Dr. Ebru Gunister

Dr. Ebru Gunister

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Ruwais Building, Room 3120
Office: +971 (0)2 607 5231
Fax: +971 (0)2 607 5200
Email:  ebru.gunister@ku.ac.ae

Dr. Ebru Gunister completed her BSc., MSc and PhD in Physics Engineering from the Istanbul Technical University in Turkey, 1999, 2004, and 2008 respectively. Her research focuses in the areas on testing and characterization of polymer matrix composites, corrosion of steels and stainless steels, rheological and electrokinetical behavior of clay dispersion systems. Currently, she serves as the co-PI in “Electroskin: Tactile sensors for Robotic Applications” funded research project. She is a member of ASME and NACE. She is an Associate Editor of Polymer Science: Peer Review Journal and serves as a reviewer for many international scientific journals and as a judge in UAE Undergraduate Research Competition (URC).


Advisor to the following students & staffs

PhD Student

  • Zainab Husain (Co-advisor – PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering)

MSc Students

  • Ahmed Shahin (Co-advisor – MSc in Mechanical Engineering)
  • Sara Mahmoud Yousef Sarrar (Co-advisor – MSc in Chemistry)
  • PhD, Physics Engineering, Istanbul Technical University (ITU) (2008)
  • MSc, Physics Engineering, Istanbul Technical University (ITU) (2004)
  • BSc, Physics Engineering, Istanbul Technical University (ITU) (1999)
  • MEEN200 Engineering Statics
  • MEEN201 Engineering Dynamics
  • MEEN225 Engineering Materials
  • MEEN325 Mechanics of Solids
  • MEEN370 Introduction to Manufacturing Processes
  • MEEN380 Introduction to Polymer Science
  • MSEN 605 Structure and Properties of Polymers
  • MSEN 621 Mechanical Properties of Materials

Research Topics

  • Investigation and development of polymer matrix nanocomposites for tactile sensors
  • The testing and characterization of polymer matrix composites
  • Corrosion of steel and stainless steel
  • Rheological and electrokinetical properties of clay dispersions

Recent Research Projects

  • ELECTROSKIN: Tactile Sensing for Enhanced Robotics Interaction, Competitive Internal Research Award (CIRA), (July 2018 – June 2021, 2,674,500 AED) Co-Investigator. The flexible, stretchable, and conductive polymer matrix composite material is aimed to be developed for Electrical Impendence Tomography (EIT) tactile sensor.
  • Joint Polymer Processing Research Program funded by KU and University of Minnesota (UMN) (2014-2018), Graphene Polyolefin Nanocomposites – Co-Investigator. In this project, KU faculty had teamed up with UMN researchers and worked on “Improving Polyolefin Performance through Functionalization, Toughening and addition of Nanofillers” subject  with three main tasks, that the third one was “Graphene Polyolefin Nanocomposites”. Basically, the mechanical and fatigue properties of LLDPE are improved by grapheneoxide (GO) using as a filler.


  • Polyethylene/Clay Nanocomposites funded by The Petroleum Institute (2010-2013) – RAGS 09045 – Principal Investigator

Elastic modulus, yield strength, and hardness of LLDPE polymer is improved by clay and organoclay less than 5% of the polymer matrix.


