Nanomechanics & Materials Research Lab

The Nanomechanics and Materials Research Laboratory (NMRL) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is located at the Talbot Laboratory and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology.

We develop experimental methods to investigate the nanoscale mechanical behavior of materials and establish  mechanisms of deformation and failure of thin metal, ceramic, and polymeric films, nanostructured materials and nanoscale structures. We are interested in understanding the associated manufacturing processes and their influence on the material response under various loading conditions.

At the core of our research are a wide variety of Atomic Force Microscopy methods to resolve nanoscale material deformation and strain fields, and MEMS devices that can test ultra-small nanostructures.


Dr. Ioannis Chasiotis (more...)
Professor in Aerospace Engineering
Willett Faculty Scholar of Engineering


Graduate Students

Pavan Kolluru (Aerospace Engineering, Ph.D.)

Tanil Ozkan (Aerospace Engineering, Ph.D.)

Korhan Sahin (Aerospace Engineering, Ph.D.)

Dimitrios Antartis (Aerospace Engineering, Ph.D.)

Debashish Das (Aerospace Engineering, Ph.D.)

Jan Clawson (Aerospace Engineering, M.S.)

College of Engineering   University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign