Christopher Barrett

Assistant Professor
Office: 303 Carpenter
Phone: 662-325-7325
Google Scholar Citation


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University, May 2014

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University, December 2010

Experience Record

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department, Mississippi State University, August 2017-Present.

Post Doctoral Associate, Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems, Mississippi State University, May 2014-August 2017.

Graduate Research Assistant, Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems, Mississippi State University, January 2011-May 2014.

Specialty Areas

  • Solid Mechanics
  • Molecular Dynamics
  • Slip and Twinning
  • Multiscale Modeling

Honors and Awards

  • MSU Research Award, 2014, Engineering Graduate Student category
  • Bagley Engineering Fellowship, 2011-2013
  • Engineering Excellence Scholarship, 2007-2011
  • National Merit Scholar, 2007



  • Aidin Imandoust, Haitham El Kadiri, Christopher Barrett, Talal Al-Samman, Sean Agnew, Mark Tschopp, Elhachemi Essadiqi, “Unraveling recrystallization mechanisms governing texture development from rare earth element additions to magnesium,” Acta Materialia, 138, 27-41, 2017.
  • YubRaj Paudel, Christopher Barrett, Mark Tschopp, Haitham El Kadiri, “Beyond initial twin nucleation in hcp metals: Michromechanical formulation for determining twin spacing during deformation,” Acta Materialia, 133, 134-146, 2017.
  • D. Barrett, “Analysis of {1012} twinning via automated atomistic post-processing methods,” Philosophical Magazine, 97(14), 1102-1128, 2017.
  • D. Barrett, A. Imandoust, A. Oppedal, K. Inal, H. El Kadiri, “Effect of Grain Boundaries on Texture Formation during Dynamic Recrystallization of Mg Alloys,” Acta Materialia, 128, 270-283, 2017.
  • D. Barrett, H. El Kadiri, “Generalized interfacial fault energies,” International Journal of Solids and Structures, 110-111, 106-112, 2017.
  • Imandoust, C.D. Barrett, T.Al-Samman, H. El Kadiri, “A review on the effect of rare earth elements on texture evolution during dynamic recrystallization of magnesium alloys” Journal of Materials Science, 52 (1), 1-29, 2017.
  • D. Barrett, R.L. Carino, “The MEAM parameter calibration tool: an explicit methodology for hierarchical bridging between ab initio and atomistic scales,” Integrating Materials and Manufacturing Innovation, 5 (1), 1-15, 2016.
  • El Kadiri, C.D. Barrett, J. Wang, C.N. Tome, “Why are {1012} twins profuse in magnesium?” Acta Materialia, 85; 354-61, 2015.
  • D. Barrett, H. El Kadiri, “Fundamentals of mobile tilt grain boundary faceting,” Scripta Materialia, 84-85; 15-18, 2014.
  • D. Barrett, H. El Kadiri, “{1012}, {1011}, and {1013} deformation faceting and impact on embryonic twin nucleation in hexagonal close-packed metals,” Acta Materialia, 70 (15), pp. 137-161., 2014.
  • D. Barrett, H. El Kadiri, “The roles of grain boundary dislocations and disclinations in the nucleation of {1012} twinning,” Acta Materialia 63 (15), pp. 1-15, 2014.
  • El Kadiri, C. D. Barrett, M. A. Tschopp “The candidacy of shuffle and shear during compound twinning in hexagonal close-packed structures,” Acta Materialia, 61 (20), pp. 7646-7659, 2013.
  • El Kadiri, C. D. Barrett, “Comments on ‘Extended zonal dislocations mediating {1122}<1123> twinning in titanium,’” Philosophical Magazine 93 (26), 3491-3494. 2013.
  • D. Barrett, H. El Kadiri, M. A. Tschopp, “Breakdown of the Schmid Law in Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Nucleation Events of Slip and Twinning in Magnesium,” Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 60 (12), pp.2084-2099, 2012.
  • D. Barrett, M. A. Tschopp, H. El Kadiri, “Automated Analysis of Twins in Hexagonal Close-Packed Metals using Molecular Dynamics,” Scripta Materialia 66 (9), pp.666-669, 2012.

Conference Papers

  • F Wang, CD Barrett, K Hazeli, KD Molodov, T Al-Samman, A Oppedal, DA Molodov, A Kontsos, KT Ramesh, H El Kadiri, SR Agnew, “The Effect of {10-12} Twin Boundary on the Evolution of Defect Substructure,” Magnesium Technology 207 symposium, TMS 2017.
  • D. Barrett, F. Wang, S.R. Agnew, H. El Kadiri, “Basal dislocation transmutation by {1012} twinning,” Magnesium Technology 2017 symposium, TMS 2017
  • D. Barrett, H. El Kadiri, “The Deformation Gradient of Interfacial Defects on Twin‐like Interfaces,” Magnesium Technology 2015 symposium, TMS 2015
  • El Kadiri, C.D. Barrett, A Imandoust, SR Agnew, M Cherkaoui, K Inal, “Why do Magnesium Alloys Develop Sharp Textures Upon Dynamic Recrystallization?,” Magnesium Technology 2015 symposium, TMS 2015
  • Barrett, C. D., El Kadiri, H., Tschopp, M. A, “Influence of Stress State On Single-Crystal Deformation in Magnesium,” Proceedings of the International Plasticity Symposium, 2012.
  • Barrett, C. D., Tschopp, M. A., El Kadiri, H., Li, B., “Influence of Crystallographic Orientation on Twin Nucleation in Single-Crystal Magnesium,” Magnesium Technology 2011 symposium, TMS 2011