L. Catherine Brinson


Sharon C. and Harold L. Yoh, III Distinguished Professor

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Sharon C. and Harold L. Yoh, III Distinguished Professor
  • Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Donald M. Alstadt Chair of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 3379 Fciemas Building, Duke Campus, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-5310
  • Email Address: cate.brinson@duke.edu
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  • Ph.D. California Institute of Technology, 1990
  • M.S. California Institute of Technology, 1986
  • B.S. Virginia Polytech Institute and State University, 1985

Research Interests

Study of advanced material systems and developing new methods to characterize and to model material behavior. Her lab’s research objective is to characterize and model advanced materials systems, at scales spanning the range of molecular interactions, micromechanical and macroscopic behavior.

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • A.C. Eringen Medal. Society of Engineering Science (SES). 2022
  • Fellow. American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). 2020
  • Nadai Medal. American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). 2014

Courses Taught

  • ME 555: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 592: Research Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering or Material Science

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Collinson, DW; von Windheim, N; Gall, K; Brinson, LC, Direct evidence of interfacial crystallization preventing weld formation during fused filament fabrication of poly(ether ether ketone), Additive Manufacturing, vol 51 (2022) [10.1016/j.addma.2022.102604] [abs].
  • Deagen, ME; Brinson, LC; Vaia, RA; Schadler, LS, The materials tetrahedron has a “digital twin”, Mrs Bulletin (2022) [10.1557/s43577-021-00214-0] [abs].
  • Li, X; Ma, B; Dai, J; Sui, C; Pande, D; Smith, DR; Brinson, LC; Hsu, P-C, Metalized polyamide heterostructure as a moisture-responsive actuator for multimodal adaptive personal heat management., Science Advances, vol 7 no. 51 (2021) [10.1126/sciadv.abj7906] [abs].
  • Collinson, DW; Sheridan, RJ; Palmeri, MJ; Brinson, LC, Best practices and recommendations for accurate nanomechanical characterization of heterogeneous polymer systems with atomic force microscopy, Progress in Polymer Science, vol 119 (2021) [10.1016/j.progpolymsci.2021.101420] [abs].
  • Collinson, DW; Kolluru, PV; Von Windheim, N; Brinson, LC, Distribution of rubber particles in the weld zone of fused filament fabricated acrylonitrile butadiene styrene and the impact on weld strength, Additive Manufacturing, vol 41 (2021) [10.1016/j.addma.2021.101964] [abs].