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Paulo Branicio

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Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Education

  • 2001, PhD, Physics, Federal University of São Carlos
  • 1995, Bachelors, Physics, Federal University of São Carlos
  • 1997, Masters, Physics, Federal University of São Carlos

Biography



Professor Branicio's background is in high performance computing, applied math, materials physics, and materials science and engineering. His graduate research was focused on atomistic simulations of metallic nanowires, and semiconductors. As a postdoctoral researcher at the Louisiana State University and University of Southern California, he mastered the state of the art of large-scale parallel molecular dynamics algorithms and visualization techniques for analysis of massive simulation data. He has carried out the first realistic atomistic simulation of hypervelocity impact on high performance ceramic materials and coatings using parallel molecular dynamics.





Research Summary



Professor Branicio current interests are on materials under extreme conditions, high strength ceramics, phase change materials, metallic glasses and nanoglasses, polymers, and cement.


Publications

    2017


  1. T. Hirata, P. Branicio, J. Ye, J. Zheng, Y. Tomike, A. Lange, J. Plank, M. Sullivan Atomistic dynamics simulation to solve conformation of model PCE superplasticisers in water and cement pore solution, Advances in Cement Research, 2017.

  2. Z. D. Sha, W. H. Wong, Q. X. Pei, P. S. Branicio, Z. S. Liu, T. J. Wang, Tian F. Guo, H. J. Gao Atomistic origin of size effects in fatigue behavior of metallic glasses, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 104, 84, 2017.

  3. Z. D. Sha, P. S. Branicio, H. P. Lee, and T. E. Tay. Strong and ductile nanolaminate composites combining metallic glasses and nanoglasses, International Journal of Plasticity, 90, 231, 2017.

  4. W. H. Li, X. H. Yao, P. S. Branicio, X. Q. Zhang, N. B. Zhang, Shock-induced spall in single and nanocrystalline SiC, Acta Materialia, 140, 274, 2017.


  5. 2016


  6. K. Bai, T. L. Tan, P. S. Branicio, and M. B. Sullivan. Time-temperature-transformation and continuous-heating-transformation diagrams of GeSb2Te4 from nanosecond-long ab initio molecular dynamics simulations, Acta Materialia, 121, 257, 2016.

  7. P. S. Branicio, G. Vastola, M. H. Jhon, M. B. Sullivan, V. B. Shenoy, and D. J. Srolovitz. Elastic interaction of hydrogen atoms on graphene: A multiscale approach from first principles to continuum elasticity, Physical Review B, 94, 165420, 2016.

  8. H. W. Ho, P. S. Branicio, W. D. Song, K. Bai, T. L. Tan, R. Ji, Y. Wang, P. Yang, Y. H. Du, and M. B. Sullivan. Unravelling the anomalous electrical and optical phase-change characteristics in FeTe, Acta Materialia, 112, 67, 2016.

  9. S. Adibi, P. S. Branicio, R. Ballarini, Compromising high strength and ductility in nanoglass-metallic glass nanolaminates, RSC Advances, 6, 13548, 2016.


  10. 2015


  11. S. Adibi, P. S. Branicio, S. P. Joshi, Suppression of Shear Banding and Transition to Necking and Homogeneous Flow in Nanoglass Nanopillars, Scientific Reports, 5, 15611, 2015.

  12. S. Adibi, P. S. Branicio, R. Liontas, D. Z. Chen, J. R. Greer, D. J. Srolovitz, S. P. Joshi, Surface roughness imparts tensile ductility to nanoscale metallic glasses, Extreme Mechanics Letters, 5, 88, 2015.

  13. Z. D. Sha, P. S. Branicio, Q. X. Pei, Z. S. Liu, H. P. Lee, T. E. Tay, and T. J. Wang, Strong and superplastic nanoglass, Nanoscale, 7, 17404, 2015.


  14. 2014


  15. R. Paupitz, C. E. Junkermeier, A. C. T. van Duin, and P. S. Branicio, Fullerenes generated from porous structures, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 16, 25515, 2014.

