Professor and ASME Fellow

Frederic Sansoz has earned a BS degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering and MS degree in materials science and engineering from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Mécanique et Aérotechnique (ISAE - ENSMA) in France in 1996, and a PhD degree with honors in materials science and engineering from Ecole des Mines in Paris in 2000. Before moving to Vermont, he was a post-doctoral fellow in mechanical engineering at the Johns Hopkins University until 2003. Sansoz received the National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2008, and two faculty awards for excellence in research at the University of Vermont in 2009 and 2017. His research focuses on understanding the mechanics and physics of metallic nanomaterials and has been published in high-impact journals such as Nature Materials, Nature Communications and Nano Letters. Also, he is passionate about teaching Materials Science to students at all levels, from middle-school to doctoral students.

Related Links:


L. Capaldi and F. Sansoz. High-temperature Active Oxidation of
Nanocrystalline Silicon-Carbide: A Reactive Force-Field Molecular Dynamics
Study. Acta Materialia, 258, 119229 (2023).

T. Nenninger and F. Sansoz. Local atomic environment analysis of short
and long-range solute-solute interactions in a symmetric tilt grain
boundary. Scripta Materialia, 222, 115045 (2023)

E. A. Picard and F. Sansoz. Ni Solute Segregation and Associated Plastic
Deformation Mechanisms into Random FCC Ag, BCC Nb and HCP Zr
Polycrystals. Acta Materialia, 240, 118367 (2022)

F. Sansoz and X. Ke. Hall-Petch Strengthening Limit through Partially
Active Segregation in Nanocrystalline Ag-Cu Alloys. Acta Materialia,
225, 117560 (2022)

Q. Zhu, L. Kong, H. Lu, Q. Huang, Y. Chen, Y. Liu, W. Yang, Z. Zhang, F.
Sansoz, H. Zhou, J. Wang. Revealing extreme twin-boundary shear
deformability in metallic nanocrystals, Science advances 7 (36),
eabe4758 (2021)

X. Ke, J. Ye, Z. Pan, J. Geng, M. F. Besser, D. Qu, A. Caro, J. Marian,
R. T. Ott, Y. M. Wang, F. Sansoz. Ideal Maximum Strengths and
Defect-induced Softening in Nanocrystalline-Nanotwinned Metals, Nature
Materials, 18, 1207–1214 (2019)

L.Zhong, F. Sansoz, Y. He, C. Wang, Z. Zhang, S. X. Mao. Slip-activated
surface creep with room-temperature super-elongation in metallic
nanocrystals, Nature Materials, 16, 439-445 (2017)

Y.M. Wang, F. Sansoz, T.B. LaGrange, R.T. Ott, T.W. Barbee Jr, A.V.
Hamza. Defective Twin Boundaries in Nanotwinned Metals, Nature
Materials, 12, 697 - 702 (2013)

J. Wang, F. Sansoz, J. Huang, Y. Liu, S. Sun, Z. Zhang, S.X. Mao. Near
Ideal Theoretical Strength in Gold Nanowires containing Angstrom Scale
Twins, Nature Communications, 4, 1742 (2013)

Awards and Recognition

  • 2019 Elected Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • 2017 CEMS Faculty Award for Excellence in Research
  • 2011 Named among “World's Nanotechnology Thought Leaders” by
  • 2009 CEMS Milt Silveira Junior Faculty Award
  • 2008 National Science Foundation CAREER Award

Associations and Affiliations

  • Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Materials Science Graduate Program
  • Member of the ASME, MRS, TMS and SF2M professional societies

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Science and Engineering of Nanostructured Materials, Small-scale Mechanics, Atomistic Simulation and Multiscale Modeling


  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Ecole des Mines de Paris
  • M.S., Materials Science, ISAE-ENSMA, France
  • B.S., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, ISAE-ENSMA, France


  • 802-656-3837
Office Location:

363 Votey

Office Hours:

Tuesday and Thursday 1:45 pm - 2:30 pm

  1. Frederic's Website

Courses Taught

(Fall 2023)

ME6550 - Multiscale Modeling

ME2110 - Materials Engineering