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Dr. Ali Sezer

Education

  • B.S.: Yildiz University
  • M.S., Ph.D.: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Biography

Associate Professor of Chemistry, July 2011-Present, California University of Pennsylvania

  • Teaching various courses across the chemistry discipline with primary focus on physical chemistry, general chemistry, and undergraduate research.

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Chemistry, August 2006-July 2011, California University of Pennsylvania

  • Teaching various courses across the chemistry discipline with primary focus on physical chemistry, general chemistry, and undergraduate research.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Physical Chemistry, August 2005-June 2006, Haverford College, Haverford, Pa.

  • Teaching various courses across the chemistry discipline with primary focus on physical chemistry.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, July 2004-August 2005, Professor Daniel Bubb Materials Physics Group, Department of Physics, Seton Hall University, South Orange, N.J.

  • Preparation of conductive and bio-compatible polymers
  • Pulsed laser and matrix assisted deposition of conductive and biocompatible  polymer films
  • Supervision of undergraduate students conducting research in the laboratory

Visiting assistant professor of chemical engineering, August 2003-May 2004, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pa.

At Bucknell, I had primary teaching responsibilities in the area of engineering mathematics, engineering thermodynamics, and materials science.

Visiting instructor of physical chemistry, August 2002-May 2003, Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kan.

At Fort Hays, I taught the two-semester sequence of physical chemistry as well as general chemistry and chemistry laboratory courses.

Professional Service

  • Direct involvement in the Turkish International Programs Initiative at California University of Pennsylvania, Fall 2013-Present
  • Diversity Leader, California University of Pennsylvania, 2013-Present
  • Faculty Professional Development Committee, California University of Pennsylvania, 2012-Present
  • Faculty Professional Development Council, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, 2010-Present
  • Co-chair of Faculty Professional Development Committee, California University of Pennsylvania, California, PA, 2009-2012
  • Chair of Faculty Professional Development Leadership Committee, California University of Pennsylvania, California, PA, 2011-2012
  • Member of the University-wide Curriculum Committee, California University of Pennsylvania, California, PA, 2009-2012
  • Co-advisor of American Chemical Society Student Chapter, California University of Pennsylvania, California, PA, 2010-2012
  • Chemistry Program Assessment Coordinator, California University of Pennsylvania, California, PA, 2009-Present
  • American Chemical Society Program Certification Leader, California University of Pennsylvania, California, PA, 2008-Present
  • Science Olympiad Local Supervisor, 2006-Present

Research Interests

Dr. Sezer's research interests are in the general field of materials chemistry. He supervises undergraduate studetns in applied research activities in the field of electrically conductive and biocompatible polymers. These materials are laying the foundations for advanced applications in electronics and medical industries.

Publications

  1. A. Sezer, U. Gurudas, B. Collins, A. Mckinlay, D. M. Bubb, “Nonlinear optical properties of conducting polyaniline and polyaniline-Ag composite thin films”, Chemical Physics Letters 477 (2009) 164-168.
  2. D. M. Bubb, A. O. Sezer, J. Gripenburg, B. Collins, E. Brookes, “Assessing the effect of the matrix in resonant infrared MAPLE”, Appl. Surface Science 253 (2007) 6465-6470
  3. D. M. Bubb, A. O. Sezer, R. D. Sheardy, C. Antonacci, and S. Gavitt, “Matrix assisted laser processing of organic thin films with Er:YAG laser”, JLMN-J. Laser Micro/Nanoeng. 1(1) (2006) 79.
  4. D.M. Bubb, A. O. Sezer, D. Harris, F. Rezae, S. P. Kelty, “Steady-state mechanism for polymer ablation by a free-running Er:YAG laser”, Applied Surface Sience 253 (2006) 2386-2392.
  5. D. M. Bubb, A. O. Sezer, R. D. Sheardy, C. Antonacci, and S. Gavitt, “Matrix assisted laser processing of organic thin films with an Er:YAG laser”, Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Laser Precision Microfabrication (LPM2005), Williamsburg, Virginia, April 4-8, 2005.
  6. Ali O. Sezer and J. I. Brand, Chemical vapor deposition of boron carbide, Journal of Materials Science and Engineering, B79, 191-202, 2001
  7. S. Adenwalla, P. Welsch, A. Harken, J. I. Brand, A. O. Sezer, B. W. Robertson, Boron carbide/ n-silicon carbide heterojunction diodes, Applied Physics Letters, 79(26), 4357-4359, 2001
  8. J. I. Brand and Ali O. Sezer, Electrochemical aspects of inorganic thin film deposition from supercritical aqueous solutions, GVC-Fachausschuss “High Pressure Chemical Engineering”, March 3-5, Karlsruhe, Germany, 1999. 

