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Zhigang Suo, Harvard University

Fracture of highly deformable materials

Zhigang Suo Zhigang Suo is Allen E. and Marilyn M. Puckett Professor of Mechanics and Materials at Harvard University. He earned a bachelor degree from Xi'an Jiaotong University in 1985, majoring in Engineering Mechanics. Upon earning a Ph.D. degree in Engineering Science from Harvard University, in 1989, Suo joined the faculty of the University of California at Santa Barbara, and established a group studying the mechanics of materials and structures. The group moved to Princeton University in 1997, and to Harvard University in 2003. Suo teaches courses in solid mechanics, applied mathematics and thermodynamics. His research centers on the mechanical behavior of materials and structures. Basic processes include fracture, deformation, polarization, and diffusion, driven by various thermodynamic forces (e.g., stress, electric field, electron wind, chemical potential). Applications are concerned with microelectronics, stretchable electronics, soft materials, active materials, lithium-ion batteries, and energy harvesting. Suo co-founded iMechanica, the web of mechanics and mechanicians. He was a member of the Executive Committee (2005-2010, Chair 2010) of the Applied Mechanics Division, of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and was a member at large of the US National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (2006-2012). Suo was a recipient of the Humboldt Research Award. He received the Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal, the Special Achievement Award for Young Investigators in Applied Mechanics, and the Robert Henry Thurston Lecture Award, from ASME. He received the Prager Medal from the Society of Engineering Sciences. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering.


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