• Eindhoven University of Technology Department of Mechanical Engineering GEM-Z 4.135 P.O. Box 513 5600 MB EINDHOVEN


  • 9853 Citations
1993 …2022
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Personal profile

Research profile

Marc Geers is a Full Professor in the Mechanical Engineering department at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), and group leader of the Mechanics of Materials section. His research topics focus on solid mechanics, damage mechanics, micromechanics, multi-scale mechanics, computational mechanics with applications on advanced high-strength materials, metamaterials, materials for energy, health. He is also chairing the group’s multi-scale lab, which allows for quantitative in situ microscopic measurements during deformation and mechanical characterisation of a broad class of materials, structures, MEMS etc. on a wide range of length scales from nanometres to centimetres His research work serves the development of advanced engineering materials, additive manufacturing systems, MEMS & microsystems, materials for fusion, innovative metamaterials, etc.  Most activities are carried out in support of key Dutch and European industrial partners. Research grants to support the work have been obtained in a structural manner from ERC (Advanced Grant), NWO (former STW, FOM), EU, M2i (Materials Innovation institute) and industry.

At present, research focuses on the science of additive manufacturing, novel models for complex interfaces, novel methods to unravel and design mechanical metamaterials, novel methods to bridge scales combined with reduced-order approaches, and multi-physics problems.

His educational activities span all levels from BSc (e.g. solid mechanics), to MSc (e.g. continuum mechanics & nonlinear problems), to PhD (EM multi-scale and micromechanics; CISM courses). He supervised more than 40 PhD students, among which 11 are now faculty members in 10 different countries, whereas most other former PhD students started a successful career in industry.

Academic background

Marc Geers obtained his university Engineering Degree (MSc) at the RMA (Brussels, Belgium) in 1987. He started an academic career in the department of civil and materials engineering of the RMA, which he combined with a PhD at TU/e (1997). In 2000, he was appointed full professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at TU/e. He was a visiting scientist at EPFL in 2003 and at the Ecole des Mines de Paris in 2011. Marc has published over 250 papers in international journals, with a significant citation impact (Web-of-Science h-index=43 in 2017). In the past 10 years, he presented more than 15 plenary lectures at international conferences (e.g. ESMC, ECCOMAS, CFRAC, ECCM, GAMMå…) and over 50 keynote and invited lectures. 

At present, he is Associate Editor of the European Journal of Mechanics A/Solids and serves on the Editorial Boards of more than 15 international journals. He is also serving the national and international community in other roles, e.g. as the scientific director of the Dutch Engineering Mechanics graduate school (2008-2017), as the chairman of the European Mechanics of Materials Conference committee (2007-2017), as a member of more than 50 scientific conference committees (past 10 years) and scientific evaluation panels (e.g. NWO, ERC). Since 2016, he is a member of the EUROMECH council. In addition, Marc is a member of the board of the Netherlands Mechanics Committee, Cluster coordinator of the cluster Multiscale fundamentals of materials and Program Committee member of M2i. He served on the Board of Governors of the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (NWO-FOM) in the period 2009-2017.

Affiliated with

  • Member of the Council of the European Mechanics Society (EUROMECH) 

  • Member of the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen (since 2012) 

  • Materials Innovation Institute (Cluster coordinator; member of the Programme Committee) 

  • Member of the Board of the Netherlands Mechanics Committee 

  • Member of the Board of the Dutch Engineering Mechanics Graduate School 

  • Member of the Management Board of the 4TU Research Centre on High-Tech Materials 

  • Member of the Management Board of the 4TU Research Centre on Fluid and Solid Mechanics 

  • Department of Mechanical Engineering, TU/e (vice-dean) 

  • GAMM research groups (Multiscale Material Modelling; Analysis of Microstructures) 

  • Editorial Committee of the Éditions de l'École polytechnique 

  • Other professional memberships: ASME, ECCOMAS, EUROMECH, MECAMAT, MRS, KIVI, ie-net 

Partners in (semi-)industry  

  • Tata Steel (Advanced high-strength steels & polymer-coated metal sheets) 
  • Philips  

