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Tuncay Alan

Tuncay Alan

+61 3 990 53709
Room 210, Building 82, Clayton Campus
PhD, Theoretical & Applied Mechanics, Cornell (2007) BS, Civil Engineering, Middle East Technical University (2001)

I received my PhD in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Cornell University in Ithaca NY in 2007. Prior to joining Monash, I worked at Delft Institute of Microsystems and Nanoelectronics (DIMES) in the Netherlands and London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN) in UK. My research focuses on microelectromechanical systems, microfluidics and experimental nanomechanics.

Teaching Commitments:

  • MEC4428
  • MEC4425
  • MEC2403
  • TRC4000
  • MAE2401


  • Refereed Journal Articles & Book Chapters
  • 2015
  • L Qiu, M Bulut Coskun, Y Tang, JZ Liu, T Alan, J Ding, VT Truong, D Li, Ultrafast Dynamic Piezoresistive Response of Graphene‐Based Cellular Elastomers, Advanced Materials, 10.1002/adma.201503957 (2015).
  • H Van Phan, MB Coşkun, M Şeşen, G Pandraud, A Neild, T Alan, Vibrating membrane with discontinuities for rapid and efficient microfluidic mixing, Lab on a Chip 15 (21), 4206-4216 (2015).
  • GG Chandrakumara, J Shang, L Qiu, XY Fang, F Antolasic, CD Easton, J Song, T Alan, D Li, JZ Liu, Tuning the oxygen functional groups in reduced graphene oxide papers to enhance the electromechanical actuation, RSC Advances 5 (83), 68052-68060 (2015).
  • M Sesen, T Alan, A Neild, Microfluidic plug steering using surface acoustic waves Lab on a Chip 15 (14), 3030-3038 (2015).
  • Steven Ian Moore, M. Bulut Coskun, Tuncay Alan, Adrian Neild, and S. O. R. Moheimani, Feedback-Controlled MEMS Force Sensor for Characterization of Microcantilevers, Jounral of Microelectromechanical Systems 24, 4 (2015).
  • 2014
  • Hoang V Phan, Muhsincan Şeşen, Tuncay Alan , Adrian Neild, Single line particle focusing using a vibrating bubble , Applied Physics Letters, 105, 19, 193507 (2014).
  • Nin Sivanantha, Charles Ma, David Collins, Muhsincan Sesen, Jason Brenker, Ross Coppel, Adrian Neild, Tuncay Alan , Characterization of adhesive properties of red blood cells using surface acoustic wave induced flows for rapid diagnostics, Applied Physics Letters, accepted 105 (10), 103704 (2014).
  • David Collins, Tuncay Alan, Adrian Neild, The particle valve: On-demand particle trapping, filtering, and release from a microfabricated polydimethylsiloxane membrane using surface acoustic waves Applied Physics Letters 105 (3), 033509 (2014).
  • Jue Nee Tan, Tuncay Alan, Adrian Neild, Open microdroplet diluter for concentration gradient generation, Applied Physics Express, 7, 087201 (2014).
  • Muhsincan Sesen, Tuncay Alan, Adrian Neild, Microfluidic on-demand droplet merging using surface acoustic waves, Lab on a Chip, 14, 3325-3333 (2014).
  • Md Shamsul Arefin, M. Bulut Coskun, Tuncay Alan, Jean-Michel Redoute, Adrian Neild and Mehmet Rasit Yuce, A microfabricated fringing field capacitive pH sensor with an integrated readout circuit, Applied Physics Letters 104, 223503 (2014).
  • M Bulut Coskun, Steven Moore, S O Reza Moheimani, Adrian Neild, Tuncay Alan, Zero Displacement Microelectromechanical Force Sensor Using Feedback Control, Applied Physics Letters, 15, 4 (2014).
  • David J Collins, Tuncay Alan, Adrian Neild, Particle separation using virtual deterministic lateral displacement (vDLD), Lab on a Chip 14 (9), 1595-1603 (2014).
  • Ian Gralinski, Sam Raymond, Tuncay Alan, Adrian Neild, Continuous flow ultrasonic particle trapping in a glass capillary, Journal of Applied Physics 115 (5), 054505 (2014).
  • 2013 Bulut Coskun, Kasun Thotahewa, York Ying, Mehmet Yuce, Adrian Neild, Tuncay Alan, Nanoscale displacement sensing using microfabricated variable inductance planar coils, Applied Physics Letters 103 (15) (2013).
  • David Collins, Tuncay Alan, Kristian Helmerson, Adrian Neild (2013). Surface acoustic waves for on-demand production of picoliter droplets and particle encapsulation Lab on a Chip 13 (16), 3225 - 3231 (2013)..
