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Selim Hanay received his Ph.D. degree in Physics from Caltech in 2011. He has than worked at Caltech Physics Department first as a post-doctoral research fellow and then as a research scientist. His early research has focused on Nano Electromechanical Systems (NEMS), working in the group of Professor Michael Roukes. With his colleagues, they have developed NEMS devices capable of detecting and weighing single protein molecules in real time. These research results have been highlighted in several media outlets, such as the New York TimesIEEE Spectrum,Scientific AmericanDiscover Magazine and Slashdot.  

His current research will focus on further advancing these nanoscale machines to accomplish unprecedented sensing and characterization modalities for biologic samples at the single-molecule and single-cell level. These investigations have immense potential in biochemical research (such as proteomics and cancer studies) as well as environmental applications (such as monitoring of air pollution and nanotoxicity). 

Recently, Hanay research group started working on the nonlinear dynamics of nanomechanical systems, as resonant sensors as well as buckling systems. Buckling systems have the potential to work as efficient nanomechanical actuators owing to the large displacement amplitudes easily reached after buckling bifurcation. 

Starting around 2018,  Hanay research group has also been developing microwave sensors operating inside microfluidic systems for the characterization of single cells and microparticles.


A collection of important publications can be reached here

Selim Hanay is an alumni of Sabanci University received BS in Microelectronics Engineering and minor honors. in Physics. He is a graduate of Ankara Science High School.


  • Incentive Award by TÜBİTAK (Turkish Scientific and Technical Research Council), 2021

  • IEEE Turkey Section Research Incentive Award, 2021

  • The Young Scientist Award by Bilim Kahramanlari Foundation, 2020. 

  • Invited Seminar Talk within the Dream Chemistry Awards Program, Warsaw, Poland, 2019.  

  • Bilkent University, Distinguished Teaching Award, Bilkent University, 2018.

  • The Most Inspiring Professor Award, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Bilkent University, 2018.

  • ERC Starting Grant 2017, awarded 1.5 Million Euros by EU to develop Resonant Electromagnetic Microscopy.  

  • The Young Scientist Award by Turkish Academy of Science (TÜBA GEBİP) 2017.

  • The Most Inspiring Professor Award, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Bilkent University, 2017.

  • Young Scientist Award (Science Academy), Turkey 2017. 

  • Marie Curie Career Integration Grant, European Commission, 2014-2018. 

  • Career Development Grant, The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, 2014-2017.

  • Full Scholarship, California Institute of Technology, 2003-2011. 

  • TÜBİTAK (Turkish Scientific and Technical Research Council) Scholarship, 1999-2003.

  • Sabanci University High Honor Scholarship, 1999-2003.

  • Graduated with the first rank from Ankara Science Lyceum

  • Scholarship, 75 Young Students in the 75th year of the Turkish Republic Award by Isbank, 1999. 

  • Gold Medal in the 31st International Chemistry Olympiad, Thailand, 1999. 

  • Presidential Honor presented by Süleyman Demirel, 1998. 

  • Bronze Medal in the 30th International Chemistry Olympiad, Australia, 1998. 

Major Talks and Seminars

  • 2022    NMC 2022 (Bangalore India, Hybrid)  Invited Talk

  • 2021    NanoBioTech Montreux Conference, Montreux, Switzerland, 14-16 November, 2021.  

  • 2021    Distinguished Dynamics of Micro and Nanosystems Colloquium, Online, Invited, TU Delft, Delft, Netherlands

  • 2021    Online Seminar, Invited, Centre for Nano Science and Eng. (CeNSE), Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

  • 2020    Condensed Matter Physics (Yogun Madde Fiziği), Turkey Meeting, online, Invited Talk. 

  • 2020    IEEE NEMS 2020 Virtual Conference, Invited Talk.​

  • 2019    NMC-2019, Lausanne, EPFL. 

  • 2019    NanoTR-15, Opening Session Talk, Antalya Turkey. 

  • 2019    Invited Seminar, Dream Chemistry Award Program, Warsaw, Poland.

  • 2019    Frontiers of Nanomechanical Systems / FNS19, Invited Talk, Palm Springs, CA. 

  • 2018    MNE-2018, Kopenhagen, Denmark. 

  • 2017    14th International Workshop on Nanomechanical Sensors (NMC-2017), Invited Talk, Kona, HI, USA. 

  • 2016    AVS 63rd Symposium, 6-11 November, Nashville, TN, USA.

  • 2016    Turkish Physical Society 32nd International Physics Congress, Invited Talk, Bodrum, Turkey. 

  • 2016    Workshop on Physical, Biological and Chemical Foundations of Bioelectronics, Biophotonics and Biosensors, ICTP – Eurasian Centre for Advanced Research, Invited Talk, Urla, Turkey. 

  • 2015    EEMKON Electrical Electronics Engineering Conference, Turkish Society of Electrical  Engineers, Invited Talk, İstanbul Turkey 

  • 2014    NEMS 2014 - International Seminar on Nanomechanical Systems,Invited Talk Paris, France 

  • 2014  Mass Spectrometry: Applications to the Clinical Lab (MSACL) Conference, San Diego, CA, USA, March 1-5, 201



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