  16. J. Y. Zhang, P. S. Branicio, D.J. Srolovitz, Planar fault energies of copper at large strain: A density functional theory study, Journal of Applied Physics, 116, 103512, 2014.

  17. S. Adibi, P. S. Branicio, Y. W. Zhang, and S. P. Joshi, Composition and grain size effects on the structural and mechanical properties of CuZr nanoglasses, Journal of Applied Physics, 116, 043522, 2014.

  18. L. Dai, V. Sorkin, Z. D. Sha, Q. X. Pei, P. S. Branicio, and Y. W. Zhang, Molecular Dynamics Simulations on the Frictional Behavior of a Perfluoropolyether Film Sandwiched between Diamond-like-Carbon Coatings, Langmuir, 30, 1573, 2014.

  19. S. Ezhilvalavan, P. S. Branicio, and L. B. Kong, International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies (ICMAT2013), Symposium W - Advanced Structural and Functional Materials for Protection, Procedia Engineering, 75, 1-168, 2014.

  20. J. Y. Zhang and P. S. Branicio, Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Plane Shock Loading in SiC, Procedia Engineering, 75, 150, 2014.


  21. 2013


  22. S. Adibi, Z. D. Sha, P. S. Branicio, S. P. Joshi, Z. S. Liu, Y. W. Zhang, A transition from localized shear banding to homogeneous superplastic flow in nanoglass, Applied Physics Letters, 103, 211905, 2013.

  23. H. W. Ho, W. D. Song, K. Bai, P. S. Branicio, T. L. Tan, R. Ji, L. T. Law, C. M. Ng, and L. Wang, Correlation between optical absorption redshift and carrier density in phase change materials, Journal of Applied Physics, 114, 123504, 2013.

  24. P. S. Branicio, J. Y. Zhang, D.J. Srolovitz, Effect of strain on the stacking fault energy of copper: A first-principles study, Physical Review B, 88, 064104, 2013.

  25. Z. D. Sha, Q. X. Pei, V. Sorkin, P. S. Branicio, Y. W. Zhang, and H. Gao, On the notch sensitivity of CuZr metallic glasses, Applied Physics Letters, 103, 081903, 2013.

  26. Z. D. Sha, V. Sorkin, P. S. Branicio, Q. X. Pei, Y. W. Zhang, D.J. Srolovitz, Large-scale molecular dynamics simulations of wear in diamond-like carbon at the nanoscale, Applied Physics Letters, 103, 073118, 2013.

  27. J. Y. Zhang, Z. D. Sha, P. S. Branicio, Y. W. Zhang, V. Sorkin, Q. X. Pei, D.J. Srolovitz, Superplastic Nanocrystalline Ceramics at Room Temperature and High Strain Rates, Scripta Materialia, 69, 525, 2013.

  28. P. S. Branicio, A. Nakano, R. K. Kalia, and P. Vashishta, Shock Loading on AlN Ceramics: A Large Scale Molecular Dynamics Study, International Journal of Plasticity, 51, 122, 2013.

  29. V. Sorkin, Z. D. Sha, P. S. Branicio, Q. X. Pei, Y. W. Zhang, Atomistic molecular dynamics study of structural and thermomechanical properties of Zdol lubricants on hydrogenated diamond-like carbon,IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, 49, 5227, 2013.

  30. P. S. Branicio and J. Zhang, Atomistic Modeling of Shock Loading in SiC Ceramics, Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, 1535, 465, 2013.

  31. P. S. Branicio, A. Nakano, R. K. Kalia, and P. Vashishta, Atomistic Modeling of Shock Loading in Aluminum Nitride Ceramics, International Symposium on Plasticity 2013 Proceedings, 2013.

  32. Z. D. Sha, P. S. Branicio, Q. X. Pei, V. Sorkin, Y. W. Zhang, A modified Tersoff potential for pure and hydrogenated diamond-like carbon, Computational Materials Science, 67, 146, 2013.


  33. 2012


  34. P. S. Branicio, Atomistic Simulations of Mechanical Behavior in Nanocrystalline Diamond and Ceramics, International Symposium on Advanced Materials Having Multi-Degree-of-Freedom Proceedings, 2012.

