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David Dunand

I was born in Geneva, Switzerland and got a BS/MS degree at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH, Zurich) in materials science in 1986. I then joined as a graduate student the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (DMSE) of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where I got my Ph.D. in 1991. After a brief postdoc in the group of my Ph.D. adviser (Prof. Andreas Mortensen, now at EPFL, Lausanne, I was hired by MIT's DMSE department as an Assistant Professor and was later promoted to Associate Professor. In 1997, I moved to Northwestern University, where I am currently the James N. and Margie M. Krebs Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and co-director of the Initiative for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN).

My research focuses on experimental and theoretical studies of the mechanical properties of metallic alloys, composites and foams, and connection of these properties to microstructure and processing.

I also teach a variety of classes, including:

  1. Mat Sci 201 Principles of the Properties of Materials
  2. Mat Sci 381 Energy Materials
  3. Mat Sci 406 Mechanical Properties of Solids
  4. Mat Sci 435 High-Temperature Materials


Experimental and theoretical study of the mechanical properties of metallic alloys, composites and foams.  Connection of mechanical properties to microstructure and processing


Werkstoffingenieur, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ)
Ph.D., Metallurgy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology



Phone: 847.491.5370
Fax: 847.467.6573
e-mail: dunand(
Address: Materials Science & Eng
2220 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208

Publications and Presentations

  1. See Publications


  1. TMS Fellow, 2012
  2. Materials Science & Engineering A Prize, 2012
  3. TMS-SMD Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award, 2009
  4. ASM Fellow, 2007
  5. James N. and Margie M. Krebs Professorship (2005-present)
  6. Editorial board of Metallurgical and Materials Transactions, Materials Science and Engineering A, International Materials Review, Revue de Metallurgie
  7. Department Teacher of the Year, 1998



May 9, 2017