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UNAM’s mission is to shape the future by expanding the limits of science and technology, utilizing its resources and technical prowess as a national center to develop technologies that will play important roles in our daily lives, as well as to raise well-educated scientific personnel to ensure the continuity of Turkey’s technological and scientific development.

Photo: UNAM Founding Director (2006-2013) Professor Salim Ciraci and Deputy Director (Director, 2013-2015) Professor Mehmet Bayindir.

Past and future of UNAM by Professor Salim Ciraci.


The UNAM Model: Rationale of a National Center unam-with-numbers

-Targeted research
UNAM is devoted to the advancement of nanotechnology, a field expected to singlehandedly define the major scientific accomplishments of the 21st century

-World-renowned researchers and experts
A dynamic team of academic personnel from distinguished research establishments
Minimal course loads, heightened emphasis on research, merit based salary

-Accomplished graduate students
Brilliant young scholars from a wide variety of disciplines
Successful international students

-Cutting-edge research infrastructure
Advanced equipment for interdisciplinary research, available 24/7 for all researchers in Turkey and surrounding countries

-A grant-based research system
Research funded through government grants and other external sources
Student stipends supplied through project grants

-Publications in high-impact journals


-Strong industry collaboration

Industrial applications of blue-skies research
Breakthrough findings patented for industrial use, establishment of spin-off companies

Director’s Message [ from UNAM Annual Report 2013 ]


UNAM Annual Reports:
UNAM Annual Report 2013
UNAM Annual Report 2014