Tanil Ozkan

Assistant Professor of Instruction

Tanil Ozkan

Office: MEOB 217
Phone: 979.458.2869
Fax: 979.845.3081
Email: tozkan@tamu.edu

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Research Interests

Mechanics of Materials; Nanomaterials; Nanostructured Thin Film Tribology; Polymer Nanocomposites; Fusion of Nanotechnology and Additive Manufacturing; Computerized Materials Selection and Generative Design Algorithms; Applications of Nanomaterials in Aerospace, Consumer Products, Packaging, Health and Energy Sectors; Engineering Pedagogy  


Awards & Honors

  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers Direct Digital Manufacturing Challenge 2017: First Runner-Up with '3D Printed Exoskeleton' http://www.sme.org/2017-direct-manufacturing-challenge-winners/​
  • ASEE DELOS Instructional Technology Development Award for the Integration of VR-based Materials Science Education Modules to MEEN 361 Labs: 05/2016 $10k
  • NASA Tech Briefs Create the Future Design Contest 2015: Top 5 Entries in the Consumer Products Category with '3D Printer to Aid Visually Impaired Consumers in Their Daily Life'
  • University of Illinois, Engineering Dean’s Honor List for Highest Ranking Ph.D.s, 2014
  • Google 10^100 Contest Finalist with ‘Life Saving Wristwatch’, 2009
  • 1st Place in the GRE General and Mathematics Subject Fields in Switzerland, 2006


  • Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering, UIUC, 2014, GPA: 3.86
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, UIUC, 2009, GPA: 4.00
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Bosphorus University, 2007, GPA:3.79

Selected Publications

Density modulated nanoporous tungsten thin films and their nanomechanical properties, T. Ozkan, M.T. Demirkan, K.A. Walsh, T. Karabacak, A.A. Polycarpou, Journal of Materials Research, 31 (14), 2011-2024, 2016.

Conformal growth of low friction HfBxCy hard coatings, E. Mohimi, T. Ozkan, S. Babar, A.A. Polycarpou, J.R. Abelson, Thin Solid Films, 592, 182-188, 2015

Mechanical strengthening, stiffening, and oxidation behavior of pentatwinned Cu nanowires at near ambient temperatures, T. Ozkan, D. Shaddock, D.M. Lipkin, I. Chasiotis, Materials Research Express, 1 (3), 035020, 2014.

Interfacial strength and fracture energy of individual carbon nanofibers in epoxy matrix as a function of surface conditions, T. Ozkan, Q. Chen, I. Chasiotis, Composites Science and Technology, 72 (9), 965-975, 2012.