Designing Damage Tolerant Functional Oxide Nanostructures
At the nano-scale, they possess high elastic limits enabling strain engineering but suffer from extreme brittleness leading to catastrophic fracture in their monolithic form. Multi-layered, bio-inspired interface architectures with potential to dramatically improve fracture resistance will be engineered and evaluated using in situ micro-electro-mechanical experiments and multi-scale modeling to design highly damage tolerant thin film hetero-nano-structures for sustainable energy applications.
How does the material's dimension impact its mechanical properties? Watch this video to understand the basic steps of nanomechanics.