Robert Carpick Elected to APS Fellowship Class of 2012

Robert Carpick, Professor and Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, has been elected to the 2012 Fellowship Class of the American Physical Society (APS). Carpick was nominated by the APS Division of Materials Physics for "his outstanding contributions to developing an atomic-level understanding of the tribological phenomena of friction, adhesion, and wear." 

One of the largest scholarly societies and journal publishers in the field of physics, APS annually recognizes a small percentage of its membership for making lasting contributions in their subfields and specialties with this honor. A fellowship election is a distinct honor because the evaluation process, conducted by the Fellowship committees of individual divisions, topical groups and forums, is done entirely by one's professional peers.

Carpick conducts his research at the intersection of mechanics, materials, and physics. He is an expert in experimental nanomechanics and nanotribology (friction, adhesion, and wear). His lab has developed novel advanced scanning probe microscopy tools, used to investigate the fundamental nature of materials in contact. Carpick has performed seminal work on nanoscale characterization of friction for many important materials, including ultra-thin organic films, solid single crystal and thin film surfaces including ultra-strong carbon-based materials, and polymeric materials.

To read more about Carpick and his research, please visit his faculty profile.