Cem Tasan explores the boundaries of physical metallurgy, solid mechanics, and in situ microscopy to design new alloys with exceptional damage resistance. His research group focuses on developing new in situ characterization tools and methods; improving the physical understanding of transformation, deformation, and damage of micro-mechanisms in metallic materials; and designing damage-resistant microstructures and alloys.
Professor Tasan earned his BS and MS in metallurgical and materials engineering at METU, Middle East Technical University, in Ankara, Turkey. He carried out his PhD work on micromechanics of ductile damage at the Mechanical Engineering Department of Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, graduating in 2010. He then moved to Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung in Germany, where he was appointed as a postdoc, and then as a group leader, leading the Adaptive Structural Materials group. He joined DMSE at MIT as an assistant professor in 2016.
How hair deforms steel
Discovered why stainless-steel blades lose their sharpness over time. We found that a single strand of hair can cause the blade to chip. These degradations are more likely to happen if the blade’s microstructure is not uniform or if the blade cuts hair at an angle.
Microstructural and micro-mechanical characterization during hydrogen charging: An in situ scanning electron microscopy study
Developed novel methods to study the influence of hydrogen on metallic materials.