New Postdoc Openings!

We have openings for postdoctoral positions in my group at UCSB/Materials. The successful candidate will develop mathematical models (phase-field, molecular dynamics, DFT) and numerical methods to investigate the origins of chemo-mechanical degradation in battery materials. Beyond batteries, we also have openings to pursue original research on topics related to phase transformations in soft magnetic alloys, shape-memory alloys, and light interactive molecular crystals.

Please send an email expressing your interest, together with a CV and representative publication(s) to I will be reviewing applications immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Several Ph.D. Openings!

We have several openings for PhD positions in our group! We are looking for motivated and self-driven students to pursue creative research at the intersection of mechanics, materials, and modeling.

Please feel free to send me an email expressing your interest, together with a CV at More details on applying to the graduate program at UCSB/Materials can be found here:

Devesh and Saul at SHINE program

Under Devesh’s guidance, Saul, a K-12 student, dedicated his summer to exploring the effects of light-induced phase transformations in photomechanical materials.

Delin and Zahed at SHINE program

Under Delin’s mentorship, Zahed, a K-12 student, dedicated his summer to comprehending the modeling of martensite microstructures that develop in shape memory alloys.

Devesh at MROP 2023

Devesh shares his ongoing work on photomechanical deformation (with a wide smile) at MROP 2023!

Delin at MROP 2023

Delin shares his work on how to stop degradation in battery materials at MROP 2023. He smiles wide too!


We are excited to pursue our research on light-interactive materials that was recently awarded the AFOSR Young Investigator Research Program award.

Meta RFP

We are delighted to share that our work on soft magnetic materials, in collaboration with Dr. Cuervo’s group at UC Irvine, has been awarded the Meta RFP grant to further our research goals on electromagnetic actuators.

NECCES Listening to Batteries

Listening to Batteries

Did you know that batteries emit sound as they are charged and discharged?

D Zhang at TMS2022

Delin at TMS 2022

Delin presents his work on Film-strain engineering of intercalation electrodes at the TMS 2022 conference.