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A quality map of transfer printing

M.B. Tucker, D.R. Hines, T. Li, A quality map of transfer printing, Journal of Applied Physics, 106, 103504, (2009)  DOI: 10.1063/1.3259422

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Snap-through instability of graphene on substrates

T. Li, Z. Zhang, Snap-through instability of graphene on substrates, Nanoscale Research Letters,DOI: 10.1007/s11671-009-9460-1 (2009). (Open access)

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Zhigang Suo honored with Humboldt Research Award

Zhigang Suo , Allen E. and Marilyn M. Puckett Professor of Mechanics and Materials at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), founder and architect of iMechanica , has been honored with a Humboldt Research Award .

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Ph.D. Research Positions Available

We invite applications for Ph.D. student positions in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Maryland NanoCenter, University of Maryland, College Park. We look for talented and motivated applicants interested in pursuing a Ph.D. degree in one of the following areas:

•    Mechanics of inorganic/organic hybrid nanostructures in flexible electronics
•    Mechanics of graphene-based nanostructures and nanomaterials


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Post-doctoral Research Associate Position

A post-doctoral research associate position is available immediately in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Maryland NanoCenter at the University of Maryland, College Park, in the area of multi-scale modeling (from atomistic, molecular, coarse-grained to continuum) of carbon-based nanostructured materials. Material properties of specific interest include mechanical and electrical properties, with special focus on deformation/failure mechanisms and bandgap engineering. 

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Faculty Position in Fluid Mechanics at University of Maryland

Assistant Professor, Fluid Dynamics

Department of Mechanical Engineering
A. James Clark School of Engineering
University of Maryland, College Park

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President Obama on the Necessity of Science (video)

Obama spoke at the National Academy of Sciences on Apr. 27, 2009, in which he states his commitment to doubling of science funding and stem education. From his speech,

 "At such a difficult moment, there are those who say we cannot afford to invest in science, that support for research is somehow a luxury at moments defined by necessities.  I fundamentally disagree.  Science is more essential for our prosperity, our security, our health, our environment and our quality of life than it has ever been before."

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Your Students Are Your Legacy

by Prof. David A. Patterson (Professor of Computer Science at U.C. Berkeley,Fellow and past president of ACM)

Viewpoint from a Berkeley professor after 32 years of mentoring Ph.D. students. Hope you enjoy as I do.

You may also find an earlier discussion thread in iMechanica interesting:

Learning to be a PhD advisor



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An article on tenure-track

Stop Trying To Get Tenure and Start Trying To Enjoy Yourself

One of my junior colleagues forwarded the above article to me, and I read with interest. I think it could also resonate the interest of many people here in iMechanica. I welcome your comments, especially from our been-there done-that tenured colleagues.

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Symposium on Mechanics of Integrated Material Structures in Advanced and Emerging Technologies (IMECE 2009)

At the 2009 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE 2009)

November 13-19,  2009, Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Track 12: Mechanics of Solids, Structures and Fluids

Symposium on Mechanics of Integrated Material Structures in Advanced and Emerging Technologies

Deadline for abstract submission: March 2, 2009.

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Symposium on Materials and Devices for Flexible and Stretchable Electronics at 2009 MRS Spring Meeting

Call for papers

2009 MRS Spring Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April 13-17

Symposium PP: Materials and Devices for Flexible and Stretchable Electronics

Abstract Deadline: 3 November 2008

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iMechanica: 9000 registered users, 30,000,000+ web hits

The number of registered users of iMechanica reached 9000 on 13 October 2008, after two years and one month since the website launch. The total number of posts is 4036, the total number of comments is 8888, and the total web hits is estimated to be more than 30,000,000.

Hosted at Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Science and maintained by a growing number of volunteers, iMechanica aims

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Effects of grain boundary adhesion and grain size on ductility of thin metal films on polymer substrates

We study the effects of grain boundary adhesion and grain size on the ductility of thin metal films well bonded to polymer substrates, using finite element method. It is shown that the ductility of polymer-supported metal films increases approximately linearly as the grain boundary adhesion increases, and as the grain size decreases. A rule-of-thumb estimate of the ductility of polymer-supported metal films agrees well with the simulation results.

In press, Scripta Materialia, 2008 

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Growing pains of iMechanica

Dear fellow iMechanica users,

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7000+ registered users of iMechanica

The number of registered users of iMechanica reaches 7000 on 11 May 2008. So far, our fellow iMechanicians have contributed 3172 posts and 7425 comments.  The evolving statistics of iMechanica
(see the latest updates here and here) shows a steady growth with no sign of slowing down. 

Check out the earlier milestones of iMechanica when the number of registered users reached:


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iMechanica back on service

Dear fellow iMechanicians:

After some technical problems over the past weekend, iMechanica is now back on full service. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank for your patience.

We are particularly grateful to Ms. Lesley Lam in OIT of Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences for her prompt fix of the problem.


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Making flexible metallic glasses

Well-known for its high yield strength, metallic glass often suffers from its low ductility and intrinsic brittleness, as discussed in a recent iMech jClub theme on plasticity and failure in metallic glasses led by

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Mechanics of microtubule buckling in living cells

As the most rigid cytoskeletal filaments, microtubules bear compressive forces in living cells, balancing the tensile forces within the cytoskeleton to maintain the cell shape. It is often observed that, in living cells, microtubules under compression severely buckle into short wavelengths. By contrast, when compressed, isolated microtubules in vitro buckle into single long-wavelength arcs. The critical buckling force of the microtubules in vitro is two orders of magnitude lower than that of the microtubules in living cells.

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Symposium on Mechanics of Slender Structures (MoSS) 2008

From Prof. Weidong Zhu at
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Dear Colleague,

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iMechanica: 5000 registered users, 9.5 million web hits

Launched on 9 September 2006, iMechanica is the web of mechanics and mechanicians.  The mission of iMechanica is twofold:

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NYT most popular article in December features MIT physics professor

At 71, Physics Professor Is a Web Star

Most frequently e-mailed by readers in the past 30 days, the above article features MIT physics professor, Walter H. G. Lewin, on how his free physics lecture videos online have won him devotees all over the world.

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Everything is miscellaneous (Video)

While preparing a talk on iMechanica , I came across the following video "Information R/evolution" by Michael Wesch, an assistant professor of anthropology at Kansas State University.  This thought provoking video echoes a recent comment on "The future of knowledge?"



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The Future of Conference

Attending conferences is one of the essential professional activities for scientific researchers. Conferences take various forms, such as community-wide meetings (e.g., MRS meetings, ASME congress, APS meetings), and topic-focused meetings/workshops (e.g., Plasticity07, Gordon Research Conferences(GRC)).  While people have different preferences on the types of conference to attend (e.g., see a recent iMech poll initiated by Biswajit Banerjee ), here are some common positive driving forces to motivate one to attend a conference:


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