May 2018: Our paper on a new method to synthesize thin films with precise microstructural control is published in Materials Research Letters (pdf).

May 2018: Prof. Rajagopalan receives promotion to Associate Professor with tenure.

May 2018: Rohit Berlia completes his PhD proposal defense.

March 2018: Paul wins second prize in the student poster competition at the 2018 TMS Annual meeting!

January 2018: Our paper on the effect of plastic anisotropy on the deformation of bicrystalline Al films is published in Acta Materialia (pdf).

June 2017: Ehsan Izadi defends his PhD dissertation!

April 2017: Rohit Sarkar defends his PhD dissertation!

February 2017: Ehsan wins Best Poster Award at 2017 TMS annual meeting!

November 2016: Rohit Berlia passes his PhD qualifying exam. Ehsan completes his proposal defense.

October 2016: Our paper on grain rotations in ultrafine-grained aluminum films is published in Materials and Design (pdf).

September 2016: Our paper exploring structural rearrangements and anelasticity in nanoscale metallic glass films is published in Materials Research Letters (pdf).

August 2016: Paul Rasmussen joins our lab. Welcome Paul!

June 2016: Our paper on PDMS flow in microchannels is published in Soft Matter (pdf).

April 2016: Our paper on measuring local, atomic-level elastic strains in metallic glass films is published in Ultramicroscopy (pdf).

April 2016: Suhas completes his MS thesis defense! He will be starting his PhD in materials science at Johns Hopkins University in September.

March 2016: Our paper on texture dependent strain rate sensitivity in UFG metal films is published in Scripta Materialia (pdf).

February 2016: Rohit Sarkar completes his proposal defense.

November 2015: Our paper on electron beam effects during in situ TEM deformation is published in Scientific Reports (pdf).

Feb 2015: Dr. Rajagopalan wins NSF CAREER Award (link)

July 2014: Demonstration of MEMS based mechanical testing to high school seniors via the SEE@ASU program (link)

June 2014: Tim defends his masters thesis on PDMS flow in micro channels! He will be starting his PhD in Georgia Tech in August.

June 2014: Abhinav joins group to do his masters thesis on soft PDMS force sensors.

May 2014: Andrea defends her Honors thesis on strain rate sensitivity of aluminum thin films! She will be joining Raytheon in Tuscon.

February 2014: Our paper on the mechanical behavior of tin whiskers is published in the Journal of Electronic Materials (pdf).

January 2014: Our paper on self-propelled biohybrid swimmers is published in Nature Communications (pdf). See coverage in the Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, MSN NZ, Business Standard, IEEE Spectrum, R&D Magazine,, Gizmag, Science Daily and here…

October 2013: Our paper on fabrication of 1D PDMS microstructures is published in JMEMS (pdf).

July 2013: Tim joins the group to do his masters thesis on fluid flow in micro channels.

February 2013: Our book chapter on the mechanics of neurons is published in Nano and Cell Mechanics (Eds. Horacio Espinosa and Gang Bao).

August 2012: Rohit and Ehsan (PhD students) join the group.

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