Dr. Gungor was born in Istanbul, Turkey. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering at University of Southern California, working in Prof. Andrea Armani’s research group. Her research is focused on smart polymers, nanoparticles and their application to the fabrication of novel optical devices. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry Department from Trakya University. As an undergraduate, her research focused on alkaloids. In 2011 she received her Ph.D. in Department of Polymer Science and Technology from Istanbul Technical University, under the supervision of Prof. Umit Tunca, researching the synthesis of complex macromolecular architectures via the combination of click chemistry and controlled/living polymerization methods and their characterization. In May 2011 she joined Prof. Mario Gauthier’s research group as a postdoctoral fellow at University of Waterloo in Canada. She worked on improvement of mechanical properties of butyl rubbers (BIIR), it was a collaborative research with Lanxess, which is one of the most important companies for the development, manufacturing and marketing of plastics, rubber, intermediates and specialty chemicals.
Click chemistry (Copper catalyzed azide alkyne cycloaddition reaction, Diels-Alder reaction, Thiol-ene and Thiol-yne reactions), controlled/living polymerization techniques (ATRP, NMP, RAFT, ROP), the synthesis of complex macromolecules, biopolymers, smart polymers (mostly UV responsive), nanoparticles, the application of polymers and nanoparticles on optical devices.