Nazli Turan


I am interested in low temperature plasma physics and its applications caring about future and nature.

I have extensively worked with low-pressure and atmospheric pressure plasmas on their electrical, thermal, and optical characterizations with following methods:

+ built a Langmuir probe to measure plasma potential.
+ adapted a Gauss probe to a translational stage for magnetic field characterization of a Hall effect thruster.
+ utilized an IR camera and COMSOL thermal simulation to estimate substrate temperature during plasma exposure.
+ analyzed optical emission spectroscopy (OES) data to obtain electron temperature and vibrational/rotational temperatures of plasma.
+ inserted a mm-scale surface plasma into the FTIR instrument to study plasma-driven surface modifications.

I am currently studying on plasma-surface interactions, specifically on plasma-activated sintering of metal nanoparticles and thermoelectric thin films aiming for high-throughput additive manufacturing (AM) of conductive patterns on delicate materials. Accordingly, I am involved in a research project on in-situ plasma sintering processing of nanoinks at Idaho National Laboratory.

I believe research as an intellectual activity holds significant values in reaching out to scientific community, enlightening future generations, and conveying science-based messages to public.


I obtained an MSc. degree from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey. I was a member of Bogazici University Space Technologies Laboratory (BUSTLab) as a research assistant. I worked on Hall effect thrusters, which utilize electric and magnetic fields to extract ions from a plasma discharge. My thesis focused on Experimental Investigation of the Effects of Cathode Position on HK40 Hall Effect Thruster Performance and Cathode Coupling“. I published articles at the related conferences.

Now, I am a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering in the University of Notre Dame. I am working on plasma-surface interactions as a part of Go Research Group. My studies specifically focus on highlighting a future direction where additive manufacturing of electronic devices can be achieved on low-melting point materials (e.g. plastics or textiles) at ambient conditions and investigating plasma-specific characteristics at solid interfaces in light of different plasma types that are easily generated and integrated to study chemical reactions and material treatment.

Additionally, I am currently enrolled at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science to pursue a Graduate Minor degree. My relevant articles and discussions on various topics are available here: Philosophy of Science

See my resume here: Resume_Nazli_Turan


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