Asst. Prof. Dr. Yasemin Dilşad Yılmazel

Asst. Prof. Dr. Yasemin Dilşad Yılmazel Tokel
(Vice Chairperson & Erasmus Coordinator)
 
Interest Areas
Microbial Electrochemical Processes
Biohydrogen Production 
Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology
Hyperthermophilic Microorganisms
Wastewater Engineering
Nutrient Removal and Recovery
E-mail:  dilsad {at} metu.edu.tr
Phone: +90-312-210-5880  Fax: +90-312-210-2646 

Education

  • Ph.D., Villanova University, Villanova, PA USA (2014); Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • M.S., Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey (2009); Environmental Engineering
  • B.S., Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey (2008); Chemical Engineering
  • B.S., Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey (2007); Environmental Engineering

Professional Membership and Affiliations

  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
  • Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors (AEESP)
  • Chamber of Environmental Engineers (Turkey)
  • International Society for Microbial Electrochemistry and Technology (ISMET)
  • Union of Chamber of Turkish Engineers and Architects (UCTEA)
  • International Water Association (IWA)

Honors and Awards

  • Grant Writer’s Boot Camp, Rochester Institute of Technology University (2017)
  • Graduate Assistantship, Villanova University (2009 – 2014)
  • Honorable Mention, Link Foundation Energy Fellowship (2012)
  • A&WMA Graduate Student Scholarship, Air & Waste Management Association, Mid-Atlantic States Section, Delaware Valley Chapter (2010)
  • M.Sc. Scholarship, The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) (2007 – 2009)
  • President’s High Honor Roll in the Graduation, Middle East Technical University (2007 and 2008)
  • First-ranking Graduate among all Graduates of the Bachelor’s Degree Program in the Department of Environmental Engineering, Middle East Technical University (2007)

Professional Experience

  • 01/2018 – Present
Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Engineering, METU, Ankara - Turkey
  • 08/2016 – Present
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY – USA
  • 06/2014 – 06/2016
Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA – USA
  • 09/2009 – 05/2014
Research Assistant, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Villanova University, Villanova, PA – USA
  • 01/2009 – 03/2009
Visiting Researcher, Institute of Sanitary Engineering, Water Quality and Solid Waste Management (ISWA), University of Stuttgart, Germany
  • 06/2007 – 08/2009
Research Assistant, Department of Environmental Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Ankara – Turkey
  • 2007
Intern, Turkish Petroleum Refineries (TUPRAS) Co., Turkey
  • 2006
Intern, AECOM/ENSR International Consultancy and Engineering, Turkey
  • 2005
Intern, Tusas Aerospace Industries (TAI), Inc., Turkey

Teaching Experience

  • Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY 14623 USA, Department of Chemical Engineering 
-  CHME 491 Unit Processes Laboratory (Fall 2016- 2017)
-  CHME 330 Mass Transfer Operations (Spring 2017)
  • Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA USA, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
-  CE 479 Environmental Microbiology for Engineers (guest lecturer) (Fall 2015)
  • Villanova University, Villanova, PA USA, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
- CEE 3921 Environmental Engineering Lab (primary instructor) (Fall 2013)
Teaching Assistant
  • Villanova University, Villanova, PA USA, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
- CEE 3321 Water & Wastewater Treatment (Fall 2009)
  • Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, Environmental Engineering
- ENV.E 312 Water Supply and Urban Drainage (Spring 2009)
- ENV.E 303 Unit Operations and Processes of Water Treatment (Fall 2008)
- ENV.E 417 – 418 Environmental Engineering Design I – II (Fall 2007 and Spring 2008)

Projects

  • 01/2017-08/2018, Thermophilic Bio-electrochemical Systems for Conversion of Carbon Dioxide to Valuable Organic Compounds (Funding: RIT Grant Writer’s Bootcamp, PI: Dr. Yilmazel)
  • 06/2014-07/2016, Capturing Electrical Current via Microbes to Produce Methane (Funding: Global Climate and Energy Project, GCEP, Stanford University, Position: postdoc)

Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

  • Yilmazel Y.D., Holmes D., Zhu X., Kim K. and Logan B.E. “Electrical current generation in microbial electrolysis cells by hyperthermophilic Archaea Ferroglobus placidus and Geoglobus ahangari”, 2018, Bioelectrochemistry, 119, 142-149
  • LaBarge N., Ye Y., Kim K., Yilmazel Y.D., Hong P., Saikaly P.E., and Logan B.E., “Impact of Acclimation Methods on Microbial Communities and Performance of Anaerobic Fluidized Bed Membrane Bioreactors” Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology [in review].
  • LaBarge N., Yilmazel Y.D., Hong P. and Logan B.E., (2017) “Effect of pre-acclimation of granular activated carbon on microbial electrolysis cell startup and performance” Bioelectrochemistry, 113, 20-25.
  • Yilmazel Y.D., Johnston D., and Duran M., (2015) “Hyperthermophilic hydrogen production from wastewater biosolids by Caldicellulosiruptor bescii” International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 40, 12177–12186.
  • Yilmaz V., Yilmaz-Ince E., Yilmazel Y.D. and Duran M., (2014). “Is aceticlastic methanogen composition in full-scale anaerobic processes related to acetate utilization capacity?” Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 98 (11), 5217- 5226.
  • Yilmazel Y.D. and Demirer G.N., (2013). “Nitrogen and phosphorus recovery from anaerobic co-digestion residues of poultry manure and maize silage via struvite precipitation”. Waste Management & Research, 31 (8), 792–804.
  • Alanya S., Yilmazel Y.D., Park C., Willis J.L., Keaney J., Kohl P.M., Hunt J.A., and Duran M., (2013). “Anaerobic Co-digestion of Sewage Sludge and Primary Clarifier Skimmings for Increased Biogas Production”. Water Science and Technology, 67(1), 174-179.
  • Uysal A., Yilmazel Y.D., and Demirer G.N., (2011). “Anaerobik olarak curutulmus aritma camurlarindan struvit cokturmesiyle nutrient geri kazanimi” (Nutrient recovery from anaerobically digested sewage sludge by struvite precipitation). ITU dergisi/E Su Kirlenmesi Kontrolu, 21:1 25-32. (In Turkish).
  • Yilmazel Y.D. and Demirer G.N., (2011). “Removal and recovery of nutrients from anaerobic digestion residues of poultry manure as struvite”. Environmental Technology, 32, 783-792.
  • Uysal A., Yilmazel Y.D., and Demirer G.N., (2010). “The determination of fertilizer quality of the formed struvite from effluent of a sewage sludge anaerobic digester”. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 181, 248-254.

 Conference Presentations

  • Yilmazel Y.D. and Logan B.E., (2015). “Enhanced “Electromethanogenesis” by enrichment and isolation of hydrogenotrophic methanogens”. The 5th International Meeting on Microbial Electrochemistry and Technologies. International Society for Microbial Electrochemisty and Technologies (ISMET), Tempe, AZ, USA (poster presentation).
  • Yilmazel Y.D. and Logan B.E., (2015). “Enrichment of electrothrophic microorganisms for enhanced electrosynthesis of acetate and methane in microbial electrolysis cells”. Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors (AEESP) Research and Education Conference, New Haven, CT, USA (poster presentation).
  • Yilmazel Y.D. and Duran M., (2014). “A Caldicellulosiruptor bescii based hyperthermophilic bioprocess for hydrogen production from manure”, 4th European Conference on Sludge Management, IWA, Izmir, Turkey (oral presentation).
  • Yilmazel Y.D. and Duran M., (2014). “Utilization of Untreated Switchgrass by the Extreme Thermophile Caldicellulosiruptor bescii DSM 6725”. American Society for Microbiology 115th General Meeting, Boston, MA USA (poster presentation).
  • Yilmaz V, Ince E., Yilmazel Y.D. and Duran M., (2014). “Methanogenic Archaea community structure in full-scale anaerobic processes” Biogas Science, Vienna, Austria (poster presentation).
  • Figdore B., Yilmaz V., Yilmazel Y.D., and Duran M., (2013). “Modeling competition among aceticlastic methanogenic species during anaerobic digestion of municipal biosolids”. 3rd International Conference „Ecology of Urban Areas 2013”, Republic of Serbia (oral presentation).
  • Alanya S., Yilmazel Y.D., Park C., Willis J.L., Keaney J., Kohl P.M., Hunt J.A., and Duran M., (2011). “Anaerobic Co-digestion of Sewage Sludge and Primary Clarifier Skimmings for Increased Biogas Production”. International IWA-Symposium on Anaerobic Digestion of Solid Waste and Energy Crops, Vienna, Austria (oral presentation).
  • Yilmazel Y.D., Alanya S., Park C., Eschborn R., Williams M., and Duran M., (2011). “Potential for Methane Production from Anaerobic Co-digestion of Cheese Whey Samples with Sewage Sludge”. International IWA-Symposium on Anaerobic Digestion of Solid Waste and Energy Crops, Vienna, Austria (oral presentation).
  • Yilmazel Y.D., and Demirer G.N., (2011). “Struvite precipitation from anaerobic co-digestion residues of poultry manure and maize silage”. Efficient and safe production processes in sustainable agriculture and forestry XXXIV CIOSTA CIGR V Conference, Vienna, Austria (oral presentation).
  • Yilmazel Y.D., Uysal A., and Demirer G.N., (2011). “Recovery of nutrients from anaerobic co-digestion effluents of poultry manure and sewage sludge as struvite”. Nutrient Recovery and Management Conference, IWA, WEF, Miami, USA [poster presentation].
  • Yilmazel Y.D., Morgenschweis, C., Mutlu, G., Antakyali, D., Steinmetz, H., and G.N. Demirer, G.N., (2011). “Phosphorus Recovery Potential in Anaerobic Digestion Residues”. Nutrient Recovery and Management Conference, IWA, WEF, Miami, USA (oral presentation).
  • Morgenschweis C., Yilmazel Y.D., Mutlu G., Antakyalı D., Steinmetz H., and Demirer G.N., (2010).  “Modelling of Struvite Precipitation Experiments Conducted in Synthetic Solutions and Different Anaerobic Digester Effluents by Using the Geochemical Model PhreeqC”. Sustainable Solutions for Small Water and Wastewater Treatment Systems, IWA, Girona, Spain (oral presentation).
  • Uysal A., Yilmazel Y.D., and Demirer G.N., (2009). “Nutrient Removal and Recovery from Anaerobic Digester Effluent by Struvite Precipitation”, VIII. National Congress of Environmental Engineering, Antalya, Turkey (in Turkish, oral presentation).
  • Dogan E., Gedik K., Kaya D., Kocabas A.M., Ozkan-Yucel U.G., Yilmaz O., Yilmazel Y.D. and Demirer G.N., (2008). “The Laboratory Waste Management Implementation in the Department of Environmental Engineering at the Middle East Technical University”, Environmental Problems Symposium: Kocaeli 2008, 14-17 May 2008, Kocaeli University, Kocaeli, Turkey (in Turkish, oral presentation).

