Welcome to the Advanced Materials and 3D Printing (AM3DP) Lab at Masdar Institute (MI). At AM3DP, we concentrate our research efforts in the broad area of Solid Mechanics applied to Multiscale Modeling of advanced engineering materials and structures. At AM3DP, we undertake multi-disciplinary research in order to understand the mechanical and functional response of materials and structures at various spatial & temporal scales through theoretical & computational modeling and simulation. This approach is combined with experiments. Current research focuses on novel concepts that combine materials, mechanics and physics to produce multifunctional systems.

Dr. Kumar Shanmugam

Associate Professor
Lead, Advanced Materials and 3D Printing (AM3DP) Lab
Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Email: kumar.shanmugam@ku.ac.ae; s.kumar@eng.oxon.org
Direct: +(971)-2-810-9239

Kumar Shanmugam is an Associate Professor in the Mechanical and Materials Engineering (MME) Department at the Masdar Institute, Abu Dhabi. Masdar Institute is a relatively new university dedicated to providing real-world solutions to issues of sustainability and was established in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).He obtained a Ph.D. in Solid Mechanics and Materials Engineering from University of Oxford in the Department of Engineering Science, and an MPhil in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southampton. Dr. Shanmugam leads the Advanced Materials and 3D Printing (AM3DP) Lab at MI. His research interests revolve around Mechanics, Materials and Design with a focus on multiscale/multifunctional attributes, particularly in the context of Additive Manufacturing for energy efficient and sustainable applications. These research interests are reflected in his recent and ongoing research collaborations with MIT, Cambridge University, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Pacific Northwest National Lab, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), University of New South Wales, Lockheed Martin, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University and Borouge. In the last 6 years at Masdar, Kumar has generated more than USD 5M through external grants as a lead Principal Investigator and has been awarded the ADEK award twice for research excellence (A2RE 2015 and A2RE 2017). He also serves on the editorial advisory board of the International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives and Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology. Kumar has edited a book, contributed 5 book chapters, and authored more than 100 journal articles and conference proceedings. He has advised/mentored about 35 higher degree research students (MS/PhD) and research staff (postdocs/research scientists) and supervised more than 15 overseas interns over the last 5 years. Eight of his former group members moved on to faculty positions. He has recently edited Special Issues (Functionally Graded Adhesively Bonded Systems; Mechanics of Composite Adhesive Joints and Repairs) for two key journals related to Mechanics of Adhesion and Adhesives. Kumar is a senior member of the AIAA, and a member of ASME, APS, ACS and Society for Adhesion and Adhesives, UK. Kumar has held research positions at both UC Santa Barbara and MIT before moving to Abu Dhabi and has held short visiting appointments at the University of Cambridge, MIT and NTU Singapore.




  1. Stress transfer through the interphase in curved-fiber pullout tests of nanocomposites. P. R. Budarapu, S. Kumar , G. B. Prusty and M. Paggi- Composites Part B Engineering, 2018 image
  2. Additive manufacturing-enabled shape transformations via FFF 4D printing. R. Abishera and S. Kumar- Journal of Materials Research, 2018 image
  3. Enhanced Bonding via Additive Manufacturing-Enabled Surface Tailoring of 3D Printed Continuous-Fiber Composites. E. Dugbenoo, M.F. Arif, B.L. Wardle and S. Kumar- Advanced Engineering Materials, 2018 image
  4. Strength and Performance Enhancement of Multilayers by Spatial Tailoring of Adherend Compliance and Morphology via Multimaterial Jetting Additive Manufacturing. J. Ubaid, B.L.Wardle and S. Kumar- Scientific Reports, 2018 image
  5. Performance of biocompatible PEEK processed by fused deposition additive manufacturing. M F Arif, S. Kumar K. M. Varadarajan, J.W. Cantwell - Materials and Design, 2018 image
  6. Performance enhancement of tubular multilayers via compliance-tailoring: 3D printing, testing and modeling. M. A. Khan, S. Kumar - Int. Journal of Mechanical Sciences, 2018 image
  7. Additively manufactured cylindrical systems with stiffness-tailored interface: modeling and experiments. M A Khan, S. Kumar, and J.W. Cantwell - International Journal of Solids and Structures, 2018 image
  8. Material-tailored adhesively bonded multilayers: A theoretical analysis. M A Khan, S. Kumar, and JN Reddy - International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, 2018 image
  9. Polyvinyl alcohol incorporated buckypaper composites for improved multifunctional performance. S.P. Patole, M.F. Arif and S. Kumar- Composites Science and Technology, 2018 image
  10. Strong linear-piezoresistive-response of carbon nanostructures reinforced hyperelastic polymer nanocomposites. M.F. Arif, S. Kumar, T.K. Gupta and K.M. Varadarajan- Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 2018 image
  11. A wet-filtration-zipping approach for fabricating highly electroconductive and auxetic graphene/carbon nanotube hybrid buckypaper. S.P. Patole, M.F. Arif, R.A. Susantyoko, S. Almheiri and S. Kumar- Scientific Reports, 2018 image
  12. Turning date palm fronds into biocompatible mesoporous fluorescent carbon dots. T. Kavitha and S. Kumar- Scientific Reports, 2018 image
  13. Strain- and damage-sensing performance of biocompatible smart CNT/UHMWPE nanocomposites. S.K. Reddy, S. Kumar,K. M. Varadarajan, P. R. Marpu, T. K. Gupta, and M. Choosri- Materials Science and Engineering: C, 2018 image
  14. Self-sensing and mechanical performance of CNT/GNP/UHMWPE biocompatible nanocomposites. T. K. Gupta, M. Choosri, Kartik M. Varadarajan and S. Kumar- Journal of Materials Science, 2018 image
  15. Mechanical, Thermal and Electrical Properties of LiFePO4/MWCNTs Composite Electrodes. Kanagaraj, A. B., et al- Materials Letters, 2018 image
  16. The Energy-absorbing Characteristic of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Epoxy Honeycomb Structures.R.A. Alia, S. Kumar and W.J. Cantwell- Journal of Composite Materials, 2018 image
  17. 2017

