project entitled “Retinal Mesh Optoelectronics” . He became the first recipient of his second ERC grant in Türkiye.




Prof. Nizamoglu will serve as Chair of the Advanced Photonics Congress on Novel Optical Materials and Applications (NOMA) organized by Optica.



Our paper entitled “Silk Nanocrack Origami for Controllable Random Lasers” is selected as the Front Cover of Advanced Functional Materials. (Volume 31, Issue 45)






The Council of Higher Education (Turkey) awarded Prof. Sedat Nizamoglu and Dr. Houman Bahmani Jalali “Best PhD Thesis Award 2021 in Science and Engineering“. The  thesis was entitled as “Novel Biocompatible Quantum Dots and Nanoengineered Assemblies for Optoelectronic Neural Interfaces” and the research was supported by ERC (European Research Council). Dr. Jalali is currently working as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (Genova, Italy).



Our review article on light-emitting devices using liquids is selected as a featured article by the Editors of Chemical Physics Reviews.



Congratulations Mertcan and Houman! Mertcan Han received Graduate School of Sciences and Engineering (GSSE) Academic Excellence Award 2021! Houman Bahmani Jalali, a recent PhD graduate of IDEALAB, won the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship, which is one of the most prestigious and competitive funding schemes in the world.





Our paper on high-Q, directional and self-assembled random lasers are picked as a featured article by the Editors of APL Photonics. 




Our paper on high-Q, directional and self-assembled random lasers is published on the cover of the APL Photonics (Volume 5, Issue 10, Oct. 2020).

The paper is also highlighted by SciLight.

Creating directional random lasers using cracked light-emitting material



The Optical Society Board of Directors has approved Prof. Nizamoglu’s Senior Member designation.





Our paper demonstrating the most efficient eco‐friendly white LED is highlighted on the frontispiece of Advanced Materials Technologies.






Prof. Nizamoglu received The Young Scientist Award.



Prof. Nizamoglu received IEEE Turkey Research Encouragement Award.


Our Ph.D. student, Sadra Sadeghi, received the Best Poster Presentation Award at the National Photonics Congress 2019. Congrats Sadra!



Our Ph.D. student, Houman Jalali, won the Graduate Student Award at the 2019 Spring Meeting of the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS) in Nice, France. He received his award by Prof. Anke Weidenkaff from the Technical University of Darmstadt, Prof. Sergio Brovelli from the University of Milano-Bicocca and Prof. Iwan Moreels from Ghent University. Congrats Houman!



Prof. Nizamoglu received TUBITAK (Turkish NRF) Encouragement Award, one of the most prestigious national awards.



Prof. Nizamoglu received the College of Engineering “Outstanding Faculty Award” by Koç University President Umran Inan.



Houman Bahmani Jalali, PhD candidate in IDEALAB, won the Nanoscale Horizons Best Poster Prize at the Tenth International Conference on Quantum Dots (QD 2018) in Toronto, Canada with his work titled “Synthesis of Bio-compatible Type-II InP/ZnO Quantum Dots”. The award was given by University of Toronto vice-president Professor Ted Sargent. Congrats Houman!




Our recently published paper in Optica attracted record-high attention with an altmetric score of 159.



Our study on quantum dot based white LEDs with high luminous efficiency, which is published by Optica is highlighted by:

OSA (Optical Society of America) – Quantum Dot White LEDs Achieve Record Efficiency

AAAS (The American Association for the Advancement of Science) – Quantum dot white LEDs achieve record efficiency 

PHYS.org – Quantum dot white LEDs achieve record efficiency

Photonics.com – Liquid-Based White LEDs Achieve High Luminous Efficiency

Science Daily – Quantum dot white LEDs achieve record efficiency

Businesswire.comQuantum Dot White LEDs Achieve Record Efficiency

American Physical SocietyA Bright Future: Quantum Dots and the Quest for Energy Efficient White Lights


Prof. Nizamoglu will give an invited talk at CIMTEC 2018 – 14th International Conference on Modern Materials and Technologies in Perugia, Italy on June 14, 2018.


Prof. Nizamoglu joined PLOS ONE as an Academic Editor.


Prof. Nizamoglu is elected as the program chair of NOMA (Novel Optical Materials and Applications) of Advanced Photonics Congress 2018 by OSA (Optical Society of America). The conference will be held on 02 – 05 July 2018 in ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.



Prof. Nizamoglu will give an invited talk entitled “Silk-Based Self-Assembly and Lithography” at MRS Fall 2017 on November 27, 2017.

Our work published in Scientific Reports is highlighted as an Editorial Feature by AZoCleantech, which is the leading online publication for the Clean Technology community.
Our work published in Nature Communications is featured in a new TV series ‘White Rabbit Project’ in Netflix, Episode 8.
 We demonstrated the first Fluorescent Protein TV! 
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Our paper is selected as Image of the Week by Nature Communication!
Our paper entitled “Bioabsorbable Polymer Optical Waveguides For Deep-Tissue Photomedicine” is published in Nature Communication!
In collaboration with Harvard Medical School, our research article on a new technique for living biological lasers is published in Advanced Optical Materials Link
Prof. Nizamoglu is received Young Scientist Outstanding Achievement Award by Turkish Academy of Sciences Link
Prof. Nizamoglu has been qualified for the European Research Council’s (ERC) Starting Grant Link
MIT Technology Review
Prof. Nizamoglu is recognized as Innovator Under 35 by the world’s oldest and most respected technology publication “MIT Technology Review”.
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Our research article entitled “All-Biomaterial Laser using Vitamin and Biopolymers” has been highlighted on the cover of the Advanced Materials Link
Our research article entitled “Light-guiding hydrogels for cell-based sensing and optogenetic synthesis in vivo” has been published in Nature Photonics Link