Nanomechanics & Materials Research Lab

The Nanomechanics and Materials Research Laboratory (NMRL) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign focuses on the nanoscale mechanical behavior of materials and the associated mechanisms of deformation that make metal, ceramic and polymeric films and fibers, nanostructured materials and nanoscale structures stronger and tougher. A key objective of our research is to establish relationships between the material properties and microstructure, and the synthesis and manufacturing processes.

We have developed a wide variety of micro and nanoscale experimental methods to resolve nanoscale temporal and full-field material deformations by using Atomic Force Microscopes, high resolution optical microscopes, high speed cameras, or MEMS devices that can test ultra-small specimens.

Our Group:

Dr. Ioannis Chasiotis (more...)
Caterpillar Professor of Aerospace Engineering


Current Graduate Students

Kuo-Kang Hung (Aerospace Engineering, Ph.D.)

Sean Lee (Aerospace Engineering, Ph.D.)

Aldo Montagner (Aerospace Engineering, M.S.)


Post-doctoral Researchers

Dr. Debashish Das

College of Engineering   University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign