Melik Demirel

Huck Chair in Biomimetic Materials; Pearce Professor of Engineering

Melik Demirel

Research Summary

Prof. Dr. Melik Demirel holds a tenured professor position in engineering at Penn State, and has a decade of experience in biosensors and nanomaterials. Prof. Demirel’s achievements have been recognized, in part, through his receipt of a Young Investigator Award, an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, an Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter Junior Fellowship, the Pearce Development Professorship at Penn State, a Boeing Distinguished Speaker Award. Prof. Demirel received his Ph.D. from Carnegine Mellon University and B.S. and M.S. degrees from Bogazici University.

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Publication Tags

Proteins Self Assembly Composite Materials Electromagnetic Shielding Printing Electrodes Polymers Biomimetics Electric Conductivity Tandem Repeat Sequences Titanium Carbide Nanoparticles Photonics Hydration Thermal Conductivity Nanostructures Physicochemical Properties Adhesion Wetting Tissue Stimuli Temperature Whispering Gallery Modes Textiles Shielding

Most Recent Papers

Dielectrophoretic separation of randomly shaped protein particles

Tae Joon Kwak, Huihun Jung, Benjamin D. Allen, Melik C. Demirel, Woo Jin Chang, 2021, Separation and Purification Technology

Hydration-Induced Structural Transitions in Biomimetic Tandem Repeat Proteins

Romeo C.A. Dubini, Huihun Jung, Chloe H. Skidmore, Melik C. Demirel, Petra Rovó, 2021, Journal of Physical Chemistry B on p. 2134-2145

Biosynthetic self-healing materials for soft machines

Abdon Pena-Francesch, Huihun Jung, Melik C. Demirel, Metin Sitti, 2020, Nature Materials on p. 1230-1235

Self-Assembly of Topologically Networked Protein-Ti<sub>3</sub>C<sub>2</sub>T<sub>x</sub>MXene Composites

Mert Vural, Haoyue Zhu, Abdon Pena-Francesch, Huihun Jung, Benjamin D. Allen, Melik C. Demirel, 2020, ACS Nano on p. 6956-6967

Highly Conductive Self-Healing Biocomposites Based on Protein Mediated Self-Assembly of PEDOT:PSS Films

Yusuke Kikuchi, Abdon Pena-Francesch, Mert Vural, Melik C. Demirel, 2020, ACS Applied Bio Materials on p. 2507-2515

Squid-inspired tandem repeat proteins

Melik C. Demirel, 2020, on p. 130-153

Squid-inspired tandem repeat proteins

Abdon Pena-Francesch, Melik C. Demirel, 2019, Frontiers in Chemistry

Tunable thermal transport and reversible thermal conductivity switching in topologically networked bio-inspired materials

John A. Tomko, Abdon Pena-Francesch, Huihun Jung, Madhusudan Tyagi, Benjamin D. Allen, Melik C. Demirel, Patrick E. Hopkins, 2018, Nature Nanotechnology on p. 959-964

Inkjet Printing of Self-Assembled 2D Titanium Carbide and Protein Electrodes for Stimuli-Responsive Electromagnetic Shielding

Mert Vural, Abdon Pena-Francesch, Joan Bars-Pomes, Huihun Jung, Hemanth Gudapati, Christine B. Hatter, Benjamin D. Allen, Babak Anasori, Ibrahim Tarik Ozbolat, Yury Gogotsi, Melik C. Demirel, 2018, Advanced Functional Materials

Composites of Proteins and 2D Nanomaterials

Melik C. Demirel, Mert Vural, Mauricio Terrones, 2018, Advanced Functional Materials

Most-Cited Papers

Bioinspired directional surfaces for adhesion, wetting, and transport

Matthew J. Hancock, Koray Sekeroglu, Melik C. Demirel, 2012, Advanced Functional Materials on p. 2223-2234

Nanoparticle-based protein detection by optical shift of a resonant microcavity

Miguel A. Santiago-Cordoba, Svetlana V. Boriskina, Frank Vollmer, Melik C. Demirel, 2011, Applied Physics Letters

Accelerating the design of biomimetic materials by integrating RNA-seq with proteomics and materials science

