Cem Akatay

Cem Akatay

Graduate Research Assistant

Contact Information

School of Materials Engineering
Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering
701 West Stadium Avenue
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2045

Advising Faculty

Adjunct Associate Professor of Materials Engineering

Degree in Progress

PhD Materials Engineering

Teaching Experience

  • MSE 582 Transmission Electron Microscopy Skills
  • MSE 230 Structure and Properties of Materials

Research Interests

In situ characterization of catalytic materials for efficient conversion of energy resources
Increasing cost and decreasing availability of petroleum directs the attention to other sources of energy, in specific to coal and biomass since they are abundant domestic sources of energy. Heterogeneous catalysis provides means for efficient and high yield transformation of energy resources into fuels for various applications. Advanced in situ characterization of catalytic materials can shed light on reaction mechanisms and contribute to fundamental understanding of catalytic action. This project concentrates on the study of novel catalysts at elevated temperature and pressure under environments similar to reaction conditions using Scanning/ Transmission Electron Microscopy (S/TEM) and X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS). UHV surface science techniques of Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM), XPS, AES (Auger Electron Spectroscopy), and LEED (Low-energy Electron Diffraction) on planar model catalysts assist the study.