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Pedro Miguel Reis

Pedro Miguel Reis

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
and Civil & Environmental Engineering

Room 1-330
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge MA 02139-4307
Phone: 617-324-3325  

Curriculum Vitae

Administrative Contact:
Rebecca Fowler
Room 1-290
Phone: 617-324-7567  


B.Sc. in Physics, University of Manchester, UK, 1999

Certificate of Advanced Studies in Mathematics (Part III), University of Cambridge, UK, 2000

Ph.D. in Physics, University of Manchester, UK, 2004

Research Interests:

Pedro Reis' research interests lie in the general area of deformation of thin elastic objects; including rods, plates and shells. The large displacements permissible in such configurations can give rise to non-negligible geometric nonlinearities, even if its material properties remain linear. Of interest is also the coupling of the elasticity of thin objects with other phenomena such as fracture, adhesion, fluid forces at liquid interfaces and flow. Practical examples of these mechanisms are often found in both the natural world and in technological applications.


2.002 - Mechanics and Materials II

1.101 - Introduction to Civil Engineering Design

18.384 - Undergraduate Seminar in Physical Applied Mathematics

18.354 - Nonlinear Dynamics II: Continuum Systems

Selected Publications:

  1. P.M. Reis, S. Jung, J. Aristoff and R. Stocker "How Cats Lap: Water uptake by Felis catus" Science 330 , 1231 (2010).
  2. P.M. Reis, J. Hure, S. Jung, J.W.M. Bush and C. Clanet, "Grabbing Water" Soft Matter 6, 5705 (2010).
  3. Buchak, C. Eloy and P.M. Reis, "The Clapping Book: wind-driven oscillations in a stack of elastic sheets" Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 194301 (2010).
  4. P.S. Raux, P.M. Reis, J.W.M. Bush, and C. Clanet, "Rolling ribbons" Phys. Rev. Lett. 105 044301 (2010).
  5. D. Sen, K. Novoselov, P. M. Reis and M.J. Buehler, "Tearing of graphene sheets from adhesive substrates produces tapered nanoribbons", Small 61108 (2010). 
  6. D. Vella, J. Bico, A. Boudadoud, B. Roman and P.M. Reis, "Delamination of thin elastic sheets adhered to an elastic substrate",  Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 106, 10901 (2009).
  7. P.M. Reis, F. Corson, A. Boudaoud and B. Roman, "Localization through surface folding in solid foams under compression", Phys. Rev. Lett.103, 045501 (2009).
  8. E. Hamm, P.M. Reis, M. LeBlanc, B. Roman, E. Certa, "Tearing as a test for mechanical characterization of thin adhesive films", Nature Materials,96, 386 (2008). Cover Story.
Full list of publications HERE.

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