Alejandro H Strachan

Alejandro H Strachan

Professor of Materials Engineering

Contact Information

Phone: (765) 496-3551
FAX: (765) 494-1204
School of Materials Engineering
Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering
701 West Stadium Avenue
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2045


  • Postdoctoral associate/research staff, Caltech, 1999-2002
  • Ph.D., Physics, University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1998.
  • M.Sc., Physics, University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1995.

Employment History

  • Professor, School of Materials Engineering, Purdue University, 2013-Present
  • Associate Professor, School of Materials Engineering, Purdue University, 2010-2013
  • Assistant Professor, School of Materials Engineering, Purdue University, 2005-2010
  • Staff Member, Theoretical Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 2002-2005.

Research Interests

Our research focuses on the development of predictive atomistic and molecular simulation methodologies to describe materials from first principles, their application to problems of technological importance and quantification of associated uncertainties. Application areas of interest include: electronic, thermal and mechanical properties of nano- and micro-electromechanical systems and electronic and energy conversion devices; thermo-mechanical response of polymer composites and molecular solids; and physics and chemistry of active materials including shape memory and energetic materials.

Alejandro H. Strachan - Research

Selected Publications

News and Announcements


  • ENGR 103 - Materials that Impact our Lives: Electronics, Energy and the Environment
  • MSE 235 - Materials Structure and Properties Laboratories
  • MSE 270 - Atomistic Materials Science
  • MSE 382 - Mechanical Response of Materials
  • MSE 597G - Modeling and Simulation of Materials

Graduate Students

Research Title: Nano-engineering intermolecular reactive composites
Research Title: Thermo-mechanical properties of polymer nanocomposites
Research Title: Thermal transport at the nanoscale
Research Title: Shape Memory in Nano Engineered Materials
Research Title: Energy transfer, localization and chemistry initiation in molecular crystals

Former Graduate Students

Postdoctoral Scholars

Dr. Stanislav Avdoshenko
Ab-initio understanding of optical and electronic/thermo properties of complex and dynamic systems
Dr. Hojin Kim
Research title: large-scale atomistic simulations of MEMS
Dr. Chunyu Li
Research title: Atomistic simulations of polymers and polymer composites
Dr. Nicolas Onofrio
Molecular dynamic of tip-polymer interaction and uncertainties quantification in atomistic simulations
Dr. Edwin Antillon
Shock-energy absorption via endothermic chemistry