Dr. Tansel Karabacak

Associate Professor & Graduate Coordinator, Applied Science

Contact Information


  • BS, Physics, Middle East Technical University, Turkey (1996)
  • MS, Physics, Rensselaer Polytechnic University, NY (1999)
  • PhD, Physics, Rensselaer Polytechnic University, NY (2003)

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Development of novel thin film and nanostructured materials for alternative energy technologies including fuel-cell electrodes, hydrogen storage, solar cells, and batteries.
  • Sensor applications of thin films and nanostructures such as photodetectors and gas sensors
  • Interaction of biological organisms with nanostructured surfaces
  • Physical, chemical, and optical properties of 3D nanostructures produced by Glancing Angle Deposition (GLAD; also called Oblique Angle Deposition)
  • Dynamics of thin film and nanostructure growth
  • Growth front morphology of thin films
  • Thin films
  • Micro/Nano-Fabrication
  • Material Science and Characterization