• Professor
  • TEES Distinguished Research Professor
George M. Pharr IV

Educational Background

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

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)

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).