Professor Muftu's research group's primary focus in bioengineering has been to introduce rigorous mechanics based analysis of the biomechanical factors that affect the long term success of dental implant treatments including stability of the implant-abutment connections; load-transfer along the bone-implant interface; and bone remodeling around an implant. The group also researches particle-based manufacturing methods. This work includes theoretical modeling and experimental research in the following areas: particle-wafer-pad interactions in chemical mechanical planarization (CMP); finite element modeling of cold spray metal coating; and experimental development of the electrochemical fluid jet polishing. The group has an ongoing research activity in manufacturing processes using flexible webs, which are thin continuous, flexible materials used in manufacturing a wide range of products ranging from paper to flexible computer displays. Their work in this field has been focused on the fluid-structure interactions (FSI) in web handling, and dynamics of translating media. This field brings the following diverse areas together: contact mechanics, lubrication theory, computational fluid mechanics, large-deformation shell theory, wave propagation in thin cylindrical shells.
Mechanical and electrical evaluation of parylene-C encapsulated carbon nanotube networks on a flexible substrate (with Chia-Ling Chen, Ernesto Lopez, Yung-Joon Jung, Selvapraba Selvarasah, and Mehmet R. Dokmeci), Applied Physics Letters (2008)
Carbon nanotube networks are an emerging conductive nanomaterial with applications including thin film transistors, interconnects,...