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Tuncay Alan

Tuncay Alan

+61 3 990 53709
PhD, Theoretical & Applied Mechanics, Cornell (2007) BS, Civil Engineering, Middle East Technical University (2001)

PhD positions available in the general areas of nanomechanics & MEMS!! Interested students should contact me via email.

Teaching Commitments:

  • MEC4425
  • TRC4000
  • TRC4001


  • T. Alan, J. Gaspar, O. Paul, H. W. Zandbergen., J. F. Creemer and P. M. Sarro (2010). "Characterization of Ultrathin Membranes to Enable Tem Observation of Gas Reactions at High Pressures." Imece 2009: Proceedings of the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition 11: 327-331.
  • T. Alan and P. M. Sarro (2008). "A comparative study of the strength of Si, SiN and SiC used at nanoscales." Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, Microelectromechanical Systems - Materials and Devices 1052: 241-245.
  • T. Alan and A. T. Zehnder (2007). "A Monte-Carlo simulation of the effect of surface morphology on the fracture of nanobeams." International Journal of Fracture 148(2): 129-138.
  • T. Alan, M. A. Hines, et al. (2006). "Effect of surface morphology on the fracture strength of silicon nanobeams." Applied Physics Letters 89(9): 091901.
  • T. Alan, A. T. Zehnder, et al. (2006). "Methyl monolayers improve the fracture strength and durability of silicon nanobeams." Applied Physics Letters 89(23): 231905.
  • T. Alan, C. Shepherd, M. Zalalutdinov, A. Zehnder and H. Craighead (2005). "STM/SEM Method to Test Bending Strength of MEMS Materials," Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Fracture, Turin, Italy, March 20-25.
  • K. Aubin, M. Zalalutdinov, T. Alan, R.B. Reichenbach, R. Rand, A. Zehnder, J. Parpia, H. Craighead (2004). "Limit cycle oscillations in CW laser-driven NEMS." Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems 13(6): 1018-1026.
  • M. Zalalutdinov, J. Parpia, K. Aubin, H. Craighead, T. Alan, A. Zehnder, R. Rand (2003). "Hopf bifurcation in a disk-shaped NEMS." ASME Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference 5B: 1759-1769.
  • M. Zalalutdinov, K. Aubin, et al. (2003). "Shell-type micromechanical oscillator." SPIE Smart Sensors, Actuators, and Mems, Pts 1 and 2 5116: 229-236.

Professional Association:

Materials Research Society, ASME

Research Interests:

  • Micro/nano fabrication
  • MEMS
  • Fracture mechanics
  • Reliability of nanostructures
  • Microfluidics