Faculty and Staff Directory

Valery I. Levitas

  • Vance Coffman Faculty Chair Professor, Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering (Secondary)
  • Materials Science and Engineering (Courtesy)
  • Faculty Scientist at Ames Laboratory

Main Office

2351 Howe Hall
Ames, IA 50011
Phone: 515-294-9691
Fax: 801-788-0026




Education

  • Dr.-Ing habil, Continuum Mechanics, University of Hannover, 1995
  • ScD, Continuum Mechanics, Institute of Electronic Machinebuilding (Moscow), 1988
  • PhD, Materials Science, Institute for Superhard Materials (Kiev), 1981
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering (Honors), Kiev Polytechnic Institute, 1978

Interest Areas

  • Stress- and strain-induced phase transformations and chemical reactions
    • (martensitic and reconstructive phase transformations, melting, amorphization, and sublimation)
  • Theoretical and computational nano- and micromechanics
  • Phase field approach
  • Mutliphysics theory and modeling
  • High pressure mechanics and mechanochemistry
  • Structural changes in materials via virtual melting
  • Multiscale modeling
  • Strain-induced chemical reactions
  • Cavitation in liquids and solids
  • Large inelastic deformation of solids
  • Continuum thermodynamics and kinetics
  • Instabilities in materials and structures: continuum and molecular dynamics approaches
  • Ductile fracture
  • Finite element simulations
  • Energetic and nanoenergetic materials
  • Superhard materials, smart materials

New: Post-doctoral position in experimental phase transitions and plasticity under high pressure

Post-doctoral position at Iowa State University is available to perform experimental research on coupled plastic flow, phase transformations, and other structural changes under high pressure and torsion of a sample in rotational diamond anvil cell. Experience with in situ high pressure experimentation and/or x-ray characterization of stresses and structural changes in materials at the micron scale is desired. Close collaboration with theoretical/computational collaborators and with Ames Laboratory of DoE is expected. Please email your application to Prof. Valery Levitas vlevitas@iastate.edu.

 

Brief Biography

Dr. Levitas is a mechanical engineer who has developed a strong multidisciplinary research program at the intersection of advanced mechanics, physics, material science, chemistry, and applied mathematics and collaborates with the leading researchers over the world in these fields. He is considered as a founder of the theoretical high-pressure mechanochemistry. Dr. Levitas predicted and discovered various materials phenomena, including (a) virtual melting much below the thermodynamic melting temperature as mechanism of various phase transformations, high-strain-rate plastic flow, and fracture; (b) melt-dispersion-mechanism for reactions of aluminum nano- and microscale particles, and (c) phase transformation in boron nitride induced by rotational plastic instability. He publishes his research results in the highly ranked journals in interdisciplinary fields (Nature Communications, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Nano Letters, Scientific Reports) and in  the fields of: Mechanics of Materials (J. Mechanics and Physics of Solids, Int. J. of Plasticity, Int. J. Solids and Structures); Physics (Physical Review Letters, Physical Review B, Applied Physics Letters, Journal of Applied Physics); Material Science (Acta Materialia, Philosophical Magazine A); Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics (Journal of Physical Chemistry, Journal of Chemical Physics, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics); Computational Mechanics and Material Science (Computer Methods in Applied  Mechanics and Engineering, Computational Material Science); Mechanics and Applied Mathematics (Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis, Mathematics and Mechanics of Solids); Superhard and Smart Materials (Superhard Materials, J. Intelligent Material System and Structures); Energy and Combustion (Combustion and Flame, International Journal of Energetic Materials and Chemical Propulsion, Energy and Fuels, J. Propulsion and Power). Dr. Levitas presented numerous plenary and keynote lectures at various international conferences, as well as numerous invited lectures at various organizations over the world. He organized multiple international multidisciplinary symposia on phase transformations and mechanochemistry.

Awards and Honors

  • 2017 Khan International Medal Award for outstanding contributions to the field of plasticity
  • 2017 Vance Coffman Faculty Chair Professorship, Iowa State University
  • 2016 ISU Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research
  • 2012 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Germany) Fellowship for alumni for 3 months research in Germany, including support for post doc from the USA.
  • 2011  Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding achievements in engineering, science, and education (Int. Biog. Centre, Cambridge, UK).
  • 2011  Honorary Doctor of the Institute for Superhard Materials, Kiev, Ukraine.
  • 2010  Da Vinci Diamond (Int. Biog. Centre, Cambridge, UK).
  • 2009: Einstein Award for Scientific Achievement, International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, UK
  • 2008 Schafer 2050 Challenge Professorship, Iowa State University
  • 2007: ASME Fellow
  • 2006: Essential Science Indicator: Emerging Research Fronts Paper in Mathematics in August 2006 A. Mielke, F. Theil, and V.I. Levitas. A variational formulation of rate-independent phase transformations using an extremum principle. Arch. Rational Mech. Anal., 162: 137-177, 2002.
  • 2005: Barnie E. Rushing Faculty Distinguished Research Award (Texas Tech University).
  • 2005: American Biographical Institute, Honorary Appointment at the Research Board of Advisors (“has been chosen for distinguished standing”).
  • 2004: American Medal of Honor (American Biographical Institute).
  • 2001: Best Professor Award (Pi Tau Sigma, ME Department TTU, Fall 2001).
  • 2001: Medal “40 years of the Institute for Superhard Materials” for valuable contribution in the development of the synthesis of superhard materials.
  • 1998: Richard von Mises Award of GAMM (Society of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics).
  • 1995: International Journal of Engineering Sciences Distinguished Paper Award for 1994 and 1995.
  • 1993-1995: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship, Germany.
  • 1984: Medal of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences for the best research work of young investigators.
  • 1982: Award of the Union of Scientific-Technical Societies of the USSR for the research work of young investigators.
  • 1978: Award of the Ministry of High Education of the USSR for the best student research work.

