University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota: Department of Mechanical Engineering


Alptekin Aksan

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


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Selected 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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