A single additive does it all to make them flow (and breast models)


O. Akbulut

O. Akbulut

May 2, 2019
2:00pm — 3:00pm ET

Please join us for a seminar given by Ozge Akbulut, Associate Professor of Engineering and Natural Sciences at Sabanci University.


Rheology control. Additive manufacturing (AM) has shown its potential to print “functionality” along with "form." Fabrication of ceramic objects/features has become one of the goals of AM since ceramics are hard to process with conventional methods. Dr. Akbulut will describe the particle-specific design of single additives that can offer both stability and viscosity-control in extrusion-based printing of ceramic inks and discuss chemical agents that facilitate the processing of ceramics in general.

Breast models. Dr. Akbulut  will underscore the need for a sustainable training medium for a growing number of surgical students, since they practice on the very patients that they are sworn to take care of.  We realize tactile tissue and organ models through frugal design such that the students can learn at their own pace and track the improvement of their surgical skills at an affordable platform.


Dr. Akbulut is an Associate Professor at Sabanci University, Istanbul. She received her BS in materials science and engineering at Sabanci University in 2004. Her PhD from MIT (2009) focused on cost-effective fabrication of bimolecular devices and surface science. She continued her studies as a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University (2009–2011) on developing tools/techniques for resource-limited settings. Dr. Akbulut carries out product-based research on control of rheology in niche cements and processing of ceramics, especially through additive manufacturing. Her spinoff, Surgitate, designs and fabricates silicone-based composite tissue and organ models that provide realistic responses to surgical interventions and aims at accessible,  affordable medical education. She also acts as a materials expert at F+ Ventures.

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