Soydan Ozcan

Senior R&D Scientist

Dr. Soydan Ozcan is a Senior R&D Scientist in the Manufacturing Science Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Ozcan is currently the Thrust Lead for Development of Bio-Derived Materials & Manufacturing at the ORNL’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF). His research addresses the broad and vital issue of identifying novel, high-value biomaterials from renewable sources, and viable processes for their preparation for composite and additive manufacturing applications towards zero waste. Ozcan also leads the Composite Recycling Effort for Institute for Advanced Manufacturing Composite Innovation (IACMI).  IACMI is the national Composite Institute within Manufacturing USA, helps U.S. manufacturers employee leading-edge technology to become more competitive. In this scope, He facilitates the development of composite recycling technologies and utilizing various composite techniques to repurpose them into useful applications. Ozcan and his team are developing manufacturing techniques and exploring new materials to improve energy efficiency during composite manufacturing, decrease material waste, and improve material cost and performance. Ozcan’s team is integrating a smart circular economy concept within product development, production processes, use, and re-use systems right from the beginning. 

Ozcan has received multiple prestigious awards, which include the R&D 100 Award - Biomacromolecule Engineering by Soft Chain Coupling Technology (2020), CAMX Outstanding Technical Paper Award for Green & Sustainability Track (2018), CAMX Ace Award for innovation in green composites (2017), ORNL Significant Event Award – Bio-composites for Additive Manufacturing (2017), UT-Battelle’s Engineering Research and Development Award (2012), ORNL Significant Event Award - Carbon Fiber R&D (2010), The Outstanding SAE Technical Paper (2008), SIUC’s Dissertation Research Award of the year (2008) and he has contributed to ORNL’s Gordon Battelle Prize for Technology Impact “Low-cost Carbon Fiber and Composites” (2010). 

Applied R&D of Ozcan’s team engages over thirty industrial partners and delivers research with more direct applications to society. Ozcan is also a prolific researcher published nearly 100 papers, holds 21 issued and pending patents, has published 9 book chapters, and has been an active speaker with more than a hundred presentations, and short courses are given on the manufacturing of materials related topics and research.




1-  X. Zhao, M. Korey, Kai Li, K. Copenhaver, HL Tekinalp, S. Celik, K Kalaitzidou, R Ruan, AJ Ragauskas, S Ozcan, Plastic waste upcycling toward a circular economy, Chemical Engineering Journal, 131928, (2021)

2- S Bhagia, K Bornani , R Agarwal, A Satlewal, J Durkovi, R Lagana, M Bhagia, CG Yoo, X Zhao, V Kunc, Y Pu, S Ozcan, AJ Ragauskas Critical review of FDM 3D printing of PLA biocomposites filled with biomass resources, characterization, biodegradability, upcycling and opportunities for biorefineries, Applied Materials Today, 24, 101078 (2021)  

3- PE Caltagirone, RS Ginder, S Ozcan, K Li, AM Gay, J Stonecash, KX Steirer, D Cousins, SP Kline, AT Maxey, AP Stebner, Substitution of virgin carbon fiber with low-cost recycled fiber in automotive grade injection molding polyamide 66 for equivalent composite mechanical performance with improved sustainability Composites Part B: Engineering, 109007 (2021)

4- M E Lamm, K Li, J Qian, L Wang, N Lavoine, R Newman, D J Gardner, T Li, L Hu, A J Ragauskas, HL Tekinalp, V Kunc, S Ozcan*. Recent Advances in Functional Materials through Cellulose Nanofiber Templating. Advanced Materials, 33, 2005538 (2021)

5- K Li, CM Clarkson, L Wang, Y Liu, M. Lamm, Z Pang, Y Zhou, J Qian, M Tajvidi, DJ Gardner, HL Tekinalp, L Hu, T Li, AJ Ragauskas, JP Youngblood, S Ozcan*, Alignment of Cellulose Nanofibers: Harnessing Nanoscale Properties to Macroscale Benefits, ACS Nano, 15, 3, 3646–3673 (2021)

6- K Li, D. Mcgrady, X Zhao, D Ker, HL Tekinalp, X He, J Qu, T Aytug, E Cakmak, J Phipps, S Ireland, V Kunc, S Ozcan*, Surface-modified and oven-dried microfibrillated cellulose reinforced biocomposites: Cellulose network enabled high performance, Carbohydrate Polymers, 256: 117525, (2021)

7- S. Bhagia,  NC. Gallego, N. Hiremath, DP. Harper, RA. Lowden, RR. Lowden, Y. Pu, U. Vaidya, S Ozcan, AJ. Ragauskas, Fine grinding of thermoplastics by high speed friction grinding assisted by guar gum, Applied Polymer Science, DOI: 10.1002/app.50797, (2021)


8- K Li, Y Wang, M Rowe, X. Zhao, T Li, HL Tekinalp, S. Ozcan*, Poly(lactic acid) toughening through chain end engineering. ACS Applied Polymer Materials. 2, 411-417. (2020) 

