Noticias — September 23, 2016

Dr. Mehmet Z. Baykara of Turkey Selected as One of the 2016 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World

For his accomplishments in nanotechnology, Dr. Mehmet Z. Baykara of Turkey was named a 2016 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (JCI TOYP) recipient in the category of scientific and/or technological development. 


Dr. Mehmet Z. Baykara has long been passionate about science, leading to completing doctoral studies while researching and developing the three-dimensional atomic force microscopy (3D-AFM).


As a doctoral student, Dr. Baykara contributed to the development and application of 3D-AFM. This method allows researchers to view atoms on surfaces while measuring their physical and chemical properties. In turn, these findings are significant and can lead to exciting advances in catalysis and friction, which are both connected to energy. For example, in the United States nearly 5% of gross domestic product is lost each year due to energy loss from friction. By enhancing understanding and controlling of friction in industrial processes, the results can lead to major energy savings and reduction in the use of fossil fuels. His research on 3D-AFM has motivated researchers to further investigate the frictional properties of materials. Outside of his studies, Dr. Baykara is also a proponent of gender equality in the realm of science. He fosters active participation of women in science through recruiting and mentoring young women at the university from both undergraduate and graduate levels. 


By delivering a new tool for nanotechnology researchers, Dr. Baykara has contributed to solutions in energy savings, one of the greatest challenges of the current generation. The significant savings in energy and a severe reduction in fossil fuel use can lead to a greener, more sustainable planet.



JCI (Junior Chamber International) honors ten outstanding young people under the age of 40 each year. These individuals exemplify the spirit of the JCI Mission and provide extraordinary service to their communities. Whether through service, innovation, determination or revolutionary thinking, these young active citizens create positive impact on a local and global level.


These ten exceptional individuals will be honored at the 2016 JCI Awards Ceremony featuring the 2016 JCI TOYP Honorees on Thursday, November 3 at the 2016 JCI World Congress in Québec City, Canada.


About JCI: JCI is a worldwide membership-based nonprofit organization of young active citizens ages 18 to 40 who are dedicated to creating positive change in their communities. Through projects in more than 5000 communities across nearly 120 countries, members seek targeted solutions to local problems, creating a global impact. 



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