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William A. Curtin Jr, EPFL

Hydrogen embrittlement in Fe

William A. Curtin Professor Curtin earned a 4 yr. ScB/ScM degree in Physics from Brown University in 1981 and a PhD in theoretical physics from Cornell University in 1986. He then worked at British Petroleum and Virginia Tech, and in 1998 returned to Brown as Full Professor in the Solid Mechanics group, where he was appointed Elisha Benjamin Andrews Professor in 2006. He joined EPFL as the Director of the Institute of Mechanical Engineering in 2011 and as Full Professor in 2012. His research has included predictive theories of optical properties of nanoparticles, statistical mechanics of freezing, hydrogen storage in amorphous metals, strength and toughness of fiber composites, and plasticity and fracture in metals and alloys, along with innovative multiscale modeling methods to tackle these problems. Professor Curtin was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2005, has published over 200 technical papers that have received over 5600 citations, and has been the Principal Investigator on over $33M of funded research.


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