George M. Pharr IV


TEES Distinguished Research Professor

Pharr, George

Office: RDMC 244

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

  • Nanoindentation and small-scale mechanical testing
  • Mechanisms of plasticity and fracture, especially at small-scales
  • Finite element simulation of indentation contact
  • Contact mechanics
  • Dislocation modeling of plastic deformation

Awards & Honors

  • ASM Bradley Stoughton Award for Young Teachers of Metallurgy (1984)
  • Amoco Teaching Award for Superior Teaching, Rice University (1994)
  • Fellow of ASM International (1995); MRS (2012); TMS (2015)
  • Humboldt Foundation Research Award for Senior U.S. Scientists (2007)
  • Innovation in Materials Characterization Award, Materials Research Society (2010)
  • National Academy of Engineering (2014)


  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Rice University, 1975
  • MS, Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford, 1977
  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford, 1979

Selected Publications

Caijun Su, E.G. Herbert, Sangjoon Sohn, J.A. Lamanna, W.C. Oliver, and G.M. Pharr, "Measurement of Power-law Creep Parameters by Instrumented Indentation Methods", Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids 61, pp. 517-536 (2013).

P. Sudharshan Phani, K.E. Johanns, E.P. George, and G.M. Pharr, “A Simple Stochastic Model for Yielding in Specimens with a Limited Number of Dislocations”, Acta Materialia 61, pp. 2489-2499 (2013).

K.E. Johanns, J.H. Lee, Y.F. Gao, and G.M. Pharr, “An Evaluation of the Advantages and Limitations of Simulating Indentation Cracking with Cohesive Zone Finite Elements”, Modeling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering 22, 015011 (2014).

Z. Wu, H. Bei, G.M. Pharr, and E.P. George, "Temperature Dependence of the Mechanical Properties of Equiatomic Solid Solution Alloys with FCC Crystal Structures", Acta Materialia 81, pp. 428-441 (2014).

M. Sebastiani, K.E. Johanns, E.G. Herbert, and G.M. Pharr, "Measurement of Fracture Toughness by Nanoindentation Methods: Recent Advances and Future Challenges", Current Opinion in Solid State and Materials Science 19, pp. 315-316 (2015).