Zeynep Sumer

Credentials: Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, University College London

Position title: Postdoctoral Researcher

Email: zsumer@wisc.edu

Phone: She/her/hers

Room 2029, 1415 Engineering Drive, Madison, WI 53706



Zeynep was born and raised in Izmir, Turkey. She received her Bachelor’s degree at Middle East Technical University, and her Master’s degree at Koç University, in Chemical Engineering. Right after obtaining her PhD degree at University College London, she joined the Van Lehn group in Spring of 2021. Her primary research goal is to aid biomass valorization with computational tools.


Zeynep likes to relate the molecular phenomena with the experimentally available results in order to provide an understanding in nanoscale for engineered design of materials. Well established computational approaches, such as Molecular Dynamics and enhanced sampling, enable the prediction of collective behavior from the interactions of few molecules simulated. Utilizing these methods to identify the optimal solvent conditions for the complex lignin degradation is a cost and energy efficient way of guiding the efforts in bioenergy research.


8. Z. Sumer, F. A. Fernandez, and A. Striolo. “Engineered liquid crystal nano droplets: insights from multi-scale simulations.” Nanoscale 2020, 12(39), 20211-20219. [Link]

7. Z. Sumer, and A. Striolo. “Nanoparticles shape-specific emergent behaviour on liquid crystal droplets.” Molecular Systems Design & Engineering 2020, 5(2), 449-460. [Link]

6. Z. Sumer, and A. Striolo. “Effects of droplet size and surfactants on anchoring in liquid crystal nanodroplets.” Soft Matter 2019, 15(19), 3914-3922. [Link]

5. Z. Sumer, and A. Striolo. “Manipulating molecular order in nematic liquid crystal capillary bridges via surfactant adsorption: guiding principles from dissipative particle dynamics simulations.” Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 201820(48), 30514-30524. [Link]

4. Z. Sumer, and S. Keskin. “Adsorption-and membrane-based CH4/N2 separation performances of MOFs.” Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2017, 56(30), 8713-8722. [Link]

3. Z. Sumer, and S. Keskin. “Molecular simulations of MOF adsorbents and membranes for noble gas separations.” Chemical Engineering Science 2017, 164, 108-121. [Link]

2. Z. Sumer, and S. Keskin. “Ranking of MOF adsorbents for CO2 separations: a molecular simulation study.” Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2016, 55(39) 10404-10419. [Link]

1. Z. Sumer, and S. Keskin. “Computational screening of MOF-based mixed matrix membranes for CO2/N2 separations.” Journal of Nanomaterials 2016, 2016. [Link]