Nationality : Turkey
Position : Professor at Middle East Technical University
Field of study : Inorganic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, catalysis, reaction kinetics and mechanisms, transition metal nanoparticles, hydrogen storage, catalytic hydrogenation and hydrogen generation, design of nanocatalysts
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Graduated from the Faculty of Chemical Engineering, Technical University of Istanbul in June 1972, Prof. Saim Özkar worked for two years in industry, received a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry at the Technical University of Munich in November 1976, joined the Department of Chemistry, Middle East Technical University, Ankara in September 1979, where he has been a full professor since November 1988. His research on organometallic chemistry was supported by Volkswagen Foundation, Germany. He spent one year at the Max Planck Institute in Mülheim a. d. Ruhr in Germany as a Scholar of Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation in 1986, two years at the University of Toronto, Canada as a visiting professor from 1988 to 1990, and 5 years at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, USA since 2000 starting with a Fulbright Fellowship of 9 months. He was awarded the Science Prize by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey in 1996 and has been a permanent member of Turkish Academy of Sciences since 1996. His current research interests involve the transition metal nanoparticles; synthesis, characterization, formation kinetics and mechanism, and catalytic uses in hydrogenation, dehydrogenation, oxidation, and particularly hydrogen generation from hydrogen storage materials. He has published over 310 papers in SCI-indexed journals, got over 13000 citations (SCI), 15000 (Google Scholar), h-index: 62 (SCI), 70 (Google Scholar).