Izabela Szlufarska

Harvey D. Spangler Professor of Engineering

Room 242, Materials Science and Engineering
1509 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706

Ph: (608) 265-5878
Fax: (608) 262-8353
szlufarska@wisc.edu

Primary Affiliation:
Materials Science and Engineering

Additional Affiliations:
Engineering Physics,


Education

  • MS. Physics, Wroclaw University of Technology, Wroclaw, Poland 1999
  • Ph.D. Physics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville 2002
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, CACS, University of Southern California 2002-2004

Education

  • MS. Physics, Wroclaw University of Technology, Wroclaw, Poland 1999
  • Ph.D. Physics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville 2002
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, CACS, University of Southern California 2002-2004

Research Interests

  • Mechanical behavior at the nanoscale
    • Friction, adhesion, and wear and their dependence on materials chemistry and microstructure
    • Size effects in plasticity
  • Defect behavior in semiconductors and insulators under irradiation
    • Radiation effects in nuclear ceramics by means of multiscale simulations methods
    • Point defect chemistry and diffusion in heterogeneous environments (grain boundaries, amorphous solids)
  • Solid/liquid interfaces
    • Adsorption of ions and molecules to mineral surfaces in aqueous environments
    • Theory development for understanding of surface and interfacial forces at solid/liquid interfaces
    • Origins of hydrophobic interactions as a driving force for self-assembly
  • Heteroepitaxial growth of semicodunctor thin films
  • Nucleation and kinetics of medium range order in bulk metallic glasses

Awards, Honors and Societies

  • 2016 University of Wisconsin Vilas Associate (2016-2018)
  • 2016 Harvey D. Spangler Professor of Engineering (2016-2021)
  • 2015 Vilas Research Investigator Award for outstanding mentoring of graduate students
  • 2014 H. I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
  • 2013 Journal of Materials Science Robert W. Cahn Best Paper Prize
  • 2008 NSF CAREER Award to study Molecular Basis for Viscoelastic Response of Nano-Mechanical Biosensors.
  • 2006 AFOSR Young Investigator Program award for studies of Tribology of Nanostructured Silicon Carbide for MEMS and NEMS Applications in Extreme Environments.
  • 2006 Placed on the National Academy of Engineering\'s list of the Frontiers of Engineering

Publications

For a complete list of publications please see group website.

Selected publications:

  • Effects of interfaces on the nearby Brownian motion, K. Huang and I. Szlufarska, Nature Communications (2015) To be published
  • Picometer-precision analysis of STEM images of Pt nanocrystals, A. B. Yankovich, B. Berkels, W. Dahmen, P. Binev, S. I. Sanchez, S. A. Bradley, A. Li, I. Szlufarska, P. Voyles, Nature Communications 5, 4155  (2014)
  • Green-Kubo relation for friction at liquid/solid interface, K. Huang and I. Szlufarska, Phys. Rev. E, 89,32119 (2014)
  • Nanoscale heat transfer: Single hot contacts, Y. Mo and I. Szlufarska, Nature Materials 12, 9-11 (2013)
  • Invited: Radiation effects in SiC for nuclear structural applications, Y. Katoh, L. Snead, I. Szlufarska, W. Weber, Current Opinion in Solid State & Materials Science 16, 143-152 (2012)
  • Chemical origins of frictional ageing, Y. Liu and I. Szlufarska, Phys. Rev. Lett.  109, 186102 (2012)
  • Friction Laws at the Nanoscale , Y. Mo, K. T. Turner, I. Szlufarska, Nature 457 , 1116 (2009)
  • Invited: Recent Advances in Single-Asperity Nanotribology, I. Szlufarska , M. Chandross, R. W. Carpick, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 41 , 123001 (2008)
  • Invited: Atomistic simulations of nanoindentation, I. Szlufarska , Materials Today 9 42 (2006)
  • A crossover in the mechanical response of nanocrystalline ceramics, I. Szlufarska , A. Nakano, P. Vashishta, Science 309, 911 (2005).

 

 

Appointments

  • 2014-Present - Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering and Department of Engineering Physics (affiliate); University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 2010-2014 - Associate Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering and Department of Engineering Physics (affiliate); University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Jan-Dec 2011 - Visiting Associate Professor, Materials Science & Engineering Department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2004-2010 - Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering and Department of Engineering Physics (affiliate); University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 2002-2004 - Postdoctoral Researcher, Collaboratory for Advanced Computing and Simulation, Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Department of Physics, University of Southern California (Postdoctoral Advisors: Prof. Priya Vashishta and Prof. Aiichiro Nakano)

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