UC San Diego Materials Science and Engineering


Vitali  Nesterenko

Vitali Nesterenko

Professor/Department Chair

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering


Phone: 858-822-0289

Processing of materials for a variety of applications, including electronics (e.g. superconductors and thin films), bioengineering, and defense.

Professor Nesterenko's research interests include micromechanics of powder deformation under dynamic and quasi-static loading; shear instability in heterogeneous materials; shear induced chemical reactions in condensed materials; wave propagation in essentially nonlinear granular and heterogeneous materials; shock mitigation; mechanics of densification and sintering of advanced ceramics and alloys. Nesterenko has successfully processed and tested a new high-gradient heterogeneous material for ballistic applications. The resilient matrix, densified from titanium powder, has embedded a semi-hollow alumina rods and tubes which change the trajectory path of a bullet or other foreign object. The material may also find applications for biomaterials, such as artificial hips. He and his co-authors recently developed processing method for bulk magnesium diboride with best critical current suitable for size scaling and complex shapes.

Vitali F. Nesterenko received his Ph.D. in 1975 and Doctor in Physics and Mathematics in 1989 from Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), Novosibirsk. He held positions of Head of Research Department in Special Design Office of High-Rate Hydrodynamics (RAS, Novosibirsk, 1978-1989), Head of Laboratory of Advanced Materials, Lavrentyev Institute of Hydrodynamics (RAS) Novosibirsk State University (1990-1994). He joined UCSD in 1994 as visiting Research Scientist and in 1996 as faculty. He is the author of the book "High-Rate Deformation of Heterogeneous Materials".