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    • Atomistic and Continuum Study of flexoelectricity in ferroelectric materials 

      Mbarki, Raouf (2014-05)
      In this dissertation, we try to address some of the questions which arise while studying flexoelectricity in ferroelectric materials. 1. Most technologically-relevant ferroelectrics typically lose piezoelectricity above ...
    • Bacterial Adhesion and Motility on Silanized Glass Surfaces 

      Sharma, Sumedha (2016-08-15)
      Attachment of bacteria to surfaces is the first step in the formation of biofilms. Medical, industrial, and technological applications require effective control over biofilm formation, and control of initial bacterial ...
    • Electromechanical Couplings in Soft Matter and Biology 

      Zelisko, Matthew R; 0000-0003-1161-051X (2016-05)
      The ability of certain materials to deform in response to an electrical field or, conversely, generate an electrical field due to mechanical stimuli has tantalizing implications in fields ranging from biology to engineering. ...
    • Material Design and Durability Characterization of “Non-Brittle” Geopolymer 

      Wu, Yun-Chen; 0000-0002-2443-6488 (December 2)
      Geopolymers are inorganic polymers that have resulted in wide scientific interest and broad development of applications. They possess intriguing characteristics that bridge polymer science and ceramics. Many inexpensive ...
    • Mechanics of Cellular Transport 

      Walani, Nikhil (2015-12-17)
      Lipid membranes are versatile structures that interact with various kinds of proteins to maintain the shape and functionality of cells and their organelles. For example, they are actively involved in the transport of various ...
    • Mechanics of Multilamellar Membrane Structures 

      Torbati, Mehdi (2018-05-14)
      Multilamellar membrane structures are the common barriers in the cell compartments. One example is the nuclear envelope, which is a unique topological structure formed by lipid membranes in eukaryotic cells. Unlike other ...
    • Molecular Dynamics Study of Radiation and Creep Response of Nanotwinned FCC Metals 

      Jiao, Shuyin; 0000-0002-2777-8125 (2015-08)
      Research over the past decade has provided compelling evidence that nanotwinned structures may be optimal motifs for the design of high-strength high-ductility materials. This dissertation presents our atomistic study of ...
    • Nanoindentation Based Estimates of Flexoelectric Properties of Piezoelectric Crystals 

      Robinson, Cody (2012-05)
      Flexoelectricity refers to coupling between electric polarization and strain gradients in crystalline dielectrics. Recent work has shown that stiffness data obtained by nanoindentation, combined with an analytical indentation ...
    • NANOSTRUCTURED SURFACES AND EMERGENT PHYSICAL BEHAVIOR 

      Mohammadi, Parnia (2012-05)
      Due to larger surface to volume ratio, surfaces play a significant role at the nanoscale. Surface atoms have different coordination numbers, charge distribution and subsequently different physical, mechanical and chemical ...
    • The Coupling between Quantum Mechanics and Elasticity 

      Li, Xiaobao (2016-05)
      In this dissertation we explore the junction of quantum mechanics and elas- ticity. Specifically, we attempt to elucidate, in several physical contexts, how me- chanical deformation alters the quantum mechanical behavior ...
    • Thermal Transport of Nanofluids in a Minichannel 

      Yu, Leyuan (2012-08)
      Nanofluids have been proposed as a promising candidate for advanced heat transfer fluids in a variety of important engineering applications ranging from energy storage, electronics cooling to thermal processing of materials. ...