Michelle M. Blum


  • May 2012 Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
  • Jan. 2011 M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
  • May 2007 B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
  • May 2007 B.S., Physics, University of New York at Albany, Albany, NY

Lab/Center Affiliation(s):

  • Mechanics and Tribology Laboratory

Research Interests:

  • Tribology & Lubrication
  • Mechanical Characterization of Materials
  • Finite Element Analysis

Current Research:

Dr. Blum specializes in high performance materials development and characterization for tribological (friction and wear), structural, and biomedical applications. Her primary research interests are in the development of orthopedic biomaterials, and biomaterial characterization utilizing a combination of experimental techniques, nanoindentation, and computational modeling. Dr. Blum is also interested in characterizing the tribological performance of biological tissues using soft material contact mechanics and simulation. Understanding the structure-property relationships of biological tissues during contacting motion aids her lab in the development of synthetic biomimetic materials.

Teaching Interests:

  • Finite element analysis
  • Tribology & lubrication
  • Solid mechanics

Select Publications:

Blum M.M., Ovaert T.C., 2012. A novel polyvinyl alcohol hydrogel functionalized with organic boundary lubricant for use as low-friction cartilage substitute: Synthesis, physical/chemical, mechanical, and friction characterization. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research: Part B 2012:00B:000–000. DOI: 10.1002/jbm.b.32742

Blum M.M., Ovaert T.C., 2012. Experimental and numerical tribological studies of a boundary lubricant functionalized poro-viscoelastic PVA hydrogel in normal contact and sliding, Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jmbbm.2012.06.009

Blum M.M. and Ovaert T.C., 2010. Boundary Lubricant – Functionalized PVA Gels for Biotribological Applications. 2010 Materials Research Society Spring Meeting Symposium PP Proceedings. Paper #1272-PP09-14.

Zhang J., Michalenko M.M., Kuhl E., Ovaert T.C., 2010. Characterization of Indentation Response and Stiffness Reduction of Bone using a Continuum Damage Model, Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, Vol.3, Issue 2, pp. 189-202.

Immer, C., Starnes J., Michalenko M.M., Calle C.I., Mazumder M.K., 2006. Electrostatic Screen for Transport of Martian and Lunar Regolith, Lunar and Planetary Science XXXVII, 2265.