In a nutshell...

We love having fun with math, mechanics and materials.

Specifically, we model the mechanics and multiphysics behind complex microstructural/morphological processes in structural, functional and biological materials.

This work draws heavily from solid mechanics, continuum physics, thermodynamics and uses a spectrum of numerical methods and scientific computing platforms.

To prospective graduate students: We do not have any openings currently for prospective PhD students in our group. This information will be updated when any new opportunities become available.

Broad themes

Microstructure evolution and phase transformations in structural and functional materials

Mesoscale modeling of mechanical deformation and microstructure evolution in metallic alloys, composites and battery materials using finite strain mechanics and phase field models. This work involves strong collaboration with research groups involved in First-Principles computations (DFT and MD).

Mechanics driven morphology evolution in biological systems

Continuum treatment of various mechanics driven biological phenomena, both at the system scale (morphogenesis, growth and form of molluskan shells, tumor growth) and cellular scale (embroyogenesis, endocytosis, etc.). This work requires multiphysics coupling of mechanics and transport phenomena, often on surfaces, and involves study of instabilities/bifurcations.

Numerical methods and scientific computing

Developing numerical formulations (FEM, IGA, ML, etc) and scalable code infrastructure for modeling coupled PDE's. Also involves developing numerical frameworks for modeling contact, fracture and phase evolution.