Yelda Hangun-Balkir

Department Chairperson of Chemistry /BioChemistry

Associate Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry



Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University

M.Sc. Duquesne University

B.Sc. Istanbul Technical University

Courses Taught

  • ENSC 301: Environmental Science I
  • ENSC 302: Environmental Science II
  • ENSC 101: Introduction to Environmental Science
  • CHEM 102 : General Chemistry II
  • Publications and Scholarly Activities

    Selected Publications:

    1- Hangun-Balkir, Y., Jia, X., Nadir, S., Norman, R. E. Syntheses and Structures of [Fe(TPA)X2](ClO4) and [{Fe(TPA)Y}2O](ClO4)2 Where TPA=Tris-(2-pyridylmethyl)amine, X=N3, or Br, and Y=N3, Br, NCO, or NCS. Journal of Chemical Crystallography, 20224513.

    2- Jovan Gonzalez, Veronique Lankar; Yelda Hangun-Balkir "Air Pollutants and Childhood Asthma in the Bronx" Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research, 2021,20 (3), 38.

    3- Hangun-Balkir, Y.; Kelly, K.; Perea, A.” Recycling Waste Vegetable Oil and Seashells for Biodiesel Production” Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research, 2017, 16(1), 24-26.

    4- Perea, A.; Kelly, K.; Hangun-Balkir, Y. “Utilization of waste seashells and Camelina sativa oil for biodiesel synthesis” Green Chemistry Letters and Reviews, 2016, Vol. 9, 1, 27–32

    5- Hangun-Balkir, Y. “Green Biodiesel Synthesis Using Waste Shells as Sustainable Catalysts with Camelina sativa Oil” Journal of Chemistry, 2016, Vol. 2016.

    6- McKenney, M.; Hangun-Balkir, Y. “Determination of Antioxidant Activities of Berries and Resveratrol” Green Chemistry Letters and Reviews, 2011, Vol. 5, No. 2, 147-153.

    7- Chanda, A. ; Ryabov, A. D.; Mondal, S.; Alexandrova, L.; Ghosh, A.; Hangun-Balkir, Y.; Horwitz, C. P. and Collins, T. J. “Activity-Stability Parameterization of Homogeneous Green Oxidation Catalysts” Chem, Eur. J. 2006.

    8- Mondal, S.; Hangun-Balkir, Y.; Alexandrova, L.; Link, D.; Howard, B. ; Zandhuis, P.; Cugini, A.; Horwitz, C. P. and Collins, T. J. “Oxidation of sulfur components in diesel fuel using Fe-TAML® catalysts and hydrogen peroxide”, Catalysis Today, 2006.

    9- Trakhtenberg, S.; Hangun-Balkir, Y.; Warner, J. C.; Bruno, F.; Kumar, J.; Nagarajan, R; Samuelson, L. A. “Photo-cross-linked Immobilization of Polyelectrolytes for Enzymatic Construction of Conductive Nanocomposites”, Journal of American Chemical Society, 2005.

    10- Hangun-Balkir, Y.; Horwitz, C. P., Khetan, S., Mondal, S., Collins, T. J. “Oxidative Desulfurization of Fuels through Fe-TAML® Activators of Hydrogen Peroxide”, Petroleum Chemistry Division Preprints, 2002, 47(1), 42.

    11- Collins, T. J., Horwitz, C. P., Ryabov, A. D., Vuocolo, L. D., Gupta, S. S., Ghosh, A., Fattaleh, N. L., Hangun, Y; Wingate, K. G., Hall, J., Wright, L. J., Suckling, I. and Allison, R. W.  "Tetraamido macrocyclic ligand catalytic oxidant activators in the pulp and paper industry," ACS Green Chemistry Book Chapter 2002, 823, 47-60.

    12- Ghosh, A., Gupta, S. S., Bartos, M. J., Hangun, Y; Vuocolo, L. D., Steinhoff, B. A., Noser, C. A., Horwitz, C. P., Spatz, J., Ryabov, A. D., Mondal, S. and Collins, T. J. "Green chemistry. Sustaining a high-technology civilization," Pure and Applied Chemistry 2001, 73, 113-118.

    Selected Presentations

    1- Hangun-Balkir, Y. “Trash to Treasure: Biowaste-to-Energy as Next Fuel Source44th Middle Atlantic Regional of the American Chemical Society, College of Mount Saint Vincent, Riverdale, NY,  June 2016.

    2- (Invited Speaker) Hangun-Balkir, Y. “Garbage In, Energy Out: Turning into Biodiesel” Food-Energy-Water Nexus, 16th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and Environment, Washington D.C., January 2016.

    3- (Invited Speaker) Hangun-Balkir, Y. “Center for Urban Resilience and Environmental Sustainability at Manhattan College” Ecological Sustainability and Catholic Higher Education Conference, La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA, April 2016.

    4- (Invited Speaker) Hangun-Balkir, Y. “Garbage In, Energy Out: Turning into Biodiesel” International Energy & Sustainability Conference, Farmingdale, NY, November, 2015.

    5- (Invited Speaker) Hangun-Balkir, Y. “Trash to Treasure: Utilization of Waste Shells for Biodiesel Synthesis” Honors Enrichment Program, Manhattan College, September 2015.

    6- Hangun-Balkir, Y. “Application of Heterogeneous Catalyst Systems for Biodiesel Synthesis”American Chemical Society Northeast Regional Meeting, Ithaca, NY, June 2015.



  • Professional Experience and Memberships

    • NY American Chemical Society Environmental Committee Chair                         
    • American Association of University Women
    • Sigma Xi
    • NYC Iota Sigma Pi 
    • Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh                                         
    • Advanced Biofuel Association