• Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering
  • Axalta Coating Systems Faculty Fellow

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara - 2007
  • B.Eng. and B.S., Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, Bogazici University, Turkey - 2001

Research Interests

    • Thermal Interface Materials
    • Nanomaterials in the Environment
    • Nanoparticle-based Lubricants
    • Enhanced Oil Recovery
    • Biointerfaces

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

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