  35. P. S. Branicio, Atomistic mechanisms in silicon carbide nanostructures, Journal of Computational and Theoretical Nanoscience, 9, 1870, 2012.

  36. P. S. Branicio, K. Bai, H. Ramanarayan, D. T. Wu, W. Song, W. Wang, M. Li, R. Zhao, L. Shi, D, J. Srolovitz, The amorphization and crystallization of Ge2Sb2Te5: an ab initio molecular dynamics study, Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, 1431, F03-05, 2012.

  37. P. S. Branicio, M.H. Jhon, D. J. Srolovitz, Engineering materials properties in codimension > 0, Journal of Materials Research, 27, 619, 2012.


  38. 2011


  39. Z. D. Sha, P. S. Branicio, V. Sorkin, Q. X. Pei, Y. W. Zhang, Effects of grain size and temperature on mechanical and failure properties of ultrananocrystalline diamond, Diamond and Related Materials, 20, 1303, 2011.

  40. P. S. Branicio, M. H. Jhon, C. K. Gan, D. J. Srolovitz, Properties on the edge: graphene edge energies, edge stresses, edge warping, and the Wulff shape of graphene flakes, Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering, 19, 054002, 2011.

  41. H. Tsuzuki, P. S. Branicio, J. P. Rino, Dynamic behaviour of silicon carbide nanowires under high and extreme strain rates: a molecular dynamics study, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 44, 055405, 2011.

  42. P. S. Branicio, Stability of Fast Dislocations in Copper, International Symposium on Plasticity 2011 Proceedings, 2011.


  43. 2010


  44. P. S. Branicio and D. J. Srolovitz, Material Properties in Codimension > 0: Graphene Edge Properties, Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, 1258, R01-06, 2010.

  45. P. S. Branicio, R. K. Kalia, A. Nakano, and P. Vashishta, Nanoductility induced brittle fracture in shocked high performance ceramics, Applied Physics Letters, 97, 111903, 2010.


  46. 2009


  47. P. S. Branicio and D. J. Srolovitz, Local stress calculation in simulations of multicomponents systems, Journal of Computational Physics, 228, 8467, 2009.

  48. P. S. Branicio, H. Tsuzuki, J. P. Rino, Accelerating Copper Dissociated Dislocations to Transonic and Supersonic Speeds, Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, 1137, EE08-08-W10-08, 2009.

  49. H. Tsuzuki, P. S. Branicio, J. P. Rino, Molecular dynamics simulation of fast dislocations in copper, Acta Materialia, 57, 1843, 2009.

  50. P. S. Branicio, J. P. Rino, C. K. Gan, and H. Tsuzuki, Interaction potential for indium phosphide: a molecular dynamics and first-principles study of the elastic constants, generalized stacking fault and surface energies, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 21, 095002, 2009.


  51. 2008


  52. H. Tsuzuki, P. S. Branicio, and J. P. Rino, Accelerating dislocations to transonic and supersonic speeds in anisotropic metals, Applied Physics Letters, 92, 191909, 2008.

  53. C. Zhang, R. K. Kalia, A. Nakano, P. Vashishta, and P. S. Branicio, Deformation mechanisms and damage in alpha-alumina under hypervelocity impact loading, Journal of Applied Physics, 103, 083508, 2008.

  54. P. S. Branicio, R. K. Kalia, A. Nakano, P. Vashishta, F. Shimojo, and J. P. Rino, Atomistic damage mechanisms during hypervelocity projectile impact on AlN: A large-scale parallel molecular dynamics simulation study, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 56, 1955, 2008.


  55. 2007


  56. J. P. Rino, P. S. Branicio. Structural Phase Transformations in InP under Pressure: A Molecular-Dynamics Study, Physica Status Solidi B, 244, 239, 2007.

  57. P. S. Branicio, J. P. Rino. Vibrational properties of InP under Pressure: A Molecular-Dynamics Study, Physica Status Solidi B, 244, 331, 2007.

