Markus J. Buehler

McAfee Professor of Engineering at MIT Professional Education
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Markus is the McAfee Professor of Engineering at MIT and directs MIT's Laboratory for Atomistic and Molecular Mechanics (LAMM). He served as Head of Department, Civil and Environmental Engineering from 2013-2020. From 2018-2020 Markus served terms as President-elect, President and Past President of the Society of Engineering Science (SES). His research focuses on how protein materials define life, and how they fail catastrophically due to disease. His work has shown how biological materials achieve extraordinary properties through multiscale hierarchy, rather than through the diversity of the underlying building blocks, and has designed lighter, stronger and durable materials.

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  • We always wanted to work on 3D webs, but didn’t have accurate models of such complex structures. We were just really blown away by the fact that there is a lot of internal structure. Some are like meshes, tunnels, less-organized regions of the web. From a materials perspective, that’s very, very interesting, because it gives you a lot of design ideas.

    16 April 2022
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