Welcome to Advanced Materials Laboratory


Professor L. Catherine Brinson's research interests lie in the study of advanced material systems and developing new methods to characterize and to model material behavior. Our research objective is to characterize and model advanced materials systems, at scales spanning the range of molecular interactions, micromechanical and macroscopic behavior.


The Brinson group is transitioning from Northwestern to Duke University! Starting in September 2017, the migration has begun. We look forward to long continued collaboration with fantastic colleagues at Northwestern, integrating with new opportunities at duke.

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Current research areas include:

  • The characterization of nanoparticle reinforced polymers
  • Phase transformation response of shape memory alloys
  • Aging in polymeric based systems
  • Investigation of microstructure effects on properties of microporous materials for bioengineering

The research encompasses analytical, numerical and experimental investigation. Analytical micromechanics methods, finite element simulations of scanned material microstructures, and results from molecular level simulations are combined with continuum mechanics techniques to provide microstructurally based prediction of macroscopic environmental-mechanical response. On the experimental side, smaller scale testing includes optical and electron microscopy of samples with in situ loading, for example examining reorientation of martensitic variants with applied load in shape memory alloys. Macroscopic scale testing of samples in environmentally controlled chambers are also performed and the results of experiments are used to refine and better define models for advanced materials.

Advanced Materials Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, Northwestern University
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