Mechanical Behavior of Materials

How forces and displacement affect a material's properties, including stresses, bending, buckling, strains, and more.

Researchers

Ming Dao

Principal Investigator & Director, Nanomechanics Lab; Principal Research Scientist, DMSE

Biomaterials; Computational Materials Science; Fracture, Fatigue, and Failure of Materials; Mechanical Behavior of Materials; Metallurgy; Nanotechnology; Surfaces, Interfaces, and Thin Films

Lorna J. Gibson

Matoula S. Salapatas Professor of Materials Science and Engineering; Professor of Mechanical Engineering; MacVicar Fellow

Mechanical Behavior of Materials

Brian Hohmann

Lecturer

Ceramics; Energy; Corrosion and Environmental Effects; Manufacturing; Materials Processing; Materials Systems and Analysis; Fracture, Fatigue, and Failure of Materials; Mechanical Behavior of Materials; Metallurgy; Structural Materials; Thermodynamics

Jeehwan Kim

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Electronic Materials; Energy; Manufacturing; Materials Processing; Mechanical Behavior of Materials; Nanotechnology; Nanomechanics; Phase Transformations; Photonic Materials; Semiconductors; Surfaces, Interfaces, and Thin Films; Thermodynamics

Ju Li

Battelle Energy Alliance Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Ceramics; Computational Materials Science; Condensed Matter Physics; Electrochemistry; Electronic Materials; Energy Storage; Environment; Corrosion and Environmental Effects; Manufacturing; Materials Processing; Fracture, Fatigue, and Failure of Materials; Mechanical Behavior of Materials; Metallurgy; Nanotechnology; Nanomechanics; Phase Transformations; Semiconductors; Structural Materials; Composites; Thermodynamics; Transport Phenomena

Robert J. Macfarlane

Paul M. Cook Associate Professor in Materials Science and Engineering

Biomaterials; Materials Chemistry; Mechanical Behavior of Materials; Nanotechnology; Photonic Materials; Polymers; Self Assembly; Composites

Christopher A. Schuh

Danae and Vasilis Salapatas Professor of Metallurgy; MacVicar Fellow

Mechanical Behavior of Materials; Metallurgy; Nanotechnology; Structural Materials

C. Cem Tasan

Thomas B. King Associate Professor of Metallurgy

Materials Processing; Mechanical Behavior of Materials; Metallurgy; Structural Materials

Carl V. Thompson

Stavros Salapatas Professor of Materials Science and Engineering; Director, Materials Research Laboratory (MRL) at MIT

Electrochemistry; Electronic Materials; Energy Storage; Mechanical Behavior of Materials; MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems); Nanotechnology; Surfaces, Interfaces, and Thin Films

Meri Treska

Senior Lecturer

Ceramics; Materials Processing; Mechanical Behavior of Materials; Metallurgy; Nanotechnology; Composites

Krystyn J. Van Vliet

Michael (1949) and Sonja Koerner Professor of Materials Science and Engineering; Associate Provost

Bio; Biophysics; Biotechnology; Computational Materials Science; Mechanical Behavior of Materials; Metallurgy; Nanotechnology; Polymers; Structural Materials; Composites; Surfaces, Interfaces, and Thin Films

News

Artificial muscles made from contracting fibers

MIT researchers, including professors Polina Anikeeva, Yoel Fink, and Cem Tasan, have developed a new fiber-based system that could be used as artificial muscles for robots, prosthetic limbs, or other mechanical and biomedical applications.  

Healing Deeper Flaws in Metal

Surface scratches are one thing, but what if materials could heal deeper flaws too? Research into self-healing metals, a completely different material, is also yielding promising results at an early stage. The idea is to create metals that can better cope with the repeated pressures of daily useā€¦