Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rezan DEMİR-ÇAKAN
Chemical Engineering

+90 (262) 605 17 65
Web page
Block R, 203
Areas of interest
Electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries, Li-S batteries, Sodium-ion batteries Hydrothermal carbonization, Hydrogen storage, Adsorption of heavy metals and organics

Book Edited

  • Li-S Batteries, The Challenges, Chemistry, Materials and Future Perspectives,
    Editor: R.Demir-Cakan, World Scientific, 2017, ISBN: 978-1-78634-249-2

Book Chapters

  • HTC-derived materials in Energy and Sequestration applications in “Porous Carbon Materials from Sustainable Precursors, R. Demir-Cakan and M. Sevilla, Editor: Robin White, RSC, 2015.
  • Applications of Hydrothermal Carbon in Modern Nanotechnology in “Sustainable Carbon Materials from Hydrothermal Processes, M. Sevilla, A.B. Fuertes, R. Demir Cakan, M.M. Titirici, Editor: M.M. Titirici, Wiley, 2013.
  • Analytical Techniques for Li-S Batteries in “Ceramic Materials for Energy Applications II, M.U.M.
    Patel, R.Demir- Cakan, M. Morcrette, J.-M. Tarascon, M. Gaberscek, R. Dominko,Editors: K. Fox, Y. Katoh, H.-T. Lin, I. Belharouak, M. Halbig and S. Mathur), John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
  • Introduction to Rechargeable Lithium–Sulfur Batteries in “Li-S Batteries, The Challenges, Chemistry, Materials and Future Perspectives” R. Demir-Cakan, Editor: R.Demir-Cakan, World Scientific, 2017, ISBN: 978-1-78634-249-2
  • The Use of Lithium (Poly)sulfide Species in Li–S Batteries in “Li-S Batteries: The Challenges, Chemistry, Materials and Future Perspectives”, R. Demir-Cakan, MAthieu Morcrette, Jean-Marie Tarascon Editor: R.Demir-Cakan, World Scientific, 2017, ISBN: 978-1-78634-249-2


  • M. Antonietti, M.M. Titirici, R. Demir-Cakan, Process for the Preparation of Hydrothermal Hybrid Material from Biomass and Hydrothermal Hydrid Material Obtainable by the Process, World Patent, (WO/2010/006881), 2010

