Asisst. Prof. Dr. Mehmet Ali KÜÇÜKER

Environmental Engineering Department

Asisstant Professor Doctor

Contact Info:

  • +90 232 750 6856
  • Civil Engineering Building, Room: B-205


  • Ph.D. : Doctor of Philosophy in Institute of Environmental Technology and Energy Economics, Hamburg University of Technology, Hamburg, Germany, 2017
  • M. S. : Master of Science in Environmental Engineering, Boğaziçi University , İstanbul, Türkiye, 2011
  • B.S. : Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering, Kocaeli University, Kocaeli, Türkiye, 2007

Research Interest:

  • Solid Waste Management
  • Circular Economy
  • E-Waste
  • Bio/hydrometallurgy
  • Recycling and Recovery of Metals
  • Microalgae
  • Biotechnology
  • Waste to Energy
  • Carbon Budget After the Land Use Change
  • Determination of Asbestos

Recent publications:

  • Karal, E., Kucuker, M. A., Demirel, B., Copty, N. K., & Kuchta, K. (2021). Hydrometallurgical recovery of neodymium from spent hard disk magnets: A life cycle perspective. Journal of Cleaner Production, 288, 125087.
  • Panda, S., Mishra, S., Akcil, A., & Kucuker, M. A., 2020. Microalgal potential for nutrient-energy-wastewater nexus: Innovations, current trends and future directions. Energy & Environment, 0958305X20955187.
  • Onen Cinar, S.; Chong, Z.K.; Kucuker, M.A.; Wieczorek, N.; Cengiz, U.; Kuchta, K., 2020. Bioplastic Production from Microalgae: A Review. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 17, 3842.
  • Kucuker, M. A., Demirel, B., Onay, T. T., 2020. Enhanced biogas production from chicken manure via enzymatic pretreatment. Journal of Material Cycles and Waste Management, 1-8.
  • Wieczorek, N., Kucuker, M. A., Büscher, N., & Kuchta, K., 2020. Outdoor cultivation of Chlorella sorokiniana in third generation biorefinery: Resource savings through medium recycling. Bioresource Technology, 310, 12-34.
  • Sahan, M., Kucuker, M. A., Demirel, B., Kuchta, K., & Hursthouse, A., 2019. Determination of Metal Content of Waste Mobile Phones and Estimation of Their Recovery Potential in Turkey. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(5), 887.
  • Sethurajan, M., van Hullebusch, E. D., Fontana, D., Akcil, A., Deveci, H., Batinic, B., Leal, J.P., Gasche, T.A., Kucuker, M.A., Kuchta, K., Neto, I.F.F., Soares, H.M.V.M. & Neto, A.I. F., 2019. Recent advances on hydrometallurgical recovery of critical and precious elements from end of life electronic wastes-a review. Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, 1-64.
  • Kücüker, M.A., Xu, X., Kuchta, K., 2019. Extraction Potential of Tantalum from Spent Capacitors Through Bioleaching, Book of Cascade Use in Technologies 2018, Springer Vieweg, ISBN 978-3-662-57885-8.
  • Işıldar, A., van Hullebusch, E. D., Lenz, M., Du Laing, G., Marra, A., Cesaro, A., Panda, S., Akcil, A., Kucuker, M.A., Kuchta, K. 2019. Biotechnological strategies for the recovery of valuable and critical raw materials from waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE)–A review. Journal of Hazardous Materials 362, 467-481.
  • Kucuker, M.A., Wieczorek, N., Kuchta, K., Copty N.K., 2017, “Biosorption of neodymium on Chlorella vulgaris in aqueous solution obtained from hard disk drive magnets”, PLoS ONE 12(4): e0175255.
  • Kücüker, M.A., Nadal, J.B., Kuchta, K., 2016, “Comparison Between Batch And Continuous Reactor Systems For Biosorption Of Neodymium (Nd) Using Microalgae”, International Journal of Plant, Animal and Environmental Sciences, Volume-6, Issue-3, 197-203. 
  • Wieczorek, N., Kucuker, M.A., Kuchta, K., “Microalgae-Bacteria Flocs (MaB-Flocs) as a substrate for fermentative biogas production”, Bioresource Technology, 194, 130–136. 
  • Kucuker, M.A., Guney, M., Oral, V.H., Copty, N.K., Onay, T.T., 2014, “Spatial distribution of soil carbon stock and its change due to deforestation in the western Black Sea Region of Turkey”, Journal of Environmental Management, 147, 227-235.
  • Wieczorek, N., Kucuker, M.A., Kuchta, K., 2014, “Fermentative Hydrogen and Methane Production from Microalgal Biomass (Chlorella vulgaris) in a Two-stage Combined Process”, Applied Energy, 132, 108-117. 
  • Oral, V.H., Guney, M., Kucuker, M.A., Copty, N.K., Onay, T.T., Mater, B., Yenigun, O., 2013, “The impact of hazelnuts in land-use changes on soil carbon and in situ soil respiration dynamics”, Journal of Environmental Management, 129, 341-349.
  • Sarioglu, M.S., Kucuker M.A., Copty N. K., 2013, “Multispecies hydrodynamic dispersion under high concentration gradients”, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 144 (1), 58-65.
  • Kucuker, M. A., 2018, “Biomining Concept for Recovery of Rare Earth Elements (REEs) from Secondary Sources”. Hamburger Berichte; Bd. 48; Verlag Abfall aktuell der Ingenieurgruppe RUK GmbH, Stuttgart, ISBN 9783981757286.