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.


Publication Tags

Proteins Whispering Gallery Modes Wetting Printing Adhesion Nanoparticles Biomimetics Adsorption Photonics Tissue Coatings Polymers Temperature Electromagnetic Shielding Proteomics Hydrogels Biomimetic Materials Electrodes Resonators Rna Protein Binding Nanotubes Macromolecules Tandem Repeat Sequences Peptides

Most Recent Papers

Squid-Inspired Tandem Repeat Proteins: Functional Fibers and Films

A. Francesh, Melik Demirel, 2019, Frontiers in Chemistry on p. 29

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

Mechanical Properties of Tandem-Repeat Proteins Are Governed by Network Defects

Abdon Pena-Francesch, Huihun Jung, Mo Segad, Ralph H. Colby, Benjamin D. Allen, Melik C. Demirel, 2018, ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering on p. 884-891

Programmable Proton Conduction in Stretchable and Self-Healing Proteins

Abdon Pena-Francesch, Huihun Jung, Michael A. Hickner, Madhusudan Tyagi, Benjamin D. Allen, Melik C. Demirel, 2018, Chemistry of Materials on p. 898-905

3D Printing of PDMS Improves Its Mechanical and Cell Adhesion Properties

Veli Ozbolat, Madhuri Dey, Bugra Ayan, Adomas Povilianskas, Melik C. Demirel, Ibrahim Tarik Ozbolat, 2018, ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering on p. 682-693

Squid ring teeth-coated mesh improves abdominal wall repair

Ashley N. Leberfinger, Monika Hospodiuk, Abdon Pena-Francesch, Bugra Ayan, Veli Ozbolat, Srinivas V. Koduru, Ibrahim T. Ozbolat, Melik C. Demirel, Dino J. Ravnic, 2018, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - Global Open

Research Update

Abdon Pena-Francesch, Natalia Domeradzka, Huihun Jung, Benjamin Barbu, Mert Vural, Yusuke Kikuchi, Benjamin Allen, Melik Demirel, 2018, APL Materials on p. 010701

Composites of Proteins and 2D Nanomaterials


Structural protein-based whispering gallery mode resonators

Huzeyfe Yllmaz, Abdon Pena-Francesch, Robert Shreiner, Huihun Jung, Zaneta Belay, Melik C. Demirel, Sahin Ozdemir, Lan Yang, 2017, ACS Photonics on p. 2179-2186

Programmable molecular composites of tandem proteins with graphene oxide for efficient bimorph actuators

Mert Vural, Yu Lei, Abdon Pena-Francesch, Huihun Jung, Benjamin Allen, Mauricio Terrones, Melik C. Demirel, 2017, Carbon on p. 404-412

Most-Cited Papers

An engineered anisotropic nanofilm with unidirectional wetting properties

Niranjan A. Malvadkar, Matthew J. Hancock, Koray Sekeroglu, Walter J. Dressick, Melik C. Demirel, 2010, Nature Materials on p. 1023-1028

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

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

Highly swellable free-standing hydrogel nanotube forests

Gozde Ozaydin Ince, Gokhan Demirel, Karen K. Gleason, Melik C. Demirel, 2010, Soft Matter on p. 1635-1639

A stimuli-responsive coaxial nanofilm for burst release

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

Control of protein adsorption onto core-shell tubular and vesicular structures of diphenylalanine/parylene

Gökhan Demirel, Niranjan Malvadkar, Melik C. Demirel, 2010, Langmuir on p. 1460-1463