SAU was born from the Academia of Engineering and then founded as a university in1992 inthe Campus of Esentepe, city of Sakarya which is100 kmaway from Istanbul.. SAU Li-ion battery team consisted of more than 20 young researchers from different disciplines, including metallurgy and materials, chemistry and physics.

SAU has several facilities to investigate nanostructured Li-ion battery development, electrolytic deposition of lightweight nanoparticle reinforced metal matrix composites with the matrix materials of Ni, Cu, Sn and some of their alloys, nano PM metal matrix composite development, plasma spraying and plasma modification of material surfaces. SAU has signed collaborative agreement with several universities and institutes around the world from US, Europe, Africa to Asian country institutes. Therefore SAU’ mission provide a vision to get collaborative work at international basis.

Beginning from 2002 the research team in SAU has focused on new alternative energy sources and energy storage technologies. The research team has particularly concentrated on safe, low cost and high reversible capacity Li-ion batteries in energy storage application for hybrid vehicles, electrical vehicles and mobile devices. A new national research project will be financed by Turkish Planning Organisation on electrochemical energy storage with a budged of 7 million Euros. The SAU team is also capable to produce metal matrix composites reinforced with nano crystalline ceramic materials for lightweight application areas like automotive or aerospace.

The Li-Battery group has conducted numerous research projects in the field of Li-batteries. There is no overlapping between these national and international projects with the STABLE project. Current research and development projects related with batteries include:

  1. Development of MWCNT Reinforced Nanocomposite Li-ion Battery Electrodes For Mobile and Stationary Energy Storage Applications (COST Project – MP1004 – Hybrid Energy Storage Devices and Systems for Mobile and Stationary Applications” under the “Materials, Physical and Nanosciences (MPNS)” domain.
  2. Improving The Capacity Of Li-Ion Batteries By Using New Semi-Conducting Metal Oxide Based Anodes (Current Project, National, TUBITAK-TURKEY).
  3. Nano Crystalline Tin (Sn) and Tin Oxide (SnO2) Conductive Coatings (National, TUBITAK-TURKEY).
  4. Recently, funded by Turkish State Planning Organization for infrastructure development project. This laboratory will be completed at the end of 2012 with many key instruments for battery research and production. The centre will enable to produce Li batteries by physical and chemical vapour deposition systems, sol-gel, wet chemical synthesis, hydrothermal coating, dip coating, spin coating, pulsed electrolytic coating, complete electrochemical testing system, characterization laboratory.


Main tasks attributed: Optimization of suitable additives for increasing the performance of Li-air battery electrode (Task 1.2) in WP1, optimization of suitable additives and active catalysts for increasing the performance of lithium air battery electrodes (Task 2.1) in WP2 and synthesis and optimization of suitable additives for electrolyte (Task 3.2) in WP3.

Key people involved:

Four battery team leaders and more than 10 doctoral students and 15 Master of Science students are in the battery development team at SAU.

Prof. Dr. Hatem AKBUCCUT: PhD. In 1995 from Istanbul Technical University in materials science department, started the scientific investigation on Li-ion battery in1997 in New Mexico Tech. and Sandia National Laboratories. He has been involved in several scientific investigations in innovation projects on national and international scale, will be responsible for the coordination and management of development and design of Li-ion battery electrode development for EVs.

Dr. M. Oğuz GULER: He has received his doctoral degree in 2009 from Sakarya University in Materials Science Department. He has studied tin oxide based anode development by vacuum techniques for Li-ion battery. Ha has awarded by DAAD fellowship at Karlsruhe Research Center, Institute of Nanotechnology, and developed novel anodes. He has experienced to produce electrodes and designing batteries and also testing the electrochemical properties of Li-ion battery.