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  • PhD (2001), Materials Science and Engineering, University of Michigan

Research & Scholarship Interests

Computational techniques that span multiple scales, atomic- to continuum, to quantify the structure property relations in established and emerging material systems, both in technology and nature.
Affiliated With

Department Research Areas

College Research Initiatives

Honors & Awards

  • Schlumberger Faculty for Futures Award (with Maryam Golabchi)
  • Outstanding Young Scientist, Recrystallization and Grain Growth Congress
  • MRS Graduate Student Silver Medal

Teaching Interests

  • Materials science and engineering
  • Computational Materials science
  • Kinetic phenomena in materials
  • Engineering physics

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Crystal Growth (AACG)
  • Materials Research Society (TMS)
  • Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS)

Selected Publications

  • H. Wang, L. A. Zepeda-Ruiz, G. H. Gilmer and M. Upmanyu, "Atomistics of vapor-liquid-solid nanowire growth", Nature Communications, 2013
    Featured in American Association for Crystal Growth (AACG)
  • Z. Ma, D. McDowell, E. Panaitescu, A. V. Davydov, M. Upmanyu and L. Menon, "Vapor-liquid-solid growth of serrated GaN nanowires: shape selection driven by kinetic frustration", Journal of Materials Chemistry C, vol 1, pp. 7294-7302, 2013
    Journal cover article
  • H. Wang and M. Upmanyu, "Saddles, twists, and curls: shape transitions in freestanding nanoribbons", Nanoscale, vol. 4, pp. 3620-3624, 2012
    Journal cover article
  • M. G. Hahm, H. Wang, H. Y. Jung, S. Hong, S.-G. Lee, S.-R. Kim, M. Upmanyu and Y. J. Jung, "Bundling dynamics regulates the active mechanics and transport in carbon nanotube networks and their nanocomposites", Nanoscale, vol 4, pp. 3584-3590, 2012
    Journal cover article
  • H. Wang, M. Upmanyu and C. Ciobanu, "Morphology of Epitaxial Core-Shell Nanowires", Nano Letters, vol. 8, pp. 4305-4311, 2008
    Featured as a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) highlight
  • H. Y. Liang and M. Upmanyu, "Axial-Strain-Induced Torsion in Single-Walled Carbon Naotubes", Physical Review Letters, vol 96, Art 165501, 2006
    Selected by Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science & Technology, Highlighted by Physics Tip Sheet
  • Z. T. Trautt, M. Upmanyu and A. Karma, "Interface Mobility from Interface Random Walk", Science, vol. 314, pp. 632-635, 2006
    Featured in National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) yearly report, Featured in MRS News, Journal of Metals, ScienceDaily
  • P. Waduge, J. Larkin, M. Upmanyu, S. Kar, M. Wanunu, "Programmed Synthesis of Freestanding Graphene Nanomembrane Arrays, Small, 11(5), 2015, 597-603
  • L. X. Lu, M. S. Bharathi, M. Upmanyu, Y. W. Zhang, "Growing Ordered and Stable Nanostructures on Polyhedral Nanocrystals", Applies Physics Letters, 105, 2014, 1-6 
  • A. Shahabi, H. Wang, M. Upmanyu, "Shaping van der Waals Nanoribbons via Torsional Constraints: Scrolls, Folds and Supercoils", Scientific Reports 4, 2014, 7004
  • C. Wang, M. Upmanyu, "Shear Accommodation in Dirty Grain Boundaries", Europhysics Letters, 106(2), 2014, 1-6 
  • E. T. Nilsen, R, Arora, M. Upmanyu, "Thermonastic Leaf Movements in Rhododendron During Freezethaw Events: Patterns", Functional Significances, and
    Causes, Environmental and Experimental Botany, 106, 2014, 34-43
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Related News

April 25, 2016

An international collaboration involving MIE Associate Professor Moneesh Upmanyu's group recently published an article in Nature Communications on Non-equilibrium induction of tin in germanium: towards direct bandgap Ge 1−x Sn x nanowires.

December 16, 2014

MIE Associate Professor Moneesh Upmanyu and PhD student Alireza Shahabi were featured in Scientific Reports for their bioinspired strategy for engineering knots in nanoscale filaments.

August 19, 2014

MIE Associate Professors Yung Joon Jung, Moneesh Upmanyu, Carol Livermore-Clifford, and ECE Professor David Kaeli were awarded an $1.3M NSF grant to create high-performance carbon nanofibers.