Computational design of patterned interfaces using reduced order models. Academic Article uri icon


  • Patterning is a familiar approach for imparting novel functionalities to free surfaces. We extend the patterning paradigm to interfaces between crystalline solids. Many interfaces have non-uniform internal structures comprised of misfit dislocations, which in turn govern interface properties. We develop and validate a computational strategy for designing interfaces with controlled misfit dislocation patterns by tailoring interface crystallography and composition. Our approach relies on a novel method for predicting the internal structure of interfaces: rather than obtaining it from resource-intensive atomistic simulations, we compute it using an efficient reduced order model based on anisotropic elasticity theory. Moreover, our strategy incorporates interface synthesis as a constraint on the design process. As an illustration, we apply our approach to the design of interfaces with rapid, 1-D point defect diffusion. Patterned interfaces may be integrated into the microstructure of composite materials, markedly improving performance.

published proceedings

  • Sci Rep

altmetric score

  • 30.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Vattr, A. J., Abdolrahim, N., Kolluri, K., & Demkowicz, M. J.

citation count

  • 33

complete list of authors

  • Vattré, AJ||Abdolrahim, N||Kolluri, K||Demkowicz, MJ

publication date

  • August 2014