Matt Pharr

Assistant Professor

Matt Pharr

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

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).

Matt Pharr, Kejie Zhao, Zhigang Suo, Fan-Yi Ouyang, and Pilin Liu. “Concurrent Electromigration and Creep in Lead-Free Solder.” Journal of Applied Physics, 110 (8), 083716 (2011).