Ozlem Yavuz-Petrowski, Ph.D.

Ozlem Yavuz-Petrowski

Laboratory Director/Instructor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Science

Contact Information
Office: PS 215
Phone: (561) 297-4433
Email: oyavuzpetrowski@fau.edu
FAU STEM Research Group for Digital Laboratory Learning


  • Ph.D., Istanbul Technical University, Turkey, 2000
  • Postdoctoral Research, University of Central Florida, 2000-2002


Research Interests

Since 2020, I have been working with a diverse and interdisciplinary research team at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) as part of the FAU STEM Research Group for Digital Laboratory Learning. I serve as the Lead Chemistry Researcher. One of our research and educational goal is to identify, investigate and develop novel digital and virtual approaches to improve science laboratory and technical learning for STEM majors. We are researching the effectiveness of digital learning approach versus traditional in person hands-on learning for student learning outcomes and developing Immersive Online Content (IOC) such as 360 Virtual Reality (VR) and Open Educational Resources (OERs). The OERs are published on https://www.oercommons.org/ and are also available at https://www.fau.edu/elearning/research/digital-laboratory-learning/


Awards and Recognition

Online Learning Consortium Accelerate 2021 Excellence and Innovation in Online Teaching Award for the development of online science labs.


Past Research Activity on Materials Science

Involved in over 9 awarded Phase I, and Phase II, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contracts for development of conductive and photoconductive polymers, metal oxides, nanomaterials, and composites for sensors, power sources, and stealth technology applications. Further, involved in development of dry spray deposition techniques and technologies to prepare nano-structured electrodes for Li-ion battery applications. In this study, new polymers are evaluated for the development of nanostructured electrodes using high-surface-area carbons for deposition systems. These studies resulted in over 25 articles in scientific journals, including chapters in four books.