Peer-reviewed Papers

  • • M Dogrusoz, R Demir‐Cakan, Mechanochemical synthesis of SnS anodes for sodium ion batteries, International Journal of Energy Research, 2020, doi: 10.1002/er.5735
  • • O Bayram, B Kiskan, E Demir, R Demir-Cakan, Y Yagci, Advanced thermosets from sulfur, renewable benzoxazine and ionones via inverse vulcanization, ACS Sustainable Chemistry; Engineering, 2020, 8, 24, 9145–9155
  • • S Yeşilot, S Kucukkoylu, E Demir, R Demir-Cakan, Phosphazene Based Star-Branched Polymeric Cathode Materials via Inverse Vulcanization of Sulfur for Lithium–Sulfur Batteries, Polymer Chemistry, 2020, 11, 4124-4132
  • • A Uctepe, E Demir, B Tekin, B Dursun, O Ozturk, O Sel, R Demir-Cakan, Prompt microwave-assisted synthesis of carbon coated Si nanocomposites as anode for lithium-ion batteries, Solid State Ionics, 2020, 354, 115409
  • • AA Arie, B Tekin, E Demir, R Demir-Cakan, Utilization of The Indonesian’s Spent Tea Leaves as Promising Porous Hard Carbon Precursors for Anode Materials in Sodium Ion Batteries, 2020, Waste and Biomass Valorization, 11, 6, 3121
  • • EC Cengiz, R Demir-Cakan, TiO2 embedded hydrothermally synthesized carbon composite as interlayer for lithium-sulfur batteries, Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry, 2020, 1-10
  • • AA Arie, H Kristianto, EC Cengiz, R Demir-Cakan, Waste tea-based porous carbon–sulfur composite cathodes for lithium–sulfur battery, Ionics, 2020, 26 (1), 201-212
  • • AA Arie, H Kristianto, EC Cengiz, R Demir-Cakan, Preparation of salacca peel-based porous carbons by K2CO3 activation method as cathode materials for LiS battery, Carbon Letters, 2020, 30 (2), 207-213
  • • R Demir-Cakan, MR Palacin, L Croguennec, Rechargeable Aqueous Electrolyte Batteries: from Univalent to Multivalent Cations Chemistry, Journal of Mat Chem A., 2019, Journal of Materials Chemistry A 7 (36), 20519-20539
  • • EM Halim, R Demir-Cakan, H. Perrot, ME Rhazi, O. Sel, Correlation between the interfacial ion dynamics and charge storage properties of poly(ortho-phenylenediamine) electrodes exhibiting high cycling stability, Journal of Power Sources, 2019, 438, 227032
  • • E Demir, S Hayat Soytas and R Demir-Cakan, Bismuth oxide nanoparticles embedded carbon nanofibers as self-standing anode materials for Na-ion batteries, 2019, Solid State Ionics, 342, 115066
  • • S Yesilot, F Hacıvelioğlu, S Küçükköylü, E Demir, KB Çelik, R Demir-Cakan, A Novel Polyphosphazene with Nitroxide Radical Side Groups as Cathode-Active Material in Li-ion Batteries, 2019, Polymers for Advanced Technologies, 30, 2977
  • • M Aydin, E Demir, B Unal, B Dursun, AS Ahsen, R Demir-Cakan, Chitosan derived N-doped carbon coated SnO2 nanocomposite anodes for Na-ion batteries, 2019, Solid State Ionics 341, 115035
  • • EC Cengiz, O Ozturk, SH Soytas, R Demir-Cakan, Freestanding oxidized poly (acrylonitrile-co-vinylpyrrolidone)/SnCl2 nanofibers as interlayer for Lithium Sulfur batteries, 2019, Journal of Power Sources 412, 472-479
  • • E Demir, M Aydin, AA Arie, R Demir-Cakan, Apricot shell derived hard carbons and their tin oxide composites as anode materials for sodium-ion batteries, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 2019, Volume 788, 1093
  • • AA Arie, B Tekin, E Demir, R Demir-Cakan, Hard carbons derived from waste tea bag powder as anodes for sodium ion battery, 2019, Materials Technology, 1-10
  • • W Gao, R Demir‐Cakan, H Perrot, O Sel, Electrochemically Reduced Graphene Oxide‐Sheltered ZnO Nanostructures Showing Enhanced Electrochemical Performance Revealed by an In Situ Electrogravimetric Study, Advanced Materials Interfaces, 2019, 1801855
  • • EC Cengiz, A Ansari Hamedani, Serap Hayat Soytas, R Demir-Cakan, Adsorption Effect of Freestanding SiOx-decorated Stabilized Polyacrylonitrile Interlayers in Lithium-Sulfur Batteries, Dalton Transaction, 2019, 48, 4353-4361
  • • B Tekin, R Demir-Cakan, Understanding the Role of Water-Based Electrolytes on Magnesium-ion Insertion/Extraction into λ-MnO2 Lattice Structure, 2019, Solid State Ionics 335, 67-73
  • • EC Cengiz, O Salihoglu, O Ozturk, C Kocabas, R Demir-Cakan, Ultra-lightweight Chemical Vapor Deposition grown multilayered graphene coatings on paper separator as interlayer in lithium-sulfur batteries, 2019, Journal of Alloys and Compounds 777, 1017-1024
