Dr. Alper Buldum

Dr. Alper Buldum

Title: Professor
Dept/Program: Mechanical Engineering
Office: ASEC 115
Phone: 330-972-8087
Email: buldum@uakron.edu


Alper Buldum is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Akron. Dr. Buldum received his BS, MS and PhD degrees from Bilkent University in Turkey. He was a postdoctoral research associate and then research assistant professor at North Carolina Center for Nanoscale Materials at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Buldum was also a visiting scientist at IBM Almaden Research Laboratories and Harvard University Department of Chemistry  and Biochemistry. Prof. Buldum joined UA in 2001.

Research Accomplishments

Prof. Buldum’s research interests include computational materials science, mechanical, electronic and transport properties of nanomaterials, nanotechnology, nanotribology and modeling of advanced materials for energy storage and energy conversion.  His research has been supported by NSF, NIH and other sources. Prof. Buldum has published more than 50 journal and conference articles. He has over 3000 citations and carries h-index of 23. Part of his research was widely presented by the late Nobel Prize winner, professor Richard Smalley, in his “Our Energy Challenge” talks.


  1. N. Kafle and A. Buldum, “The interaction between fullerene-porphyrin dyad and graphene”
    AIMS Materials Science  4, 505-514 (2017).
  2. J. E. Burwick, C. M. Menge, A. Buldum, S. Sharma, J. M. Senko  “The influence of O2 availability and Fe(III) mineralogy on Fe metabolism by an acidophilic Fe(II) oxidizing and Fe(III) reducing Alicyclobacillus species A06”. Chemical Geology , 457, 107-117 (2017).
  3. A. Buldum, “Adhesion and friction characteristics of  carbon nanotube arrays”, Nanotechnology  25, 345704 (2014).
  4. A. Buldum and D. H. Reneker, “Fullerene-Porphyrin Supramolecular Nanocables”, Nanotechnology  25, 235201 (2014).
  5. A. Buldum and G. Tetiker, “First-Principles Study of Graphene-Lithium Structures for Battery Applications”, J. Applied Physics, 113, 154312 (2013).
  6. M. W. Roberts, C. B. Clemons, J. P. Wilber, G. W. Young, A. Buldum, and D. D. Quinn, “Continuum Plate Theory and Atomistic Modeling to Find Flexural Rigidity of a Graphene Sheet Interacting with a Substrate.” Journal of Nanotechnology, V2010, 868491 (2010).
  7. N. R. Paudel, A. Buldum, T. Ohashi and L. Dai, “Modeling and simulation of adhesion  between carbon nanotubes and surfaces”, Molecular Simulation, 35, 520-524 (2009).
  8. C.B. Clemons, P. Hamrick, J. Heminger, K. Kredier, G.W. Young, A. Buldum, E. Evans, “Modeling, simulation and experiments of coating growth on nanofibers”  J. Applied Physics, 103, 044304 (2008).
  9. J. Patrick Wilber, A. Buldum, Curtis B. Clemons, D. Dane Quinn and G. W. Young, “Continuum and Atomistic Modeling of Interacting Graphene Layers”, Physical Review B, 75, 045418 (2007).
  10. D. Dane Quinn,  J. Patrick Wilber, Curtis B. Clemons, G. W. Young, and A. Buldum, “Buckling instabilities in coupled nano-layers”, International Journal of Non-linear Mechanics, 42, 4, 681 (2007).
  11. A. Patil, T. Ohashi, A. Buldum and  L. Dai, “ Controlled preparation and electron emission properties of three-dimensional micropatterned aligned carbon nanotubes”, Appl. Phys. Lett. 89, 103103 (2006).
  12. A. Buldum, I. Busuladzic, C. B. Clemons, L. H. Dill, K. L. Kreider, G. W. Young, E. A. Evans, G. Zhang, S. I. Hariharan and W. Keifer “Multi-Scale Modeling, Simulations and Experiments of Coating Growth on Nanofibers: Part I - Sputtering”, J. Applied Physics, 98, 044303 (2005).


PostDoc (1998-2001) from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; PhD (1998), M.S. (1994) and B.S. (1993) from Bilkent University, Turkey



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3650:698 Special Topics: Nanoscience and Nanotechnology