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Nanoscale Mechanics, Bio-inspired Hierarchical Structures, and Potential Applications

Ilhan Aksay is a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Princeton University. He earned his B.Sc. (1967) in ceramic engineering at the University of Washington and his M.Sc. (1969) and Ph.D. (1973) in materials science and engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining Princeton in 1992, his teaching and research affiliations included appointments at the University of Washington (1983-92); UCLA (1981-83); the Middle East Technical University, Ankara (1975-81); and Xerox Corporation, Webster Research Center (1973-75). His research activities include the utilization of colloidal and biomimetic techniques in ceramic processing. In recent years, his work has mainly focused on the utilization of complex fluids to control the architecture of organic/ceramic nanocomposites. Ilhan Aksay and his coworkers’ research has been recognized not only by contributions to the literature on the fundamentals of ceramic processing but also by products produced by the industry. In recognition of his contributions to ceramic processing, he received the Richard M. Fulrath Award of the American Ceramic Society (1987), the Charles M.A. Stine Award of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (1997), and the Turkish National Medal of Science (2001). In recognition of his research and efforts in promoting technology transfer he was named the Puget Sound (Washington State) Engineering Council’s 1988 Academic Engineer of the Year. Ilhan Aksay is a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society and an honorary member of the Japanese Materials Research Society.
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