Daniel Gianola Receives NSF CAREER Award

Daniel Gianola, Skirkanich Assistant Professor in the department of Materials Science and Engineering, has received an NSF CAREER award for his proposal, "Mechanics of Ultra-strength Nanomaterials: Revealing Deformation Mechanisms." The CAREER award is the NSF's most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

Gianola's research interests lie in the area of nanomechanics, and his research program focuses on understanding, modeling and predicting the mechanical response of advanced materials at reduced length scales. His experimental studies use new methodologies for the quantitative mechanical testing of materials at the nanoscale and state-of-the-art electron microscopy techniques to observe the processes that govern their behavior.

Gianola's CAREER proposal employs a suite of quantitative in situ nanomechanical experiments to provide essential links between directly observed structures, defect nucleation and evolution, length scales, and attendant materials response. Systematically varying the testing temperature and employing transient mechanical tests (e.g. strain-rate changes, stress relaxations) will quantitatively elucidate the energy barriers for plastic deformation at the nanoscale.

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