Micro and Nano Mechanics Group
Sylvie Aubry

Mechanics and Computation
Department of Mechanical Engineering
MS 4040
Stanford, California 94305
Phone (w) (650) 723-2173


My research is concerned with understanding properties of microstructures in metals, alloys and semi-conductors using numerical techniques such as molecular dynamics, Monte-Carlo and optimization. I analyze microstructures at the nano and micro levels in order to reproduce and explain experimental observations. The fundamental questions I want to answer are

  • What are the relations between microstructures and the mechanical behavior of the material?
  • How heat transfer is effected by the presence of microstructures and material geometry such as defects, grain boundaries, impurities etc.?
  • How to improve constitutive equations by incorporating information coming from the atomistic level?