Kranthi K. Mandadapu

Kranthi Mandadapu

The Free Radicals Era Professor

Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Office: 110A Gilman Hall
Lab: Pitzer Center for Theoretical Chemistry
Student/post-doc office: Rooms 2C Gilman Hall, Pitzer Center

Research Group
Recent Publications

Research Interests

Statistical Mechanics, Continuum Mechanics — Polycrystalline Materials, Biological Membranes, Bacterial Motility

We are broadly interested in understanding how materials behave at multiple length and time scales. We aim to study the principles of material behavior at smaller length scales and then exploit them to predict the behavior at coarser length scales. Our research is at the intersection of statistical and continuum mechanics. We mainly work with problems related to the following three topics:

  • Thermal and mechanical behavior of polycrystalline and amorphous materials
  • Principles of organization and behaviors of biological membranes
  • Principles of bacterial motility. 

Since our research bridges the nanoscopic, mesoscopic and macroscopic length scales, we develop both statistical and continuum mechanical theories and associated computational methods.


  • B.S. Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, 2005
  • M.S. University of California, Berkeley, 2007
  • Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 2011
  • Post-Doc, Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, 2011-2013
  • Post-Doc, University of California, Berkeley, 2013-2016