Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
Postdoctoral Fellow

Fei Deng
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Fei Deng is a post-doctoral fellow with Shmuel Rubinstein in the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard. She received her B.Sc. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Peking University in year 2005, and her Ph.D. in Solid Mechanics from Tsinghua University in 2009. Her Ph.D. work involved theoretical modelling of the physical properties of nanocomposite with highly curved inclusions. Fei then spent two years at MIT predicting the elastic properties of polymer–particle nanocomposites exhibiting an interphase. At Harvard, Fei is currently working on the MRSEC IRG 1 project investigating 3rd body generated friction. By using rheometers in the MRSEC mechanical testing facilities and a custom-built optical system, she initiates third-particle friction in an initially friction-free system, and then studies the relationship between the size of the third particles and the induced friction.