Christopher Barrett

Christopher Barrett

Assistant Professor


  • 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

  • Mechanical Engineering Outstanding Junior Faculty Research Award, 2018
  • MSU Research Award, 2014, Engineering Graduate Student category
  • Bagley Engineering Fellowship, 2011-2013
  • Engineering Excellence Scholarship, 2007-2011
  • National Merit Scholar, 2007



  • Doyl E Dickel, Christopher D Barrett, “Methods for the determination of diffusionless transformation conditions from atomistic simulations,” Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering, 27:2, 023001, 2019.
  • Fulin Wang, Christopher D Barrett, Rodney J McCabe, Haitham El Kadiri, Laurent Capolungo, Sean R Agnew, “Dislocation induced twin growth and formation of basal stacking faults in {101¯ 2} twins in pure Mg,” Acta Materialia, 165, 471-85, 2019.
  • F Wang, K Hazeli, KD Molodov, CD Barrett, T Al-Samman, DA Molodov, A Kontsos, KT Ramesh, H El Kadiri, SR Agnew, “Characteristic dislocation substructure in 1012 twins in hexagonal metals,” Scripta Materialia, 143, 181-5, 2018.
  • Christopher D Barrett, Aidin Imandoust, Haitham El Kadiri, “The effect of rare earth element segregation on grain boundary energy and mobility in magnesium and ensuing texture weakening,” Scripta Materialia, 146, 46-50, 2018.
  • Aidin Imandoust, Christopher D Barrett, Haitham El Kadiri, “Effect of rare earth addition on {101̅2} twinning induced hardening in magnesium,” Materials Science and Engineering: A, 720, 225-30, 2018.
  • Doyl E Dickel, Michael I Baskes, Imran Aslam, Christopher D Barrett, “New interatomic potential for Mg–Al–Zn alloys with specific application to dilute Mg-based alloys,” Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering, 26:4, 045010, 2018.
  • D Dickel, CD Barrett, RL Carino, MI Baskes, MF Horstemeyer, “Mechanical instabilities in the modeling of phase transitions of titanium,” Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering, 26:6, 065002, 2018.
  • Aidin Imandoust, Christopher D Barrett, Talal Al-Samman, Mark A Tschopp, Elhachmi Essadiqi, Norbert Hort, Haitham El Kadiri, “Unraveling recrystallization mechanisms governing texture development from rare-earth element additions to Magnesium,” Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, 49:5, 1809-1829, 2018.
  • Aidin Imandoust, Haitham El Kadiri, Christopher Barrett, Talal Al-Samman, Sean Agnew, Mark Tschopp, Elhachemi Essadiqi, “Nucleation and preferential growth mechanism of recrystallization texture in high purity binary magnesium-rare earth alloys,” 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.
  • C.D. Barrett, “Analysis of {1012} twinning via automated atomistic post-processing methods,” Philosophical Magazine, 97(14), 1102-1128, 2017.
  • C.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.
  • C.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.
  • C.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.
  • Barrett, H. El Kadiri, “Fundamentals of mobile tilt grain boundary faceting,” Scripta Materialia, 84-85; 15-18, 2014.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • Deepesh Giri, Christopher Barrett, Haitham El Kadiri, “Measurement of Twin Formation Energy Barriers Using Nudged Elastic Band Molecular Statics,” Magnesium Technology 2018 symposium, TMS, 2018. 231-236.
  • 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