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Yigit Altay was born in Ankara, Turkey, in 1988. He received his BSc (cum laude) in 2011 from Bilkent University. He obtained his MSc in 2013 from same university, working on selective fluorescence sensing of biological thiols using a BODIPY based bifunctional probe and the catalytic activity of short peptide amphiphile nanostructures that have implications on the origin of life under the supervision of Prof. Engin Umut Akkaya. In 2010, he spent six months at Eindhoven Univeristy of Technology, the Netherlands, where he was working on the deformation and swelling of hydrogels at the molecular level using fluorescent probes. He joined to the research group of Sijbren Otto at the University of Groningen in September 2013 to pursue his PhD, working on novel self-replicating peptides in dynamic combinatorial libraries. He joined to van Hest research group in November 2018 to explore out-of-equilibrium communication between nanoreactors as a postdoctoral researcher.

Education/Academic qualification

Chemistry, Master, Bilkent University

Chemistry, Bachelor, Bilkent University

Chemistry, Doctor, University of Groningen

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Research Output 2010 2019

  • 252 Citations
  • 7 Article
  • 1 Review article
5 Downloads (Pure)

Adaptive polymeric assemblies for applications in biomimicry and nanomedicine

Altay, Y., Che, H., Cao, S., Abdelmohsen, L. & van Hest, J., 11 Nov 2019, In : Biomacromolecules. 20, 11, p. 4053-4064 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Medical nanotechnology
Nanostructured materials
Self assembly
Intelligent networks
Complex networks

Dynamic assembly of micellar meso‐structures

Altay, Y., Pijpers - Welzen, I., Abdelmohsen, L. & van Hest, J., 28 Oct 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : ChemSystemsChem.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Biological systems
Association reactions
2 Citations (Scopus)

Existing self‐replicators can direct the emergence of new ones

Altay, Y., Altay, M. & Otto, S., 2018, In : Chemistry : A European Journal. 24, 46, p. 11911-11915 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
4 Citations (Scopus)

Parasitic behavior of self-replicating molecules

Altay, M., Altay, Y. & Otto, S., 6 Aug 2018, In : Angewandte Chemie - International Edition. 57, 33, p. 10564-10568

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

14 Citations (Scopus)
7 Downloads (Pure)

Emergence of a new self-replicator from a dynamic combinatorial library requires a specific pre-existing replicator

Altay, Y., Tezcan, M. & Otto, S., 2017, In : Journal of the American Chemical Society. 139, 39, p. 13612-13615 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access