Necati Özkan is a Professor in the Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences at Middle East Technical University, Turkey. His current research interests are in rheological characterization of materials, preparation of nanoparticles, and biodegradable polymers. He received his BE degree (Metallurgical Engineering) from Istanbul Technical University (Turkey), his MSc degree (Materials Science and Engineering) from Stanford University (USA), and his PhD degree (Chemical Engineering) from Imperial College (UK). Prior to joining Middle East Technical University as an academic staff, he was an academic staff at the University of Auckland, a research associate at Imperial College (UK), a research assistant in Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge University (UK), and a scientist in Developmental Technologies BV (Holland). Currently, he is the deputy director of Central Laboratory at Middle East Technical University.