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Mark Strus

Research Interests:

Mechanical and electrical performance and reliability of interconnects and vias; thermal, electrical, and mechanical properties of carbon nanotubes; nanoscale adhesion and friction; atomic force microscopy (AFM); scanning electron microscopy (SEM)

Professional Affliliations:

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Materials Research Society (MRS)
Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society

Awards and Honors:

National Research Council (NRC) Postdoctoral Fellowship, NIST (2009)
Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship, Purdue University (2008)
Winkleman Fellowship, Purdue University (2006-2006)
Arrasmith Fellowship, Purdue University (2002-2003)
Purdue Graduate Student Government Travel Grant (2006, 2008)
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention (2003)
London Semester Study Abroad Program (2000)
Shirley M. MacDonald Scholarship, Notre Dame (1998-2002)
Notre Dame Club of Detroit Scholarship, Notre Dame (1998-2002)

Selected Publications:

Interfacial energy between carbon nanotubes and polymers measured from nanoscale peel tests in the atomic force microscope (

Identification of multiple oscillation states of carbon nanotube tipped cantilevers interacting with surfaces in dynamic atomic force microscopy (

Imaging artefacts in atomic force microscopy with carbon nanotube tips (



Materials Research Engineer
Materials Reliability Division
Nanoscale Reliability

Employment History:

Project Leader, Reliability and Failure Metrologies for Carbon Based Electronics, Materials Reliability Division, NIST, Boulder, CO (2011-Present)

National Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellow, Materials Reliability Division, NIST Boulder, CO (2009 - 2011)

Research Assistant, Birck Nanotechnology Center, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (2002-2009) 

Summer Intern, GM Noise and Vibration Integration Facility, Milford, MI (2002) 

Summer Intern, GM Product Development Center, Milford, MI (2001)


Ph. D in Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University (2009)Dissertation: Carbon nanotube mechanics in canning probe microscopy

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, (2002)

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame (2002)


Phone: 303-497-7996
Fax: 303-497-5030