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Mechanics at the Nanoscale: From the Breakdown of Continuum Plate Mechanics in Graphene to the Phase Transition Plasticity of Silicon Nano-spheres

May 02, 2014 | 11:00 AM till 12:30 PM
NH 100 | Seminar Flyer

Seminar Speaker

Train Dumitrica, Ph.D.

Nelson Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota.

Mechanics at the nanoscale is a cross-disciplinary area where the traditional concepts of mechanics overlap with the fundamentally different aspects of quantum chemistry and solid-state physics. In our studies of graphene nanostructures, ZnO nano-wires, and Si nano-particles, we have encountered situations when this overlap gives rise to new and useful phenomena. This talk will concentrate on three such examples.