On Advanced Multiscale Modeling and Design of Multifunctional Materials

Speaker :
Prof. Mohammed Cherkaoui
Professor and member of the Morocco Academy of Science
Date : 26 Oct 2018 (Fri)
Time : 3:00 pm
Venue : Room 2303, HKUST (2/F., Lift #17/18)


Multifunctional structural materials possess attributes beyond the basic strength and stiffness that typically drive the science and engineering of the material for structural systems. Structural materials can be designed to have integrated electrical, magnetic, optical, locomotive, power generative, and possibly other functionalities that work in synergy to provide advantages that reach beyond that of the sum of the individual capabilities. Materials of this kind have tremendous potential to impact future structural performance by reducing size, weight, cost, power consumption, and complexity while improving efficiency, safety, and versatility.

Multi-scale materials modeling combines existing and emerging methods from diverse scientific disciplines to bridge the wide range of time and length scales that are inherent in a number of essential phenomena and processes in multifunctional materials. The presentation addresses novel developments that have changed the field in recent years from a descriptive to a predictive approach and have led to the modeling of properties and functions of complex materials under realistic constraints. A proper linkage of electronic- structure theory and statistical methods is necessary to describe the physics and chemistry that govern the properties and processes of materials under realistic temperature and pressure conditions.


Mohammed Cherkaoui was for 14 years a tenured professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology and was, till May 2018, Professor and Boeing Endowed Chair at Mississippi State University in the US. He is currently acting as a technology advisor to Moroccan government agencies and thermo-chemical industries (NAREVA, MASEN, SNEP, DELTA holding) in renewable energies. Dr. Cherkaoui obtained during his career several prestigious awards such as the CNRS medal, awarded to the best young scientist in mechanical and aerospace engineering in France, and the Lorraine Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer of ultra high-strength steels for ground transportation in France and, more recently, the Obama Award under the Material Genome Initiative in the US.  Dr. Cherkaoui is a pioneering figure in the area of micromechanics. He is a member of the Moroccan Academy of Science and expert member of the European Commission. He was a co-founder in 2005 of the French International Joint Unit (UMI) created between the CNRS (main research organisation in France), and the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Cherkaoui is also the co-founder of the International University of Rabat, in Morocco.  His main research areas include the development of advanced modeling and characterization tools for the process design of Functionally Graded Material (FGM) components with high thermomechanical capabilities. Dr. Cherkaoui has authored over 200 publications in referred journals, coedited eight books, and is one of the coauthors of the first textbook in the area of micromechanics (Fundamentals of Micromechanics of Solids, published by John Wiley & Sons Book, 2006).