Mustafa Akbulut

Assistant Professor, Material Science and Engineering

Contact Information

Phone: (979) 847-8766

Fax: (979) 845-6446



    B.S. degrees, Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, Bogazici University, Turkey, 2001.
    Ph.D. degree, Chemical Engineering, University of California Santa Barbara, 2007.
    Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California Santa Barbara, 2007.
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton University, 2007-2009.


    2010–Present Assistant Professor, Material Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University.
    2009–Present Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University.
    2008 Visiting Scientist, Crystallization and Precipitation Division, BASF Chemical Company, Ludwigshafen, Germany.

Research Interests

The Akbulut Lab is involved in research in various areas of nanotechnology, surface and interface science, with a special focus on the areas of drug delivery, biomedical interfaces, tribology, surface and intermolecular forces, colloidal stabilization, and crystallization.


  • M. Akbulut, S. M D'Addio, M. E Gindy, R. K Prud'homme, "Novel methods of targeted drug delivery: the potential of multifunctional nanoparticles", Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology, 2009; 2(3); 265-282
  • M. Akbulut, P. Ginart, M. Gindy, C. Theriault, K. Chin, R. K. Prud'homme, "Generic method of preparing multifunctional fluorescent nanoparticles using Flash NanoPrecipitation" , Adv. Func. Mater., 2009, 19 (5), Pages 718 - 725(Featured on "Advances in Advance" page at
  • M. Akbulut, B. Bechtloff, S. Koltzenburg, R.K. Prud'homme, "Flow-Induced Conformational Changes in Gelatin Structure and Colloidal Stabilization", Langmuir, 2008; 24(17); 9636-9641
  • 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
  • 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, 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
  • 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.
  • 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, N. Belman, Y. Golan, J. Israelachvili , "Frictional properties of confined nanorods", Advance Materials, 2006, 18(19), 2589-2592
  • 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, 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
  • 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, 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