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Dr. Fadi Abdeljawad

Assistant Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 241 Fluor Daniel Building
Phone: (864) 656 5639
Fax: (864) 656-4435


Fadi Abdeljawad will join the Mechanical Engineering Department in Fall 2018. He is currently a Senior Member of Technical Staff in the Computational Materials and Data Science Department at Sandia National Laboratories. He received his B.S./M.S. from North Carolina State University in 2006. He then spent the next two years working as a stress engineer for Butler Inc./Sikorsky Aircraft. He joined Princeton University in September 2008, where he was the recipient of the five-year Francis Upton and Martin Summerfield fellowships, and received his M.A. and Ph.D., both in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, in 2010 and 2014, respectively.

His research work lies at the intersection of materials science, engineering, and applied mathematics. In broad terms, the theme of his research can be stated as: “Can we fundamentally understand materials micro/nano-structures, their formation and evolution, and quantitatively predict their performance given a set of external stimuli.” He works on a wide range of problems, such as nano-materials, energy devices, interface thermodynamics, metallic glasses, and additive manufacturing. He is a reviewer for several leading peer-reviewed journals, such as J. App. Phys., App. Phys. Lett., Acta Materialia, Nature Scientific Reports, Scripta Materialia, J. Comp. Phys., MSMSE, J. Mater. Sci., Comp. Mater. Sci., MRS J. Mater. Res., and served as a guest editor for the Journal of Materials (JOM) from 2016-2017. He is the recipient of the 2016 TMS Young Leaders Professional Development Award.


Ph.D., Princeton University, 2014
M.A., Princeton University, 2010
B.S./M.S., North Carolina State University, 2006

Research Interests

Theoretical and computational materials science; interface-driven phenomena; phase transitions; nanoscale physics; thermodynamics and kinetics of materials; solid mechanics; mechanics of materials; atomistic, phase field and Monte Carlo methods; numerical analysis; and mathematical modeling.

Selected Publications

F. Abdeljawad, P. Lu, N. Argibay, B. G. Clark, B. Boyce, and S. M. Foiles, “Grain boundary segregation in immiscible nanocrystalline alloys”, Acta Mater. 126, 528 (2017)

D. L. Medlin, J. A. Zimmerman, F. Abdeljawad, K. Hattar, and S. M. Foiles, “Defect character at grain boundary facet junctions:  Analysis of an asymmetric ∑=5 grain boundary in Fe”, Acta Mater. 124, 383 (2017)

F. Abdeljawad, D. L. Medlin, J. A. Zimmerman, K. Hattar, and S. M. Foiles, “A Diffuse interface model of grain boundary faceting”, J. App. Phys. 119, 235306 (2016)

D. C. Bufford, F. Abdeljawad, K. Hattar, and S. M. Foiles, “Unraveling irradiation induced grain growth with in situ TEM and coordinated modeling”, App. Phys. Lett. 107, (2015)

F. Abdeljawad, and S. M. Foiles, “Stabilization of nanocrystalline alloys via grain boundary segregation: A diffuse interface model”, Acta Mater. 101, 159 (2015)

F. Abdeljawad, B. Voelker, R. Davis, R. M. McMeeking, and M. Haataja, “Connecting microstructural coarsening processes to electrochemical performance in solid oxide fuel cells: An integrated modeling approach”, J. Power Sources 250, 319 (2014)

F. Abdeljawad, and M. Haataja, “Microstructural coarsening effects on redox instability and mechanical damage in solid oxide fuel cell anodes”, J. App. Phys. 114, 183519 (2013)

F. Abdeljawad, G. Nelson, W. Chiu, and M. Haataja, “Redox instability, mechanical deformation, and heterogeneous damage accumulation in solid oxide fuel cell anodes”, J. App. Phys. 112, 036102 (2012)

F. Abdeljawad, M. Fontus, and M. Haataja, “Ductility of bulk metallic glass composites: Microstructural effects”, App. Phys. Lett. 98, 031909 (2010)

F. Abdeljawad, and M. Haataja, “Continuum modeling of bulk metallic glasses and composites”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 125503 (2010)

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