Reinhold H. Dauskardt
Ruth G. and William K. Bowes Professor and Associate Dept. Chair

Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, and by courtesy,
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
Dept. of Surgery, School of Medicine

Department of Materials Science and Engineering
496 Lomita Mall, Durand Bldg., Rm. 121
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305 - 4034

phone: 650-725-0679
fax: 650-725-4034

Research Interests

The underlying theme of our research is to enable innovation and design of high-performance nanostructured and biomaterials by exploiting the fundamental connection between material or tissue structure and resulting function over a range of sub-micron length-scales. We are particularly interested in the relationship between the chemistry and nanostructure of materials in bulk form or thin films and their thermommechanical behavior, adhesive and cohesive fracture properties, and behavior under complex loading and environmental conditions.

Research in our group involves three Thrust Areas: Our thrust on Nanostructured Materials and Devices focuses on nanomaterials design and integration for thin-film structures in nanoscience and energy technologies. Our Advanced Structural Materials thrust focuses on high-performance laminates for civil structures and aerospace. Finally, our thrust on Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine explores biomaterials and the biological response of living tissues during regeneration and wound healing.

Materials of interest include thin-film and layered structures containing materials engineered at the nanometer length scale for nanoscience and energy technologies; high-performance metal laminates involving hierarchical interphase regions which effectively couple reinforced polymer layers to thin metal foils; bulk metallic glasses; biomaterials; and regeneration processes in cutaneous wounds. Dauskardt and his group have worked extensively on integrating new nanomaterials into emerging technologies and pioneered quantitative methods for characterizing adhesion and cohesion in thin-film structures which are now used extensively in thin-film device technologies. Experimental studies are complimented with a range of multiscale computational activities involving finite element and molecular dynamics simulations.

Our research includes interaction with a wide range researchers nationally and internationally in academia, industry, and clinical practice.


2011: The Henry Maso Award for fundamental contributions to the advancement of cosmetic and skin science, The International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists.

2011: The IBM Shared University Research Award in recognition of scientific and technological research achievements.

2010: The Semiconductor Industry Association University Researcher Award for research which has provided substantive and sustained contributions to semiconductor industry science and technology.

2010: The Metallurgical Society, Structural Materials Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award for long lasting contributions to the fundamental understanding of microstructure, properties, and performance of structural materials for industrial applications, along with dedication and leadership of the Society.

2010: Elected Fellow of the ASM International for outstanding contributions to education and to the fields of mechanical behavior and fatigue of ceramics, metallic glasses, thin films and biomaterials.

2008: Elected Fellow of the American Ceramics Society.

2008: VLSI/ULSI Multilevel Interconnection (VMIC) International Conference Award for “Optimized Curing and CMP of Nanostructured Ultra-low-k Films,” Fremont, CA.

2008: American Vacuum Society Thin Film User Group Special Award for contributions to the Northern California Chapter AVS, San Jose, CA.

2006: 2006 Distinguished Speaker, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Penn State, State College, PA.

2006: IBM Faculty Award, Yorktown Heights, NY.

2003: ASM International Silver Medal for important contributions on the mechanical and fracture behavior of materials and interfaces.

2002: Alexander von Humboldt Research Award.

1994: Dana Adams Griffin Award for innovative research, Stanford University.

1989: U.S. Department of Energy Outstanding Scientific Accomplishment Award in Ceramics and Metallurgy for innovative research on cyclic fatigue degradation in ceramics (with R.O. Ritchie).


Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University

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