Matt Pharr

Assistant Professor

Pharr, Matt

Office: MEOB 221
Phone: 979.458.3114

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Research Interests

– Materials for energy storage and conversion
– Deformation and fracture of soft materials
– Mechanics of flexible/wearable electronic devices
– Coupled electro-chemo-mechanics
– Mass transport in materials
– Electromigration in microelectronics

Awards & Honors

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2013)
  • Harvard University Distinction in Teaching Award (2010 & 2011)
  • National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (2010)
  • Alan J. Chapman Award in Mechanical Engineering (2008)


  • Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences, Harvard University, 2014
  • S.M. in Engineering Sciences, Harvard University, 2010
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Rice University, 2008
  • B.A. in Materials Science, Rice University, 2008

Selected Publications

Yinji Ma, Matt Pharr, Liang Wang, Jeonghyun Kim, Yuhao Liu, Yeguang Xue, Rui Ning, Xiufeng Wang, Ha Uk Chung, Xue Feng, John A. Rogers, and Yonggang Huang. “Soft elastomers with ionic liquid-filled cavities as strain isolating substrates for wearable electronics.” Small 1602954 (2017).

Matt Pharr, Zhigang Suo, and Joost J. Vlassak. “Variation of stress with charging rate due to strain-rate sensitivity of silicon electrodes of Li-ion batteries.” Journal of Power Sources, 270, 569-575 (2014).

Matt Pharr, Zhigang Suo, and Joost Vlassak. “Measurements of the Fracture Energy of Lithiated Silicon Electrodes of Li-Ion Batteries.” Nano Letters, 13 (11), 5570-5577 (2013).

Matt Pharr, Kejie Zhao, Xinwei Wang, Zhigang Suo, and Joost J. Vlassak. “Kinetics of Initial Lithiation of Crystalline Silicon Electrodes of Lithium-Ion Batteries.” Nano Letters, 12 (9), 5039-5047 (2012).

Matt Pharr, Jeong-Yun Sun, and Zhigang Suo. “Rupture of a Highly Stretchable Acrylic Dielectric Elastomer.” Journal of Applied Physics, 111 (10), 104114 (2012).