Mark S. Oliver, Ph.D.


Dr. Mark Oliver is a Principal at Veryst Engineering.  Dr. Oliver has expertise in the materials science, solid mechanics, and failure analysis of metals, polymers, fiber-reinforced composites, adhesives, and additively manufactured materials.  He is experienced in chemical and microstructural characterization, mechanical testing, and finite element analysis, applying his knowledge to issues of materials selection, mechanical design, and root cause determination of material failures. 

Topics that Dr. Oliver has researched include polymer mechanical behavior, fatigue crack growth in metals, delamination in adhesive joints and composite laminates, deformation and failure of additively manufactured polymers, atomistic modeling of glasses, and environmentally-assisted cracking. 

Prior to joining Veryst Engineering, Dr. Oliver was an Associate Research Scientist at The Dow Chemical Company.  He has taught a graduate-level course on defects in solids at Stanford University and managed the Scanning Probe Microscopy lab at the Stanford Nanocharacterization Laboratory.

Pronouns: He/Him


Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University, 2010 

M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University, 2007

B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2005

Selected Publications 

"Hyperconnected molecular glass network architectures with exceptional elastic properties," Nature Communications, 18 October 2017 (with J. Burg, T. Frot, M. Sherwood, V. Lee, G.Dubois, and R.H. Dauskardt).

"Moisture-Assisted Cracking and Atomistic Crack Path Meandering in Oxidized Hydrogenated Amorphous Silicon Carbide Films," Journal of Applied Physics, Vol. 113, No. 8, p. 083521, 2013 (with Y. Matsuda, S.W. King, and R.H. Dauskardt).

"Interlayer Adhesion in Roll-to-Roll Processed Flexible Inverted Polymer Solar Cells," Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, Vol. 97, pp. 171-175, 2012 (with S.R. Dupont, F.C. Krebs, and R.H. Dauskardt).

"Mobile Ferroelastic Domain Walls in Nanocrystalline PZT Films: The Direct Piezoelectric Effect," Advanced Functional Materials, Vol. 21, No. 16, pp. 3104-3110, 2011 (with R. Zednic, A. Varatharajan, N. Valanoor, and P.C. McIntyre).

"Mechanical Fatigue of Hybrid Glasses," Small, Vol. 6, No. 17, pp. 1892-1896, 2010 (with R.H. Dauskardt).

"Molecular Origins of the Mechanical Behavior of Hybrid Glasses," Advanced Functional Materials, Vol. 20, No. 17, pp. 2884-2892, 2010 (with G. Dubois, M. Sherwood, D.M. Gage, and R.H. Dauskardt).

"Molecular Structure and Fracture Properties of ZrOx/Epoxysilane Hybrid Films," Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology, Vol. 55, No. 3, pp. 360-368, 2010 (with K.Y. Blohowiak and R.H. Dauskardt).


"Ephemeral bonding," Patent US9269623 (with M. Gallagher and K. Brantl).

"Toughened arylcyclobutene polymers," Patent US9296915 (with Z. Bai, M. Gallagher,  Z. Wang, C. Tucker, M. Bishop, and E. Lagodkine).

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