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Research Activities

Prof. Guduru’s research interests and activities have been focused on (i) mechanics of adhesion and friction in soft materials, (ii) coupled problems at the interface between mechanics and chemistry, (ii) dynamic behavior of heterogeneous materials and (iv) mechanics of small scale structures. Guduru’s work on coupled mechanics-chemistry problems has focused on electrochemical energy storage materials (mostly lithium ion battery materials), heterogeneous catalysis in energy conversion systems (e.g. fuel cell reactions) and energetic materials. In all these problems areas, his lab’s approach has been a balanced combination of controlled and interpretable experiments on specimens of “simple” geometries; and analytical modeling to capture and predict the essential mechanics and physics of the phenomena under consideration. Such an approach has led to multiple new experimental techniques, development of new scientific instrumentation and theoretical models of coupled phenomena. Guduru has had synergistic collaborations with theoreticians and computational modelers and has served as the principal investigator on multi-disciplinary research teams. His lab’s approach to experimental mechanics has been two-fold: (a) to devise experiments to discover and reveal new insights into coupled phenomena in materials systems of technological importance and (b) to develop new scientific instrumentation that can extend the envelope of spatial and temporal resolutions simultaneously to reveal mechanisms of deformation and localization in heterogeneous materials, which can help arrive at new meso-scale materials design principles. Browse the links below to learn more about Prof. Guduru's research activities.

Coupled Problems at the Interface Between Mechanics and Chemistry
Adhesion and Friction of Soft Materials
Guided Assembly of Nano-structures
Mechanics of Nano-scale Structures