Serim Ilday is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Materials Science and Nanotechnology & National Nanotechnology Research Center (UNAM) at Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, which she joined in December 2017. Her research is at the intersection of soft condensed matter, nonequilibrium, and nonlinear physics and interfaces with materials science, nanotechnology, and mechanobiology. She is the recipient of prestigious awards and recognitions, including the L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science (FWIS) in 2018, the European Research Council Starting Grant (ERC-StG) in 2019, and the International Special Honor Award by the Turkish Physical Society, which is typically given to senior scientists, she is the youngest recipient. She has been a Fellow of the Young Academy of Europe (YAE) since 2020 and an Elected Board Member. She was elected as an ‘Emerging Leader’ in condensed matter physics by the Editorial Board of the Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter the same year. More details can be found at


Within the CA21101 – CONFINED MOLECULAR SYSTEMS: FROM A NEW GENERATION OF MATERIALS TO THE STARS (COSY), she holds an Inclusiveness Coordinator position and is also primarily active in WG1: Intermolecular Interactions – Ab initio-Generated Force Fields and Machine Learning. and WG5: Confined Systems in Astrochemistry: Gas- and Condensed-Phase Spectroscopy and Reactivity.


Selected papers:

  1. Ü. S. Nizam, G. Makey, M. Barbier, S. S. Kahraman, E. Demir, S. Galioglu, D. Vahabli, S. Hüsnügil, M. H. Güneş, E. Yelesti, S. Ilday “Dynamic evolution of hyperuniformity in a driven dissipative colloidal system” J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 33, 304002 (2021).
  2. G. Makey, S. Galioglu, R. Ghaffari, E. D. Engin, G. Yıldırım, Ö. Yavuz, O. Bektaş, Ü. S. Nizam, Ö. Akbulut, Ö. Şahin, K. Güngör, D. Dede, H. V. Demir, F. Ö. Ilday, S. Ilday “Universality of dissipative self-assembly from quantum dots to human cells” Nature Phys. 16, 795-801 (2020).
  3. S. Ilday, G. Makey, G. B. Akgüç, Ö. Yavuz, O. Tokel, I. Pavlov, O. Gülseren, F. Ö. Ilday, “Rich complex behavior of self-assembled nanoparticles far from equilibrium”, Nature Commun. 8:14942 (2017).


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