  • • S Sevinc, B Tekin, A Ata, M Morcrette, H Perrot, O Sel, R Demir-Cakan, In-situ tracking of NaFePO4 formation in aqueous electrolytes and its electrochemical performances in Na-ion/polysulfide batteries, 2019, Journal of Power Sources 412, 55-62
  • • AA Arie, H Kristianto, E Demir, RD Cakan, Activated porous carbons derived from the Indonesian snake fruit peel as anode materials for sodium ion batteries, 2018, Materials Chemistry and Physics 217, 254- 261
  • •AA Arie, H Kristianto, EC Cengiz, R Demir-Cakan, Activated porous carbons originated from the Indonesian snake skin fruit peel as cathode components for lithium sulfur battery, 2020, Ionics 25 (5), 2121-2129
  • • KB Celik, EC Cengiz, T Sar, B Dursun, O Ozturk, MY Akbas, R Demir-Cakan, In-situ wrapping of tin oxide nanoparticles by bacterial cellulose derived carbon nanofibers and its application as freestanding interlayer in lithium sulfide based lithium sulfur batteries, Journal of colloid and interface science, 2018, 530, 137-145
  • • B Dursun, E Topac, R Alibeyli, A Ata, O Ozturk, R Demir-Cakan, Fast microwave synthesis of SnO2@ graphene/N-doped carbons as anode materials in sodium ion batteries, 2017, Journal of Alloys and Compounds 728, 1305-1314
  • • O Salihoglu, R Demir-Cakan, Factors Affecting the Proper Functioning of a 3Ah Li-S Pouch Cell, 2017, Journal of The Electrochemical Society 164 (13), A2948-A2955
  • • TM Demirkan, M Yurukcu, B Dursun, R Demir-Cakan, T Karabacak, Evaluation of double-layer density modulated Si thin films as Li-ion battery anodes, 2017, Materials Research Express, Mater. Res. Express, 2017, 4, 106405
  • • E Ceylan Cengiz, Z Erdol, B Sakar, A Aslan, A Ata, O Ozturk, R Demir-Cakan, 2017, Investigation of the Effect of Using Al2O3–Nafion Barrier on Room-Temperature Na–S Batteries, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 121 (28), 15120-1512
  • • S Yeşilot, F Hacıvelioğlu, S Küçükköylü, KB Çelik, G Sayan, R Demir-Cakan, Design, Synthesis, and Characterization of Polyphosphazene Bearing Stable Nitroxide Radicals as Cathode Active Materials in Li-Ion Batteries, Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, 2017, 218, 1700051 27. 
  • •B Tekin, S Sevinc, M Morcrette, R Demir-Cakan, A new sodium based aqueous rechargeable battery system: the special case for Na0. 44MnO2/dissolved sodium polysulfide, Energy Technology, 2017
  • • Mustafa Arslan, Baris Kiskan, Elif Ceylan Cengiz, Rezan Demir-Cakan, Yusuf Yagci, Inverse vulcanization of bismaleimide and divinylbenzene by elemental sulfur for lithium sulfur batteries, European Polymer Journal, 2016, 80, 70-77 25. 
  • •Martine Departieu, Rezan Demir-Cakan, Clément Sanchez, Marc Birot, Hervé Deleuze, Mathieu Morcrette, Rénal Backov, On the effect of gold nanoparticles loading within carbonaceous macro-mesocellular foams toward lithium-sulfur battery performances, Solid State Sciences, 2016,55,112-120
  • • Burcu Dursun, Taner Sar, Ali Ata, Mathieu Morcrette, Meltem Yesilçimen Akbas, Rezan Demir-Cakan, Pyrolyzedbacterial cellulose-supported SnO2 nanocomposites as high-capacity anode materials for sodium-ion batteries, Cellulose, 2016, 23 (4), 2597-2607 
  • • R. Demir-Cakan, Targeting the role of lithium sulphide formation for the rapid capacity fading in lithium-sulphur batteries, Journal of Power Sources, 2015, 282, 437
  • • R. Demir-Cakan, M. Morcrette, J.-M. Tarascon, Use of ion-selective polymer membranes for an aqueous electrolyte rechargeable Li-ion/polysulphide battery, Journal of Material Chemistry A, 2015, 3, 2869
  • • M. Depardieu, R. Janot, C. Sanchez, A. Bentaleb, R. Demir-Cakan, C. Gervais, M. Birot, M. Morcrette, R. Backov, Novel Au/Pd@Carbon Macrocellular Foams as Electrodes for Lithium-Sulfur Batteries, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2014, 2, 18047
  • • R. Demir-Cakan, M. Morcrette, J.-B. Leriche, J.-M. Tarascon, Targeting the origin of the rapid capacity fading, An aqueous electrolyte rechargeable Li-ion/polysulfide battery, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2014, 2, 9025
