Research Centers and Laboratories

Our university offers its state-of-the-art research infrastructure to the use of industry. Questions and requests regarding the access and use of research facilities can be directed to Sponsored Research Office (SRO, contact: Tuğçe G. Erbay).

Industry-oriented research centers of Koç University are listed below (click here for all research centers at Koç University).

Koç University Surface Science and Technology Center (KUYTAM)

Established in 2010 with the support of Koç University and the Ministry of Development of Türkiye, KUYTAM is the first research center in the country specialized in surface science and technology and aims to develop innovative products with improved surface interactions, surface properties and optimization of surface properties. The center has more than 30 instruments including but not limited to Scanning Electron Microscope, X-Ray Spectrometers, Raman Microscope, Ultrafast Laser Spectrometer. The center offers a wide range of collaboration opportunities in basic sciences, engineering, medicine, and social sciences.

Koç University Tüpraş Energy Center (KÜTEM)

With its startup funding provided by TÜPRAŞ in 2012, KÜTEM focuses on energy studies. An estimated 30 academic staff from the College of Engineering and College of Administrative Sciences and Economics work in the center, with a primary focus on fossil fuels, biofuels and solar fuels.

Koç University Arçelik Center for Creative Industries (KUAR)

Founded by Koç University and Arçelik A.Ş. in 2015 to conduct research to increase the production capacity, production quality and international competitiveness of the creative industries in Türkiye, KUAR works on Augmented Reality, Game Design, Interactive Design, Wearable Technology and Fashion, Industrial Design, and User Experience projects.

Koç University Research Center for Translational Medicine (KUTTAM)

Established to carry out advanced scientific research on biomedical device production and to maximize university-industry cooperation in the production of high value-added, state-of-the-art medical devices and innovative products in Türkiye, KUTTAM has highly competent, world-class academics from the Faculty of Medicine, College of Science, College of Engineering and College of Social Sciences, and the finest state-of-the-art facilities that support research on various fields such as molecular medicine, cellular and molecular imaging, omics, biomechanics endurance, nano-scale prototype, motion analysis and cognition, and animal testing.

Koç University Boron and Advanced Materials Application and Research Center (KABAM)

Established in 2017 with the support of AKKİM, KABAM works in cooperation with industry and carries out R&D studies on boron-based priority high-tech materials, product development, and process development. KABAM’s three main subgroups focus on boron-based chemical compounds, boron-based batteries, and high-technology chemicals and ceramics.

Koç University Nanofabrication and Nanocharacterization Center for Scientific and Technological Advanced Research (n2STAR)

One of the largest investments of Koç University in recent years, n2STAR has the most well-equipped clean room environment, and provides the best material characterization infrastructure within the country. The center targets impact on energy, environment, health, biomedical research, automation, space and aviation technologies, communications, high-tech textiles, and future agriculture. Core research fields of n2STAR include photonics/nanophotonics, optics/optoelectronics, electronics/micro-nano electronics, micro and nanoelectromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS), nanomechanics, microfluidics, materials science and engineering, nanobiotechnologies, and food science.

Koç University İşbank Center for Infectious Diseases (KUISCID)

Founded with İşbank’s support in late 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, KUISCID leads projects to bring solutions for the current problems in infectious diseases by combining experimental strategies with bioinformatics analysis, and clinical data. The research areas of the center are molecular epidemiology, pathogenesis, and drug resistance mechanisms of emerging infections. KUISCID aims to find novel targets for therapy by studying metagenomics, transcriptomics, by utilizing computational methods to understand surveillance of emerging infections and evolutionary root of resistance, and by examining virulence and structural profiles of pathogens incorporation with immune response mechanisms.

Koç University Optical Microsystems Laboratory (MEMS)

MEMS aims to develop high value-added technological products such as holographic AR/VR displays, head-mounted projector and vision systems, portable medical diagnosis systems, non-invasive brain simulator for Parkinson’s Disease, nano-labeling and optical sensors, MEMS scanners, 2D/3D displays and thermal imaging devices.

Koç University Manufacturing and Automation Research Center (MARC)

Dedicated to conduct advanced multidisciplinary scientific research and education in Advanced Manufacturing, Mechatronics and Medical systems fields, MARC aims to develop and enhance the engineering systems and processes, particularly focusing on the vital issues of industry with an innovative approach.

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