Mustafa Akbulut

Associate Professor


Office: 230 CHEN
Phone: 979.847.8766
Fax: 979.845.6446

Research Website

Research Interests

The Akbulut Lab is involved in research in various areas of nanotechnology, surface and interface science, with a special focus on the areas of drug delivery, biomedical interfaces, tribology, surface and intermolecular forces, colloidal stabilization, and crystallization.

Awards & Honors

  • 2005-2006 Mitsubishi Chemical Distinguished Graduate Fellowship, UCSB
  • 2005 Best experimental student poster, World Tribology Conference III, Washington DC
  • 2004 Art Contest Winner, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 1998-1999 the Municipal of Istanbul Fellowship, Bogazici University, Turkey
  • 1997-2001 President of the Republic of Turkey Fellowship, Bogazici University, Turkey


  • 2007 PhD Chemical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 2001 BE And BS Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, Bogazici University, Turkey

Selected Publications

M. Akbulut, N. Chen, N. Maeda, J. Israelachvili, T. Grunevald, C. Helm,"Crystallization in thin films induced by shear",Journal of Physical Chemistry B , 2005, 109(25); 12509-12514

J. Israelachvili, N. Maeda, K.J. Rosenberg, M. Akbulut, "Effects of sub-Ã¥ngstrom (pico-scale) structure of surfaces on adhesion, friction and bulk mechanical properties,Journal of Material Research, 2005, 20; 1952-1972

M. Akbulut, A.R.G. Alig, J. Israelachvili , "Friction and tribochemical reactions occurring at shearing interfaces between nano-thin silver films and various substrates"", Journal of Chemical Physics, 2006, 124; 174703

A.R.G. Alig, M. Akbulut, Y. Golan, J. Israelachvili , "Forces between surfactant-coated ZnS nanoparticles in dodecane: Effect of water", Advanced Functional Materials, 2006, 16(16), 2127-2134

M. Akbulut, N. Belman, Y. Golan, J. Israelachvili , "Frictional properties of confined nanorods", Advance Materials, 2006, 18(19), 2589-2592

M. Akbulut, A.R.G. Alig, J. Israelachvili , "Triboelectrification between smooth metal surfaces with self-assembled monolayers (SAMs)", Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2006, 110(44), 22271 - 22278

M. Akbulut, A.R.G. Alig, Y. Min, et al., "Forces between surfaces across nanoparticle solutions: Role of size, shape, and concentration" , Langmuir, 2007 23 (7): 3961-3969

Y. Min, M. Akbulut, N. Belman, Y. Golan, J. Zasadzinski, J. Israelachvili, "Normal and Shear Forces Generated during the Ordering (Directed Assembly) of Confined Straight and Curved Nanowires", Nanoletters, 2008, 8 (1), 246 -252

Y. Min, M. Akbulut, K. Kristiansen, Y. Golan, J. Israelachvili, "Role of interparticle and external forces on the assembly and properties of nanoparticle materials" , Nature Materials, 2008, 7, 527 - 538

Y. Min, M. Akbulut, R. K. Prud'homme, Y. Golan, J. Israelachvili, "Frictional Properties of Surfactant-Coated Rod-Shaped Nanoparticles in Dry and Humid Dodecane", Journal of Physical Chemistry , 2008, 112 (46), 14395-14401