Advanced Materials   

The advanced materials research area is a focused multidisciplinary area focused on material synthesis, characterization and theory. Topics in this research area range from the development of material systems used sensors, metamaterials, hierarchal materials, nanomaterials, nanocomposites, thermoelectric materials, polymers, to composite materials. It also encompasses various methods such as additive manufacturing needed to realize these new material concepts.

Faculty in Advanced Materials

  • Adaptive structures
  • Mechanical metamaterials
  • Robotic materials
  • Programmable structures
  • Multistable structures
  • Structural nonlinearity
  • Elastic instabilities
  • Structural dynamics
  • Nonlinear vibrations
  • Biomolecular nanomanufacturing
  • DNA origami and self-assembly
  • Optical nanoscopy and nanosensors
  • Bioinspired nanomechanical systems
  • Nanoscale energy conversion
  • Bio-inspired and mechanically adaptive electronics
  • Multimaterial additive fabrication
  • Soft actuators (artificial muscles)
  • Wearable actuators (haptics)
  • Polymer design and polymer physics
  • Deformation sensors and transistors
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Soft Matter
  • Granular Flow
  • Microfluidics
  • Nonlinear Waves
  • Computational Science
  • Structural Dynamics and Control
  • Cyber-physical Systems
  • Machine Vision
  • Real-time Hybrid Simulation
  • Damage Detection and Structural Condition Monitoring
  • Cyberinfrastructure Development
  • Vibrations and nonlinear dynamics
  • Smart material systems
  • Non-pneumatic tires
  • Optimization of mechanical systems
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Computational solid mechanics
  • Multiscale modeling of materials
  • Finite Elements
  • Dislocation dynamics
  • Reliability of electronic interconnects
  • Shock compression in solids
  • Phase transformations
  • Energetic materials
  • Wearable biomedical devices
  • 'Crack’-driven transfer printing technology
  • Scalable manufacturing technology
  • Mechanics and materials for flexible/stretchable electronics
  • Naturally nanostructured materials
  • Energy, water, and wearable technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Transport Phenomena in Multi-Scale, Heterogeneous Materials & Systems
  • Fundamentals of Nanoscale Thermal Transport
  • Heat Transfer in Natural and Synthetic Fiber Systems
  • Thermofluids Interactions
  • Multi-Physics Metrology Design
  • Electronics Cooling and Thermal Management
  • Energy storage and conversion (batteries, fuel cells)
  • Mesoscale physics and stochastics
  • Reactive transport, materials, processing, and microstructure interactions
  • Structural Health Monitoring
  • Wave propagation
  • Structural dynamics and vibration control
  • Adaptive structures
  • Periodic structures and acoustic metamaterials
  • Energy harvesting
  • Thermoacoustics
  • Solid mechanics, multiscale and multiphysics modeling.
  • Design of engineering material systems.
  • Fracture and fatigue.
  • Microarchitectured materials.
  • Biomechanics of soft and hard tissues.
  • Computational solid mechanics
  • Computational geometry
  • Microelectronics reliability
  • Desalination & Water Treatment
  • Water-Food-Energy Nexus
  • Thermofluids
  • Nanotechnology
  • Membrane Science
  • Electronics cooling and packaging
  • Phase-change transport phenomena
  • Microscale and nanoscale surface engineering for enhanced thermal transport
  • Energy efficiency in thermal systems
  • Transport in porous materials
  • Microscale diagnostics and sensing
  • Deformation, stress, plasticity, fracture
  • Multiscale modeling, first-principles, molecular dynamics simulations, and finite element modeling
  • In-situ experiments
  • Mechanics of redox active materials - Li-ion batteries, Na-ion batteries, all-solid-state batteries
  • Mechanics of polymeric materials - organic electrochromics, superelastic organic semiconductors