Prof. Dr. Birgül Tantekin Ersolmaz


Contact Information
Telephone: +90 212 285 61 52
Fax:+90 212 285 29 25
Email: Office: KMB B-413
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Address: Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Faculty of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, 34469, Maslak/Istanbul, Turkey.

Current Courses 
Ph.D.: University of Colorado, Boulder/Chemical Engineering Heat Transfer (Undergraduate), Fluid Mechanics (Undergraduate), Trasnport Phenomena (Graduate), Synthetic Membranes (Graduate), Membrane Technology (Graduate)
M.Sc.: University of Colorado, Boulder/Chemical Engineering; ITU/Chemical Engineering
B.Sc.: ITU/Chemical Engineering

Research Areas
Membrane Science and Technology, Polymers and Polymer-Based Membranes, Gas and Liquid Separations, Carbon Capture, Polymer Materials, Quality and Accreditation in Engineering Education

Scientific and Professional Memberships

Turkish Chamber of Chemical Engineers (KMO)

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
European Membrane Society (EMS)

Association for Evaluation and Accreditation of Engineering Programs (MÜDEK) (Founding Member)

Professional Positions, Awards and Scholarships

       Professional Positions:

  • Member of Administrative Council, European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education (ENAEE), January 2016-present.
  • Member of Advisory Board, Association for Evaluation and Accreditation of Engineering Programs (MÜDEK), January 2014-present.
  • Member of Strategic Planning Committee, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, October 2015-present.
  • Member of Curriculum Committee, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, October 2015-present, 2001-2004, 1994-1997.
  • Advisor to the ITU Rector, September 2000-August 2004.
  • Co-Chair of ITU Senate Accreditation Committee, January 2003-November 2004.
  • Member of Advisory Board, ITU Development Foundation Schools, September 2000-July 2005.
  • Vice-Chair, ITU Dept. of Chemical Engineering, December 1993-March 1997.


  • First Place in Student Paper Contest, North American Membran Society (NAMS) Third Annual Meeting, 1989.


  • Fulbright Research Scholarship, University of Texas, Austin, Department of Chemical Engineering, September 1998-June 1999.
  • Teaching and Research Assistantship, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1984-1990.
  • Turkish Government Scholarship for Graduate Study in the USA, 1983.
Primary Publications
1) Velioğlu, S., Ahunbay, M. G., Tantekin-Ersolmaz, S. B., “An atomistic insight on CO2 plasticization resistance of thermally rearranged 6FDA-bisAPAF”, Journal of Membrane Science, 556, 23-33 (2018).
2) Ahunbay, M. G., Tantekin-Ersolmaz, S. B., Krantz, W. B., “Energy optimization of a multistage reverse osmosis process for seawater”, Desalination, 429, 1-11 (2018).
3) Atalay-Oral, Ç, Tokay, B., Erdem-Ṣenatalar, A., Tantekin-Ersolmaz, S. B., “Ferrierite-poly(vinyl acetate) mixed matrix membranes for gas separation: A comparative study”, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 259, 17-25 (2018).
4) Velioğlu, S., Tantekin-Ersolmaz, S. B., Chew, J.W., “Towards the generalization of membrane structure-property relationship of polyimides and copolyimides: A group contribution study”, Journal of Membrane Science, 543, 233-254 (2017).
5) Ahmadi, M., Tas, E., Kılıç, A., Kumbaracı, V., Talınlı, N., Ahunbay, M. G., Tantekin-Ersolmaz, Ş. B., “Highly CO2 Selective Microporous Metal-Imidazolate Framework Based Mixed Matrix Membranes”, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 9, 35936-35946 (2017).