Kyriakos Komvopoulos
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering
(510) 642-2563

Research Expertise and Interest

contact mechanics, fracture and fatigue of engineering materials, finite element modeling of surface contact and machining, thin-film processing and characterization, adhesion and fatigue of MEMS devices, plasma-assisted surface functionalization of biomaterials, surface patterning for cell adhesion and growth control, mechanics & tribology of magnetic recording devices, mechanotransduction effects in natural cartilage, microfibrous scaffolds for tissue engineering, surface nanoengineering techniques, tribology and mechanics of artificial joints


Nanotechnology, Surface Sciences, Bioengineering. Areas of current research include: nano-/micro-scale contact mechanics, tribology, mechanical behavior of bulk and thin-film materials, deposition of single and multi-layer thin films (RF sputtering, ion beam, and filtered cathodic vacuum arc) and microanalysis/characterization, shape-memory alloy in thin-film and bulk form, reliability of nano-/micro-electromechanical systems (NEMS/MEMS), surface chemistry and nanoscale viscoelastic properties of polymers, surface modification of polyethylene for total joint arthroplasty and intravenous catheter operations, shape-memory materials for medical applications, self-assembled monolayers, surface functionalization for enhanced biocompatibility/cell adhesion and proliferation, tribology and mechanotransduction of natural articular cartilage, cell mechanics, surface force microprobe techniques, theoretical and numerical studies of various surface contact problems and material removal processes.

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