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


  •  Oversee day and evening General Chemistry I and II Laboratory courses
  •  Bonding Coordinator for General Chemistry Lecture
  •  Instructor of General Chemistry for Health Science Online Lab


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.


Scholarly Activites

  •  Selected Past Research Projects

1. Phase I contract, Navy SBIR solicitation “Heat and Humidity Cumulative Exposure Sensor”(2005-2006)

2. Phase I contract, Homeland Security, SBIR solicitation “High Surface Area Titanium Oxide Nanostructures

    for Photo-catalytic Water Remediation” (November 2004-May 2005)

3. Phase I contract, Air Force SBIR solicitation, “Biologically Inspired Thermal Detector Technology”, (2004)

4  Phase I contract, EPA SBIR solicitation, “On-Vehicle Emission Measurement Technology”(2002-July 2003

5. Phase I contract, NASA SBIR solicitation, “Understanding and Utilizing Gravitational Effects on Plants and Animals”(January 2002-July 2002)

6. Phase I contract, MDA SBIR solicitation, “Shielded Infrared Windows using Polymers with Copper-Like Conductivity” (March 2002-October 2002)

7. Phase I and Phase II contract, NASA SBIR solicitation, “Ordered-Ultrathin Films Based on Conducting Polymers for Gas Sensors” (September 2002-September 2004)

8. Phase I and Phase II contract, MDA SBIR solicitation, “Multi-Functional Conductive Polymers for Broad-Frequency Radiation Hardening Applications”(August 2001-August 2003)

       9. Phase I and Phase II contract, MDA SBIR solicitation, “Novel Ferromagnetic Materials for Electromagnetic        Ammunition Devices”(December 2001-December 2003)


  • Selected Past Publications

1. A. Bogomolova, E. Komarova, K. Reber, T. Gerasimov, O. Yavuz, S. Bhatt, and M. Aldissi, “Challenges of Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy in Protein Biosensing,” Analytical Chemistry, April 13, 2009

2. O. Yavuz, M. K. Ram, M.Aldissi, P.Poddar, and S.Hariharan “Polyaniline-MnZnferrite Composite Type Materials for Shielding Applications,” J. Mater. Chem. 15 (2005) 810-817

3. O. Yavuz, M. K. Ram, M. Aldissi, P. Poddar, and S. Hariharan, “Polypyrrole Composites for Shielding Applications,”  Synthetic Metals 151 (2005) 211-217

4. M. K. Ram, O. Yavuz, V. Lahsangah and M. Aldissi, “CO gas sensing from ultrathin nano-composite conducting polymer film,” Sens. & Act. 106(2) (2005) 750-757

5. M. K. Ram, O.Yavuz and M. Aldissi, “NO2 Gas sensing based on ordered ultrathin films of conducting polymers,”Synth. Met. 151 (2005) 77-84

6. K. D. Belfield, M. V. Bondar, A. R. Morales, O. Yavuz and O. V. Przhonska, “A New Blue-Light Emitting Oligofluorene Glass: Synthesis, Characterization and Photophysical Properties”, J. Phys. Org. Chem. 16 (2003) 194-201

7. K. D Belfield, K. J. Schafer, S. Andresik, O. Yavuz, E. W. Van Stryland, “Three-Dimensional Two-Photon Imaging in Polymeric Materials” Proceedings-SPIE The International Society for Optical Engineering 2 (2002) 4459

8. K. D. Belfield, S. Andrasik, K. Schafer, O. Yavuz, J. M. Hales, and E. W. Van Stryland, “Maleic Anhydride-Modified Polymers for Two-Photon Unconverted Fluorescence”, Polymeric Materials: Science & Engineering,” 84 (2001) 732

9. K. D. Belfield, A. Morales, O. Yavuz, G. I. Stegeman, V. M. Chapela and J. Percino “Luminescence and Multiphoton Absorption of a New Class of Bisbenzothiazole Polymer,” Polymeric Materials: Science & Engineering, 84 (2001) 660

10. O. Yavuz, E. Sezer, A. S. Sarac, “Spectroelectrochemical Study of N-Ethylcarbazole in the Presence of Acrylamide,” Polymer Intl. 50 (2001) 271

11. E. Sezer, O. Yavuz, A. S. Saraç, “N-Vinylcarbazole-Acrylamide Copolymer Electrodes: Electrochemical Response to Dopamine and Corrosion Behaviour,” J. the Electrochem. Soc. 147(10) (2000) 3771

12. O. Yavuz, L. E. A. Berlouis, M. L Hitchman, A. S. Saraç, “The optical, Thermal and Electrochemical Properties of Co-Electropolymerised Films of Carbazole and Acrylamide,” Synthetic Metals, 110(2) (2000) 165

13. A. S. Saraç, O. Yavuz, E. Sezer, “Electrosynthesis and Study of Carbazole-Acrylamide Copolymer Electrodes,” Polymer, 41(3) (2000) 839