9- N Werken, H Tekinalp, P Khanbolouki, S Ozcan, A. Williams, M. Tehrani, Additively manufactured carbon fiber-reinforced composites: State of the art and perspective, Additive Manufacturing, 31: 100962, (2020)

10- K. Kooduvalli, U Vaidya, and S Ozcan*. Life Cycle Assessment of Compostable Coffee Pods: A US University Based Case Study Scientific Reports, 10 (1), 1-24 (2020) 

11- K Li, MA McGuire, AR Lupini, L Skolrood, F List, B Ozpineci, S Ozcan, T. Aytug, Copper-Carbon Nanotube Composites Enabled by Electrospinning for Advanced Conductors, ACS Applied Nano Materials, 3, 7, 6863–6875(2020)

12- S Sinquefield, PN Ciesielski, K Li, DJ Gardner, S. Ozcan*, Nanocellulose Dewatering and Drying: Current State and Future Perspectives, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 8, 26, 9601–9615, (2020)

13- Y Li, Y Zhang, M Goswami, D Vincent, L Wang, T Liu, K Li, J Keum, Z Gao, S Ozcan, Kyle Gluesenkamp, Orlando Rios, Michael Kessler, Liquid crystalline networks based on photo-initiated thiolene click chemistry. Soft Matter, 16, 1760-1770 (2020)

14- X Zhao, B Joseph, J Kuhn, S Ozcan*. Biogas reforming to syngas: a review. iScience. 23 (5): 101082, (2020)

15- Y Wang, K Li, X Zhao, H. Tekinalp, T Li, S Ozcan*. Toughening by nanodroplets: polymer-droplet biocomposite with anomalous toughness. Macromolecules. 53, 11, 4568–4576, (2020)

16- X Meng, B Scheidemantle, M Li, Y Wang, X Zhao, M Toro-Gonzalez, P Singh, Y Pu, C Wyman, S Ozcan, C Cai, A Ragauskas. Synthesis, characterization, and utilization of a lignin-based adsorbent for effective removal of azo dye from aqueous solution. ACS - Omega. 5: 2865-2877, (2020)

17- X Zhao, K Li, Y Wang, H Tekinalp, A Richard, E Webb, S Ozcan*, Bio-treatment of poplar via amino acid for interface control in biocomposites, Composites Part B: Engineering 199, 108276 (2020)

18- ME Lamm, L Wang, V Kishore, H Tekinalp, V Kunc, J Wang, DJ Gardner, S Ozcan*, Material Extrusion Additive Manufacturing of Wood and Lignocellulosic Filled Composites. Polymers 12 (9), 2115 (2020)

19- L Wang, D J Gardner, J Wang, Y Yang, H L Tekinalp, M Tajvidi, Kai Li, X Zhao, D J Neivandt, Y Han, S Ozcan*, James Anderson, Towards the scale-up production of cellulose nanocomposites using melt processing: A critical review on structure-processing-property relationships Composites Part B: Engineering, 108297 (2020)

20- M Li, Y Pu, V M Thomas, C G Yoo, S Ozcan, Y Deng, K Nelson, A J Ragauskas, Recent advancements of plant-based natural fiber–reinforced composites and their applications,8Composites Part B: Engineering, 108254 (2020)

21- X Zhao, K Li, Y Wang, H Tekinalp, G Larsen, D Rasmussen, RS Ginder, L Wang, D J Gardner, M Tajvidi, E Webb, S Ozcan*, High-Strength Polylactic Acid (PLA) Biocomposites Reinforced by Epoxy-Modified Pine Fibers ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 8 (35), 13236-13247 (2020)


PATENTS (link to Soydan Ozcan Justia Patents) 

1. S.Ozcan, H. Tekinalp, "Thermoset Composite having Thermoplastic Characteristics". US. Patent. No. 10,974,463 (April 13, 2021)

2. X Meng, S Ozcan, H Tekinalp, Silane-modified polyester blends and methods of preparation, US Patent 10,875,960, (Dec 29, 2020)

3. F. Vautard, S. Ozcan, FL. Paulauskas, Solid Composites Containing Polymeric Matrix with Carbon Fibers Embedded Therein U.S. Patent No. 10,501,590 (Dec 10, 2019)

4. F. Vautard, S. Ozcan, FL. Paulauskas, Method of improving adhesion of carbon fibers with a polymeric matrix B2 Divisional U.S. Patent No. 10,457,785 (Oct 29, 2019)

5. F. Vautard, S. Ozcan, FL. Paulauskas, Method of improving adhesion of carbon fibers with a polymeric matrix B3 Divisional U.S. Patent No. 10,351,683 (July 16, 2019)

6. F. Vautard, S. Ozcan, "Multifunctional curing agents and their use in improving strength of composites containing carbon fibers embedded in a polymeric matrix" US. Patent No. 10,240,011 (March 26, 2019)

7. S.Ozcan, FL. Paulauskas, "Carbon Fiber Reinforcements for Sheet Molding Composites", US. Patent No. 10,207,427 (Feb 19, 2019)

