Research at IAM, RWTH Aachen University
Our principal research interest is to study the hierarchically structured biomaterials, e. g., spider silk and nacre, as well as new advanced materials, such as silica aerogel, aerographene, cellulose aerogel and their composites, by using computational methods. This approach starts from an atomistic level, where structures and properties of each constituent or building block are studied under loading and at failure. It creates a link between the understanding of the mechanical behavior of materials at the nanoscale, and its macroscopic mechanical features.
Our research work mainly utilizes classical molecular dynamics (at nano-scale level) and finite element method (at macro-scale level) techniques.