Traian Dumitricã

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Traian Dumitricã

Professor, Mechanical Engineering


Mechanical Engineering
Room 244
111 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Graduate Faculty Member of:
Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics; Chemical Engineering and Materials Science; Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering; Physics; and Scientific Computing


Ph.D. 2000, Chemical Physics, Texas A&M University
M.S. 1996, Condensed Matter Physics, The "Abduis Salam" Center for Theoretical Physics, Italy
B.S. 1992, Physics, University of Bucharest, Romania

Professional Background

Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2019 – Present
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2011 – 2018
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2005 – 2011
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Mechanical Engineering, Rice University, 2000 – 2004
Postdoctoral Associate, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Freie Universitaet, Berlin 2003 (six months)
Teaching/Research Assistant, Physics, Texas A&M University, College Station 1996 – 2000

Scientific & Professional Societies

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • American Physical Society (APS)
  • The Society for Standards Professionals (SES)


Computational Nanomechanics and Nanoscale Heat Transfer

ME Research Areas
Materials & Mechanics
Thermodynamics & Heat Transfer

ME Impact Areas
Next-Gen Manufacturing

Research Interests
  • To investigate the thermal properties of nano-system
  • To describe the fundamental mechanical deformations of nano-materials
  • To determine an optimal equilibrium nano-structure
Teaching Subjects
ME 3281: System Dynamics and Control

Honors and Awards

  • Mercator Fellow, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, 2020-2023
  • Cundall Award, 2020
  • Fulbright US Scholar, 2019-2020
  • Visiting Fellow Commoner, Trinity College Cambridge UK, 2019
  • Senior Fellow in Energy, Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute for Advanced Study), Delmenhorst,
  • Germany, 2017-2019
  • Fellow, Ecole Centrale Paris, 2013
  • NSF CAREER Award, Nano and Bio Mechanics Program, Division of Engineering, 2008

Selected Publications

  • Nikiforov, B. Hourahine, B. Aradi, Th. Frauenheim, and T. Dumitrica, Ewald summation on a helix: A route to self-consisent charge density-functional based tight-binding objective molecular dynamics.
  • E. Dontsova and T. Dumitrica, Nanomechanics of Twisted Mono- and Few-layer Graphene Nanoribbons, The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters (under review).
  • I. Ostanin, R. Ballarini, D. Potyondy, and T. Dumitrica, A distinct element method for large scale simulations of carbon nanotube assemblies, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids 61, 762-782 (2013).
  • L. Tapaszto, T. Dumitrica, S.J. Kim, P. Nemes-Incze, C. Hwang, and L.P. Biro, Breakdown of continuum mechanics for nanometre-wavelength rippling of graphene, Nature Physics 8 739-742 (2012).
  • E. Akatyeva and T. Dumitrica, Chiral Graphene Nanoribbons: Objective Molecular Dynamics Simulations and Phase-Transition Modeling, The Journal of Chemical Physics 23, 234702 (2012).

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