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Dr Isaac Chenchiah

Dr Isaac Chenchiah

Dr Isaac Chenchiah
B.Tech. (IIT Madras), M.S. (Caltech), Ph.D. (Caltech)

Senior Lecturer

Area of research

Mathematical problems in solid mechanics and materials science

Office 1A.06
Fry Building,
Woodland Road, BS8 1UG
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 42 84931

Research summary

My work lies at the interface between mathematics and solid mechanics, mechanical / aerospace engineering and biology.

​Specific areas of interest in solid mechanics include microstructure formation and evolution, especially in multiphase solids and superalloys; damage; and polycrystals. Together with aerospace engineers I investigate multistable and morphing structures. Biological topics of interest include viral mechanics, plant mechanics and tissue growth.

Viral mechanics has also inspired my research with engineering collaborators on morphing structures. We have demonstrated a prototype that mimics the helical motor behaviour of Bacteriophage T4 (Pirrera et al., 2013) and are currently working to replicate the inversion observed in ...

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  1. Senior Lecturer, School of MathematicsUniversity of Bristol (Since August 2013) 

  2. Lecturer in Applied Mathematics, School of MathematicsUniversity of Bristol (April 2006 - July 2013) 

  3. Postdoctoral Associate, Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences with Stefan Müller (January 2004 - March 2006) 

  4. Ph.D., California Institute of Technology (January 2004) 

    1. Ph.D. Thesis: Energy-minimizing microstructures in multiphase elastic solids

    2. Doctoral advisor: Kaushik Bhattacharya

  5. M.S., California Institute of Technology (June 1999) 

  6. B.Tech., Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (July ...

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