Professor J.F. Molinari is the director of the Computational Solid Mechanics Laboratory (http://lsms.epfl.ch) at EPFL, Switzerland. He holds an appointment in the Civil Engineering institute, which he directed from 2013 to 2017, and a joint appointment in the Materials Science institute. He started his tenure at EPFL in 2007, and was promoted to Full Professor in 2012.
J.F. Molinari graduated from Caltech, USA, in 2001, with a M.S. and Ph.D. in Aeronautics. He held professorships in several countries besides Switzerland, including the United States with a position in Mechanical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University (2000-2006), and France at Ecole Normale Supérieure Cachan in Mechanics (2005-2007), as well as a Teaching Associate position at the Ecole Polytechnique de Paris (2006-2009).
The work conducted by Prof. Molinari and his collaborators takes place at the frontier between traditional disciplines and covers several length scales from atomistic to macroscopic scales. Over the years, Professor Molinari and his group have been developing novel multiscale approaches for a seamless coupling across scales. The activities of the laboratory span the domains of damage mechanics of materials and structures, nano- and microstructural mechanical properties, and tribology. Prof. Molinari was a recipient of an ERC Starting Grant award in 2009.
Prof. Molinari is involved in teaching at EPFL at the Bachelor, Master and Doctoral levels.
In the Fall semester, he is teaching "Continuum Mechanics" (BA 3), and "Selected Topics in Mechanics of Solids and Structures" (MAS 1+3, OPT), which includes an introduction to Wave Dynamics and to Fracture Mechanics. This Master class is taught in alternate years with Advances in Computational Solid Mechanics (MAS 1+3, OPT).
In the Spring semester, Prof. Molinari is teaching "Finite Elements" (BA 6).
M. Radiguet, D. S. Kammer, P. Gillet and J.-F. Molinari. Survival of Heterogeneous Stress Distributions Created by Precursory Slip at Frictional Interfaces, in Physical Review Letters, vol. 111, num. 16, p. 164302, 2013.
D. S. Kammer, V. Yastrebov, G. Anciaux and J.-F. Molinari. The existence of a critical length scale in regularised friction., accepted in Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 2013.
F. Gatuingt, L. Snozzi and J.-F. Molinari. Numerical determination of the tensile response and the dissipated fracture energy of concrete: role of the meso-structure and in?uence of the loading rate, accepted in International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, 2013.
Levy, S; Molinari, JF, Dynamic fragmentation of ceramics, signature of defects and scaling of fragment sizes, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, vol. 58, iss. 1, pp 12-26, 2010
Anciaux, G; Molinari, JF, Contact mechanics at the nanoscale, a 3D multiscale approach, Int. Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, vol. 79, iss. 9, pp 1041-1067, 2009
Molinari, JF; Molinari, A, A new methodology for ranking scientific institutions, Scientometrics, vol. 75, iss. 1, pp. 163-174, 2008
Warner, DH; Sansoz, F; Molinari, JF, Atomistic based continuum investigation of plastic deformation in nanocrystalline copper, Int. Journal of Plasticity, vol. 22, iss. 4, pp. 754-774, 2006
Zhou, FH; Molinari, JF; Ramesh, KT, Effects of material properties on the fragmentation of brittle materials, Int. Journal of Fracture, Vol. 139, Iss. 2, pp.169-196, 2006
Pei, L; Hyun, S; Molinari, JF, et al, Finite element modeling of elasto-plastic contact between rough surfaces, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, vol. 53, iss. 11, pp. 2385-2409, 2005
Sansoz, F; Molinari, JF, Mechanical behavior of Sigma tilt grain boundaries in nanoscale Cu and Al: A quasicontinuum study, Acta Materialia, vol. 53, issue 7, pp. 1931-1944, 2005
Hyun, S; Pei, L; Molinari, JF, et al, Finite-element analysis of contact between elastic self-affine surfaces, Physical Review E, vol. 70, issue 2, Article No 026117 Part: 2, 2004
Zhou, F; Molinari, JF, Dynamic crack propagation with cohesive elements: a methodology to address mesh dependency, Int. Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, vol. 59, iss. 1, pp. 1-24, 2004
KeywordsComputational Science and Engineering
Mechanics of Materials
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Teaching & PhD
- Civil Engineering,
- Doctoral Program in Mechanics
- Doctoral Program in Structures
- Doctoral Program in Materials Science and Engineering
- Doctoral Program in Civil and Environmental Engineering
PhD StudentsFrérot Lucas Henri Galilée
Roch Thibault Didier
Past PhD StudentsBarras Fabian ...
Cho Jaehyun ...
Cuba Ramos Aurelia Isabel ...
Junge Till ...
Kammer David Simon ...
Levy Sarah ...
Orellana Espinoza Luis Felipe ...
Ramisetti Srinivasa Babu ...
Shahim Kamal ...
Snozzi Leonardo ...
Taheri Mousavi Seyedeh Mohadeseh ...
Vocialta Marco ...
Yilmaz Okan ...
This class addresses Continuum Mechanics, which is fundamental component of the civil engineering curriculum. It covers the concepts of deformation, stress, general principles, equilibrium equations, and constitutive laws.
Solids and structures numerical modeling is addressed through the finite-element method. Purely analytic aspects are first presented, before describing numerical interpolation, integration and resolution of solid mechanics problems by using various finit...
The class covers the fundamentals of wave dynamics and fracture mechanics. The aim is to deepen their knowledge in advanced topis in mechanics of solids and structures and discuss current research topics. Case studies on catastrophic failure will be prese...
This is a reading class intended for graduate students interested in learning about the recent and fast developments in contact mechanics and tribology, from nanoscale mechanisms to earthquakes. We will read basic introductory chapters and have in-depth c...