Somer Lectures 2017


Prof. Nicholas L. Abbott from University of Wisconsin - Madison was this year's speaker for Somer Lectures 2017.


Two - day lecture series took place on 23th and 24th of February at METU Cultural and Congress Center, Auditorium A and Seminar Room in Chemical Engineering Department.


The title of the first day lecture was "Design of Soft Materials using Liquid Cristallinity" and received broad participation from the faculty and the students.


The deputy Dean of Faculty of Engineering Prof. Tuna Balkan (left) participated the lecture and has given a present to Prof. Abbott.

Prof. Abbott has also received a plaque from our faculty Prof. İsmail Tosun (right).


Prof. Abbott is currently the Director of the Wisconsin Materials Research Science and Engineering Center.






The title of the second day lecture was "Understanding the Influence of Chemical Nanopatterns on Hydrophobic Interactions"


The second day lecture took place in Z-17 Seminar Room of Chemical Engineering Department, METU.



    • He received a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) from University of Adelaide, Australia in 1985, and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1991. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Chemistry Department of Harvard University from 1991 - 1993. His initial academic appointment was at University of California - Davis. He moved to the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1998 and served as Chairman of the department from 2009 to 2012. He is currently the Director of the Wisconsin Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, and the Sobota Professor and Hilldale Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering. He is a Gellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science and a Member of the US National Academy of Engineering. He currently serves as Co-Editor-in-Chief of Current Opinion in Colloid and Interface Science.