MESA+ University of Twente
Inorganic Materials Science Group

Curriculum Vitae

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Oct 2011- Present

PhD student at Mesa+ Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands.


MSc Nanoscience Program at Zernike Institute of Advanced Materials at University of Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands


BSc Materials Science and Engineering at Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey.


Kayseri Fen Lisesi, Kayseri, Turkey. Science-Math track in the highschool.


Oct 2011-Present

Phd Project: Domain wall engineering at nanoscale in multiferroic BiFeO3

Sep 2010-July 2011

MSc Thesis Project: Spatially selective photochemical reduction of silver atoms on ferroelectric surfaces

June 2010

NanoSymposium held on June 26th, 2010 at Zernike Institute Organized by the students of Nanoscience Class 2009

Spring 2010

Physics of Nanodevices Group, Zernike Institute Project: Spintronics in Graphite, investigated by Ballistic Electron Emission Microscopy

Sep 2008-July 2009

BSc Thesis Project: Nanoscale compositional analysis of micelle systems by AFM

Summer 2008

Internship at Bekaert Technology Center, Kortrijk, Belgium Project: Interlamellar spacing of pearlitic steel wires measured by AFM and SEM

Summer 2007

Sabanci University

Project: Synthesis of pure yttrium iron garnate powders via sol-gel processing

Publications and Conference Presentations

A. Solmaz, T. Aytun, J. Deuschle, and C.W. Ow-Yang, “Nanoscale Elastic Modulus Variation in Loaded Polymeric Micelle Reactors” Langmuir, 2012, 28(28), pp 10592-10596

Alim Solmaz, Mark Huijben, Beatriz Noheda, Guus Rijnders, “Influence of substrate-film interface engineering on the multiferroic BiFeO3” 2013 Joint UFFC, EFTF and PFM Symposium, Prague, Czech Republic, July 22-26, 2013

Alim Solmaz, Brian Smith, Mark Huijben, Beatriz Noheda, Guus Rijnders, “Tailoring domain walls in multiferroic BiFeO3 by varying the growth conditions” Physics@FOM Veldhoven, the Netherlands, January 22-23, 2013

S. Parui, A. Solmaz, B.J. van Wees and T. Banerjee, “Spin Transport in Graphite Nanostructures”, Oral Presentation, 55th Annual Conference on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, Atlanta GA, USA, November 14-18, 2010

S. Parui, S. Kamerbeek, A. Solmaz, K.G. Rana, H. Modarresi, B.J. van Wees and T. Banerjee, “Hot Electron Transmission in Graphite Nanostructures”, SPINOS III, 3rd Topical Meeting on Spins in Organic Semicondutors, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, August 30-September 3, 2010

Alim Solmaz, Taner Aytun, Cleva W. Ow-Yang, “Mapping the Chemical Composition Variation in Metal-loaded Diblock Copolymer Micelle Monolayers via Tapping Mode Atomic Force Microscope”, Materials Research Society 2010 Fall Meeting, in Boston, MA, USA, Nov. 2010.

Alim Solmaz, Taner Aytun, Omer Faruk Mutaf, Cleva W. Ow-Yang, “Relating the Nanoscale Compositional and Mechanical Property Variation in Micelle Reactors by TM-AFM”, ISPM International Scanning Probe Microscopy Conference, Madrid, Spain, June 17-19, 2009

Mahmut Aksit, Murat Gokhan Eskin, M. Cem Akatay, Alim Solmaz, Mehmet Ali Gulgun; “Synthesis of Pure YIG Powders via Sol-Gel Processing”, MACAN Berlin Meeting, Berlin, Germany, November 14-17, 2009

Taner Aytun, Omer Faruk Mutaf, Alim Solmaz, Osman el- Atwani, Vesna Srot, Peter A van Aken and Cleva W. Ow-Yang, “Diblock Copolymer Micelles for the Synthesis of Inorganic Nanoparticles: Monitoring the Reaction Progress via TEM and AFM”, Materials Research Society 2008 Fall Meeting, in Boston, MA, USA, Nov. 2008.

O. Mutaf, T. Aytun, A. Solmaz, O. El Atwani, C.W. Ow-Yang, “Towards Nanoscale Composition Mapping: Phase Imaging from Tapping Mode Atomic Force Microscopy,” 4th National Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, June 9-13, 2008.




Turkish (native)

English (Fluent in writing and speaking)


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