Thomas Ferdinand van der Werf

Funding: UCL
Supervisor(s): Hosni Idrissi

The goal of my project is to gain insight into the elementary nanoscale plasticity/damage mechanisms of phyllosilicates using nanomechanical testing methods coupled to advanced transmission electron microscopy techniques. Phyllosilicates are important minerals as they can govern the frictional properties of faults in the lithosphere. However, the nanoscale deformation mechanisms of phyllosilicates are still not well understood. Hence, new insight in the nanoscale deformation mechanisms of phyllosilicates will help to better understand their frictional properties and their role in promoting creep at faults. Ultimately, this will aid in our knowledge of one of the most spectacular and hazardous geological manifestation: earthquakes.

IMMC main research direction(s):
Solid mechanics

electron microscopy

Research group(s): IMAP
Collaborations: EMAT UAntwerpen with Nick Schryvers, Lille1 with Patrick Cordier