Alptekin Aksan

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Alptekin Aksan

Professor, Mechanical Engineering


Mechanical Engineering
Room 241
111 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455


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

Professional Background

Professor, University of Minnesota, Mechanical Engineering, 2017-present
Associate Professor, University of Minnesota, Mechanical Engineering, 2011-2017
Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota, Mechanical Engineering, 2005-2011  

Scientific & Professional Societies

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)


Alptekin Aksan is interested in combining the unique capabilities of biologicals with synthetic materials to make new reactive materials with novel properties. He enjoys teaching thermodynamics and mechanical engineering modeling, the courses that are designed to teach how to think, conduct analyses, and solve problems as an engineer.

BioGelLabs - ME 2124/3124

ME Research Areas
Advanced Materials

ME Impact Areas
Human Health

Research Interests
  • Biostabilization
  • Bioencapsulation
  • Biotransport
  • Biomechanics
Teaching Subjects
ME 3331: Thermodynamics
ME 3333: Heat Transfer
ME 4053: Mechanical Engineering Modeling
ME 5666: 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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