ale Strachan

Alejandro Strachan
MD & UQ Professor of Materials Engineering


Alejandro Strachan is a Professor of Materials Engineering at Purdue University and the Deputy Director of the Purdue’s Center for Predictive Materials and Devices (c-PRIMED) and of NSF’s Network for Computational Nanotechnology. Before joining Purdue, he was a Staff Member in the Theoretical Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory and worked as a Postdoctoral Scholar and Scientist at Caltech. He received a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1999. Among other recognitions, Prof. Strachan was named a Purdue University Faculty Scholar (2012–2017), received the Early Career Faculty Fellow Award from TMS in 2009 and the Schuhmann Best Undergraduate Teacher Award from the School of Materials Engineering, Purdue University in 2007.

Professor Strachan’s research focuses on the development of predictive atomistic and molecular simulation methodologies to describe materials from first principles, their application to problems of technological importance and quantification of associated uncertainties. Application areas of interest include: coupled electronic, chemical and thermo-mechanical processes in devices of interest for nanoelectronics and energy as well as polymers and their composites, molecular solids and active materials, including shape memory and high-energy density materials. He has published over 120 articles in the peer-reviewed scientific literature.

Selected Publications

“Free volume evolution in the process of epoxy curing and its effect on mechanical properties” Chunyu Li and Alejandro Strachan Polymer 97, 456-464 (2016).

“Shockwave Energy Dissipation in Metal–Organic Framework MOF-5”, Kiettipong Banlusan and Alejandro Strachan, J. Phys. Chem. C, 120 12463–12471 (2016).

“Atomic origin of ultrafast resistance-switching in nanoscale electrometallization cells”, Nicolas Onofrio, David Guzman, Alejandro Strachan, Nature Materials. 14, 440–446 (2015).

“Ultrafast Chemistry under Nonequilibrium Conditions and the Shock to Deflagration Transition at the Nanoscale”, Wood, Mitchell A; Cherukara, Mathew J; Kober, Edward M; Strachan, Alejandro, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 119, 22008-22015 (2015).

“Prediction of the chemical and thermal shrinkage in a thermoset polymer” Oleksandr G. Kravchenko, Chunyu Li, Alejandro Strachan, Sergii G. Kravchenko and R. Byron Pipes, Journal of Composites, Part A. 66, 35- 43 (2014).

“Functional derivatives for uncertainty quantification for error estimation and minimization via optimal high-fidelity simulations”, A. Strachan, S. Mahadevan, V. Hombal and L. Sun, Modelling Simulation Materials Science Engineering, 21, 065009 (2013).

“Atomistic Simulations on Multilayer Graphene Reinforced Epoxy Composites”, Chunyu Li, Andrea Browning, Stephen Christensen and Alejandro Strachan, Composites Part A,43, 1293-1300 (2012).

“Molecular Dynamics Simulations and Experimental Studies of the Thermomechanical Response of an Epoxy Thermoset Polymer”, Chunyu Li, Grigori Medvedev, Eun-Woong Lee, Jaewoo Kim, James Caruthers, Alejandro Strachan, Polymer, 53, 4222-4230 (2012).