Adrian Mann

Professor & Graduate Program Director

Materials Science and Engineering

Office Hours: By appointment
Website: Research Site



Dr. Mann trained as a physicist before specializing in the physical, chemical and mechanical characterization of materials during his doctoral studies at Oxford. He has worked in industry and academia on a wide range of topics ranging from computational modeling of microwave propagation to the nanomechanics of inorganic materials to quantifying the effects of diseases in mineralized tissues. He has a joint appointment at Rutgers in Materials Science & Engineering and Biomedical Engineering.  Dr. Mann is currently the Graduate Program Director in the Department of Materials Science.  

Research Area/Interests

Dr. Mann's research group is focused on the nanoscale characterization and fabrication of materials and systems. Of particular interest is the nanomechanics of materials, surfaces and interfaces, including biological materials. Current projects include studies of surface chemical effects on mechanical deformation, machining damage in ceramics, the properties of diseased dental tissues and bones, and the synthesis of ultra-long nanofibers for biomedical and electronic device applications.


Professor Mann's teaching responsibilities during the 2017-2018 academic year are:

  • Fall 2017:           Mechanical Behavior of Materials, 16:635:513
  • Spring 2018:      Introduction to Biomaterials


Ph.D., Materials, Oxford University, 1996
M.S., Electronics, Nottingham University, 1989
B.S., Physics, Nottingham University, 1988






  1. Journal of Materials Research, Associate Editor, Biomaterials (since 2006)
  2. Chartered Physicist and Member of the Institute of Physics (London, UK)

Selected Publications

  • B.P. Groth, S.M. Langan, R.A Haber, A.B. Mann, Relating residual stresses to machining and finishing in silicon carbide, Ceramics International, 42, 799-807 (2016).
  • B. Groth, R. Haber, A. Mann, Raman Micro‐Spectroscopy of Polytype and Structural Changes in 6H‐Silicon Carbide due to Machining, International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology, 12, 795-804 (2015).
  • M. Aponte-Roman, B. Mohanty, A.B. Mann, Chemomechanical effects of self-assembled monolayers on gold films, Acta Materialia, 68, 52-60 (2014).
  • B. Mohanty, D. Dadlani, D. Mahoney, A.B. Mann, Characterizing and identifying incipient carious lesions in dental enamel using micro-Raman spectroscopy, Caries Research, 47, 27-33 (2013).
  • B.P. Groth, A.B. Mann, Identifying changes in residual stress using indentation on machined metallic surfaces, Materials Letters, 89, 287-290 (2012).
  • K.C. Pingali, T. Shinbrot, A. Cuitino, F.J. Muzzio, E. Garfunkel, Y. Lifshitz, A.B. Mann, AFM study of hydrophilicity on acetaminophen crystals, International journal of pharmaceutics, 438, 184-190  (2012).
  • B. Mohanty, A.B. Mann, Chemomechanical effects of long-chain alcohols during nanoindentation, Journal of Materials Research, 27, 222-228 (2012).