The underlying theme of our research is to enable innovation and design of
high-performance nanostructured and biomaterials by exploiting the fundamental
connection between material or tissue structure and resulting function over a
range of sub-micron length-scales. We are particularly interested in the
relationship between the chemistry and nanostructure of materials in bulk form
or thin films and their thermommechanical behavior, adhesive and cohesive
fracture properties, and behavior under complex loading and environmental
Research in our group involves three Thrust Areas: Our thrust on Nanostructured
Materials and Devices focuses on nanomaterials design and integration for
thin-film structures in nanoscience and energy technologies. Our Advanced
Structural Materials thrust focuses on high-performance laminates for civil
structures and aerospace. Finally, our thrust on Biomaterials and Regenerative
Medicine explores biomaterials and the biological response of living tissues
during regeneration and wound healing.
Materials of interest include thin-film and layered structures containing
materials engineered at the nanometer length scale for nanoscience and energy
technologies; high-performance metal laminates involving hierarchical interphase
regions which effectively couple reinforced polymer layers to thin metal foils;
bulk metallic glasses; biomaterials; and regeneration processes in cutaneous
wounds. Dauskardt and his group have worked extensively on integrating new
nanomaterials into emerging technologies and pioneered quantitative methods for
characterizing adhesion and cohesion in thin-film structures which are now used
extensively in thin-film device technologies. Experimental studies are
complimented with a range of multiscale computational activities involving
finite element and molecular dynamics simulations.
Our research includes interaction with a wide range researchers nationally and
internationally in academia, industry, and clinical practice.
2011: The Henry Maso Award for fundamental
contributions to the advancement of cosmetic and skin science, The International
Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists.
2011: The IBM Shared University Research Award
in recognition of scientific and technological research achievements.
2010: The Semiconductor Industry
Association University Researcher Award for research which has provided
substantive and sustained contributions to semiconductor industry science and
2010: The Metallurgical Society,
Structural Materials Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award for long lasting
contributions to the fundamental understanding of microstructure, properties,
and performance of structural materials for industrial applications, along with
dedication and leadership of the Society.
2010: Elected Fellow of the ASM
International for outstanding contributions to education and to the fields of
mechanical behavior and fatigue of ceramics, metallic glasses, thin films and
2008: Elected Fellow of the American
2008: VLSI/ULSI Multilevel
Interconnection (VMIC) International Conference Award for “Optimized Curing and
CMP of Nanostructured Ultra-low-k Films,” Fremont, CA.
2008: American Vacuum Society Thin Film
User Group Special Award for contributions to the Northern California Chapter AVS, San Jose, CA.
2006: 2006 Distinguished Speaker,
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Penn State, State College, PA.
2006: IBM Faculty Award, Yorktown
2003: ASM International Silver Medal for
important contributions on the mechanical and fracture behavior of materials and
2002: Alexander von Humboldt Research
1994: Dana Adams Griffin Award for
innovative research, Stanford University.
1989: U.S. Department of Energy
Outstanding Scientific Accomplishment Award in Ceramics and Metallurgy for
innovative research on cyclic fatigue degradation in ceramics (with R.O.