  • • M.Depardieu, R. Janot, C. Sanchez, A. Bentaleb, C. Gervais, M. Birot, R. Demir-Cakan, R. Backov, M. Morcrette, Carbonaceous multiscale-cellular foams as novel electrodes for stable, efficient lithium–sulfur batteries, RSC Adv., 2014,4, 23971
  • • D. Uzun, M. Dogrusoz, M. Mazman, E. Bicer, E. Avci, T. Sener, T.C. Kaypmaz, R. Demir-Cakan, Effect of MnO2 coating on layered Li(Li0.1Ni0.3Mn0.5Fe0.1)02 cathode materials for Li-ion batteries, Solid State Ionics, 2013, 249, 171
  • • M. U.M. Patel, R. Demir-Cakan, M. Morcrette, J.-M. Tarascon, M. Gaberscek,, R.Dominko, Li-S battery analysed by UV-Vis in operando mode, 2013, ChemSusChem, 6, 1177
  • • Demir-Cakan, M. Morcrette, Gangulibabu, Aurélie Guéguen , Rémi Dedryvère, J.-M. Tarascon, Li-S batteries: simple approaches for superior performances, 2013, Energy Environ. Sci., 6, 176
  • • R. Demir-Cakan, M. Morcrette, F. Nouar, C. Davoisne, T. Devic, D. Gonbeau, R. Dominko, C. Serre, G. Ferey, J.-M. Tarascon, Cathode Composites for Li-S Batteries via Use of Oxide Confined Architectures, 2011, JACS, 133, 16154
  • • R. Demir-Cakan, Wan Si Tan, Ali Darwiche, R. Janot, Modification of the hydrogen storage properties of Li3N by confinement into mesoporous carbons, 2011, Energy Environ. Sci., 2011, 4, 3625
  • • J. Popovic, R. Demir-Cakan, J. Tornow, M. Morcrette, M. Antonietti, M.M. Titirici, LiFePO4 mesocrystals for Li-ion batteries, Small, 2011, 7, 1127
  • • R. Dominko, R. Demir-Cakan, M. Morcrette, J.-M. Tarascon, Analytical detection of soluble polysulphides in a modified Swagelok cell, Electrochem Comm., 2011, 13, 117
  • • T.L.A. Nguyen, T. Devic, P. Mialane, E. Rivière, N. Stock, R. Demir-Cakan, M. Morcrette, C. Livage, J. Marrot, J.-M. Tarascon, G. Férey, Reinvestigation of the MII (M =Ni, Co) / TetraThiafulvaleneTetraCarboxylate (TTF-TC) system using high-throughput methods: isolation of a molecular complex and its topotactic transformation to a 2-D coordination polymer, Inorg Chem, 2010, 49, 10710
  • • J. Matos, M. Rosales, R. Demir-Cakan, M.M. Titirici, Methane conversion on Pt-Ru nanoparticles alloy supported on hydrothermal carbon, Applied Catalysis A: General, 2010, 386, 140
  • • T.L.A. Nguyen, R. Demir-Cakan, T. Devic, M. Morcrette, T. Ahnfeldt, P. Auban-Senzier, N. Stock, A.M. Goncalves, C. Pasquier, Y. Filinchuk, J.M. Tarascon, G. Férey, 3-D coordination polymers based on the TetraThiaFulvaleneTetraCarboxylate (TTF-TC) derivative: synthesis, characterization and oxidation issues, Inorg Chem, 2010, 49, 7135
  • • U. Beker, H. Dertli, D.D. Gulbayir, R. Demir-Cakan, A Study on Production of Low Cost Carbonaceous Adsorbent, Energy Sources Part A- Recovery Utilization and Environmental Effects, 2010, 32, 1004
  • • S. Kubo, R. Demir-Cakan, L. Zhao, R. White, M.M. Titirici, Porous Carbohydrate-Based Materials via “Hard Templating”, ChemSusChem, 2010, 3, 188
  • • R. Demir-Cakan, P. Makowski, M. Antonietti, F. Goettmann, M.M. Titirici, Hydrothermal synthesis of imidazole functionalized carbon spheres and their application in catalysis, Catalysis Today, 2010, 150, 115
  • • R. Demir-Cakan, N. Baccile, M. Antonietti, M. M. Titirici, Carboxylate-rich carbonaceous materials via one step hydrothermal carbonization of glucose in the presence of acrylic acid, Chem. Mater, 2009, 21, 484
  • • R. Demir-Cakan, Y.S. Hu, M. Antonietti, J. Maier, M.M. Titirici, Facile one-pot synthesis of mesoporous SnO2 microspheres via nanoparticles assembly and lithium storage performance, Chem. Mater., 2008, 20, 1227
  • • Y.S. Hu, R. Demir-Cakan, M.M. Titirici, J.O. Müller, R. Schlögl, M. Antonietti, J. Maier, Superior storage performance of a Si@SiOx/C nanocomposite as anode material for lithium-ion batteries, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2008, 47, 1645
  • • P. Makowski, R. Demir-Cakan, M. Antonietti, F. Goettmann, M.M. Titirici, Selective partial hydrogenation of hydroxy aromatic derivatives with palladium nanoparticles supported on hydrothermal carbon, Chem. Comm., 2008, 999
  • • R. Demir-Cakan, M.M Titirici, M. Antonietti, G. Cui, J. Maier, Y-S Hu, Hydrothermal carbon spheres containing silicon nanoparticles: synthesis and lithium storage performance, Chem. Comm., 2008, 3759

