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Dr. Kasra Momeni

Associate Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering

University of Alabama

Education

Postdoc — Materials Research Institute - The Pennsylvania State University (2016)

Ph.D./Postdoc — Aerospace Engineering - Iowa State University (2015)

M.Sc. — Mechanical Engineering - Sharif University of Technology (2008)

B.Sc. — Mechanical Engineering - KNT University of Technology (2006)


Background

Dr. Momeni’s main areas of expertise are solid mechanics and materials science, focusing on developing theoretical/numerical tools to understand multi-scale/physics response of materials and designing experimental procedures to make superior materials. Our group utilizes various modeling techniques, including atomistic simulations, mesoscale phase-field approach, and macroscale continuum methods, along with experimental techniques such as in situ TEM and scanning probe microscopy. We have developed an integrated software for multi-scale modeling of nanomaterials using classical/coarse-grained molecular dynamics, with an interactive 3D modeling environment and parallel computing capabilities.

Kasra Momeni
e-mail: kmomeni@latech.edu
Tel: (205) 348-1079
CV


Research Interests

  • Accelerating Materials Innovation
  • Synergistic Interaction among Computation, Experiment, and Theory
  • Hierarchical Materials by Design
  • Materials Genomics
  • Multi-scale/physics Modeling
  • Materials in Extreme Environments
  • Materials for Energy Applications
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Low-Dimensional Materials
  • Phase Transforming and Smart Materials
  • High Performance Computing

News


  • Dr. Momeni received the prestigious NSF-CAREER Award 2020 with a net amount of $509,509.
  • Our paper on modeling shear-induced diamondization in multilayer graphene published in the journal of CARBON.
  • Our paper on modeling 2D materials growth accepted in the journal of npj Computational Materials.
  • Dr. Momeni received the prestigious DoE-ARPA-E grant in collaboration with MIT, Georgia Tech, and INL.

  • Grants

    • "CAREER: Hybrid Data-driven Synthesis by Design of Atomically Thin Quantum Materials," NSF-CAREER, PI: Kasra Momeni, $509.509 for five year (9/2020-8/2025)
    • "Multimetallic Layered Composites (MMLCs) with Self-Generated Intermetallics for Safer and Economical Advanced Reactor Deployment," DoE-ARPA-E, co-PI: Kasra Momeni, $1,873,248 (share $390,495) for three year (5/2019-4/2022)
    • "Integrated Computational and Experimental Optimization of Materials and Methods for In Space Manufacturing (ISM) of Lightweight Metal Alloys," NASA, co-PI: Kasra Momeni, $1,450,000 (share $420,000) for three year (5/2019-4/2022)
    • "Designing an advanced versatile crucible for growing wafer size 2D metals," NSF, PI: Kasra Momeni, $57,410 for one year (12/2019-12/2020)
    • "Integrated Computational Materials Design for Laser-based Additive Manufacturing of Alloys," ASM Materials Education Foundation, PI: Kasra Momeni, $218,427 for three year (11/2018-11/2021)
    • "New Aluminum Alloys for In-Space Manufacturing: A Computational Approach," NSF-CIMM, PI: Kasra Momeni, $10,000 for one year (1/2020-12/2020)
    • "A microstructure-informed continuum model for fatigue life prediction in printed aluminum parts," NSF-CIMM, PI: Kasra Momeni, $10,000 for one year (1/2020-12/2020)
    • "A Phase-Field Model of Plastic Deformation for Multiscale Metal Forming Processes," NSF-CIMM, PI: Kasra Momeni, $10,000 for one year (1/2018-1/2019)
    • "PASCO Comprehensive Materials Testing System," LaTech-COES, PI: Kasra Momeni, $16,000 for three month (1/2018-3/2018)
    • "An Advanced Phase-Field Model of Microcrack Initiation for Alloys in Aerospace Applications using Direct Experimentation," LaSACE REA, PI: Kasra Momeni, $62,589 for one year (7/1/2017-8/31/2018)
    • "Engineering Multifunctional Materials: Defects, Functionalization, and Microstructure," LONI, PI: Kasra Momeni, $127,049 for one year (4/1/17-4/1/18)
    • "Modeling Growth Morphology of h-BN Using a Multiscale Approach," ATOMIC, co-PI: Kasra Momeni, $20,000 for one year (1/1/17-12/31/17)
    • "Multiscale Modeling of Multifunctional Materials: Theory and Code Development," XSEDE, co-PI: Kasra Momeni, $32,204 for one year (3/15/17-3/14/18)
    • "Multiphysics Model and Application Development for Controlled 2D Materials Growth," NSF-MIP, PI: Kasra Momeni, $18,078 for 1 year, (1/2017-1/2018)
    • "An advanced phase-field approach to engineering laser-based 3D metal printing: effect of mechanics and interfaces," NSF-CIMM, PI: Kasra Momeni, $10,000 for 1 year, (1/2017-1/2018)
    • "CFA-16-10667: A Coupled Experimental and Simulation Approach to Investigate the Impact of Grain Growth, Amorphization, and Grain Subdivision in Accident Tolerant U3Si2 Light Water Reactor Fuel," DOE-NEUP, co-PI: Kasra Momeni, $800,000 for 3 years (8/2016-7/2019)
    • "A Multi-scale/Multi-physics Tool for Predicting Fatigue Crack Initiation and Propagation in Aircraft Structural Components using Coupled FEM Phase Field Approach," STTR, co-PI: Kasra Momeni, $160,000 for 13 month (1/2016-2/2017)
    • "Developing a 3D Microstructure Reconstruction Capability in the Materials Computation Center," PennState Seed Funding, co-PI: Kasra Momeni, $12,000 for 4 month (11/2015-2/2016)
    • "New Low-dimensional Multifunctional Materials: Defect Engineering and Functionalization," LONI, PI: Kasra Momeni, $18,150 for a year (10/01/2016-10/01/2017)

    Awards and Honors

    • Award from President's Office of Financial Support for Advanced Technologies for my book entitled Introduction to Nanotechnology (in Persian), ISBN: 964-5544-52-1.
    • NSF CAREER Award 2020
    • National Recognition Award of Louisiana Tech University for 2019
    • Best Paper Prize of Institute for Micromanufacturing for 2017
    • Iowa State University Zaffarano Prize Honorable Mention Award for 2015
    • Iowa State University Research Excellence Award for 2015
    • Graduate and Professional Student Senate Research Excellence Award for 2015
    • Graduate and Professional Student Senate Teaching Excellence Award for 2015
    • Iowa State University Teaching Excellence Award for 2014
    • Aerospace Engineering Department Travel Grant, Spring 2013
    • Aerospace Engineering Department Fellowship, Spring 2013
    • NSF travel grant award to ASME IMECE 2012 conference (Rank 2nd)
    • BRC travel grant, 2010, 2011
    • Best undergraduate research award for my senior thesis entitled “Analysis of Mechanical Properties of Carbon Nanotube Reinforced Composites.”
    • Top 1% in the National Entrance Exam for B.S. 2001, among 400,000 rivals
    • Third top student in the National Entrance Exam for M.S. 2006
    • Member of Engineering Honor Society TBP
    • Member of Engineering Honor Society Sigma Xi

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