Welcome to the Portela Research Group at MIT
We are a mechanics & materials group interested in designing and implementing 3D architected materials to address current societal and engineering challenges
Nanoscale impact & shock
In situ supersonic impact and shock of architected materials
Extreme mechanics of 3D nano-architected materials
Towards ultra lightweight, strong, and scalable nanomaterials
About the Portela Group
Our group is interested in designing, fabricating, and testing novel types of materials from the nanoscale to the macro-scale. We strive to produce our own materials via advanced nano-to-macro fabrication processes, predict their response using numerical models, and test them using pioneering techniques.
Committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Shared values are at the core of our group. Each of us comes from a unique background and we enjoy sharing, understanding, and appreciating different perspectives. Diversity is extremely valued, and we work as a team towards common objectives. Everyone is welcome and valued in our group (regardless of race, ethnicity, ability, gender, origin, religion, sexual orientation, or skin color), and everyone can contribute to our enjoyable & respectful work and social atmosphere. Contact us and see for yourself!
Meet the Team!
We are a diverse team of scientists, researchers, and students interested in topics ranging from theory, to computation, to experiments of materials and structures.
Updates and Announcements
C.M. Portela, B.W. Edwards, D. Veysset, Y. Sun, K.A. Nelson, D.M. Kochmann, J.R. Greer
Nature Materials (2021)
link – https://www.nature.com/articles/s41563-021-01033-z
X. Xia, A. Afshar, H. Yang, C. M. Portela, D. M. Kochmann, C. V. Di Leo, & J. R. Greer (2019)
link – https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-019-1538-z
Impact of node geometry on the effective stiffness of non-slender three-dimensional truss lattice architectures
C. M. Portela, J. R. Greer, & D. M. Kochmann (2018)
Extreme Mechanics Letters
link – https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352431618300725