    1. Stress Reduction of 3D Printed Compliance-Tailored Multilayers. S. Kumar B L Wardle, M F Arif, J Ubaid - Advanced Engineering Materials, 2017 image 3D Printed Compliance-Tailored Multilayers (Advanced Science News)
    2. Self-sensing and mechanical performance of CNT/GNP/UHMWPE biocompatible nanocomposites. T. K. Gupta, M. Choosri, K.M. Varadarajan, S. Kumar- Journal of Materials Science, DOI: 10.1007/s10853-018-2072-3, 2017 image
    3. Self-sensing performance of MWCNT-low density polyethylene nanocomposites. T. K. GuptaS. Kumar, Amal Z Khan, Kartik Mangudi Varadarajan, Wesley J Cantwell- Materials Research Express, https://doi.org/10.1088/2053-1591/aa9f9e, 2017 image
    4. Mechanical properties of isolated CNT. G. Pal and S. Kumar- In Carbon Nanotube-Reinforced Polymers: From Nanoscale to Macroscale, Elsevier, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-323-48221-9.00008-X, 2017 image
    5. Fabrication of CNT/Polymer composites. T. K. Gupta and S. Kumar- In Carbon Nanotube-Reinforced Polymers: Nanoscale to Macroscale, Elsevier, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-323-48221-9.00004-2, 2017 image
    6. Special Issue on Functionally Graded Adhesively Bonded Systems. S. Kumar and R. D. Adams- International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijadhadh.2017.05.002, 2017 image
    7. Special issue on ‘mechanics of composite adhesive joints and repairs’. S. Kumar and I. Sridhar- Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01694243.2017.1338852, 2017 image
    8. Interfacial stresses in single-side composite patch-repairs with material tailored bondline. M. A. Khan, S. Kumar- Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15376494.2016.1255824, 2017 image
    9. Spatially-degraded adhesive anchors under material uncertainty. R. Tippireddy, S. Kumar- International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijadhadh.2017.02.010, 2017 image
    10. High performance overhead power lines with carbon nanostructures for transmission and distribution of electricity from renewable sources. S. Kumar, G. Pal, T. Shah- Journal of Cleaner Production, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.01.053, 2017 image
    11. 2016

      1. Strength and Performance Enhancement of Bonded Joints by Spatial Tailoring of Adhesive Compliance via 3D Printing. S. Kumar, Brian L. Wardle, M. F. Arif- ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 2016 image
      2. Soft optical composites for tunable transmittance. F López Jiménez, P. Upadhyaya, J. Liljenhjerte, P. M. Reis, S. Kumar- Extreme Mechanics Letters, 2016 image
      3. Multiscale modeling of stress transfer in continuous microscale fiber reinforced composites with nano-engineered interphase. S. I. Kundulwal, S. Kumar- Mechanics of Materials, (2016), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mechmat.2016.09.002, 2016 image
      4. High-Ampacity Overhead Power Lines with Carbon Nanostructure-Epoxy Composites. V S N Ranjith Kumar, S. Kumar, G. Pal, T. Shah - ASME Trans., J. Eng. Mater. Technol , (2016), doi: 10.1115/1.4034095, 2016 image
      5. A shear-lag model for functionally graded adhesive anchors. S. Kumar, M. A. Khan - Intl. Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives, 2016 image
      6. Hyperelastic Strain Measurements and Constitutive Parameters Identification of 3D Printed Soft Polymers by Image Processing. J. Liljenhjerte, P. Upadhyaya S. Kumar - Additive Manufacturing, 2016 image
      7. Tunable Morphology and Its Influence on Electrical, Thermal and Mechanical Properties of Carbon Nanostructure-Buckypaper. M F Arif, S. Kumar, T. Shah - Materials & Design, 2016 image
      8. Soft Color Composites with Tunable Optical Transmittance. F López Jiménez, S. Kumar, PM Reis - Advanced Optical Materials, 2016 image Scientists tune polymer material’s transparency (MIT featured news)
      9. Gas barrier performance of graphene/polymer nanocomposites.Y Cui, SI Kundalwal, S. Kumar- Carbon, 2016 image
      10. Multiscale modeling of effective electrical conductivity of short carbon fiber-carbon nanotube-polymer matrix hybrid composites. G Pal, S. Kumar- Materials & Design, 2016 image
      11. An elastic solution for adhesive stresses in multi-material cylindrical joints. S. Kumar, M A Khan- Intl. Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives, 2016 image
      12. Modeling of carbon nanotubes and carbon nanotube–polymer composites. G Pal, S. Kumar- Progress in Aerospace Sciences, 2016 image
      13. Through Process Modeling Approach: Effect of Microstructure on Mechanical Properties of Fiber Reinforced Composites. Zaidani, M., Omar, M. A., S. Kumar- In Mechanics of Composite and Multi-functional Materials, Volume 7 (pp. 421-430). Springer International Publishing, 2016 image

Contact Information

Ms. Prescila Medina
Department Coordinator
Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Email: pmedina@masdar.ac.ae
Phone: +971-2-810-9058