Department of Applied Physics and Materials Science - Materials Science

Faculty

Kaushik Bhattacharya

Kaushik Bhattacharya

Howell N. Tyson, Sr., Professor of Mechanics and Materials Science; Vice Provost

Degrees and Appointments

B.Tech., Indian Institute of Technology, 1986; Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1991. Assistant Professor, Caltech, 1993-99; Associate Professor, 1999-2000; Professor, 2000-10; Tyson, Sr., Professor, 2010-; Executive Officer, 2007-16; Vice Provost, 2016-.

Tel: (626) 395-8306

365 Gates-Thomas Laboratory MC 104-44 Pasadena, CA 91125

Assistant(s)

Research Group Matters
Jennifer Campbell
350 Gates-Thomas Laboratory
(626) 395-3389
jenni@caltech.edu

For matters related to the Vice Provost for Research office use vpr@caltech.edu

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Research Overview

Professor Bhattacharya studies the mechanical behavior of solids, and specifically uses theory to guide the development of new materials.  Current research concerns three broad areas: (i) Active materials such as shape-memory alloys, ferroelectrics and liquid crystal elastomers, (ii) Heterogeneous materials and designing unprecedented properties by exploiting heterogeneities, (iii) Coarse-grained density functional theory to understand defects in solids.

List of Research Areas

mechanics of materials, continuum mechanics, active materials, shape-memory alloys, heterogeneous materials, density functional theory


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