• Research


    Breathing Wall

    This paper investigates the tactile possibilities of human interaction with synthetic biomorphic surfaces through an interdisciplinary collaboration between arts, materials science, mechanical, and electronics engineering. We created a breathing wall (BRALL) composed of nine silicone-based tiles that feel like flesh, breathe, emit sound, and respond to touch by pneumatic activation that is enabled by soft robotics technology.     read more

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    Supramolecular Nanostamping (SuNS)

    A Method for Parallel Fabrication of Biomolecular Devices

    DNA arrays have revolutionized the field of biomedicine since they allow the analyses of several different DNA sequences in parallel. [1] Current methods to fabricate such arrays are serial in nature resulting in high prices that prevent the extensive utilization of those arrays. [1,2] ....    read more

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    Replication of DNA Nanoarrays

    The amount of analyte needed in an array scales with the feature size and spacing—size of the total array. The features of a DNA microarray are usually tens of micrometers in size with a spacing on the order of hundred micrometers. Therefore, miniaturization of such arrays is necessary for applications when scarcity of analytes is an issue...     read more

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    Supramolecular Replication of Peptide and DNA Patterned Arrays

    Apart from the capability to cope with features of various sizes, the strength of a printing method emerges from its ability to deal with different types of biomolecules. Coiled-coil peptides are treated analogously to complementary DNA strands due to the molecular recognition between two complementary peptide strands. ...    read more

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    Separation Science-The Toolbox: Multiphase Systems (MuPSs)

    In the Whitesides Group at Harvard University, we have found that through phase separation, certain combinations of water soluble polymers and surfactants form self-assembling gradients in density. The phases in these systems stack according to their density; other physical and chemical properties of the phases are...     read more

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    Separation Science-The Toolbox: Multiphase Systems (MuPSs)

    Dynamic Separations

    Under centrifugal force, the differences in the hydrodynamic behavior of objects with different shape, size, and density can be used to separate objects which are much denser than phases of MuPSs. In a three phase system, we have separated the reaction products (rods, spheres and..     read more



Looking for motivated undergraduate/graduate students and post-docs, interested candidates please apply via email (ozgeakbulut(at)sabanciuniv.edu).

The projects will be about developing simple, cost-effective, functional, and easy-to-use materials/devices/tools. The areas will span separation science, microfabrication and composite materials. For a specific project, I am looking for a candidate with experience in handling cellular materials/cells.

For graduate students, I will make sure that you gain research experience in one of my collaborators’ laboratories outside of Turkey. To the best of my abilities, all of the students/post-docs will be given an opportunity to attend international conferences and workshops.

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Özge Akbulut gave a talk on "Science, Entrepreneurship, and Serving the Society" in "References for High School Students" event on November, 16th, 2014.

Özge Akbulut gave a talk in TEDxSabanciUniversity on February, 19th, 2015.

Özge Akbulut received L’oreal/UNESCO Turkey Women in Science Fellowship in May 2013.

Özge Akbulut received Young Investigator Award to work on separation of cells from the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) in January 2013.

Pelin Güven received National Graduate Studies Scholarship from TUBITAK in December 2012.

Özge Akbulut received Marie Curie European Reintegration Grant to work on separation of chiral nanoparticles in multiphase systems in September 2012.

Özge Akbulut is going to teach "Bilim, Girisimcilik ve Halka Hizmet" (LYOFN11) in Sabancı University Summer School for High School Students, July 14–25, 2014.

Surgitate—the company that stems from Akbulut Lab's work—received TUBITAK's 1512 entrepreneurial support. Surgitate produces synthetic organ models for the development of surgical skill sets of medical personel. Surgitate will launch at October, 30, 2014.

Özge Akbulut, Ece Polen Budak (Visual Arts), and Erdağ Aksel (Visual Arts) received Sabancı University's Internal Research Fund for their project "Realization of Tactile Interventions through Art and Engineering".

Özge Akbulut gave a talk on "Science, Entrepreneurship, and Serving the Society" in "References for High School Students" event on November, 16t, 2014.

Özge Akbulut gave a talk on "Science, Entrepreneurship, and Serving the Society" in Karaköy Science and Culture Academy on December, 6, 2014.

Course Materials

ENS 205 - Introduction to Materials Science

MAT 402 - Polymer Engineering II

NT 502 - Micro/Nanofabrication