Sefaattin Tongay

Associate Professor and the Chair of Materials Science and Engineering
School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy (SEMTE)


Sefaattin Tongay is the department chair and an associate professor in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy (SEMTE) within the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Arizona State University. Prior to his appointment at ASU, he has completed his postdoctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley at the Materials Science and Engineering Department with Professor Junqiao Wu. He received his doctorate at the University of Florida in 2010 working with Distinguish Professor Arthur F. Hebard.

His work focuses on the synthesis and fundamental understanding of low-dimensional quantum materials. His team uses state-of-the art manufacturing and characterization techniques to enable next-generation applications such as quantum information, energy conversion (catalysis, photovoltaics), chemical engineering (desalination, purification, and gas separation). He has published more than 150 SCI-indexed research articles in prestigious journals such as Science, Nature, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Physics, Nature Chemistry, Nature Communications, Nano Letters and Physical Review Letters. He currently has h-index of 52, and holds a number key patents on 2D materials. His work received wide media coverage from Nature publications, Scientific American, MIT news, Science Daily, and various other media sources. Prof. Tongay also serves as an editorial member of AIP Applied Physics Review (impact factor 14) and more recently Nature Publishing Journal Nature 2D Materials and Applications.
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2019Presidential Early Career Awards in Sciences and Engineering (PECASE) award
2019Highly Cited Researchers of 2019 by Web of Science and Clarivate Analytics
2019Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World – Academic Leadership and Accomplishment
2019Top 5% Engineering Faculty Teaching Award (ASU)
2019World Nobel Laureates Association -Young Scientists Winner
2018Top 5% Engineering Faculty Teaching Award (ASU)
2017Ira. A. Fulton Outstanding Assistant Professor Award (ASU)
2017Outstanding Reviewer Award by Chemistry of Materials (impact factor:10)
2017Top 5% Engineering Faculty Teaching Award (ASU)
2016Early Career Awards for Sciences and Engineering (CAREER) Award
2016Top 5% Engineering Faculty Teaching Award (ASU)
2016The Scientist of the Year Award by Turkish Science Foundation
2016French National Institute Applied Sciences Researcher Award
2015Top 5% Engineering Faculty Teaching Award (ASU)
2010Tom Scott Memorial Award (Most innovative dissertation award at Florida)
2002Summa Cum Laude (Top rank student award)
2002-2004Bilkent University Broad of Directors Fellowship (Bilkent)
1998-2002Presidential awards for distinguished undergraduate students (Aegean)


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
  • Ph.D. University of Florida 2010
  • M.Sc. Bilkent University 2005
  • Bachelor’s degree. Ege University 2002