Paul A. Guerette, Shawn Hoon, Yiqi Seow, Manfred Raida, Admir Masic, Fong T. Wong, Vincent H.B. Ho, Kiat Whye Kong, Melik C. Demirel, Abdon Pena-Francesch, Shahrouz Amini, Gavin Z. Tay, Dawei Ding, Ali Miserez, 2013, Nature Biotechnology on p. 908-915

Ultrasensitive detection of a protein by optical trapping in a photonic-plasmonic microcavity

Miguel A. Santiago-Cordoba, Murat Cetinkaya, Svetlana V. Boriskina, Frank Vollmer, Melik C. Demirel, 2012, Journal of Biophotonics on p. 629-638

Inkjet Printing of Self-Assembled 2D Titanium Carbide and Protein Electrodes for Stimuli-Responsive Electromagnetic Shielding

Mert Vural, Abdon Pena-Francesch, Joan Bars-Pomes, Huihun Jung, Hemanth Gudapati, Christine B. Hatter, Benjamin D. Allen, Babak Anasori, Ibrahim Tarik Ozbolat, Yury Gogotsi, Melik C. Demirel, 2018, Advanced Functional Materials

Emerging technologies for assembly of microscale hydrogels

Umut Atakan Gurkan, Savas Tasoglu, Doga Kavaz, Melik C. Demirel, Utkan Demirci, 2012, Advanced healthcare materials on p. 149-158

Responsive microgrooves for the formation of harvestable tissue constructs

Halil Tekin, Gozde Ozaydin-Ince, Tonia Tsinman, Karen K. Gleason, Robert Langer, Ali Khademhosseini, Melik C. Demirel, 2011, Langmuir on p. 5671-5679

A stimuli-responsive coaxial nanofilm for burst release

Gozde Ozaydin-Ince, Karen K. Gleason, Melik C. Demirel, 2011, Soft Matter on p. 638-643

Recent advances in nanoscale bioinspired materials

Melik C. Demirel, Murat Cetinkaya, Abdon Pena-Francesch, Huihun Jung, 2015, Macromolecular Bioscience on p. 300-311

Transport of a soft cargo on a nanoscale ratchet

Koray Sekeroglu, Umut A. Gurkan, Utkan Demirci, Melik C. Demirel, 2011, Applied Physics Letters

News Articles Featuring Melik Demirel

Scientists Develop Material that Repairs Itself

Inspired by the pandemic-induced need for durable, clean face masks and other personal protection equipment to prevent the spread of COVID-19, researchers may have developed a biosynthetic polymer material that repairs itself by synthesizing a protein found in squids.

Self-assembling, biomimetic composites possess unusual electrical properties

Sometimes, breaking rules is not a bad thing. Especially when the rules are apparent laws of nature that apply in bulk material, but other forces appear in the nanoscale.

Engineering faculty named senior members of the National Academy of Inventors

Two professors in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics honored for work as inventors.

Scientists working with squid take a bite out of microplastic pollution

A protein found in the ringed teeth of squid could be processed into fibers and films with applications ranging from smart clothing to self-healing and recyclable fabrics that reduce microplastic pollution.

Smart material made from squid teeth a potential plastic alternative

A newly-discovered material made from squid teeth could one day replace man-made fibres like nylon and polyester, according to a review by scientists at Pennsylvania State University.

Lab: Material made from squid teeth could cut plastic pollution in seas

A NEW material made from squid suckers could one day replace man-made fibres such as nylon and polyester. This would help to reduce microplastic pollution in the oceans, as well as paving the way for new possibilities such as self-repairing safety clothing, or garments with built-in, flexible screens.

Squid may help curb micro-plastic pollution

A recently discovered protein, found in squids, could revolutionise materials in a way that would be unattainable with conventional plastic. The study was published in Frontiers in Chemistry.

Protein found in squid forms fibres of sustainable materials

Protein found in ring teeth of squid could be used to make biodegradable materials for ‘smart’ clothes that monitor health, or self-healing recyclable fabrics that reduce microplastic pollution.

Squid Is the New Eco-Friendly Plastic, Study Says

Plastic pollution is devastating the oceans by poisoning animals and contaminating marine environments, but scientists think that the seas may also have a solution to the problem—the tentacles of squid.

Squid tentacles offer pollution solution

Until now squid tentacles have been bad news for other sealife but scientists believe that they could offer a replacement for plastic — and save more fish than they kill.