Selected Publications

Total Publications:
375 scientific papers, including 3 books, 10 book chapters, and 238 refereed journal papers, along with 11 patents.
Extended list of publications with full text files

 

Listed in

  • 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2001, 2000, 1999: Who Is Who in the World, 16th, 17th, 18th, and 27th - 33th Editions
  • 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2004, 2003, 2002: Who Is Who in America, 56th - 58th, 64th - 70th Editions
  • 2014, 2012, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2001, 2000: Dictionary of International Biography, 29th – 37th Editions
  • 2009: 2000 Outstanding Scientists 2008/2009, International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England
  • 2009, 2008: Asian-American Who is Who
  • 2008: IBC Foremost Scientists of the World, International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England
  • 2008: Leading Scientists of the World, International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England
  • 2008: Top 100 Scientists 2008, International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England
  • 2017, 2016, 2011, 2008, 2006, 2005: Who Is Who in Science and Engineering
  • 2007, 2006, 2005: Who Is Who in American Education
  • 2007: Cambridge Blue Book, International Biographical Centre
  • 2006: Marquis Who Is Who
  • 2004, 2003: Great Minds of the 21st Century
  • 2004, 2003: 1000 Great Americans
  • 2014, 2004, 2003, 2002: 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century
  • 1999: Lexington Who Is Who, 5th Edition

