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About the Dauskardt Group

Reinhold Dauskardt

Ruth G. and William K. Bowes Professor

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The underlying theme of his research is to enable innovation and design of high-performance materials and devices by exploiting the fundamental connection between material structure and resulting thermomechanical function and reliability. His research group studies the chemistry and molecular structure of materials in bulk form or thin films and their thermo-mechanical behavior, adhesive and cohesive fracture properties, and behavior under complex loading and environmental conditions. Materials include thin-film and layered structures for nanoscience and energy technologies, high-performance laminates, biomaterials and soft tissues.

Dauskardt and his group have worked extensively on integrating new nano and molecular materials into emerging technologies and pioneered quantitative methods for adhesion and cohesion characterization for which he was awarded the prestigious Semiconductor Industry Association University Researcher Award in 2010 for research which has provided substantive and sustained contributions to semiconductor industry science and technology. His research on soft tissues and wound healing has concentrated on establishing a biomechanics framework to understand and control the biological processes that determine the effects of treatments and exposures on damage processes in human skin for which he was awarded the Henry Maso Award for fundamental contributions to the advancement of cosmetic and skin science, and scar formation in healing cutaneous wounds. Experimental studies are complimented with computational and modeling simulations.

His research includes interaction with a wide range of researchers in academia, research laboratories, industry, and clinical practice. He has served as editor for a number of journals, organized international conferences and symposia, and published over 300 articles in the scientific literature. Dauskardt has contributed significantly to leadership in Stanford’s multidisciplinary materials efforts which spans several departments, schools, and the SSRL. 


Ruth G. and William K. Bowes Professor
Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
Dept. of Surgery, School of Medicine


  • Visiting Professor, Nanyang Technological Universit (2016)
  • Ruth G. and William K. Bowes Professor, Stanford University (2013)
  • Henry Maso Award, The International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists (2011)
  • Shared University Research Award, IBM (2011)
  • Elected Fellow, ASM International (2010)
  • Structural Materials Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award, The Metallurgical Society (2010)
  • University Researcher Award, Semiconductor Industry Association (2010)
  • Elected Fellow, American Ceramics Society (2008)
  • Multilevel Interconnection (VMIC) International Conference Award, VLSI/ULSI (2008)
  • Thin Film User Group Special Award, American Vacuum Society (2008)
  • Distinguished Speaker, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Penn State (2006)
  • Faculty Award, IBM (2006)
  • International Silver Medal, ASM (2003)
  • Alexander von Humboldt Research Award, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2002)
  • Dana Adams Griffin Award, Stanford University (1994)
  • Outstanding Scientific Accomplishment Award in Ceramics and Metallurgy, U.S. Department of Energy (1989)


  • National Inst. Materials Science, Tsukuba, Japan
  • School of Mat. Sci. Eng. Nanyang Tech. U., Singapore
  • EoPlex Technologies (3-D ceramic-metal devices), Menlo Park, CA
  • Co-founder/Board member, Neodyne Biosystems Inc. (medical devices), Palo Alto, CA


  • PhD, UC Berkeley/Witwatersrand, 1988
  • M.Sc., U. Witwatersrand, 1983
  • B.Sc., U. Witwatersrand, 1980