  • Jue Nee Tan, Tuncay Alan, Adrian Neild, Stability of flowing open fluidic channels AIP Advances 3, 022121 (2013).
  • Jochen Mueller, Negin Haghparastmojaveri, Tuncay Alan, Adrian Neild The role height plays in the spreading of liquid droplets over sharp edges Applied Physics Letters 102 (4), 041605-041605-5 (2013).
  • 2012
  • Robert Walker, Ian Gralinski, Kok Keong Lay, Tuncay Alan, Adrian Neild Particle manipulation using an ultrasonic micro-gripper, Applied Physics Letters, 101, 163504 (2012).
  • Tuncay Alan, Tadahiro Yokosawa, Joao Gaspar, Gregory Pandraud, Oliver Paul, J Fredrik Creemer, Pasqualina M Sarro, Henny W Zandbergen Micro-fabricated Channel With Ultra-thin yet Ultra-strong Windows Enables Electron Microscopy Under 4-bar Pressure, Applied Physics Letters, 100, 8, 081903 (2012)..
  • Fenfen Shao, Adrian Neild, Tuncay Alan (2012). Controlled Particle Self-assembly in an Evaporating Droplet, Colloids and Surfaces A, 398 pp. 64 68.
  • Tuncay Alan Reliability of Nanostructures, in Springer Encyclopedia of Nanotechnology, Heidelberg: Springer (2012). .
  • Tadahiro Yokosawa, Tuncay Alan, Gregory Pandraud, Bernard Dem, Henny Zandbergen In-situ TEM on (de)hydrogenation of Pd at 0.5-4.5 bar hydrogen pressure and 20- 400degreesC, Ultramicroscopy, 112, 1, pp. 47-52 (2012)..
  • Earlier papers
  • Tadahiro Yokosawa, Tuncay Alan, Gregory Pandraud, Bernard Dem, Henny Zandbergen In-situ TEM on Pd at 0-1 Bar ydrogen Pressure and 20-300 C, Microscopy and Microanalysis, 17 S2, pp. 470-471 (2011)..
  • Tuncay Alan and Alan 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.
  • Tuncay Alan, Melissa A. Hines, et al. (2006). "Effect of surface morphology on the fracture strength of silicon nanobeams." Applied Physics Letters 89(9): 091901.
  • Tuncay Alan, Alan T. Zehnder, et al. (2006). "Methyl monolayers improve the fracture strength and durability of silicon nanobeams." Applied Physics Letters 89(23): 231905.
  • Keith Aubin, Maxim Zalalutdinov, Tuncay Alan, Rob B. Reichenbach, Richard Rand, Alan Zehnder, Jeevak Parpia, Harold Craighead (2004). "Limit cycle oscillations in CW laser-driven NEMS." Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems 13(6): 1018-1026.
  • Refereed Conference Papers
  • Ian Gralinski, Tuncay Alan, Adrian Neild, Non-contact acoustic trapping in circular cross-section glass capillaries: A numerical study,(2012). The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 132 (5), 2978-2987 .
  • An T. Tran, Gregory Pandraud, Hugo Schellevis, Tuncay Alan, Vangal Aravindh, Olaf Wunnicke, Pasqualina M. Sarro (2011). Fabrication of AlN slender piezoelectric cantilevers for high-speed MEMS actuations, Proc. Eurosensors XXV, eds. C. Tsamis, G. Kaltas, 4-7 September 2011, Athens, Greece, Procedia Engineering , 25, pp.673-676.
  • J. Fredrik Creemer, Fabio Santagata, Bruno Morana, Luigi Mele, Tuncay Alan, Elina Iervolino, Gregory Pandraud, and Pasqualina M. Sarro (2011), An all-in-one nanoreactor for high resolution microscopy on nanomaterials at high pressures," Proceedings 24th International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (IEEE MEMS). Tuncay Alan, Joao Gaspar, Oliver Paul, Henny W. Zandbergen., J. Fredrik Creemer and Pasqualina 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.
  • Tuncay Alan and Pasqualina 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.
  • Tuncay Alan, Colin Shepherd, Maxim Zalalutdinov, Alan Zehnder and Harold 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.
  • Maxim Zalalutdinov, Jeevak Parpia, Keith Aubin, Harold Craighead, Tuncay Alan, Alan Zehnder, Richard 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.


Citsabehsan Devendran
Emin Boynukisa
Muhsincan Sesen
Ganaka Chandrakumara
Nin Sivanantha
Jason Brenker
Nguyen Hoai An Le
Chu Yih Bing (Sunway)
Gaurav Vats (IITB & Monash)
Amit Kumar (IITB & Monash)
Bulut Coskun (completed 2015)
David Collins (completed 2015)

Professional Association:

Materials Research Society, ASME

Research Interests:

  • Microsystems
  • Microfluidics
  • Nanomechanics
  • Nanofabrication