• Professor, Chemical Engineering
  • Axalta Coating Systems Faculty Fellow

Educational Background

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Chemical Engineering, Princeton University – 2009
  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara – 2007
  • B.Eng., Chemical Engineering, Bogazici University, Turkey – 2001
  • B.S., Chemistry, Bogazici University, Turkey – 2001

Research Interests

    • Coatings (Bacterial Antifouling Coatings, Antifriction and Antiwear Coatings, Corrosion Inhibition, and Thermal Interface Materials)
    • Complex Fluids (Rheology, Thermo-Responsive Viscosifiers, pH-Responsive Gels, Nanoparticle-based Lubrication systems)
    • Colloids and Nanoparticles (Nanoparticulate antibacterial agents, Nanopesticides, Multifunctional drug delivery systems)
    • Hydrocarbon Recovery (Enhanced Oil Recovery, Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids, Emulsions)

Industry Experience

    • Start-up co-founder, AkCis Nanocoating Solutions, 2021
    • Start-Up co-founder, Incendium Technologies, 2017
    • BASF, Visiting Scientist, Ludwigshafen, Germany, 2009

Awards & Honors

  • 2021 Axalta Coating Systems Faculty Fellowship
  • 2020 TEES Engineering Genesis Award
  • 2014 Fluor Distinguished Teaching Award
  • 2013 DARPA Young Faculty Award
  • 2013 TEES Select Young Faculty Award
  • 2010 ACS PRF Young Investigator Award,
  • 2009 EHS Safe Laboratory of the Month Award, Texas A&M University, College Station

Selected Publications

  • Liu, Shuhao, Jeremy Zheng, Li Hao, Yagmur Yegin, Michael Bae, Beril Ulugun, Thomas Matthew Taylor et al. "Dual-functional, superhydrophobic coatings with bacterial anticontact and antimicrobial characteristics." ACS applied materials & interfaces 12, no. 19 (2020): 21311-21321.
  • Oh, Jun Kyun, Yagmur Yegin, Fan Yang, Ming Zhang, Jingyu Li, Shifeng Huang, Stanislav V. Verkhoturov et al. "The influence of surface chemistry on the kinetics and thermodynamics of bacterial adhesion." Scientific reports 8, no. 1 (2018): 1-13.
  • Chen, I-cheng, Cengiz Yegin, Ming Zhang, and Mustafa Akbulut. "Use of pH-responsive amphiphilic systems as displacement fluids in enhanced oil recovery." SPE Journal 19, no. 06 (2014): 1035-1046.
  • Kheireddin, Bassem A., Wei Lu, I-Cheng Chen, and Mustafa Akbulut. "Inorganic nanoparticle-based ionic liquid lubricants." Wear 303, no. 1-2 (2013): 185-190.
  • Min, Younjin, Mustafa Akbulut, Kai Kristiansen, Yuval Golan, and Jacob Israelachvili. "The role of interparticle and external forces in nanoparticle assembly." Nature Materials 7, no. 7 (2008): 527-538.