  • Océ  

  • DAF 


  • IACM Fellow, 2016 (International Association for Computational Mechanics)  

  • Euromech Fellow, 2012 (European Mechanics Society) 

  • Award Georges Martin, 1999 (AIA, Belgium) 

  • Vreedenburgh award, 1998 (The Netherland)

External positions

Short term visiting scientist, Ecole des Mines de Paris


Short term visiting professor, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne


Assistent/associate professor, RMA, Polytechnical Department


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Projects 2018 2022

Multi-phase interfacial models for multiphase steels

Geers, M., Foolen, R., Foolen, R., Geers, M., van der Avoird, M., van Oijen, J. & Liu, L.


Project: Research direct

Research Output 1993 2019

86 Citations (Scopus)

A review of predictive nonlinear theories for multiscale modeling of heterogeneous materials

Matous, K., Geers, M. G. D., Kouznetsova, V. & Gillman, A., 2017, In : Journal of Computational Physics. 330, p. 192-220

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
digital data
materials science
28 Citations (Scopus)

Homogenization of locally resonant acoustic metamaterials towards an emergent enriched continuum

Sridhar, A., Kouznetsova, V. & Geers, M. G. D., Mar 2016, In : Computational Mechanics. 57, 3, p. 423–435

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Degrees of freedom (mechanics)
26 Citations (Scopus)

Coupled glide-climb diffusion-enhanced crystal plasticity

Geers, M. G. D., Cottura, M. N., Appolaire, B., Busso, E. P., Forest, S. & Villani, A., 2014, In : Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids. p. 136-153 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

plastic properties
26 Citations (Scopus)

Tensile response of passivated films with climb-assisted dislocation glide

Ayas, C., Deshpande, V. S. & Geers, M. G. D., 2012, In : Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids. 60, 9, p. 1626-1643 158 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Dislocations (crystals)
Film thickness
397 Citations (Scopus)

Multi-scale computational homogenization: trends and challenges

Geers, M. G. D., Kouznetsova, V. & Brekelmans, W. A. M., 2010, In : Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics. 234, 7, p. 2175-2182

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Materials science
Computational methods
Structural design


Fellow of the European Mechanics Society

Marc Geers (Recipient), 9 Jul 2012

Recognition: OtherFellowships & membershipsScientific


IACM Fellows Award

Marc Geers (Recipient), 24 Jul 2016

Recognition: OtherFellowships & membershipsScientific

honors and awards
Homogenization method
Correlation methods
Energy harvesting
Energy absorption


Solid mechanics

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Student theses

A moving deformable barrier crash test procedure for assessing compatibility in frontal collisions

Author: van Ast, P., 30 Apr 2005

Supervisor: Geers, M. (Supervisor 1), Wismans, J. (Supervisor 2), Witteman, W. (Supervisor 2), van der Zweep, C. (External person) (External coach) & Delannoy, P. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master

A new setup for fast carbon nanotube growth: rapid thermal control and in-situ monitoring

Author: van Laake, L., 31 May 2006

Supervisor: Dietzel, A. (Supervisor 1), Geers, M. (Supervisor 2), Bellouard, Y. (Supervisor 2) & Homburg, F. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

A novel pure bending test methodology for the investigation of mechanical failure behavior of flexible electronics

Author: Ruybalid, A., 31 Mar 2013

Supervisor: Hoefnagels, J. (Supervisor 1), Geers, M. (Supervisor 2), Bouten, P. C. (External person) (External coach) & van Breemen, L. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Bake hardening response of DP800 and the influence on the 'in service performance'

Author: Farías, D., 30 Oct 2006

Supervisor: Witteman, W. (Supervisor 1), de Kanter, J. (External person) (External coach), Geers, M. (Supervisor 2) & Carless, S. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master

Biomechanics of traumatic brain injury: influences of the morphologic heterogeneities of the cerebral cortex

Author: Cloots, R., 31 Mar 2007

Supervisor: Baaijens, F. (Supervisor 1), Geers, M. (Supervisor 2), van Dommelen, J. (Supervisor 2) & Peters, G. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master