Multiscale Systems

Multiscale Systems

Expanding Frontiers

Various principles of Mechanical Engineering are utilized to investigate questions in multiscale science and technology with applications in the energy, biomedical, materials, defense, environmental, and security sectors. Research areas include nano- and micro-electrical-mechanical systems, fabrication and characterization of advanced nanomaterials, nanomaterial-based sensors, polymer nanocomposites, nanoelectronics, nanophotonics, multiscale robotics, and nano- and microfluidics. The department also uses theoretical, computational, experimental, and simulation-based approaches to study, characterize, and leverage the behavior of a wide range high-performance materials, including metals, plastics/polymers, and composites.

This area is inter- and multidisciplinary by nature and is often characterized by strong collaborations with research groups inside and outside of the department. These research activities contribute to the Multiscale Engineering, Science & Technology Research Thrust at Stevens. They are supported by the Stevens Nanotechnology Graduate Program and the multiuser MicroDevice Laboratory (MDL) and Laboratory for Multiscale Imaging (LMSI) facilities at Stevens.

Current research areas include:

  • Composites: Fiber-based thermoplastic composites; composite processing and manufacturing; polymer nanocomposites; micromechanical and multiscale modeling of composite materials
  • Constitutive Modeling and Characterization: Monte Carlo and multiscale simulations; micromechanics; viscoelastic behavior of polymers and composites; degradation and oxidation of high-temperature polymers; material behavior at nano- and microscales; piezoelectric materials and behavior; active nanofiber characterization
  • Metal Forming: Concurrent product and process design for metal forming operations; prediction of microstructure development in metals; Monte Carlo simulations of grain growth in metals
  • Nanomaterials: Characterization and modeling of multifunctional polymer nanocomposites; nano- and microscale characterization techniques for nanomaterials and nanocomposites; multiscale composites; active nanofibers
Research Labs

Research Stories

Advancing IR Detection for the Air Force
Graphene-based materials promises sophisticated apparatus for the Air Force and space exploration.

High Performance Plastic
Nanoparticles create super-strong plastic that can conduct heat and electricity.

Monitoring Bridge Safety
PZT nanofibers give engineers 24-7 access to structural health information.

Extending the Life of America's Infrastructure
New nanosilica concrete creates stronger, longer-lasting, greener construction materials.

Jon Belkowitz shows how nanosilica concrete will lead to stronger construction materials

Related Faculty

Dr. Constantin Chassapis
Professor & Vice Provost for Academics

Dr. Chang-Hwan Choi
Associate Professor

Dr. Sven Esche
Associate Professor, Associate Department Director, and Director of Graduate Programs

Dr. Frank Fisher
Associate Professor & Interim Department Director

Dr. Souran Manoochehri

Dr. Kishore Pochiraju
Professor & Director of the Design and Manufacturing Institute

Dr. Marehalli Prasad

Dr. Yong Shi
Associate Professor

Dr. Eui-Hyeok (EH) Yang