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Postdoc and PhD positions available at NC State University

We have multiple postdoc and PhD positions available in the broad areas of nanomechanics and soft electronics. Please follow the link below if you are interested. Thank you!

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Experimental Mechanics call for papers

Please see the attached flyer from Editor-in-Chief Ioannis Chasiotis. 

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Materials Division events at IMECE and newsletter

Dear Colleagues,

During the ASME-IMECE next week, the Materials Division will host a number of events including plenary lectures, award lectures, and reception. You are cordially invited to these events. 

Track 10 Plenary Sessions:

Zhigang Suo – Tuesday, Nov. 12th, 9:45–10:30 am, Room 255F, Convention Center  

Irene Beyerlein – Wednesday, Nov. 13th, 9:45–10:30 am, Room 155F, Convention Center


Award Lectures/Reception (Tuesday, November 12):

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ASME Materials Division calls nominations for Orr Early Carrer Award, Sia Nemat-Nasser Early Career Award, and Nadai Medal


The award recognizes young researcher within 7 years of terminal degree working in experimental, computational, or theoretical fatigue, fracture, or creep. For more information please see

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Key Activities of ASME Materials Division in IMECE 2018 (Pittsburgh, PA)

Dear Colleagues, 

Please see the list of key activities of the Materials Division in IMECE 2018 next week. Everyone is welcome!

Materials Division Executive Committee

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Faculty positions in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at NC State

North Carolina State University (NC State) invites applications and nominations for one or more tenure-track faculty positions in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE). Appointments will be targeted at the Assistant Professor level with the expected start date in Fall 2019. Applicants are expected to have a doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or other closely related fields, before the start date of the position. The search will be conducted in the following three areas:

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ASME Materials Division award lectures and reception next Monday (Nov. 14)

Dear Colleagues,

Please see the attached invitation from the ASME Materials Division. Please note that the Award Lectures will take place at Phoenix Grand Ballroom E (NOT room 227B as in the conference program).

Looking forward to seeing you all!

Yong Zhu

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Postdoc Position in Experimental Nanomechanics

A postdoctoral fellow position is available in Dr. Yong Zhu’s lab in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at North Carolina State University. The project involves mechanics, multiphysics and interface mechanics of two-dimensioanl (2D) nanomaterials. The successful candidate will have the opportunities to collaborate with researchers in the areas ranging from nanomaterial synthesis to atomistic simulation. 

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IMECE 2015 Symposium on “Mechanics of Adhesion and Friction”

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite you to submit an abstract to the symposium on Mechanics of Adhesion and Friction (Track 12, Topic 3), ASME-IMECE 2015, Houston, TX, Nov. 13-19, 2005. The submission deadline is March 2, 2015. Confirmed invited speakers this year include Yonggang Huang (Northwestern University), Shu Yang (UPenn) and Kevin Turner (UPenn). 


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ASME IMECE2013 Topics on Multifunctional Material Systems

The ASME Multifunctional Materials Technical Committee of the Materials Division is organizing several topics related to Multifunctional Material Systems at IMECE2013 to be held in San Diego, CA, during Nov. 15-21, 2013 .

Abstract submission deadline: February 14, 2013

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Size effects on elasticity, yielding, and fracture of silver nanowires

This paper reports the quantitative measurement of a full spectrum of mechanical properties of fivefold twinned silver (Ag) nanowires (NWs), including Young’s modulus, yield strength, and ultimate tensile strength. In-situ tensile testing of Ag NWs with diameters between 34 and 130 nm was carried out inside a scanning electron microscope (SEM). Young’s modulus, yield strength, and ultimate tensile strength all increased as the NW diameter decreased.

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Buckling of Aligned Carbon Nanotubes as Stretchable Conductors: A New Manufacturing Strategy

We systematically investigated the interesting electric response of the aligned CNT ribbons under mechanical strain. We found that CNTs slide on a PDMS substrate under tension, but buckle under compression (releasing). Such an irreversible mechanical deformation is responsible for the observed irreversibility in the electric resistance upon the first stretching/releasing.

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Postdoctoral Position in Experimental Nanomechanics

A postdoctoral research position is available in Dr. Yong Zhu’s lab in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at North Carolina State University. We are looking for a self-motivated researcher to work on projects involving mechanics of nanostructures including nanowires and nanotubes. A Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Physics or a related area is required. Experience with in-situ nanomechanical testing using SEM, TEM, AFM or Raman are desirable.

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Mechanical Properties of Silicon Nanowires

In this paper that was published a few months ago, we reported the size effects on the elastic modulus and fracture strength of silicon nanowires. In addition, we observed that the silicon nanowires are linear elastic until fracture with a very large fracture strain up to 12%.

Y. Zhu, F. Xu, Q. Qin, W. Y. Fung, and W. Lu, Nano Letters 9, 3934-3939, 2009


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Journal Club January 2010: MEMS-based Instrumentation for Experimental Nanomechanics

Welcome to the January 2010 issue! In the issue of May 2007 , Prof. Xiaodong Li outlined the existing experimental methods for mechanical characterization of 1D nanostructures. In this issue, I will discuss along the same line but focus on experimental methods enabled by microelectromechanical systems (MEMS).

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The 2nd International Conference on Advanced Computational Engineering and Experimenting, ACE-X2008

The 2nd International Conference on Advanced Computational Engineering and Experimenting, ACE-X2008

Barcelona, Spain, July 14-15, 2008.

For more information, please check the ACE-X2008 website <>

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