Caglar Elbuken

Caglar Elbuken

PhD, Professor

Professor of biosensors
Biosensors and microfluidics

50 peer reviewed publications in international journals. The publications have been cited 1036 times, of which the most cited publication accounts for 106 citations. The author has a h-index of 18.00. (Scopus)


Dr. Elbuken received his B.Sc. degree from Bilkent University Electrical and Electronics Engineering in 2004 and his Ph.D. degree from University of Waterloo Mechanical Engineering in 2009. After a two-year post-doctoral position at University of Waterloo, Dr. Elbuken worked at Abbott Point-of-Care as a senior scientist in the R&D department. In 2013, he switched back to industry and established the microfluidics and biosensors research group at Bilkent University National Nanotechnology Research Center as an assistant professor. Dr. Elbuken received his Docent title from Electrical and Electronics Engineering. His research focuses on micro/nano systems, lab-on-a-chip systems, biosensors and biomedical diagnostic technologies. He has co-authored over 40 refereed journal articles, 2 patents, 2 book chapters, several conference proceedings and devised several prototypes for point-of-care diagnostics.
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Research interests

  • microfluidics, lab-on-a-chip
  • digital biosensing
  • hemorheology, viscoelasticity
  • two-phase flow systems

Awards and Recognitions

  • Young Scientist Award by Bilim Kahramanlari Dernegi, 2019
  • BAGEP Distinguished Young Scientist Award by The Science Academy, Turkey, 2019
  • EU FP7 Marie Curie Fellowship, 2012-2016
  • NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship, Canada, 2010

Selected Publications

  • M. Serhatlioglu, Z. Isiksacan and C. Elbuken, “Electro-viscoelastic migration under simultaneously applied microfluidic pressure-driven flow and electric field,” Anal. Chem., 92, 10, 6932–6940, April 2020 [link]. DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.9b05620
  • A. Saateh, A. Kalantarifard, O.T. Celik, M. Asghari, M. Serhatlioglu and C. Elbuken, “Real-time impedimetric droplet measurement (iDM),” Lab Chip, 19, 3815-3824, November 2019 (cover article) [link]. DOI: 10.1039/C9LC00641A 
  • S.K. Ocal, S. Pekdemir, M. Serhatlioglu, H.H. Ipekci, E. Sahmetlioglu, I. Narin, F. Duman, C. Elbuken, G. Demirel and M.S. Onses, “Eco-friendly fabrication of plasmonically active substrates based on end-grafted poly (ethylene glycol) layers,” ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., v.7 (4), p. 4315–4324, Jan. 2019 [link]. DOI: 110.1021/acssuschemeng.8b06133
  • A. Kalantarifard, E. Alizadeh Haghighi and C. Elbuken, “Damping Hydrodynamic Fluctuations in Microfluidic Systems,” Chemical Engineering Science, v. 178, p. 238–247, March 2018
  • H. Guner, E. Ozgur, G. Kokturk, M. Celik, E. Esen, A. E. Topal, S. Ayas, Y. Uludag, C. Elbuken and A. Dana, “A smartphone based surface plasmon resonance imaging (SPRi) platform for on-site biodetection,” Sens. Actuators B, v. 239, p. 571–577, Feb 2017 [link]. DOI: 10.1016/j.snb.2016.08.061
  • Z. Isiksacan, O. Erel and C. Elbuken, “A portable microfluidic system for rapid measurement of the erythrocyte sedimentation rate,” Lab Chip, v. 24, p. 4682–4690, Nov 2016 (cover article) [link]. DOI: 10.1039/c6lc01036a
  • T. Glawdel, C. Elbuken and  C. L. Ren, “Droplet formation in microfluidics T-junction generators operating in the transitional regime. I – Experimental observations,” Phy. Review E, v. 85, issue 1, p. 016322, Jan. 2012 [link]  DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.85.016322 
  • C.  Elbuken, T. Glawdel, D. Chan, and  C. L. Ren, “Detection of microdroplet size and speed using capacitive sensors,”  Sens. Actuators A, v. 171, issue 2, pp. 55-62, Nov. 2011 [link]  DOI:10.1016/j.sna.2011.07.007
  • C. Elbuken, M. B. Khamesee and M. Yavuz. “Design and implementation of a micromanipulation system using a magnetically levitated microgripper,” IEEE Tran. Mechatronics, v. 14, no. 4, pp. 434-445, Aug 2009 [link]  DOI: 10.1109/TMECH.2009.2023648

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Scientific merits

Professional and community activities

  • Editorial Board Member, Chemosensors
  • Vice Director, UNAM National Nanotechnology Research Center, Turkey 2015-2018
  • Member of the MEMS/NEMS steering committee, TUBITAK 2018-2019

Research groups

  • Group leader, Microfluidics and Biosensor

Thesis supervisions

PhD theses
  • Murat Serhatlioglu, "Development of viscoelastic particle migration for microfluidic flow cytometry applications," 2020

  • Ziya Isiksacan, "Microfluidic platforms for hemorheology and coagulation time analysis," 2020

  • Nuray Gunduz, "Molecular analysis of engineered nanomaterials in biomedical and regenerative medicine applications," 2019

  • Pinar Beyazkilic, "Synthesis of silica-based nanomaterials and their applications in fluorescent, biological and chemical sensing," 2019

  • Mustafa Tahsin Guler, "Electrical detection of a single bacterium in tap water using a microfluidic device with novel 3-dimensional microelectrodes," 2016

MSc Theses
  • Abtin Saateh, "Real-time impedimetric identification of droplets," 2019

  • Mohammad Asghari, "Manipulation of particles using inertial microfluidics and viscoelastic fluids," 2018

  • Merve Marcali, "Development of droplet based microfluidic system for agglutination assays," 2016

  • Pelin Kubra Isgor, "Integrated microfluidic systems for droplet detection and sorting," 2016