Graduate Student Researcher

Ece Aytan

Phonon Optimized Engineered Materials (POEM)

Nano-Device Laboratory (NDL)


  • Nanostructures and Devices
  • Phonon Transport

900 University Ave.

Riverside, CA 92521

Tel: (951) 827-1012



Bilkent University

B.Sc. Chemistry


Koc University

M.Sc. Material Science and Engineering


Ece Aytan received her B.S in Chemistry (2011) from Bilkent University and M.S. in Material Science and Engineering (2014) from Koc University where she studied self-assembly of PEO-PPO-PEO triblock copolymers in aqueous solutions. She is now pursuing her Ph.D. degree in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California – Riverside (UCR). She is an expert in visible and UV Raman spectroscopy with experience of investigation of phonons and magnons in bulk and low-dimensional material systems. She is presently working on investigating phonon dynamics in 1D and 2D Van der Waals materials and spin-phonon coupling in magnetic materials using resonant and non-resonant Raman spectroscopy. Her research expertise and interests also include high-resolution material characterization (TEM, SEM, and XPS) and cleanroom nanoscale device fabrication. She received UCR Dean’s Distinguished Scholarship in 2014.