Umut Aydemir has conducted his graduate work with Prof. Yuri Grin at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden, Germany, studying the synthesis and characterization of Zintl compounds. From December 2013 until August 2017, he has been a postdoctoral scholar working with Prof. G. Jeffrey Snyder at the California Institute of Technology and Northwestern University, USA, investigating novel thermoelectric materials. In August 2017, he joined Koç University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry. As of October 2019, he is the director of Koç University Boron and Advanced Materials Application and Research Center (KUBAM). His primary motivation in science is to conduct groundbreaking interdisciplinary research by combining fundamental and applied concepts of chemistry, physics, and materials science. His current research interests include boron-based high-tech materials, thermoelectric energy harvesting and cooling, solar cells, batteries, catalysts, hydrogen storage materials, superconductors, laser crystals, and materials displaying unusual properties. He is a co-author of 91 peer-reviewed articles (h-index: 33, Citations: 3243, Source: Google Scholar). Dr. Aydemir received Science Academy’s Young Scientist Award (BAGEP) in 2018, The Turkish Academy of Sciences (TUBA) – Outstanding Young Scientist Award (GEBIP) in 2019, and the Research Incentive Award of the METU Parlar Foundation in 2021.