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Scholarly Interest Report
Rouzbeh Shahsavari
Assistant Professor
Primary Department
   Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Department Affiliations
  • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering
     My Research Group website at Rice
     My Research Group website at Rice
    Research Areas
     Dr. Shahsavari's research focuses on developing a multi-scale, multi-paradigm materials modeling approach followed by experimental characterizations to study key functional behavior of complex materials, which are critical to the infrastructure underlying the science and technology enterprises of our society. Depending on the problem of interest, Dr. Shahsavari employs a variety of computational and experimental techniques including (but not limited to) first-principles calculations, reactive and non-reactive molecular dynamics modeling, monte-carlo simulations, coarse-grain modeling, statistical analysis, machine-learning, micro mechanics-based homogenization, continuum modeling, 3D printing, and mechanical testings. Validated by experiments, these state-of-the-art molding tools enable developing a unified understanding of the non-intutive behavior of materials across extended time- and length-scales
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles

    Farzanian S., Shahsavari R. "Mapping the coupled role of structure and materials in mechanics of platelet-matrix composites,." Journal of Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 112, 169-186


    M. A. Rafiee, T. N. Narayanan, D. P. Hashim, N. Sakhavand, R. Shahsavari, R. Vajtai, P. M. Ajayan, (2013), Hexagonal Boron Nitride and Graphite Oxide Reinforced Multifunctional Porous Cement Composites, Advanced Functional Materials, 23, 5624-5630.


    Muthuramalingam P., Sakhavand N., Shahsavari R., (2013), H2, N2 and CH4 Gas Adsorptions in Zeolitic Imidazolate Framework-95, -100: Ab-initio Based Grand Canonical Monte-carlo Simulation, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 117 (46), 24407-24416. 


    Sakhavand N., Muthuramalingam P., Shahsavari R., (2013), Toughness Governs the Rupture of Interfacial H-bond Assemblies at a Critical Length Scale in Hybrid Materials, Langmuir, 29 (25), 8154-163.

     Book chapters

    Shahsavari R, Hwang S, "Shape-controlled synthesis of calcium-silicate-hydrates." An In Depth Look at Morphogenesis Accepted

     Invited Papers

    Invited presentation at Engineering Mechanics institute


    "Mechanisms of hydrogen bonding between organic polymers
    and disordered material: case of PVA and Cement Hydrate." Engineering Mechanics Conference, University of Notre Dame. (Jun 19, 2012) With Sakhavand N


    presenter.  "Mechanics of PVA modified Cementitious materials." American Ceramics Society, Cement Division, Austin. (June 10, 2012) With Sakhavand N

     Invited Talks

    Invited talk at Northwestern University 


    Invited Talk at Baker Hughes


    Invited talk at Haliburton


    Invited talk at Chevron


    Invited talk at University of Houston


    Invited talk at Norwegian University of Science and Technology


    "Computational Nanoscience for Modeling
    ." American Ceramics Society Annual Meeting, Cement Division, Austin. (June 10, 2012)


    presenter.  "Engineering Sustainable Concrete Structures: Challenges, Opportunities and New Frontiers ." Rice Global Forum, Rice campus. (May 18, 2012)


    Invited lecturer at the Rice's Chemistry Dept.


    Presentation in the annual Society of Engineerign Sciences meeting


    Presentation in the annual Society of Engineerign Sciences meeting


    Presentation in the Materials Research Society Conference 


    Presentation in the annual Americam Ceramics Society Conferene 


    Presentation in the annual Americam Ceramics Society Conferene 


    Presentation in the 13th Pan American Congress of Applied Mechanics (PACAM)


    Presenter .  "Interface Mechanics of Polymers and Disordered Inorganic Materials: case of PVA and Cement Nanocomposites." 49th Annual Technical Conference of Society of Engineering Sciences, Atlanta. (Oct 11, 2012) With Sakhavand N


    Presenter.  "Indentationf analysis of fractional viscoleastoc solids." Engineering Mechanics Institute, University of Notre Dame. (Jun 19, 2012) With Franz-Josef Ulm


    "International workshop on Multiscale investigation of cementitious materials." University of Krakow, Poland, (Oct 19, 2012)


    "Oildsand Extraction,." Alberta Innovation, University of Alberta, Canada, (Aug 29, 2012)

    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Lu Chen, MS Screw and Edge Dislocations in cement Phases: Atomistic Modeling. (2013) (Thesis Director)

     Jose Jaime taha-Tijerina, PhD Multifunctional nanofluids with 2D nanosheets for thermal management and tribological applications. (2013) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Lu Chen, M.S. Defects in cement-based materials. (2013) (Thesis Director)

     navid sakhavand, PhD Polymer-silicate nanocomposits. (2015) (Thesis Director)

     Navid Sakhavand, Ph.D Polymer-silicate nanocomposits. (2015) (Thesis Director)

     Soroosh Jalilvand, Ph.D Nanoscale friction in C-S-H. (2016) (Thesis Director)