Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher
Department of Mechanical and Energy Systems Engineering
(Faculty of Engineering and Informatics)
BiographyMr Mert Gulcur is a Marie-Curie Fellow at The Centre for Polymer Micro and Nano Technology (Polymer MNT) RKT Centre. He is also enrolled to the full-time PhD programme in Engineering.
Mr Gulcur graduated from Gebze Technical University - Materials Science and Engineering in 2011. He also obtained a minor degree in Physics in 2013. In the same year, he was awarded with a MSc scholarship by German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to pursue a MSc degree in Germany. He graduated from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) - School of Optics and Photonics in 2013. During his time in Germany, he worked at the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology and KIT - Institute of Technical Physics.
He started working at the University of Bradford - Polymer MNT in 2017 and he is one of the ESRs for EU funded MICROMAN - H2020 project. His research topic is utilising microinjection moulding and process monitoring solutions for zero-defect manufacturing of microneedle arrays for drug delivery.
Mr Mert Gulcur's experimental activities include but not limited to:
▪ Microinjection moulding for manufacturing micro and nano scale features (diffraction gratings, microneedles, functional surfaces) using a variety of technologies (conventional and ultrasonic)
▪ Process monitoring including thermal and conventional optical imaging, data acquisition interfaces
▪ Surface characterisation using atomic force microscopy, confocal microscopy, scanning electron
▪ Mechanical characterisation of polymeric microneedles
▪ Custom built optical imaging systems and quality assurance apparatuses (telecentric and diffraction based quality setups)
▪ Laser machined functional surfaces (anti-bacterial, self-cleaning surfaces and microneedle cavities) and polymer replication