John J. Mecholsky, Jr., Ph.D.

John J. Mecholsky, Jr., Ph.D. jmech@mse.ufl.edu
UF Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Rhines Hall 237A

T: (352) 846-3306
F: (352) 392-6359
Department Affiliation: Radiology

Professor & Associate Chair
BME Graduate Faculty Status


Education:

Ph.D. in Materials Science (1973) The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC
M.C.E. in Structural Engineering (1968) The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC
B.C.E. in Civil Engineering (1966) The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC


Projects

Biomaterials

  • Dental Biomaterials – Develop and characterize mechanical properties of new materials as alternates to amalgams.
  • Medical Biomaterials – Develop novel bioactive implants as bone substitutes and replacements and determine the mechanical reliability of allotropic tissue implants for spinal fixation.

Fracture

  • Atomic Fracture Processes – Molecular Orbital (MO) and Molecular Dynamics (MD) modeling of bond breaking processes at the crack tip of brittle materials.
  • Fractal Fracture – Modeling brittle fracture processes as a fractal process, i.e., application of fractal geometry to fracture in brittle materials.¬†Experimental determination of the fractal dimension.
  • Quantitative Fractography – Application of fracture mechanics to determine quantitatively the markings on a brittle fracture surface.

Composites

  • Composites – Determine the structural advantage of novel multilayer, laminated metal-ceramic composites.