  1. J. Li, E. Gunister, and I. Barsoum, “The Effect of Graphene Oxide (GO) as a Filler Material on the Mechanical Properties of LLDPE Nanocomposites”, Journal of Composite Materials, vol. 53, issue: 19, pp. 2761 – 2773, 2019, DOI: 10.1177/0021998319839215
  2. S. M. Parapurath, E. Gunister, I. Barsoum, and R. Nogueira, “Effect of acidity on the corrosion behavior of heat treated S275 steel”, International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Innovative Research, vol. 6, issue: 1, pp.569-575, 2019, http://www.jetir.org/papers/JETIR1901471.pdf
  3. P. Johnson, E. Gunister, I. Barsoum, and P. Rostron, “Effect of Shot-Peening and Imidazole on The Corrosion Resistance of U-Bend SS316L”, International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Innovative Research, vol. 5, issue: 10, pp.161-170, 2018. Open access: http://www.jetir.org/papers/JETIR1810226.pdf
  4. C. Yi, P. Rostron, N. Vahdati, E. Gunister, and A. Alfantazi, “Curing kinetics and mechanical properties of epoxy based coatings: The influence of added solvent”, Progress in Organic Coatings, 124, 165-174, 2018. DOI: 10.1016/j.porgcoat.2018.08.009
  5. H. Lim, and E. Günister, “Awareness of Corrosion Importance among Engineering Undergraduates in the United Arab Emirates”, Educational Research, vol. 9, issue 2, pp. 021-034, 2018, DOI: 10.14303/er.2018.018
  6. F. Ozturk, T. Deveci, E. Gunister, R. J. Simmons, “Innovative Instructional Strategies for Teaching Materials Science in Engineering”, book chapter in “Handbook of Research on Recent Developments in Materials Science and Corrosion Engineering Education”, 2015 and “Materials Science and Engineering: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications”, 2017, IGI Global, DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8183-5.ch006, and DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-1798-6.ch001
  7. E. Gunister, M. A. Bozkurt, H. Catalgil-Giz, “Poly(diallyldimethylammoniumchloride) / Sodium-Montmorillonite Composite; Structure and Adsorption Properties”, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, vol.129, Issue 3, pp. 1232-1237, 2013. DOI: 10.1002/app.38792
  8. C. H. Ünlü, E. Günister, O. Atıcı, “Effect of acidity on xylan–montmorillonite bionanocomposites”, Materials Chemistry and Physics, v.136 (2), pp. 653-660, 2012 DOI:10.1016/j.matchemphys.2012.07.038
  9. F. Tezcan, E. Günister, G. Özen, F. B. Erim, “Composite films based on alginate and organically modified clay, International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, vol. 50 (4), pp. 1165-1168, 2012. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2012.01.006
  10. C. H. Ünlü, E. Günister, and O. Atıcı, “Synthesis and characterization of NaMt biocomposites with corn cob xylan in aqueous media”, Carbohydrate Polymers, v.76, p. 585-592, 2009, DOI: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2008.11.029
  11. E. Günister, I. Cobanoglu, and S. İşçi, “The effect of polyurethane on NaMt and ONaMt dispersions”, Progress in Organic Coatings, v.65, p.357-361, 2009 DOI: 10.1016/j.porgcoat.2009.02.005
  12. Ş. Uğur, Ö. Yargı, E. Günister, and Ö. Pekcan, “Poly (styrene) latex/modified Na-activated bentonite nanocomposite films: A fluorescence study”, Applied Clay Science, v.42, p. 39-49, 2008, DOI: 10.1016/j.clay.2008.02.009
  13. S. İşçi, E. Günister, A. Alemdar, Ö. I. Ece, and N. Güngör, “The influence of DTABr surfactant on the electrokinetic and rheological properties of soda-activated bentonite dispersions”, Materials Letters, v.62, p.81-84, 2008, DOI: 10.1016/j.matlet.2007.03.113
  14. E. Günister, C. H. Ünlü, O. Atıcı, Ö. I. Ece, and N. Güngör, “Interactions of BDTDACl and DTABr Surfactants with Montmorillonite in Aqueous Systems”, Journal of Composite Materials, v.41, p.153-164, 2007, DOI: 10.1177/0021998306063358
  15. E. Günister, D. Peştreli, C. H. Ünlü, O. Atıcı, and N. Güngör, “Synthesis and characterization of chitosan-MMT biocomposite systems”, Carbohydrate Polymers, v.67,3, p.358-365, 2007, DOI: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2006.06.004.
  16. E. Günister, S. İşçi, N. Öztekin, F. B. Erim, Ö. I. Ece, and N. Güngör, “Effect of cationic surfactant adsorption on the rheological and surface properties of bentonite dispersions”, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, v.303, Issue 1, p.137-141, 2006, DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2006.07.021
  17. N. Güngör, S. İşçi, E. Günister, W. Mista, H. Teteryez, and R. Klimkiewicz, “Characterization of sepiolite as a support of silver catalyst in soot combustion”, Applied Clay Science, v.32, p.291-296, 2006, DOI: 10.1016/j.clay.2006.03.005
  18. E. Günister, N. Güngör, and Ö. I. Ece, “The investigations of influence of BDTDACl and DTABr surfactants on rheologic, electrokinetic and XRD properties of Na-activated bentonite dispersions”, Materials Letters, v.60, p.666-673, 2006, DOI: 10.1016/j.matlet.2005.09.055
  19. E. Günister, S. İşçi, A. Alemdar, and N. Güngör, “Effect of sodium dodecyl sulfate on flow and electrokinetic properties of Na-activated bentonite dispersions”, Bulletin of Materials Science, v.27 (3), p.317-322, 2004
  20. S. İşçi, E. Günister, Ö. I. Ece, and N. Güngör, “The modification of rheologic properties of clays with PVA effect”, Materials Letters, v.58, Issues 12-13, p.1975-1978, 2004, DOI: 10.1016/j.matlet.2004.01.001

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