  58. H. Tsuzuki, P. S. Branicio, J. P. Rino, Structural characterization of deformed crystals by analysis of common atomic neighborhood. Computer Physics Communications, 177, 518, 2007.


  59. 2006


  60. P. S. Branicio, R. K. Kalia, A. Nakano, P. Vashishta, Shock-Induced Structural Phase Transition, Plasticity, and Brittle Cracks in Aluminum Nitride Ceramics. Physical Review Letters, 96, 065502, 2006.

  61. C. Zhang, B. Bansal, P. S. Branicio, R. K. Kalia, A. Nakano, A. Sharma, P. Vashishta, Collision-free spatial hash functions for structural analysis of billion-vertex chemical bond networks. Computer Physics Communications, 175, 339, 2006.

  62. P. S. Branicio, J. P. Rino, and F. Shimojo, High-pressure phases of InP: An ab initio and molecular-dynamics study, Applied Physics Letters, 88, 161919, 2006.

  63. R. C. Mota, P. S. Branicio, J. P. Rino, A dynamic pathway for the alkaline earth oxides B1 to B2 transformation, Europhysics Letters, 76, 836, 2006.

  64. D. F. Botelho, P. S. Branicio, J. P. Rino. Thermal conductivity in Lennard-Jones systems: A non-equilibrium molecular dynamics study - The reaching of the stationary state, Defect and Diffusion Forum, 258, 310, 2006.

  65. J. P. Rino, P. S. Branicio,D. da S. Borges. Classical molecular dynamics simulation of structural and dynamical properties of II-VI and III-V semiconductors, Defect and Diffusion Forum, 258, 522, 2006.


  66. 2005


  67. H. Kikuchi, R. K. Kalia, A. Nakano, P. Vashishta, P. S. Branicio, F. Shimojo. Dynamic fracture of crystalline cubic silicon carbide (3C-SiC) via molecular dynamics simulation, Journal of Applied Physics, 98, 103524, 2005.


  68. 2004


  69. J. P. Rino, I. Ebbjo, P. S. Branicio, R. K. Kalia, A. Nakano, F. Shimojo, P. Vashishta. Short- and intermediate-range structural correlations in amorphous silicon carbide: A molecular dynamics study, Physical Review B, 70, 045207, 2004.


  70. 2003


  71. P. S. Branicio, R. K. Kalia, A. Nakano, J. P. Rino, F. Shimojo, P. Vashishta. Structural, mechanical, and vibrational properties of Ga1-xInxAs alloys: A molecular dynamics study, Applied Physics Letters, 82, 1057, 2003.

  72. P. S. Branicio, J. Rino, Shimojo, R. K. Kalia, P. Vashishta, A. Nakano. Molecular dynamics study of structural, mechanical, and vibrational properties of crystalline and amorphous Ga1-xlnxAs alloys, Journal of Applied Physics, 94, 3840, 2003.


  73. 2001


  74. P. S. Branicio. Introducao a supercondutividade, suas aplicacoes e a mini-revolucao provocada pela redescoberta do MgB2: uma abordagem didatica, Revista Brasileira de Ensino de Fisica, 23, 381, 2001.

  75. P. S. Branicio, J. P. Rino, N. Studart. Melting and orientational order of the screened Wigner crystal on helium films, Physical Review B, 64, 193413, 2001.


  76. 2000


  77. P. S. Branicio, J. P. Rino. Large deformation and amorphization of Ni nanowires under uniaxial strain: A molecular dynamics study, Physical Review B, 62, 16950, 2000.

  78. A. Nakano, M. E. Bachlechner, P. Branicio, T. J. Campbell, I. Ebbsjo, R. K. Kalia, A. Madhukar, S. Ogata, A. Omeltchenko, J. P. Rino, F. Shimojo, P. Walsh, P. Vashishta, Large-scale atomistic modeling of nanoelectronic structures. IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices, 47, 1804, 2000.


  79. 1999


  80. P. S. Branicio, J. P. Rino, N. Studart. Molecular-dynamics studies of charge complexes in liquid helium, Journal of Molecular Structure: THEOCHEM, 464, 87, 1999.



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  • Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

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