Los Alamos National Laboratory

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Michael J. Demkowicz

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Contact Information

  • MIT
    Department of Materials Science and Engineering

    Phone: (617)324-6563



  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, June 2005; Minor in Finance, MIT Sloan School of Business, June 2005

  • B.S., Physics, University of Texas-Austin, August 2000
  • B.S., Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, University of Texas-Austin, August 2000
  • B.A., Plan II Humanities Honors Program, University of Texas-Austin, August 2000

Research and Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Materials Science and Engineering; head a computational materials design group, 2008-Present
  • Technical Staff Member, Postdoctoral Fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Structure-Property Relations Group; investigated influence of heterophase interfaces on radiation response of metallic nanocomposites, 2005-2008
  • Research Assistant, MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering, Mechanics and Materials; studied mechanisms of plastic deformation in amorphous and silicon, 2000-2005


  • John C. Chipman career development chair at MIT (2008-present), Los Alamos Postdoctoral Distinguished Performance Award (2007), Los Alamos Director’s Postdoctoral Fellow (2006-2008), NSF Graduate Fellow (2000-2003), MIT Mechanical Engineering Presidential Fellow (2000-2001), Hertz Fellowship Finalist (2000)

Research Interests

  • Solid-state interfaces, amorphous materials:
    - Radiation effects, plasticity, diffusion
    - Atomistic modeling, 1st-principles materials design
  • Sample Publications

    M. J. Demkowicz and A. S. Argon, High-density liquidlike component facilitates plastic flow in a model amorphous silicon system, Physical Review Letters 93, 025505 (2004).

    M. J. Demkowicz and A. S. Argon, Liquidlike atomic environments act as plasticity carriers in amorphous silicon, Physical Review B 72, 245205 (2005).

    M. J. Demkowicz, A. S. Argon, D. Farkas, and M. Frary, Simulation of plasticity in nanocrystalline silicon, Philosophical Magazine 87, 4253 (2007).

    M. J. Demkowicz, R. G. Hoagland, and J. P Hirth., Interface structure and radiation damage resistance in Cu-Nb multilayer nanocomposites, Physical Review Letters 100, 136102 (2008).

    M. J. Demkowicz, J. Wang, and R.G. Hoagland, Interfaces between dissimilar crystalline solids, in Dislocation in Solids, Volume 14, ed. J. P. Hirth (Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2008).

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