PhD Students and Post Docs at ISU

  • Oleg Zarecnhyy (former PhD student from Texas Tech), Post Doc, 2009-2013, currently faculty at Aerospace Department ISU. Topic: Modeling of mechanochemical processes in materials under compression and shear in rotational diamond anvil cell. Joint papers: Computational Material Science (2014), J. Appl. Physics (2012, 2013 (two papers)), Phys. Review B (2010, two papers); High Pressure Research (2010); Europhysics Letters (2009); Applied Physics Letters (2007); J. Physical Chemistry B (2006).
  • Nataliya Altukhova (former PhD student from Texas Tech), Post Doc, 2009-2011, currently faculty at Aerospace Department ISU. Topic: Modeling of void nucleation via sublimation, sublimation through virtual melting, and fracture. Joint papers: Int. J. Plasticity (2012), Acta Materialia (2011); Phys. Review B (2009); Phys. Review Letters (2008).
  • Kamran Samani, PhD student, 2009 - Spring 2013, Post-Doc 2013-2014. Currently: faculty at University of Iowa. Topic: Phase field approach to pre-melting and melting of nanoparticles. Joint papers: Phys. Review B, Rapid Communication (2011); Nature Communications (2011), Phys. Review B (2014). Awards: Second Award in the 2nd Excellence of Graduate Research Conference, ISU, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Ames, IA, 2010. Iowa State University Research Excellence Award for Spring 2012.
  • Mahdi Javanbakht, PhD student, 2009 - Summer 2013, Post-Doc 2013-2014. Currently: faculty at Department of Mechanical Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran. Topic: Phase field approach to martensitic phase transformations, dislocations, and surface-induced phenomena. Joint papers: Phys. Review Letters (2010, 2011); Nanoscale (2014); J. Mech. Phys. Solids (2015, 3 papers), Int. J. Solids Structures (2016), Phys. Review B, Rapid Communication (2012); Phys. Review B (2016); Appl. Phys. Lett. (2013); Materials Today (2015), Int. J. Materials Research (2011). Awards: Second Award in the graduate student competition, 47th Annual Meeting Society of Engineering Science, Ames, IA, 2010. Iowa State University Research Excellence Award for Spring 2012. Karas Award for Outstanding Dissertation in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and Engineering discipline at Iowa State University, 2014.
  • Hammed Attariani, PhD student, 2009 - Summer 2014. Currently: faculty at Wright State University. Topic: Mechanochemical modeling of nanovoid formation in nanoparticles during chemical reactions and diffusion. Awards: Award from Aerospace Excellence Fund, ISU, Department of Aerospace Engineering, 2014; Iowa State University Research Excellence Award for Fall 2013; First Award in the 2nd Excellence of Graduate Research Conference, ISU, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Ames, IA, 2010. Joint papers: J. Physical Chemistry C (2012, two papers), Scientific Reports (2013), J. Mechanics and Physics of Solids (2014).
  • Kasra Momeni, PhD student, 2011 -  2015, Post-Doc 2015, currently faculty at Louisiana Tech. Topic: Phase field approach to virtual melting phenomena.                                                                                                                               Awards: Iowa State University Teaching Excellence Award for Fall 2014; Research Award from Graduate and Professional Student Senate  of ISU, Spring 2015; Teaching Award from Graduate and Professional Student Senate of ISU; Iowa State University Research Excellence Award for Summer 2015; 2016 Zaffarano Prize Honorable Mention for excellent graduate research at ISU.                                                                                                                                                                                                         Joint papers: Acta Materialia (2014), Phys. Review B (2014), Nano Letters (2015), Int. J. Solids and Structures (2015), Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (2016).
  • Arunabha Mohan Roy, PhD student, 2011 - 2015, post doc 2015, currently post doc at University of Michigan. Topic: Phase field approach to twinning and fracture. Joint paper: Phys. Review B (2013, 2015), Acta Materialia (2016).                                                                                                                                                                             Award: travel grant for 52nd Annual Meeting Society of Engineering Science, College Station, TX.
  • Biao Feng, PhD student, 2011 - Summer 2015; Post-doc 2015 - 2016;  currently post doc at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Topic: Modeling of mechanochemical processes in materials under compression and shear in rotational diamond anvil cell.                                                                                                                                     Joint papers: J. Appl. Physics (2013, three papers; 2014; 2016), Computational Material Science (2014), Int. J. Plasticity (2016, 2017, two papers); Materials Science and Engineering A, 2017.                                                                                                                                                                                  Awards: Iowa State University Research Excellence Award for Fall 2014; 2015 Alexander Lippisch Memorial Scholarship.
  • Yong Seok Hwang, PhD student, 2012 - 2016, with support for four years of PhD study from the Agency for Defence Development, Republic of Korea. Topic: Melt-dispersion mechanism of reaction of nano- and micron scale particles; currently at Agency for Defense Development, South Korea.                                                                                                                                                                                       Joint papers: Appl. Physics Letters (2013, 2014), Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (2015, 2016), J. Appl. Physics (2016).                                                                                                                                                                                          Award: gold certificate for best poster award at the Third International Symposium on Phase-field Method, State College, PA, 2014; Iowa State University Research Excellence Award for Fall 2015.
  • Dr. Zhi He, visitor from Xi'an Shiyou University, China; supported by Chinese National Fund,  2014 - 2015. Topic: phase field modeling of multicomponent solidification.
  •  Dr. Anup Basak, post doc, 2015 - .
    Topic: phase field modeling of  interaction between phase transformation, grain evolution, and plasticity. Joint paper: Acta Materialia (2017).
  • Hao Chen, joint PhD student with Dr. L. Xiong, passed qualifying exam, Summer 2015 - . Topic: multiscale modeling phase transformations. Joint paper:  Phys. Rev. Letters (2017), Phys. Rev. B (2017).
  • Hamed Babaei, PhD student, passed qualifying exam, Spring 2016 - . Topic: Nanoscale modeling of phase transformations and dislocations.
  • Benhour Amirian, PhD student, Spring 2016 - .
    Topic: Modeling oxidation of aluminum particles in a broad heating rates range.
  • Ehsan Esfahani, PhD student, passed qualifying exam, Spring 2016 - .
    Topic: Microscale modeling of phase transformations and plasticity.
  • Mehdi Kamrani, PhD student, passed qualifying exam, Spring 2016 - .
    Topic: Plastic flow and phase transformations under compression and torsion of materials in rotational diamond anvils. Joint paper: Materials Science and Engineering A (2017).
  • Dr. Senlin Cui, post doc, Spring 2017 - .
    Topic: Thermodynamic and kinetic modeling of precipitation in FeSi and BiMn alloys.
  • Hossein Jafarzadeh, visiting PhD student, Spring 2017 - .
    Topic: Phase field approach to fracture and interaction of fracture and phase transformations.

Spring 2016. Pictured: (Back row, left to right) Dr. Oleg Zarecnhyy, Dr. Nataliya Altukhova, Dr. Anup Basak, Dr. Yong Seok Hwang, Ehsan Esfahani, Prof. Valery Levitas, Hamed Babaei, Dr. Biao Feng. (Bottom row, left to right) Hao Chen, Mehdi Kamrani, Benhour Amirian.


Spring 2013. Pictured: (Back row, left to right) Dr. Oleg Zarecnhyy, Dr. Nataliya Altukhova, Prof. Valery Levitas, Dr. Kasra Momeni (faculty at Louisiana Tech), Dr. Kamran Samani (faculty at University of Iowa), Dr. Arunabha Mohan Roy (post doc at University of Michigan), Dr. Yong Seok Hwang (Agency for Defense Development, South Korea). (Bottom row, left to right) Dr. Mahdi Javanbakht (Isfahan University of Technology, Iran), Biao Feng (post doc at Los Alamos National Laboratory), Hammed Attariani (faculty at Wright State University).

Selected presentations by Valery Levitas (recordings and slides)