Welcome to the web pages of the Ertekin research group in the Department of Mechanical Science & Engineering at the University of Illinois!

What do we do?

Our research in computational science lies at the intersection of materials physics and mechanics. Our team is engaged in a diverse array of work that spans continuum to atomistic computational methods to design and understand new materials and structures to address a wide range of globally and societally relevant issues, such as energy sustainability to next-generation electronics to environmental remediation. We use a variety of techniques, from molecular dynamics to density functional theory to quantum Monte Carlo methods, to address problems related to mechanical phenomena at the nanoscale, the design of advanced energy conversions systems, and the study of novel surface and interface phenomena.

If you are interested in becoming a part of our research group, please read a note for prospective students.


Latest News

Congratulations to Dr. Kara Kearney

June 20 2017: Congratulations to Kara on successfully defending her dissertation. Lucky us, Kara will continue on as a post-doc in our group through I2CNER.

Kevin Awarded Summer Fellowship from Citrine

May 30 2017: We are excited that Kevin will be a fellow with Citrine Informatics this summer.

IRISE Engineering Scholars Symposium

May 9 2017: See the description of our partnership with Centennial High School AVID program and our celebration of young engineering scholars.