Serkan Caliskan

Serkan Caliskan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Physics,
College of Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3764
Office: STEM-2212


Dr. Caliskan earned his Ph.D. in Physics from Gebze Institute of Technology (and, partly, Max-Planck-Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems) with the dissertation entitled "The Effect of Bragg Reflections and of Electronic Correlations on Conductivity in Two Dimensional Disordered Metallic Systems." As a postdoctoral researcher at Pohang University of Science & Technology and Mississippi State University, he worked on spin dependent electronic transport through spin field effect transistor and small world networks.

He has been working on spin-based devices, nanoscale materials and molecular structures. He is elucidating spin resolved electronic structure, transport, structural and magnetic properties of these systems. He conducted both theoretical and experimental research projects. In general, his research interests are on modeling low dimensional systems, nanomaterials and molecular bridges for the potential technological applications in relevant areas. These include graphene and other 2D nanostructures.

He plans to extend his research on novel structures and new material compositions (nanostructures with surface characteristics to develop sensors, biomolecules on a surface and in a molecular junction, biosensing devices, 2D materials, heterostructures, nanotubes as a spin filter) which can be harnessed as building blocks in spintronics, nanoelectronics, and molecular electronics. Investigation of these structures can be a model for the realistic systems and an insight for the experiments.

Curriculum Vitae


  • S. Caliskan, “Structural, Electronic and Adsorption Characteristics of Transition Metal doped TM@C70 Endohedral Fullerenes”, J Clust Sci., Vol. 32, pp. 77-84, 2021.
  • S. Caliskan, “A First Principles Study on Spin Resolved Electronic Properties of X@C70 (X = N, B) Endohedral Fullerene Based Molecular Devices”, Physica E: Low-dimensional Systems and Nanostructures, Vol. 108, pp. 83-89, 2019.
  • S. Caliskan, “Spin Resolved Electronic Structure and Transport Properties of Zinc Oxide Nanoribbon Based Devices”, Physica E: Low-dimensional Systems and Nanostructures, Vol. 107, pp. 67-72, 2019.    
  • S. Caliskan, “Spin Resolved Electronic Transport through N@C20 Fullerene Molecule between Au Electrodes: A First Principles Study”, Physica E: Low-dimensional Systems and Nanostructures, Vol. 99, pp. 43-50, 2018.  
  • G. Yildizhan, S. Caliskan, R. Ozturk, “Palladium and Platinum Based Solid and Hollow Nanoparticles: An ab-initio Study of Structural and Electronic properties”, Journal of Solid State Chemistry, Vol. 260, pp. 52-58, 2018.  
  • S. Caliskan, S. Guner, O. Gurbuz, “Electronic structure properties of doped and imperfect ZnO sheets”, IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, Vol. 15, pp. 775-781, 2016.   
  • O. Gurbuz, I. Kurt, S. Caliskan, S. Guner, “Influence of Al concentration and annealing temperature on structural, optical, and electrical properties of Al co-doped ZnO thin films”, Applied Surface Science, Vol. 349, pp. 549-560, 2015.
  • S. Caliskan, F. Hazar, “First principles study on the spin unrestricted electronic structure properties of transition metal doped InN nanoribbons”, Superlattices and Microstructures, Vol. 84, pp. 170-180, 2015.   
  • S. Caliskan and S. Guner, “First principles study on the spin dependent electronic behavior of Co doped ZnO structures joining the Al electrodes”, J. Alloys and Compounds, Vol. 619, pp. 91-97, 2015.       
  • S. Caliskan and S. Guner, “The role of Co atoms in spin dependent electronic properties of graphite-like ZnO structures”, J. Mag. and Mag. Mater., Vol. 373, pp. 96-102, 2015. 

Research Projects

Research Interests:

  • Electronic and magnetic properties of solids
  • First principles calculations, spin polarized transport
  • Spintronics, spin based devices, spin field effect transistor, spin-filter materials
  • Molecular electronics, molecular devices
  • Nanodevices, nanoelectronics
  • Modeling of nanoscale structures
  • Quantum transport and correlation effects in disordered systems
  • Small World Networks, branched structures
  • Biological Systems, biosensing devices, sensors

Research Projects:

  • “Increasing efficiency and applicability of spin FET for insight into experimental studies towards possible use in industry”
  • “Theoretical and Experimental Investigations of Spin Injection and Rashba Effect in Ferromagnetic Metal Implanted ZnO Heterostructures”
  • “Modeling nano scale structures by small world network theory and investigating spin dependent transport”
  • “BioNano Technology Research and Development Laboratory Infrastructure Project”