Invited Speaker

  • Yilmazel Y.D., Electrical Current Generation in Microbial Electrolysis Cells at Hyperthermophilic Temperatures, 3rd Meeting of the North American branch of the International Society for Microbial Electrochemistry and Technology, October 2016, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA.
  • Yilmazel Y.D., Biohydrogen Production by Hyperthermophilic Microorganisms, College of Engineering, Saint Francis University, March 2016, Loretto, PA.
  • Yilmazel Y.D., Microbial Electrochemical Technologies for Electricity and Fuel Generation, Department of Environmental Engineering, Middle East Technical University, January 2016, Ankara, Turkey.
  • Yilmazel Y.D., “Waste” to Energy: Microbial Electrochemical Technologies for Electricity and Fuel Generation, Millenium Café, Materials Research Institute, Pennsylvania State University, November 2015, University Park, PA.
  • Yilmazel Y.D., Bioelectrochemical systems for conversion of carbon dioxide to methane and acetate, Department of Chemistry, Juniata College, October 2015, Huntingdon, PA.
  • Yilmazel Y.D., A Caldicellulosiruptor bescii based Hyperthermophilic Bioprocess for Hydrogen Production from Renewable Feedstock, KAPPE Environmental Engineering Seminar Series, Pennsylvania State University, February 2015, University Park, PA.

Workshops and Short Courses Attended                                                                      

  • 06/2015, NSF Career and Problem-Based Learning Workshops, Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors
  • Yale University, CT USA
  • 03/2014, Communicating Science Workshop, Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, Stony Brook University, Villanova University, PA USA
  • 07/2013, EnergyPath 2013 Conference and Workshop, Villanova University, PA USA
  • 09/2012, Anaerobic Treatment of High-strength Industrial Wastes, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI USA
  • 03/2008, Cleaner Production & Pollution Prevention Workshop, Regional Activity Centre for Cleaner Production RAC/CP, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
  • 08/2007, Integrated Risk Assessment and Management for Continuous Improvement, Alp & Associates Incorporated, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
  • 06/2006, 40-hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Training Course, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), ENSR International Inc. Ankara, Turkey

Technical and Computer Skills

  • Expertise in analytical methods such as gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) including method development/validation, maintenance and troubleshooting
  • Expertise in unknown identification by means of MS and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) MS Database
  • Expertise in electrochemical techniques such as cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry   
  • Engineering systems design and applications: AutoCAD, CAPDET, SewerCAD, WaterCAD, ChemCAD 
  • Statistics: Minitab, SigmaPlot

Language Skills

  • Turkish (native)
  • English (fluent)
  • German (proficient, (Sprachdiplom)

Journal Reviewer

  • Frontiers Microbiology (Review Editor)
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • International Journal of Hydrogen Energy
  • International Journal of Global Warming
  • Waste Management & Research
  • International Journal of Molecular Sciences
  • Journal of Power Sources
  • Journal of the Electrochemical Society
  • Water Research
  • Microbial Biotechnology

University Service

  • Judge, Pennsylvania State University – 19th Annual Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology Student Symposium Poster and Oral Presentations (2016)
  • Poster presenter, Pennsylvania State University, 8th Annual Postdoc Research Exhibition (2015)
  • Judge, Villanova University – College of Engineering Freshman Engineering (2014 Poster Session)
  • Graduate Student Representative, Villanova University – President’s Environmental Sustainability Committee (2012 – 2014)
  • Board Member, Villanova University – Engineering Graduate Student Council (2012 – 2014)

Professional Service

  • National Science Foundation Proposal Reviewer of (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Proposal Reviewer of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, Transport Systems (CBET) Division
  • Session Moderator of Association of Environmental Engineering Scientists and Professors (AEESP) Conference, University of Michigan, June 2016, Ann Arbor MI
  • Session Chair of the International Conference on Technology, Engineering and Science (IConTES) November 2017, Antalya, Turkey