Dr Elif Ozden Yenigun


  • Dr Elif Ozden Yenigun is Senior Tutor in textiles at the Royal College of Art. She is material scientist interested in nanoengineered aerospace composites, smart wearables and 3D textile preforms. Her research focuses on developing cutting-edge textile based materials and manufacturing methods that enable the design of more novel and optimized engineered systems and products.

  • Biography

  • Dr Elif Ozden Yenigun  received a BSc degree in Textile Engineering from Istanbul Technical University and her PhD in Material Science and Engineering from Sabanci University with the thesis 'Designed-In Molecular Interactions and Cross-linking Interface for Superior Nanocomposites: A Multi-Scale Insight'. She has performed computational studies during her PhD at University of Cambridge with Prof. James Elliott. She has received a prestigious Individual Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship (MSCA-IF) to perform research on adaptive smart textiles. She is also affiliated to Istanbul Technical University, Aerospace Research Centre as co-founder of Nanomaterials, Textiles, and Advanced Composites Research Group. She has authored numerous articles and other papers and presentations for national and international conference proceedings, and filed international patents.

  • External collaborations

  • Member of American Chemical Society (ACS) and Material Research Society (MRS)

    Editorial Board-International Journal of Textile Science & Engineering
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  • Publications, exhibitions and other outcomes

  • Journal Articles:

    Jahangiri, S., Aravi I., Menceloglu, Y. Z., Işıkel Şanlı, L., Ozden-Yenigun, E. (2018) 'Fabrication and Optimization of Proton Conductive High Temperature PBI Electrospun Nanofiber Membranes'. Polymers for Advanced Technologies, 29 (1), 5.

    Jahangiri, S., Ozden-Yenigun, E. (2018) 'The Stability and Dispersion of Carbon Nanotube-Polymer Solutions: A Molecular Dynamics Study'. Journal of Industrial Textiles, 47 (7), pp. 1568–1583.

    Bakhtiari, R., Ghobadi, S., Gulluoglu, E. N., Işıkel Şanlı, L., Alkan Gursel, S., Ozden-Yenigün, E. (2017) 'Macroscopic Assembly of Flexible and Strong Green Graphene Fibers'. RSC Advances, 7, pp. 26735–26744.

    Ozden-Yenigun, E., Bilge, K., Sunbuloglu, E., Bozdag, E., Papila M. (2017) 'High Strain Rate Deformation of Nanofiber Interlayered Structural Composites'. Composite Structures, 168, pp 47–55.

    Ozden-Yenigun, E., Atilgan C., Elliott, J. (2017) 'Multi-scale Modeling of Carbon Nanotube Reinforced Crosslinked Interfaces'. Computational Materials Science 129, pp. 279–289.

    Kucukali-Ozturk, M., Ozden-Yenigun, E., Nergis, B., Candan, C. (2017) 'Nanofiber Enhanced Light-Weight Composite Textiles for Acoustic Applications'. Journal of Industrial Textiles 46 (7), pp. 1498–1510.

    Tas, S., Kaynan, O., Ozden-Yenigun, E., Nijmeijer, K. (2016) 'Selective adsorption of cations by crown ether/polyacrylonitrile nanofibers'. RSC Advances, 6 (5), pp. 3608–3616.

    Ozden-Yenigun, E., Simsek, E., Menceloglu, Y. Z., Atılgan, C. (2013) 'Molecular Basis for Solvent Dependent Morphologies Observed in Electrosprayed Surfaces'. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 15 (41), pp. 17862–17872.

    Bilge, K, Ozden Yenigun, E., Simsek, E., Menceloglu, Y Z., Papila, M. (2012) 'Structural composites hybridized with epoxy compatible polymer/MWCNT nanofibrous interlayers'. Composites Science and Technology, 72 (14), pp. 1639–1645.

    Ozden Yenigun, E., Menceloglu, Y Z., Papila, M. (2012). 'MWCNTs/P(St-co-GMA) composite nanofibers of engineered interface chemistry for epoxy matrix nanocomposites'. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 4 (2), pp. 777–784.

