Tuğba Isık

Postgraduate Student


I graduated from İzmir Institute of Technology, Turkey with BSc degree in Chemistry in 2013. Then, I started MSc in Materials Science and Engineering in the same institute and became a research assistant. My thesis was about the separation of Circulating Nucleic Acids (CNA) from artificial serum using polymer membranes, which were fabricated by electrospinning technique. I completed my PhD in Materials Science and Engineering in 2019 at İzmir Institute of Technology under the supervision of Prof. Mustafa M. Demir. My project focused on the separation of macromolecules (proteins, dyes, heavy metal ions, oils, etc.) from aqueous systems using electrospun fibres fabricated from waste plastics.

Then, I got a scholarship from the Republic of Turkey Ministry of National Education to get a MSc degree on the spectroscopic analysis techniques and in 2019, I joined OGU under the supervision of Dr Ian Bull to analyse the soil nutrients and microbial communities by using GC-MS, LC-MS and ICP-OES/MS techniques.

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Microbial communities in soils carry out fundamental processes such as enzyme activities and any activity in these communities has the potential to transfer the micronutrients, which are essential for both animals and humans. Considering the effect of soil pH and manure addition on the preservation of soil biomass, understanding the effect of these parameters on the relationship between microbial communities and micronutrients is essential to enhance the plant bioavailability of micronutrients. The focus of my research is to assess a soil profile, in terms of the microbial communities and micronutrient content, in soils of identical origin with differing pH, whilst incubated with sheep-manure.

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10. Isik, T., Horzum, N. and Demir, M. M., 2019. A recycling route of plastics via electrospinning: from daily wastes to functional fibers. Green Electrospinning. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter, p. 239 – 264.

9. Satilmis, B., Isik, T., Demir, M. M. and Uyar, T., 2019. Amidoxime functionalized Polymers of Intrinsic Microporosity (PIM-1) electrospun ultrafine fibers for rapid removal of uranyl ions from water. Applied Surface Science, 467, 648 – 657.

8. Isik, T., Hilal, M. E. and Horzum, N., 2019. Green Synthesis of Zinc Oxide Nanostructures. Zinc Oxide Based Nano Materials and Devices. IntechOpen, DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.83338.


7. Isik, T. and Demir, M. M., 2018. Tailored electrospun fibers from waste polystyrene for high oil adsorption. Sustainable Materials and Technologies, 18, e00084.

6. Acar, O., Varis, S., Isik, T., Tirkes, S. and Demir, M. M., 2018. Synthesis and characterization of novel high temperature structural adhesives based on nadic end capped MDA-BTDA-ODA copolyimide. Materials Research Express, 5 (10), 105305.

5. Isik, T. and Demir, M. M., 2018. Medical Waste Treatment via Waste Electrospinning of PS. Fibers and Polymers, 19 (4), 767-774.

4. Horzum, N.,Hilal, M. E. and Isik, T., 2018. Enhanced bactericidal and photocatalytic activities of ZnO nanostructures by changing the cooling route. New Journal of Chemistry, 42 (14), 11831 – 11838.

3. Celik, A., Topcu, G., Isik, T., Baba, A., Horzum, N. and Demir, M. M., 2018. Investigation of Lithium Sorption Efficiency Using SWCNT Functionalized Electrospun Fiber Mats from the Hypersaline Geothermal Brine. Materials Science Forum, 915, 121 – 126.


2. Isik, T., Demir, M. M., Aydogan, C., Ciftci, M. and Yagci, Y., 2017. Hydrophobic coatings from photochemically prepared hydrophilic polymethacrylates via electrospraying. Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry, 55 (8), 1338 – 1344.

1. Isik, T., Horzum, N., Yildiz, U. H., Liedberg, B. and Demir, M. M., 2017. Utilization of Electrospun Polystyrene Membranes as a Preliminary Step for Rapid Diagnosis. Macromolecular Materials and Engineering, 301 (7), 827 – 835.

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