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Aniruddh Vashisth

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Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering


  • Ph.D. Engineering Sciences and Mechanics Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 2018
  • M.S. Engineering Science and Mechanics Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 2014
  • B.Tech. Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology- BHU, India, 2012

Research Statement

Aniruddh's main areas of interest in Advanced Composite Materials are toughened composites, bio-inspired composites, efficient manufacturing, and nano-structure-property relationship. His group will focus on understanding the underlying physics of advanced composites using a closely coupled experimental and theoretical approach. His work has applications in mechanical, aerospace, materials, and transportation industries. At UW, he plans to further explore fabrication and characterization of lightweight toughened composites, and mechanics of polymer-derived ceramics, rapid manufacturing of composites using Radio Frequency fields, and using atomistic simulations to understand the processing-structure-property relationship for materials. During his Ph.D.,  he developed Accelerated ReaxFF (reactive atomistic simulations) that can simulate reactive kinetics for high barrier energy reactions, this method has been incorporated in commercially available software such as SCM-ADF and LAMMPS. Also, he has two provisional patents on his work on targeted heating for multi-material bonding and continuous processing of carbon fibers using Radio Frequency Fields.

Select publications

  1. Vashisth, A., Healey, R. E., Pospisil, M. J., Oh, J. H., & Green, M. J. (2020). Continuous processing of pre-pregs using radio frequency heating. Composites Science and Technology, 108211.
  2. Vashisth, A., & Mirsayar, M. M. (2020). A combined atomistic-continuum study on the temperature effects on interfacial fracture in SiC/SiO2 composites. Theoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics, 105, 102399.
  3. Zhao, X., Vashisth, A., Prehn, E., Sun, W., Shah, S. A., Habib, T., ... & Green, M. J. (2019). Antioxidants unlock shelf-stable Ti3C2Tx (MXene) nanosheet dispersions. Matter, 1(2), 513-526.
  4. Vashisth, A., & Bakis, C. E. (2019). Multiscale characterization and modeling of nanosilica-reinforced filament wound carbon/epoxy composite. Materials Performance and Characterization, 8(1), 1-21.
  5. Vashisth, A., Khatri, S., Hahn, S. H., Zhang, W., Van Duin, A. C., & Naraghi, M. (2019). Mechanical size effects of amorphous polymer-derived ceramics at the nanoscale: experiments and ReaxFF simulations. Nanoscale, 11(15), 7447-7456.
  6. Vashisth, A., Ashraf, C., Bakis, C. E., & van Duin, A. C. (2018). Effect of chemical structure on thermo-mechanical properties of epoxy polymers: Comparison of accelerated ReaxFF simulations and experiments. Polymer, 158, 354-363.
  7. Vashisth, A., Ashraf, C., Zhang, W., Bakis, C. E., & Van Duin, A. C. (2018). Accelerated ReaxFF simulations for describing the reactive cross-linking of polymers. The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 122(32), 6633-6642.
  8. Vashisth, A., Bakis, C. E., Ruggeri, C. R., Henry, T. C., & Roberts, G. D. (2018). Ballistic impact response of carbon/epoxy tubes with variable nanosilica content. Journal of Composite Materials, 52(12), 1589-1604.