Tugba Turnaoglu

Ph.D. Chemical & Petroleum Engineering
Previous Institution: University of Oklahoma; Ankara University
Hometown: Ankara, Turkey
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Why was the KU School of Engineering the right choice for you?

KU School of Engineering was the right choice as KU has offered what I want from a PhD program namely strong faculty, solid background and a sophisticated atmosphere. ​

What are you currently researching?

I am currently working on Project Azane in Dr. Mark Shiflett’s Lab. The project is based on ammonia absorption in ionic liquids. Ammonia is one of the largest amount of chemical produced worldwide and it is considered as green chemical due to its zero global warming potential and zero ozone layer depletion. Ionic liquids are relatively new generation solvents with low vapor pressure and high thermal stability. In our research group, we study the interactions between ammonia and ionic liquids for various applications. Our innovative approach will address many of the needs in the ammonia industry.

What is your favorite thing on campus or in Lawrence that a prospective student should check out?

Basketball games in Allen Field House is amazing experience! I like taking short walks on campus, enjoy the weather next to the beautiful pond, and having lunch in DeBruce Center. My favorite thing in Lawrence is local restaurants and stores on Mass Street.

What advice do you have for prospective graduate students?

My advice for prospective graduate students is to talk to various professors, spend some time in their lab and interact with their students before selecting their advisors. Each group has different dynamics, and the interaction between the students in each group will indicate the professor’s attitude towards their students and greatly help prospective students to make right choice in advisor selection.​

Which committee are you on and what would you like to do in the next year to help current graduate students?

I am the chair of Travel Committee and Treasurer of the GEA Executive Team. Two other members of the Travel Committee and I will collect Travel Awards Applications, address the applicants and the recommenders needs on the process, and manage the budget in coordination with each committee.


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