Rodrigo A. Bernal
At Northwestern, I employed in-situ Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscopy (SEM/TEM) to investigate mechanical and electromechanical properties of metallic and semiconducting nanowires. I am applying this expertise to investigate the fundamental mechanisms of wear and friction through in-situ TEM, single asperity experiments, primarily focused on advanced carbon-based materials (e.g. Ultrananocrystalline Diamond-UNCD, Diamond-like Carbon-DLC).
More broadly, I am interested in nanoscale mechanical phenomena, multiphysics mechanical properties of nanomaterials (i.e coupled mechanical and electronic properties, mechanical and thermal, etc.), and the development of in-situ techniques to study those properties.
- Postdoctoral Researcher (Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, University of Pennsylvania, Oct. 2014 – Current position)
- Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D (Northwestern University, Aug. 2014).
Disertation: Mechanical and Electromechanical Properties of Semiconducting and Metallic Nanowires (Proquest alt. link)
- Mechanical Engineering B.Sc (Los Andes University, Bogotá, Colombia, 2007)
- Electronics Engineering B.Sc (Los Andes University, Bogotá, Colombia, 2007)
In-situ TEM Movies: