Prof Markus J. Buehler

Principal Investigator

Laboratory for Atomistic and Molecular Mechanics

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
United States
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Markus Buehler is the Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before joining MIT in 2005, he served as the Director of Multiscale Modeling and Software Integration at Caltech`s Materials and Process Simulation Center. He received a Ph.D. in chemistry from the Max Planck Institute for Metals Research in Stuttgart after obtaining a M.S. in Engineering Mechanics from Michigan Tech, and undergraduate studies in Chemical Engineering at the University of Stuttgart.

Professor Buehler`s research focuses on bottom-up simulation of structural and mechanical properties of biological, bioinspired and synthetic materials across multiple scales, with a specific focus on materials failure from a nanoscale and molecular perspective. His recent work has focused on applying a computational materials science approach to study materials failure in biological systems, including the investigation of material breakdown in diseases and the development of bioinspired material concepts.

Professor Buehler has published more than 100 articles on computational modeling of materials using various types of simulation techniques. He was cited as one of the top engineers in the United States between the ages of 30-45 through invitation to the 2007 National Academy of Engineering-Frontiers in Engineering symposium of the National Academy of Engineering. Professor Buehler has also received the 2007 National Science Foundation CAREER award, the 2008 U.S. Air Force Young Investigator Award, the 2008 Navy Young Investigator Award, and the 2008 DARPA Young Faculty Award. In 2009, his work was recognized by the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). He serves as a member of the editorial board of several international journals including: PLoS ONE, International Journal of Applied Mechanics, Acta Mechanica Sinica, Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, and Journal of Computational and Theoretical Nanoscience.

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