Thesis Supervised


  • Burcu Dursun, 2017, Development of tin based materials for sodium ion batteries and investigation of their potential use as anode electrode
  • Elif Ceylan Cengiz, 2019, Improvement of the electrochemical performance of rechargeable lithium-sulfur (Li-S) and sodium-sulfur (Na-S) batteries
  • Burak Tekin, 2019, The development of cathode materials for sodium-ion batteries with aqueous electrolyte.


  • Elif Canbaz, 2020, Investigation of hazelnut shells driven carbon materials as anode for sodium-ion batteries produced by hydothermal carbonization method
  • Ali Üçtepe, 2019, The use and optimization of Si-carbon composites as anode materials in li-ion batteries
  • Sümeyye Yilmaz Uslukaya, 2019, Development of Na2S cathode electrode for sodium-sulphure (Na-S) batteries working at room temperature
  • Eren Demir, 2019, Using zinc anode electrode in aqueous electrolyte containing batteries
  • Kamile Burcu Çelik, 2017, The use and optimization of Li2S/carbon composites as cathode materials in Li-S batteries
  • Meral Aydin, 2016 Preparation and investigation of kinetic properties of efficient Co-Ti-B catalysts for sodium borohydride hydrolysis
  • Mehbare Doğrusöz, 2014, Nano structured cathode active material synthesis for lithium ion batteries
  • Third Cycle (Doctoral): Max Planck Institute Colloids and Interfaces (2006-2009)
  • Second Cycle (Master's): Yildiz Technical University (2002-2005)
  • First Cycle (Undergraduate): Yildiz Technical University (1997-2002)
Postdoctoral Researcher (2009-2012)
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Laboratoire de Réactivité et Chimie des Solides

•Dec 2019, ODTU Prof. Mustafa Parlar Foundation, Research Incentive Award
•2018-2019, TÜBİTAK, METATEG, Advisory Board
•July 2019, Sorbonne University (Paris/France), LabEX MATISSE, Invited Professor
•Dec 2018, Turkish Academy of Science, Distinguished Young Scientist Award (TUBA-GEBIP)
•June 2018-August 2018, French Embassy French Embassy for the Visiting Researcher Fellowship
•May 2016, L'Oreal Turkey Young Women in Science Award
•2015-2020, TÜBİTAK, Efficiency Challenge Electric Vehicle Races, Advisory and Evaluation Board
•April 2015, Science Academy’s Young Scientist Award (BAGEP)
•May 2014- present, Expert for the evaluating of the Horizion 2020 energy related calls
•October 2014, The Electrochemical Society, Battery Division Young Professional Travel Grant
•January 2013- March 2013, Visiting professor position at Picardie Jules Verne by Erasmus MUNDUS
•June 2012, Young Investigator Award (given by IMLB-2012, South Korea)
•June 2010-June 2012, ALISTORE-European Research Institute, (Postdoctoral research grant)
•July 2008, The Japan Carbon Award for Student (given by the Japan Carbon Society)
•October 2006-June 2009, The International Max Planck Research School Scholarship

•Türkiye Fransa İkili İş birliği Projesi (TÜBİTAK-Bosphorus Call), Proje Yürütücüsü, (2020-2022)
•TÜBİTAK 1001, Araştırmacı, (2020-2022)
•TÜBİTAK Kariyer 3501, Danışman, (2018-2021)
•GTÜ-Sabancı Üniversitesi İkili İş birliği Projesi, Proje Yürütücüsü, (2015-2016)
•TÜBİTAK 1001, Proje Yürütücüsü, (2015-2017)
•Türkiye Fransa İkili İş birliği Projesi (TÜBİTAK-CNRS), Proje Yürütücüsü, (2015-2017)
•TÜBİTAK 1001, Araştırmacı, (2015-2017)
•COST Projesi, Araştırmacı, (2015-2017)
•GTÜ-BAP, Proje Yürütücüsü, (2015-2016)
•TÜBİTAK Kariyer 3501, Proje Yürütücüsü, (2014-2017)
•GTÜ-BAP, Proje Yürütücüsü, (2014-2015)
•Türkiye Fransa İkili İş birliği Projesi (TÜBİTAK-CNRS), Proje Yürütücüsü, (2013-2015)
•TÜBİTAK-TEYDEB Öncelikli Alanlar Projesi, Danışman, (2013-2015)
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