Sinan Müftü

Professor,  Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Affiliated Faculty,  Civil and Environmental Engineering


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Research Focus

Cold-spray additive manufacturing; high-velocity impact of micron-scale particles; mechanics and tribology of axially moving materials; numerical simulation of tissue healing and bone remodeling


  • PhD (1994), Mechanical Engineering, University of Rochester

Honors & Awards

  • 2022 Faculty Research Team Award
  • Soren Buus Outstanding Research Award, College of Engineering, NEU, 2013
  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2007
  • Pi Tau Sigma, Outstanding Faculty Member, ME Department, NEU, 2007
  • Martin W. Essigman Outstanding Teaching Award, College of Engineering, NEU, 2003
  • Best Paper Award, ASME, Information Storage & Processing Systems Division

Teaching Interests

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanics of Plates and Shells
  • Mechanics in Tribology
  • Finite Element Method

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers
  • The Adhesion Society

Research Overview

Cold-spray additive manufacturing; high-velocity impact of micron-scale particles; mechanics and tribology of axially moving materials; numerical simulation of tissue healing and bone remodeling

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Applied (Bio)Mechanics and Tribology Laboratory

The main focus of our research is in applied mechanics with particular emphasis on: Mechanics and tribology of flexible webs/tapes, Particle based surface engineering methods, Biomechanics of dental implants.

Applied (Bio)Mechanics and Tribology Lab

Selected Research Projects

  • Cold Spray Additive Manufacturing
    • – Principal Investigator, NIST
  • Additive Manufacturing and Advanced Materials Processing
    Technical Point of Contact, Army Research Laboratory
  • Advancing Additive Repair Technologies and Cold Spray for Sustainment of Maritime Assets
    Technical Point of Contact, NAVSEA
  • Collaborative Research: High-Strain-Rate Dynamics of Copolymer Microparticles for Advanced Additive Manufacturing
    Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation
  • Collaborative Research: Mechanics of Fusion of Dissimilar Lipid Bilayers and Multi-Lamellar Vesicles
    Co-Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation
  • Engineered Materials and Materials Design of Engineered Materials (EMMDEM)
    Technical Point of Contact, Army Research Laboratory

Selected Publications

  • S. Irandoust, S. Müftü, The Interplay Between Bone Healing and Remodeling Around Dental Implants, Scientific Reports, 10, 2020,4335
  • J. Sun, R. Ran, S. Müftü, A.Z. Gu, K.-T. Wan, The Mechanistic Aspects of Microbial Transport in Porous Media, Colloids And Surfaces A, 603, 2020, 125169
  • E. Lin, I. Nault, O.C. Ozdemir, V.K. Champagne, Jr., A. Nardi, S. Müftü, Thermo-Mechanical Deformation History and the Residual Stress Distribution in Cold Spray, Journal of Thermal Spray Technology, 2020
  • E. Lin, Q. Chen, O.C. Ozdemir, V.K. Champagne, S. Müftü Effects of Interface Bonding on the Residual Stresses in Cold-Sprayed Al-6061: A Numerical Investigation, Journal of Thermal Spray Technology, 28, 2019, 472-483


Aug 10, 2022

Muftu Publishes Textbook on Finite Element Method: Physics and Solution Methods

MIE Professor Sinan Muftu published a new textbook titled “Finite Element Method: Physics and Solution Methods” in July 2022 which focuses on the solution of one- and two-dimensional linear elasticity and heat transfer problems.


Apr 15, 2022

Faculty and Staff Awards 2022

Congratulations to all the winners of the faculty and staff awards, and to everyone for their hard work and dedication during the 2021-2022 academic school year.

Qiyong Chen

Spotlight Story

Oct 01, 2021

PhD Spotlight: Qiyong Chen, PhD’ 20 – Mechanical Engineering

Advised by Sinan Müftü, Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Qiyong Chen, PhD’20, mechanical engineering, joined the Applied (Bio) Mechanics and Tribology Laboratory, advised by Professor Sinan Muftu, while pursuing his master’s degree in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Northeastern University in 2014, and continued on to pursue his PhD after obtaining […]


Jan 07, 2021

NIST Award to Support Metal-Based Additive Manufacturing

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) awarded $999,464 to the Cold Spray Research Group in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering to improve sensing approaches and create a suite of sensor technologies that will help optimize cold spray additive manufacturing. The research team includes Sinan Muftu, professor and associate dean for faculty affairs, […]


Jul 17, 2018

Understanding High Strain-Rate Characteristics of Multiphase Polymers

MIE Professor Sinan Muftu, in collaboration with Jae-Hwang Lee of UMass Amherst, was awarded a $500K NSF grant for determining the “High-Strain-Rate Dynamics of Copolymer Microparticles for Advanced Additive Manufacturing”.


Jul 19, 2017

$350K NSF Grant to Explore Mechanics of Fusion

MIE Professors Kai-Tak Wan and Sinan Muftu were awarded a $350K NSF grant to explore the "Mechanics of fusion of dissimilar lipid bilayers and multi-lamellar vesicles". This is part of a collaborative research grant with Harvard University. Abstract Source: NSF Vesicles are small sacs surrounded by a lipid bilayer membrane and enclosing biomolecules essential for […]

Mar 20, 2014

Muftu Appointed ASME Associate Editor

Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Professor Sinan Muftu has been appointed the Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Tribology. The journal features articles by tribologists from all over the world and it is a great resource for scientists and researchers. 

Aug 20, 2013

21st Century Drinking Water

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering associate professor Kai-tak Wan, professor Sinan Muftu, & Civil and Environmental Engineering assistant professor April Gu were awarded a $400K National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to find a biomechanical model for predicting and improving water filtration and bioremediation. All three Professors are directors of successful labs at Northeastern University; Dr. Wan runs the Micro/Nano Biomechanical […]

Apr 30, 2013

Congratulations COE Award Winners

Congratulations to the recipients of this year's College of Engineering Faculty and Staff awards. Outstanding Teachers of First Year Engineering Students: Thomas Gilbert, Chemistry; Susan Freeman, Engineering; John Lindhe, Mathematics; Bala Maheswaran, Physics  Martin W. Essigmann Outstanding Teaching Award: Nader Jalili, MIE; Carolyn Lee-Parsons, ChE  Outstanding Cooperative Education Coordinator Award: George Kent, ECE Outstanding Staff Award: Tracy Bourassa, ARC; Faith […]

Sep 26, 2012

Wan & Muftu Receive $185K Grant

MIE associate professor Kai-tak Wan and professor Sinan Muftu have been awarded an $185K NSF grant to study Mechano-Lipidomics and Mechano-Cytosis of Drug Delivery Liposomes. The research goal of this proposal is to build a comprehensive model of mechano-lipidomics and mechanocytosis by designing careful experiments and constructing solid-mechanics based models that are consistent with the […]

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