Prof. Chiara Daraio
California Institute of Technology
BIO: Chiara Daraio is a professor in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Physics at the California Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on materials science, condensed matter physics, and solid mechanics. Her lab is primarily interested in:
To achieve these goals, her research takes advantage of nonlinearities in local material interactions (e.g., Hertzian contact interactions between particles or nonlinear interactions between nanostructures) to create novel systems and new materials with unprecedented global properties. These materials are composite systems in which typically basis elements that interact are arranged in well-defined geometries, such that the aggregate system as a whole exhibits properties that are not usually found in natural systems and can be exploited in engineering applications. Our work is primarily experimental, but it is informed by numerical and analytical studies, which serve as a guide in metamaterial construction and validation of their properties.