Alptekin Aksan

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Alptekin Aksan

Mechanical Engineering


Mechanical Engineering
Rm 241
111 Church Street SE





Graduate Faculty, Biomedical Engineering Department, 2006-present
Graduate Faculty, Microbial Engineering Program, 2010-present
Adjunct Faculty, Biotechnology Institute, 2010-present

Ph.D. 2002, Mechanical Engineering, 
Michigan State University

M.S. 1995, B.S. 1992, Mechanical Engineering, 
Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

Professional Background

Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, Mechanical Engineering, 2017-present

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, Mechanical Engineering, 2011-2017                              

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, Mechanical Engineering, 2005-2011  

Scientific & Professional Societies
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)


ME Research Areas
Advanced Materials

ME Impact Areas
Human Health

Research Interests
  • Biostabilization
  • Bioencapsulation
  • Biotransport
  • Biomechanics
Research Group
BioGelLabs (ME 2124/3124)
Teaching Subjects
ME3331: Thermodynamics
ME3333: Heat Transfer
ME4053: Mechanical Engineering Modeling
ME5666: Modern Thermodynamics
Honors and Awards
  • 2007 NSF CAREER Award
  • 2008 U of MN McKnight Land Grant Professor
  • 2011 JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) Fellow
  • 2011 Outstanding Professor Award
Selected Publications
  • M. Wang, J.O.M. Karlsson, A. Aksan, 2018 “FTIR Analysis of Molecular Changes Associated with Warming Injury in Cryopreserved Leukocytes” Langmuir (accepted on 10-26-2018). DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.8b02982
  • J.J. Benson, J. Sakkos, A. Radian, L.P. Wackett, A. Aksan, 2018 “Enhanced Biodegradation of Atrazine by Bacteria Encapsulated in Organically Modified Silica Gels” Journal of Colloid & Interface Science, 510, 57-68.
  • J. Sakkos, B.R. Mutlu, L.P. Wackett, A. Aksan, 2017 “Adsorption and Biodegradation of Aromatic Chemicals by Bacteria Encapsulated in a Hydrophobic Silica Gel” ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 9, 26848–26858.
  • S. Jena, J. Horn, R. Suryanarayanan, W. Friess, A. Aksan, 2017 “Effects of excipient interactions on the state of the freeze- concentrate and protein stability” Pharmaceutical Research 34, 462-478.
  • B.R. Mutlu, J.K. Sakkos, S. Yeom, L.P. Wackett, A. Aksan, 2016 “Silica ecosystem for synergistic biotransformation” Scientific Reports, 6, 27404.

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