Kyriakos Komvopoulos

Kyriakos Komvopoulos

Title
Professor
Department
Dept of Mechanical Engineering
Phone
(510) 642-2563
Fax
(510) 642-5539
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, epidermal and wearable electronics, mechanical metamaterials
Research Description

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, reliability of nano-/micro-electro-mechanical systems (NEMS/MEMS), surface modification of bio-polymers for total joint arthroplasty and intravenous catheter operations, shape-memory materials for medical applications, surface functionalization for enhanced biocompatibility/cell adhesion and proliferation, tribology and mechanotransduction of natural articular cartilage, cell mechanics, electrospun scaffolds, tissue engineering, flexible/stretchable bio-electronic materials, theoretical and numerical studies of various surface contact problems and material removal processes.

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