Conference Papers and Presentations

  1. Ali O. Sezer and Chelsey Saler, Investigation of the thermal stability of polyaniline films, Undergraduate Research Conference, Slippery Rock University, 15-16 November, 2013, Slippery Rock, PA.
  2. Ali O. SezerDesigning a research based integrated undergraduate laboratory program by implementing ACS guidelines, IUPAC World Congress, 11-16 July, 2013, Istanbul, Turkey.
  3. Ali O. Sezer, Chemistry Education, Session Chair, IUPAC World Congress, 11-16 July, 2013, Istanbul, Turkey.
  4. Ali O. SezerTeaching Chemistry to the “YouTube” Generation, 9th European Conference on Chemical Education and Research, July 6-9, 2008, Istanbul, Turkey.
  5. D. M. Bubb, R. Belmont, S. Gavitt, S. O’Malley, D. Cohen, C. Antonacci, Ali O. Sezer, Depositing conductive polyaniline films using an infrared laser, Laser Interactions with Materials, Gordon Research Conference Procter Academy, August 1-6, 2004, Andover, NH.
  6. Jennifer I. Brand, Ali O. Sezer, Electrochemical aspects of inorganic film deposition from supercritical aqueous solutions, International Meeting of the GVC-Fachausschuss “ Hochdruckverfahrenstechnik “, March 3-5, 1999, Karlsruhe, Germany, 1999.
  7. Jennifer I. Brand, Ali O. Sezer, Use of high-temperature, high-pressure pH-potential diagrams for investigation of electrochemical effects in supercritical processes, AIChE Conference, November 1999, Dallas, TX, USA, 1999.
  8. Ali O. Sezer, Inorganic thin film deposition from supercritical aqueous solutions, Fifth annual graduate student competition, First Place, Sigma Xi, The scientific Research Society, April 14, 1999, Lincoln, NE, USA.
  9. Jennifer I. Brand, William H. Nosal, Ali O. Sezer, Electrochemical aspects of supercritical water processing, Gordon Research Conference on Separation and Purification, August 2-7, 1998, Boston, MA, USA.
  10. Ali O. Sezer, Jennifer I. Brand, Electrochemical effects in supercritical depositions, NATO Advanced Study Institute, Supercritical Fluids-Fundamentals and Applications, July 12-24, 1998, Kemer, Turkey.
  11. Jennifer I. Brand, William H. Nosal, Ali O. Sezer, Effects of applied and flow-induced potentials on adhesion of inorganic films from supercritical aqueous solutions, AIChE Conference, November 15-20,1998 Miami Beach, FL, USA.
  12. James A. Pumphrey, Ali O. Sezer, Jennifer I. Brand, Electrochemical   effects in supercritical deposition of inorganic films and particles, AIChE Conference, November 1997, Los Angeles, CA, USA. 

INVITED PRESENTATIONS

  1. Ali O. Sezer, Strategies to promote active learning and to increase class preparedness for the 21st century student, Teaching Strategies Workshop, Owens Community College, November 13, 2010, Toledo, OH.
  2. Ali O. Sezer, Strategies to promote active learning and to increase class preparedness for the 21st century student, Teaching Strategies Workshop, University of Toronto, May 1, 2010, Toronto, ON.
  3. Ali O. Sezer, Strategies to promote active learning and to increase class preparedness for the 21st century student, Teaching Strategies Workshop, University of North Caroline, February 13, 2010, Raleigh, NC.

Hands-on Learning Opportunities

Dr. Sezer isa big supporter of "active learning." He sincerely believes that students learn more and have a better experience in the process if they are actively involved in their own education. As an example, general chemistry is taught in a "studio" format, where labs and lectures are integrated and supported with hands-on activities that students complete to create a much more effective learning environment.

Additionally, he has established academic collaboration ties with his faculty colleagues at Duquesne University, in Pittsburgh, which provides Cal U students with access to advanced instrumentation.

These collaboration efforts make is possible for Dr. Sezer's students to carry out experiments using techniques such as electron microscopy and X-ray crystallography.

He is working with the Office of International Programs to develop an international dimension to these academic collaborations so Cal U students can have access to different worlds, techniques and cultures during their time at the University. 

Academic Department(s)

  • Department of Chemistry and Physics

Academic Program(s)

  • B.S. Chemistry

Contact Information

Email:
sezer@calu.edu

Phone:
724-938-5934

Office:
New Science Hall 202B

Quotable

"What motivates me everyday is the fact that what I do is not simply teaching but shaping my students’ future. I always carry the responsibility of being the best model for my students and help them understand the importance of why they are in my classroom."  

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