Ashraf Bastawros


T.A. Wilson Professor of Aerospace Engineering
Mechanical Engineering (Courtesy)
Associate Chair for Research
Materials Science and Engineering (Courtesy)
Associate, Ames Laboratory


2347 Howe
537 Bissell Rd.
Ames, IA 500111096



  • Ph.D. Engineering Brown University, Providence, RI 1997
  • M.S. Applied Mathematics Brown University, Providence, RI 1995
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt 1991
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt 1988

Interest Areas

  • Mechanics of soft and flexible materials and structures under combined external fields
  • Surface evolution under stress, electrochemical, and plasma fields
  • Mechanics of interfaces and layered structures


  • Semichaevsky, A., Johnson, H., Low, K., Paul, D., Chandra, A. and Bastawros, A.-F., 2010,  Focused Electric Field – Induced Ion Transport: Experiments and Modeling, Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters, 13(12) D100-103.
  • Yang, C., Lo, C.T., Narasimhan, B., and Bastawros, A.-F., 2009, Measurements of Diffusion Thickness at Polymer Interfaces by Nanoindentation: A Numerically Calibrated Experimental Approach, J. Materials Research, 24(3), 970-977.
  • Chauhan, S. and Bastawros, A.F., 2008, Probing Thickness-Dependent Dislocation Storage in Freestanding Cu Films by using Residual Electrical Resistivity, Appl. Phys. Let., 93(4), 041901.
  • Che, W., Bastawros, A., Chandra, A., 2006, Surface Evolution during the Chemical Mechanical Planarization of Copper,  Annals of the CIRP, 55/2.
  • Che, W., Guo, Y., Chandra, A. and Bastawros, A.-F., 2005, A Scratch Intersection Model of Material Removal During Chemical Mechanical Planarization. ASME-J. Mfg. Sc. Eng. 127(3): 545-554.
  • Antoniou, A., Bastawros, A.-F., and Biner, S. B., 2007, “Experimental Observations of Deformation Behavior of Bulk Metallic Glasses during Wedge-Like Cylindrical Indentation,” J. Materials Research, 22(2) 1-12.
  • Bastawros, A.-F., 2005, “Analysis of Deformation Induced Crack Tip Toughening in Ductile Single Crystals by Nano-Indentation,” Int. J. Solids Structures, 43: 7358–7370.
  • Antoniou, A., Bastawros, A.-F., Lo C. C. H. and Biner, S. B., 2005, “Deformation Behavior of a Zirconium Based Metallic Glass during Cylindircal Indentation: In-situ Observations,” Mat. Sci. Eng. 394(1-2): 96-102.
  • Antoniou, A. and. Bastawros, A.-F, 2003. “Deformation Characteristics of Tin-Based Solder Joints,” J. Materials Research, 18(10) 2304-2309.