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Mechanics and Materials under Extremes

How do materials and structures respond to large thermo-mechanical fields, short time scales, and multi-physical coupling?

About us

Welcome! My name is Vignesh Kannan, an assistant professor of Mechanics in the Solid Mechanics Laboratory (LMS), Department of Mechanics, Ecole Polytechnique in Palaiseau, France. I also serve as a visiting scientist in the Mechanics and Materials Lab at the ETH in Zurich, Switzerland.

We are a growing group of undergraduate, graduate students, post-doctoral scientists and engineers, who study materials and structures under extreme conditions of stress, strain rate, pressure and electromagnetic fields, at short time scales. This website is designed to present to you, an overview of our research and pedagogical activities in the areas of continuum solid mechanics and materials.


Our primary tools of choice to study these problems are experimental. We use mechanical design, electronic and optical instrumentation to push the cutting edge of studying materials and structures down to time scales of nanoseconds, and length scales from the macroscopic down to micro-meters. Experiments allow us to "see" the wondrous complexity of nature, but to comprehend this complexity we need models. We enjoy working with mathematical modelers to help understand complex phenomena, and harbor a desire to become amateur modelers some day!

I hope you have fun reading about our work, and learn something in the process. If you would like to work with our team, know more about us, or teach us something more, please reach out!

News and Events

12. Juli 2024

New ANR project on impact-induced phase transformations

We have been awarded our first grant by the ANR to study impact-induced phase transformations!

1. Jan. 2024

Vignesh has moved

I have moved to the Ecole Polytechnique in Palaiseau, France.

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