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Pradeep SharmaPradeep Sharma

M.D. Anderson Chair Professor
Department of Physics

Office: N207
Contact: - (713) 743-4500

Education: Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park


Theoretical and computational materials science, physics of nanostructures and nanomaterials, atomistic simulations, flexoelectricity, nanoscale piezoelectricity, electromechanical behavior of biological membranes, size-dependent elasticity, micromechanics of defects and inclusions, homogenization, coupling between quantum and solid mechanics, high temperature mechanical behavior of materials, energy storage.

  • M. Gharbi, Z.H. Sun, K. White, S. El-Borgi, and P. Sharma , "Flexoelectric properties of ferroelectrics and the nanoindentation size-effect " , International Journal of Solids and Structures, 48, 249 (2011).
  • N.D.Sharma, C.M.Landis and P. Sharma , "Piezoelectric Thin-Film Super Lattices Without Using Piezoelectric Materials " , Journal of Applied Physics , 108,024304 (2010).
  • R. Maranganti and P. Sharma , "Revisiting Quantum Notions of Stress " , Proceedings of Royal Society A,466,1097 (2010).
  • M. Gharbi , Z.H. Sun , P. Sharma , K. White, " The Origins of Electromechanical Indentation Size Effect in Ferroelectrics", Applied Physics Letters,95, 142901 (2009).
  • M.S. Majdoub, R. Maranganti and P. Sharma , "Understanding The Origins of The Intrinsic Dead Layer Effect in Nanocapacitors", Physical Review B,79, 115412 (2009).
  • (Invited Review Article) A.K. Tagantsev, V. Meunier, and P. Sharma, "Novel Electromechanical Phenomena at the Nanoscale: Phenomenological Theory and Atomistic Modeling" , MRS bulletin, volume 34 (2009).
  • X. Zhang, M. Gharbi, P. Sharma, and H. T. Johnson, "Quantum Field Induced Strains in Nanostructures and Prospects for Optical Actuation", International Journal of Solids and Structures, 46,3810-3824 (2009).
  • R. Maranganti and P. Sharma, "Atomistic Determination of Flexoelectric Properties of Crystalline Dielectrics", Physical Review. B 80 , 054109 (2009).
  • F. Shi, P. Sharma and G.H. Gunaratne, "How To Create Perfectly Ordered Quantum Dots via Self-Assembly", CHAOS, 19 , 033141 (2009).
  • M.S. Majdoub, P. Sharma and T. Cagin, "Enhanced Size-Dependent Piezoelectricity And Elasticity in Nanostructures Due to The Flexoelectric Effect", Physical Review B,77, 125424 (2008).
  • M.S. Majdoub, P. Sharma and T. Cagin, "Dramatic Enhancement in Energy Harvesting For a Narrow Range of Dimensions in Piezoelectric Nanostructures", Physical Review B,78, 121407 (R) (2008).
  • F. Shi, P. Sharma, D.J. Kouri, F. Hussain and G.H. Gunaratne, "Nanostructures with Long-Range Order in Monolayer Self-Assembly ",Physical Review ,78, 025203 (2008).
  • S. Sahoo, R. Maranganti, S. Lastella, G. Mallick, S. Karna, P. Sharma and P.M. Ajayan, "Reversible Separation of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes in Bundles" Applied Physics Letters, 93, 083120 (2008).
  • S. Anandampillai, X. Zhang, P. Sharma, Gillian C. Lynch, M.A. Franchek and K.V. Larin, "Quantum dot-DNA Interaction: Computational Issues and Preliminary Insights on Use Of Quantum Dots As Biosensors",Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 197, 3378%u20133385 (2008).
  • R. Maranganti and P. Sharma, "Length Scales at Which Classical Elasticity Breaks Down for Various Materials", Physical Review Letters, 98, 195504-1%u2013 195504-4 (2007).
  • X.Zhang, P.Sharma and HT.Johnson, "Quantum Confinement Induced Strain in Quantum Dots", Physical Review B, 75, 155319 (2007).
  • N.D. Sharma, R. Maranganti and P. Sharma, "On the Possibility of Piezoelectric Nanocomposites without using Piezoelectric Materials", Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 55, 2328 (2007).
  • S. Hu, G. Nathan, F. Hussain, D.J. Kouri, P. Sharma, and G.H. Gunaratne, "On Stability of Self-Assembled Nanoscale Patterns", Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 55, 1357 (2007).
  • R. Maranganti and P. Sharma, "A Novel Atomistic Approach to Determine Strain Gradient Elasticity Constants: Tabulation and Comparison for Various Metals, Semiconductors, Silica, Polymers and the (lr) relevance for Nanotechnologies", Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 55, 1823 (2007).
  • (Invited Review Article) R.Maranganti, P.Sharma, and L.Wheeler, "Quantum Notion of Stress", Journal of Aerospace Engineering, 20, 22%u2013 37 (2007).
  • P.Sharma,and L.T.Wheeler, "Size-dependent Elastic State of Ellipsoidal Nano-inclusions Incorporating Surface/Interface Tension", Journal of Applied Mechanics,74, 447 (2007)