Moneesh Upmanyu

Professor,  Mechanical and Industrial Engineering


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  • 467C EC
  • 617.373.3186


  • 009E FR

Research Focus

Computational techniques that span multiple scales, atomic- to continuum, to quantify the structure property relations in established and emerging material systems, both in technology and nature


  • PhD (2001), Materials Science and Engineering, University of Michigan

Honors & Awards

  • Schlumberger Faculty for Futures Award (with Maryam Golabchi)
  • Outstanding Young Scientist, Recrystallization and Grain Growth Congress
  • MRS Graduate Student Silver Medal

Teaching Interests

  • Materials science and engineering
  • Computational Materials science
  • Kinetic phenomena in materials
  • Engineering physics

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Crystal Growth (AACG)
  • Materials Research Society (TMS)
  • Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS)

Research Overview

Computational techniques that span multiple scales, atomic- to continuum, to quantify the structure property relations in established and emerging material systems, both in technology and nature

Selected Research Projects

  • Computational Studies of Nanocrystal Growth
    • – Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation
  • DMREF: Engineering Strong, Highly Conductive Nanotube Fibers Via Fusion
    • – Co-Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation
  • Enhanced Stability and Mechanics of Ultra-Fine Grained Metals via Engineered Solute Segregation
    • – Principal Investigator, US Army Research Office
  • Microstructure-Sensitive Modeling and Experimentation of Single Particle Impact During Cold Spray of Metallic Particles
    • – Co-Principal Investigator, Army Research Office

Selected Publications

  • P. Waduge, J. Larkin, M. Upmanyu, S. Kar, M. Wanunu, Programmed Synthesis of Freestanding Graphene Nanomembrane Arrays, Small, 11(5), 2015, 597-603
  • L. X. Lu, M. S. Bharathi, M. Upmanyu, Y. W. Zhang, Growing Ordered and Stable Nanostructures on Polyhedral Nanocrystals, Applies Physics Letters, 105, 2014, 1-6
  • A. Shahabi, H. Wang, M. Upmanyu, Shaping van der Waals Nanoribbons via Torsional Constraints: Scrolls, Folds and Supercoils, Scientific Reports 4, 2014, 7004
  • C. Wang, M. Upmanyu, Shear Accommodation in Dirty Grain Boundaries, Europhysics Letters, 106(2), 2014, 1-6
  • E. T. Nilsen, R. Arora, M. Upmanyu, Thermonastic Leaf Movements in Rhododendron During Freezethaw Events: Patterns, Functional Significances, and Causes, Environmental and Experimental Botany, 106, 2014, 34-43
  • Z. Ma, D. McDowell, E. Panaitescu, A.V. Davidov, M. Upmanyu, L. Menon, Vapor-Liquid-Solid Growth of Serrated GaN Nanowires: Shape Selection Driven by Kinetic Frustration, Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 1, 2013, 7294-7302
professor with rhododendron plants


Mar 30, 2020

Using Behaviors of Rhododendron Plants in Robotics

MIE Professor Moneesh Upmanyu is studying how the leaves of rhododendron plants react to cold temperature changes to help him design smart, foldable structures.

Apr 25, 2016

Upmanyu Published in Nature Communications

An international collaboration involving MIE Associate Professor Moneesh Upmanyu's group recently published an article in Nature Communications on Non-equilibrium induction of tin in germanium: towards direct bandgap Ge1−xSnx nanowires.

Dec 16, 2014

Engineering Nanoscopic Knots

MIE Associate Professor Moneesh Upmanyu and PhD student Alireza Shahabi were featured in Scientific Reports for their bioinspired strategy for engineering knots in nanoscale filaments.

Aug 19, 2014

Fusing Nanotube Structures

MIE Associate Professors Yung Joon Jung, Moneesh Upmanyu, Carol Livermore-Clifford, and ECE Professor David Kaeli were awarded an $1.3M NSF grant to create high-performance carbon nanofibers.

Jul 29, 2014

Nanoscale Templating

MIE’s Ahmed Busnaina, Moneesh Upmanyu, & Sivasubramanian Somu were awarded a patent for “Highly organized single-walled carbon nanotube networks and method of making using template guided fluidic assembly”

Jun 27, 2014

Upmanyu Wins STIR Grant

MIE Associate Professor Moneesh Upmanyu's team won a $50K Short-Term Innovative Research (STIR) grant from the Army Research Office. This grant designs next-generation nanocrystalline metal alloys by engineering solute-interface interactions.


May 07, 2014

Dirt & Crystalline Interfaces

Advised by MIE Associate Professor Moneesh Upmanyu, PhD student Changjian Wang published an article in the EPL (Europhysics Letters) journal entitled “Shear Accommodation in Dirty Grain Boundaries”. The paper is based on simulations to study the effects of dirt on crystalline interfaces. Wang is part of Moneesh's Group for Simulation and Theory of Atomic-Scale Material Phenomena (stAMP), which […]

Oct 30, 2013

Upmanyu Featured on Cover

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Associate Professor Moneesh Upmanyu was featured on the cover of the Journal of Materials Chemistry C for his research of "Vapor-liquid-solid growth of serrated GaN nanowires: shape selection driven by kinetic frustration." Journal of Materials Chemistry C  is a weekly journal in the materials field. The journal is interdisciplinary, publishing work of international significance on all aspects of materials chemistry […]

Oct 01, 2013

Dynamic Motions of Lead

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Associate Professors Moneesh Upmanyu and Yung Joon Jung were featured in Scientific Reports for their research in "Liquid metal nanodroplet dynamics inside nanocontainers."  Scientific Reports is a primary research publication from the publishers of Nature, covering all areas of the natural and clinical sciences.

Jun 13, 2013

The science of sculpture, nano-​​style

The next break­through in highly effi­cient bat­tery tech­nolo­gies and solar cells may very well be nanoscopic crys­tals of sil­icon assem­bled like sky­scrapers on wafer-​​scale sub­strates. An impor­tant route for growth of these nanoscale “whiskers”—or nanowires—involves alloyed metal droplets. Mon­eesh Upmanyu, an asso­ciate pro­fessor in the Depart­ment of Mechan­ical and Indus­trial Engi­neering, has been using com­pu­ta­tional tools […]

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