Faculty Profile

M. Zubaer Hossain

M. Zubaer Hossain

Assistant Professor
229 Spencer Lab
Newark, Delaware 19716
Phone: 302-831-0900

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PhD | Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
MS | Mechanical Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
BS | Mechanical Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology


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.


  • Clean Energy & Environment
  • Composites & Advanced Materials
  • Nanotechnology


  • Materials Engineering
  • Solid Mechanics


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