The Computational Mechanics of Materials (CM2) Lab at Stanford University develops advanced numerical algorithms for materials undergoing large deformations and fracture coupled with thermal, biological, and electrochemical processes at multiple scales. In addition to developing deterministic finite element methods for engineered material systems, the group recently started to incorporate uncertainty aspects into mesh-free methods applied to biological materials, machine learning techniques to improve properties of energy storage materials, and optimization methods to find new topological designs of stretchable electronics at the interface of engineered and living systems. In-house computational method development in the area of Computational Mechanics and Computational Materials Science constitutes the foundation of our research.

Professor Christian Linder is the principal investigator of the lab. He received his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UC Berkeley, an MA in Mathematics from UC Berkeley, an M.Sc. in Computational Mechanics from the University of Stuttgart, and a Dipl.-Ing. degree in Civil Engineering from TU Graz. Before joining Stanford in 2013 he was a Junior-Professor of Micromechanics of Materials at the Applied Mechanics Institute of Stuttgart University where he also obtained his Habilitation in Mechanics. Notable honors include a Fulbright scholarship, the 2013 Richard-von-Mises Prize, the 2016 ICCM International Computational Method Young Investigator Award, the 2016 NSF CAREER Award, and the 2019 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

We acknowledge the following funding sources supporting our research: