MESA+ University of Twente
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Volume 4, 2015

Solve problems together

Over 550 people work within the MESA+ Institute. Three hundred of them are PhD researchers or postdoctoral fellows. Derya Ataç from Turkey is one of them. She recently obtained her doctorate and now works as a postdoctoral fellow. “It is very easy to work together here.”

Derya Ataç is on the verge of flying to her family in Turkey. She is going to celebrate obtaining her doctorate at her parents. Ataç obtained her doctorate near the end of 2014 at the NanoElectronics group for performing research on manipulation of transport of electrons in thin layers. She developed a new way to insert magnetic impurities in thin metal films. This is especially useful for fundamental research to, for example, the Kondo effect. In addition, Ataç discovered a way to build memory devices from graphene. That research could be useful in future chips.

Helpful technicians
Ataç could often be found in the NanoLab. “The facilities are really superb. And I don’t just mean the cleanroom, but the chemical labs as well. And the helpful technicians, of course. Together we could solve all my problems.”

Fruitful cooperation
Ataç is also very happy with the collaboration with other research groups. The Molecular Nanofabrication group created the molecular complexes for her research. This resulted in two joint publications. Ataç: “Because so many disciplines are joined together in MESA+ it’s really easy to collaborate.”

Ataç dedicated her doctoral thesis to her family, even though she has barely seen them in the past four years. “It’s a great thing that my research group offers such a safe environment. Because of that, I really feel at home here. We sometimes call the NanoElectronics Group the NE-family.’

After obtaining her doctorate Ataç remains affiliated with the NanoElectronics group. She now works on a project to produce multiple graphene layers. That project is being funded by Toyota. The motorcar company is looking for new ways to store energy for the car of the future.

Before she jumps on the plane, Ataç still has a tip for foreign students or researchers who want to come to Twente. “There are so many excellent and interesting research groups here in Twente and there are many opportunities for foreigners. Be sure to inform yourself! I strongly recommend to look into research opportunities in the NanoElectronics group.” And... she’s gone.

NAME : Derya Ataç (1984)

POSITION : Postdoctoral fellow in Twente with NanoElectronics

BEFORE : Ataç studied physics at the Izmur Institute of Technology in Turkey. In 2010 she started her PhD research in Twente with the NanoElectronics Group. In December 2014 she obtained her doctorate under the supervision of Wilfred van der Wiel with her research titled ‘Tuning Electron Transport in Metal Films and Graphene with Organic Monolayers’.

MESA +... “has incredible researchers and facilities.”