Alper Buldum , Ph.D.

Alper Buldum , Ph.D.

Title: Professor
Dept/Program: Mechanical Engineering
Office: ASEC 435B
Phone: 330-972-8087


Dr. Buldum joined UA in 2001.  He received his BS, MS and PhD degrees from Bilkent University in Turkey. He was a postdoctoral research associate and then research assistant professor at North Carolina Center for Nanoscale Materials at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Buldum was also a visiting scientist at IBM Almaden Research Laboratories and Harvard University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.  His research has been supported by NSF, NIH and other sources. Dr. Buldum has published more than 50 journal and conference articles. He has over 3000 citations and carries h-index of 23. Part of his research was widely presented by the late Nobel Prize winner, professor Richard Smalley, in his “Our Energy Challenge” talks.


Computational materials science, mechanical, electronic and transport properties of nanomaterials, nanotechnology, nanotribology and modeling of advanced materials for energy storage and energy conversion


  • PostDoc, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2001
  • Ph.D., Bilkent University, Turkey, 1998
  • M.S., Bilkent University, Turkey, 1994
  • B.S., Bilkent University, Turkey, 1993


Thermodynamics I, Special Topics: Nanoscience and Nanotechnology