Alptekin Aksan

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Alptekin Aksan

Mechanical Engineering


Mechanical Engineering
Rm 241
111 Church Street SE





Ph.D. 2002, Mechanical Engineering, 
Michigan State University, E. Lansing, MI 

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

Research Interests
  • Biostabilization
  • Bioencapsulation
  • Biotransport
  • Biomechanics


Research Groups

Name: BioGelLabs
Location: ME 2124 / 3124


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.