    Ozden Yenigun, E., Menceloglu, Y Z., Papila, M. (2010) 'Engineering chemistry of electrospun nanofibers and interfaces in nanocomposites for superior mechanical properties'. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2 (7), pp. 1788–1793.

    International Patents:

    Stable electrospinning composition, for stable nano-/sub microstructure production and preparation method thereof, WO 2016190826, PCT/TR2015/000227,
    Publication date: Dec 1, 2016
    Innovators: Melih Papila, Ayça Ürkmez, Kaan Bilge, Eren Şimşek, Yusuf Z. Menceloğlu, Elif Özden Yenigün

    Book Chapters

    Ozden-Yenigun E., Oguzhan O.E., Menceloglu, Y.Z. (2012) 'A review: The role of interface in reinforced composites', in Pielichowski, K. (ed.) Modern Polymeric Materials for Enviromental Applications Vol 5, Krakow:WNT Teza.

    Özden, E., Atilgan, A.R., Bilge K., Menceloglu, Y.Z., Atılgan, C., Papila M. (2011) 'Designed-in Molecular Interactions Lead to Superior Thermo-mechanical Properties in Nanocomposites', in Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. Vol. 1304, Cambridge University Press, mrsf10-1304- z09-10.

    Ozden Yenigun, E., Menceloglu, Y.Z., Papila, M.(2010) 'Electrospun Polymer/MWCNTs Nanofiber Reinforced Composites; Improvement of Interfacial Bonding by Surface Modified Nanofibers' in Lou J., Lilleodden E, Boyce B., Lu L., Derlet P.M., Weygand D., Li J., Uchic M.D., Le Bourhis E. (eds.) Proceeding in Mechanical Behavior at Small Scales — Experiments and Modeling, Warrendale, PA,1224-FF10-23.    

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  • Awards and Grants

  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Grant (Agreement no: 796640)

    Sabancı University, Dr. Gürsel Sönmez Research Award (2013)

    The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey BIDEB 2214 International Scholarship for academic research in University of Cambridge

    The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey BIDEB 2211 Scholarship for PhD Study (2008–2013)

    Sabanci University Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences full tuition fee exemption and housing support (2008–2013)

    Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter Junior Travel Grant (I2CAM) Boston-USA (December 2009 and December 2010)

    Erasmus Socrates‐ European Union education and training programme‐ Portugal Universidade do Minho with full scholarship from Turkish National Agency (2006)


Research interests

Dr. Ozden Yenigun’s current research interests include nanoengineered aerospace composites, smart wearables, 3D textile preforms, carbon nanomaterial based CNT and graphene fibers, high performance polymer fibers and its production, fibrous materials for energy storage and actuators, 3D printing, thermoplastic structural composites, multi-scale modelling of nanocomposites (molecular dynamics, dissipative particle dynamics), electrospinning/electrospraying process.

Current and recent research

BOEING Global Technology Co, Ultra high performance conductive thermoplastic nanocomposites by 3D Printing, December 2016–November 2018. (Co-Investigator)

TUBITAK 116M427 Production of Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanotube Reinforced Nanoprepregs and Their Use in Thermoplastic Composites for Reinforcing Interface, March 2017–March 2019. (Project Coordinator)

Carbon Project (Funded by ITUBAP, Internal Funding), Novel End Products of Carbon Nanotubes via Mass Production & Optimization, October 2015–October 2017.

TUBITAK 114M149, Production of High Temperature Nanofiber Proton Exchange Membranes via Electrospinning, October 2014–November 2017. (Project Coordinator)

TUBITAK 214M398, “Scale-up Development and Fabrication of Multi-functional, High Strength and Electrically Conducting Graphene Fibres” (Researcher)

ITU BAP-Internal Funding, Carbon nanotube based composite yarns via designing interface, September 2014–September 2016 (Project Coordinator)

TUBITAK 213M618, Designing interface via multi-scale modelling in carbon nanotubepolymer composite nanofiber/yarns, April 2014–July 2015 (Project Coordinator)

ISTKA (TR10/14/GEN0124), 'Textile Design Centre for People with Disabilities', September 2014–September 2015 (Researcher)

Research students