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Rajiv Kalia

Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science and Materials Science

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 821-2658
Office: VHE 614

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. , Northwestern University

Postdoctoral Training

Postdoctoral Researcher, Brown University, 10/01/1977-09/30/1979  

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Professor Kalia's multidisciplinary research includes large-scale computer stimulations of novel materials and biomedical systems. Among his many accomplishments, Kalia and his team have combined density functional, molecular dynamics, and finite element schemes on a Grid of distributed parallel supercomputers and networked virtual environment. They have also designed multiresolution algorithms and visualization tools for 3D immersive and interactive virtual environments. Current simulation effort focuses on: 1) Residual stresses, nucleation and growth of cracks, stress corrosion, and delamination at metal/ceramic, semiconductor/ceramic, and polymer/ceramic interfaces; 2) sintering, structure, and fracture in nanophase ceramic composites; 3) shock propagation in ceramics and self-assembled monolayers; 4) nano-engineered energetic materials and munitions under extreme conditions; 5) pressure-induced structural transformations in semiconductor nanoparticles; 6) nanoindentation and dynamic friction; 7) biopolymer translocation through nanopores in solid-state membranes and nanofluidic channels; and 8) drug delivery, in particular transfection of small interfering RNA across cell membranes.

Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions

Collaboratory for Advanced Computing and Simulations, Professor,

Honors and Awards

Viterbi School of Engineering Senior Research Award, 2009-2010   
Fellow of the American Physical Society, 2006-2007   
FOM Fellowship, The Netherlands, 2000  
DARPA Sustained Excellence Award in Ultra Dense, Ultra Fast Computing Components, 1997  
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship, 1991  
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