Curriculum Vitae
Hande Üstünel

Address: Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi, Fizik Bölümü
                 06531 Ankara, Türkiye


Ankara, Turkey, 1977




Teaching assistant in



I have worked on identifying mechanisms of mechanical loss in nano- and micro-scale oscillators. This included the studying of defect-related losses in silicon oscillators, electron-optic phonon and phonon-phonon interactions in nanotubes and continuum modeling of nanotube vibrations. I have applied atomistic models to materials science problems and nanotechnology employing techniques ranging from empirical potentials (Stillinger-Weber, EDIP and Tersoff-Brenner) to tight-binding to density functional theory. The density functional work involved DFT++, a code which is an Arias group initiave written in C++. I have helped develop and implement an atomic orbital/planewave mixed basis for this code.

I am currently working on density-functional simulations of photoemission signals of nanoscale systems in various environments such as C60 molecules deposited on a Rhodium(100) surface.


I am interested in conducting research on application of density functional theory methods to solid state, materials science and nanotechnology problems. I would like to form a research group whose primary focus is on further development and applications of density functional theory that address problems of current interest. I will, however, remain open to extending my research to other calculation methods when appropriate for addressing relevant experimental issues. I am particularly interested in collaborations both with theoretical and experimental researchers.


  1. ``Electron-phonon scattering in metallic single-walled carbon nanotubes'', by Ji-Yong Park, Sami Rosenblatt, Yuval Yaish, Vera Sazonova, Hande Üstünel, Stephan Braig, T.A. Arias, Piet Brouwer and Paul L. McEuen, Nano Lett. 4, 517-520 (2004).

  2. ``A tunable carbon nanotube electromechanical oscillator,'' by V. Sazonova, Y. Yaish, H. Üstünel, D. Roundy, T.A. Arias and P.L. McEuen, Nature, 431, 284-287 (2004).

  3. ``Ab initio mechanical response: internal friction and structure of divacancies in silicon,'' by H. Üstünel, D. Roundy and T.A. Arias, PRL, 94, 025503 (2005).

  4. ``Modelling a suspended nanotube oscillator,'' by H. Üstünel, D. Roundy and T.A. Arias, Nano Lett., 5, 523, (2005).

  5. ``Defect-controlled transport properties of metallic atoms along carbon nanotubes'' by Alexei Barinov, Hande Üstünel, Stefano Fabris, Luca Gregoratti, Lucia Aballe, Pavel Dudin, Stefano Baroni and Maya Kiskinova, PRL, 99, 046803 (2007).

  6. ``Structural Properties and Stability of Nanoclusters'' by Hande Üstünel and Sakir Erkoc, invited review in Journal of Computational and Theoretical Nanoscience in press (2007)

  7. ``Metallization of the C60/Rh(100) interface revealed by valence photoelectron spectroscopy and density functional theory calculations'', Abdou-Ciss Wade, Silvano Lizzit, Luca Petaccia, Andrea Goldoni, Djibril Diop, Hande \"Ust\"unel, Stefano Fabris, and Stefano Baroni

  8. The self-consistent calculation of exchange enhanced odd integer quantized Hall plateaus within Thomas-Fermi-Dirac approximation

    G. Bilgec, H. Ustunel Toffoli, A. Siddiki and I. Sokmen, Physica E-Low-Dimensional Systems & Nanostructures 42, 1058-1061 (2010)

  9. Structural, electronic and magnetic properties of BN nanotubes doped with Mn and Cr: exploring the potential for device technology

    H. Kokten, H. Ustunel and S. Erkoc, Journal of Computational and Theoretical Nanoscience 6, 926-932 (2009)

  10. PhD Thesis

    1. ``Quantitative prediction of elastic and anelastic phenomena on the nanometer scale,'' by H. Üstünel, PhD Thesis, (2005).