Dr. M. Zubaer Hossain

Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Delaware
229 Spencer Lab
Newark, DE 19716

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Executive Summary

Prof. Hossain received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in August 2011. He then served as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the California Institute of Technology in the Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering from 2011 to 2015. He also worked as a Visiting Scholar at Johns Hopkins University in the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute from 2014 to 2015 and as a Visiting Scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in its Physical and Life Sciences Directorate in 2012. Prior to pursuing his doctoral studies, he worked as a Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), where he completed his M.Sc.Engg. and B.Sc.Engg. degrees in Mechanical Engineering. He obtained multiple fellowships/awards including the UIUC Teaching Fellowship Award in 2007, the Alwin Schaller Endowment Fund Award in 2008, the UIUC Alumni Board Teaching Fellow Award in 2008, the ExxonMobil Graduate Research Fellowship Award in 2010, the Dorothy M. and Earl S. Hoffman Travel Grant Award in 2011, the Ellen William Fellowship Award in Nanoscience in 2011, an APS Energy Fellowship Award in 2013, and an NSF Travel Fellowship Award in 2014.

Prof. Hossain's research focuses on developing fundamental understanding of the multiscale and multiphysical behavior of heterogeneous materials with applications in energy, composites, nanoelectronics, solar cells, and thermoelectrics. His research objective is to push the fundamental limits of solids in structural and electronic applications by discovering new properties, phenomena or mechanisms that originate from careful consideration of the minute details of heterogeneity. Using the principles of quantum mechanics and classical mechanics, he determines the key mechanical ingredients that govern the behavior of heterogeneous solids at multiple length and time scales. His research areas of interest include fracture mechanics, quantum mechanics of defects, heterogeneous materials, and nanomechanics of materials.

Key Publications

M. Z. Hossain, C-J Hsueh, B. Bourdin, and K. Bhattacharya, Effective toughness of heterogeneous media, J of Mechanics and Physics of Solids 71, 15 (2014)

M. Z. Hossain and J. Marian, Stress-dependent solute energetics in W-Re alloys from first-principles calculations, Acta Materialia 80, 107 (2014)

M. Z. Hossain, K. Das, J. B. Freund, and H. T. Johnson, Ion impact crater asymmetry determines target surface ripple orientation, Applied Physics Letters 99, 151913 (2011)

M. Z. Hossain, N. V. Medhekar, V. B. Shenoy, H. T. Johnson, Enhanced quantum confinement due to nonuniform composition in alloy quantum dots, Nanotechnology 21, 095401 (2010)

M. Z. Hossain, Quantum conductance modulation in graphene by strain engineering, Applied Physics Letters 96, 143118 (2010)

Research Areas

Solid Mechanics
Multiscale mechanics of fracture in heterogeneous materials (such as composites, alloys)

Mechanics of energy absorption and conversion in heterogeneous materials (with applications in solar cells or thermoelectric generators)

Quantum mechanics of defects, disorder, and deformation on interfacial strength, instability and transport in low-dimensional materials (such as graphene or carbon nanotube)

Materials Engineering
Integrated modeling and design of lightweight energy efficient materials

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