About BOUNtenna

Antennas and Propagation Research Laboratory

Boğaziçi University Antennas and Propagation Research Laboratory (BOUNtenna) and Boğaziçi University Bioelectromagnetics Laboratory were founded and are led by Associate Professor Sema Dumanlı Oktar. It concentrates on the design of reconfigurable antennas and RF-based sensors for mobile devices of limited size. The focus areas of application include antenna design for implantable and wearable devices, in-body sensing, bio-hybrid implant sensors, and multiscale communication, Body Area Networks (BANs), Internet of Health Things (IoHT), and Internet of Things (IoT). Capabilities in the laboratories include but are not limited to advanced antenna prototyping and measurement devices, a state-of-the-art anechoic chamber in addition to microbiology and genetic engineering equipment, enabling us to conduct vital procedures for isolating, cultivating, and quantifying mammalian cells.

Equipment and Facilities

This is the list of available pieces of equipment and offered facilities at BOUNtenna and BU Bioelectromagnetics Laboratory.

  • Anechoic Chamber (>80 dB shielding between 1-18 GHz, 30 dB absorption at 1 GHz, 3x3x3 m3)
  • Arbitrary waveform generator 6 GS/sec (ARB Rider AWG 5062)
  • Vector Network Analyzer 300 kHz - 6 GHz (Rohde & Schwarz ZNLE6, Pico VNA 106)
  • Dielectric Assessment Kit (SPEAG DAK3.5) (85 MHz -14 GHz)
  • CO2 incubator
  • Biosafety cabinet Class II (NÜVE MN90, equipped with HEPA filters and UV)
  • Inverted Microscope (Leica)
  • Ansys Campus License
  • CST Studio Suite
  • LPKF S103 PCB development machine
  • MITS Autolab PCB prototyping machine
  • Multi-functional circuit printer (Voltera V-One)
  • High performance workstations for numerical analysis
  • Advanced Desktop 3D Printer (FormLabs 3B, 3D SLA printer, can be used with biocompatible resin with a resolution of 100 μm)
  • Desktop 3D-printer (Anycubic Photon M3 Max)
  • Shaking Incubator (Nükleon NCI-55, chamber volume: 55 LT)
  • Laboratory Steam Sterilizer (NUVE NC 40M, chamber volume: 40 LT)
  • Centrifuge (Elektromag M4808P, max: 4500rpm)
  • Liquid Nitrogen Biological Container (10.8 L)
  • Ultrasonic cleaner (ISOLAB, cap: 6L, max: 80C)
  • Water purification system (Direct Q-3 UV)