8. S.Ozcan, FL. Paulauskas, "Carbon Fiber Reinforcements for Sheet Molding Composites", U.S. Patent No. 9,815,224 (Nov 14, 2017)

9. S. Ozcan, A.K. Naskar, "Method of Manufacturing Tin-Doped Indium Oxide Nanofibers", U.S. Patent No. 9,670,598 (June 6, 2017)

10. F. Vautard, S. Ozcan, "Multifunctional curing agents and their use in improving strength of composites containing carbon fibers embedded in a polymeric matrix", U.S. Patent No. 9,617,398 (April 11, 2017)

11. A.K. Naskar, S. Ozcan, FL Paulasukas, C. Eberle, M. Abdallah, G. Ludtka, G. Ludtka, F. Paulauskas, J. Rivard. "Magneto-carbonization method for production of carbon fiber, and high performance carbon fibers made thereby", U.S. Patent No. 9,725,829 (Aug 8, 2017)

12. S. Ozcan, Y. Lu, "Method of making controlled morphology metal-oxides", U.S. Patent No. 9,340,461, (May 17, 2016)

13. FL Paulasukas, S. Ozcan, A. Naskar, “Apparatus and process for surface treatment of carbon fibers”, U.S. Patent No. 9,340,677 (May 17, 2016)

14. F. Vautard, S. Ozcan, FL. Paulasukas, "Method of improving adhesion of carbon fibers with a polymeric matrix" A1. U.S. Patent No. 9,365,685 (June 14, 2016)


15. S. Ozcan, K. Li, Y. Wang, H Tekinalp. Toughened Polyester Composites Containing Polyester Matrix and Droplets of High Boiling Liquid Therein” US. Patent Appl. No. 16/775,827 (2020)

16. S. Ozcan, K. Li, H.L. Tekinalp, X. Zhao, Surface-modified and dried microfibrillated cellulose reinforced thermoplastic biocomposites US. Patent Appl. No. 63/051,614 (2020)

17. T. Aytug, I. Ivanov, X. Meng, S. Ozcan, M. Yoon, "Metal-Carbon Composites and methods for their production Divisional US. Patent Appl. No 62/509,786, (2018)

18. T. Aytug, I. Ivanov, X. Meng, S. Ozcan, M. Yoon, "Metal-Carbon Composites and methods for their production US. Patent Appl. No 15/985,785, (2018)

19. S. Ozcan, "Infrared-Blocking Nanocellulose Aerogel Windows", US. Patent Appl. No. 62/132,178 (2015)

20. M. Bouguettaya, S. Ozcan, R. Ginder, M. Cieslinski, U. Vaidya,  Materials, Compositions, and Methods for the Formation of Composite Articles. US.  Patent  Appl. No. 63/068,714 filed by BASF (2020)

21. S. Ozcan, K. Li, H. Tekinalp, X. Zhao, J. Phipps, S. Ireland Surface-Modified and Dried Microfibrillated Cellulose Reinforced Thermoplastic Biocomposites U.S. Appl. No. 63/051,614 filed by FiberLean (2020)



1. X. Zhao, K. Li, M. E. Lamm, S. Celik, L. Wei   S.Ozcan, Solid waste gasification: comparison of single- and multi-staged reactors, Intact book "Gasification" edited by Dr. Valter Silva. ISBN 978-1-83968-796-9 (2020)

2. S.Ozcan, F. Vautard, A.K. Naskar, Structure and properties of carbon fibers, Polymer Precursor-Derived Carbon, ACS Book Chapter, 1173: 215-232, (2014).

3. S. Ozcan, J. Tezcan, J. Howe, P. Filip, “Study on elasto-plastic behavior of different carbon types in carbon/carbon composites”Mechanical Properties and Performance of Engineering Ceramics and Composites IV, vol 29(2): 141-150 (2008)

4. S. Ozcan, B. Gurung, P Filip, “Measurement of the matrix/fiber interfacial strength of carbon/carbon composites”,Ceramic Trans. vol 27(2): 217-223 (2006).

5. S. Ozcan, M. Woldemicheal, S. Iqbal, P. Filip, “Microstructure and thermal properties of 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional C/C composites”,Ceramic Trans., vol. 27(2): 233-244 (2006)

6. D.E. Wittmer, S. Ozcan, M. Krkoska, P. Filip,“Effect of heat treatment on crystal structure and wear performance of carbon-carbon composites” Ceramic Trans.vol 27(2): 665-675 (2006).

7. S. Ozcan, M. Krkoska, P. Filip “Frictional performance and local properties of C/C composites”. Ceramic Trans., vol 26(8): 127-138(2005).

8. S. Ozcan and R. Koc. “Synthesis and characterization of Al2O3-SiC composite powders from carbon coated precursors” Ceramic Trans., vol 166: 123-130 (2005).

9. S. Ozcan and R. Koc, “Microstructure and electrical conductivity studies of (La,Sr)(Cr,Mn,Co)O3” Ceramic Trans., vol 161: 13-21 (2005)