Welcome to the Irradiation Micromechanics Research Group.  We are broadly interested in the micromechanics of materials, especially of irradiated and nuclear materials.  That is, we try to predict large-scale mechanical behaviors of materials based on our understanding of localized elastic-plastic phenomena associated with atomic- through micro-scale material constituents/features/phases.  We utilize miniaturized mechanical testing – often in combination with multi-scale characterization techniques and various modeling approaches – to understand materials properties and performance.

Our major research foci can be grouped as follows:

Our research group began at Boise State University in 2013 and relocated to Purdue University in 2016, under the stewardship of Dr. Janelle Wharry.  Since the group’s inception, we have received research grants, contracts, and agreements with total value $5.6M.  We are endlessly grateful for the generous support from:

  • Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy
  • DOE Nuclear Science User Facilities
  • National Science Foundation
  • Electric Power Research Institute
  • Idaho National Laboratory LDRD Program
  • NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium
  • Micron Foundation
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Oak Ridge Associated Universities
  • Los Alamos/Sandia Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT)
  • Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS)
  • Army Research Laboratory (in-kind)