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Richard P. Vinci

Department: Materials Science and Engineering

Position: Professor
Director, Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology

Address: Whitaker Lab 464
5 E. Packer Ave.
Bethlehem, PA 18015
(610) 758-4581

E-mail: rpv2@lehigh.edu

Research: Google Scholar

Areas of Research

  • Thin Films
  • Lifetime Assessment
  • Nanotechnology
  • Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS)
  • Biomaterials
  • Ceramics
  • Glasses
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Nanomaterials and Nanocomposites
  • Medicine and Life Science
  • Microelectronics/Solid State Devices
  • National Defense
  • Telecommunications
  • Electrical Characterization
  • Mechanical Characterization
  • Structural and Chemical Characterization
  • Synthesis and Processing


Dr. Vinci's research focuses on the processing and mechanical behavior of thin films for microelectrics and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) applications. He is also interested in multidisciplinary research, including the development of novel glass substrates for DNA array chips. He is a co-author of a book, Deformation and Fracture Mechanics of Engineering Materials and co-editor of another, Thin Films - Stresses and Mechanical Properties VIII.

Dr. Vinci has obtained competitive grants from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Army Research Office, Department of Commerce, and Defense Advance Research Projects Agency, as well as equipment grants from the Office of Naval Research and National Science Foundation. He has also obtained numerous non-competitive grants, training grants, and contracts. Dr. Vinci has two patents, 36 journal publications, 33 refereed conference proceedings, five review papers, and numerous unrefereed conference papers, extended abstracts, and invited presentations.&nHe's also been featured in the "NOVA: Secrets of the Samurai Sword" production and involved in several other NOVA programs.

Dr. Vinci is director of the Mechanical Behavior Laboratory in Lehigh's Materials Research Center. He has been a co-advisor for the ASM Summer Materials Camp for high school students at Lehigh and organizer of the DaVinci Science Center's NanoDays student outreach event. He was a guest editor for a special issue of the MRS Bulletin on mechanical behavior in small dimensions. He has received numerous scholarly and teaching awards. Dr. Vinci is a member of the Materials Research Society, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASM International, Minerals, Metals, & Materials Society, and American Society for Engineering Education.


  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University
  • M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University
  • B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology