Mikko Haataja


Princeton University
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
E-Quad D404-C
Princeton, NJ 08544

Phone: (609) 258-9126


Mikko Haataja received his Ph.D in theoretical condensed matter physics from McGill University in 2001. He was a postdoc at Princeton University and McMaster University. In 2004 he  joined the faculty at Princeton University as Assistant  Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He became Associate Professor in 2011 and Full Professor in 2014. 

Research Interests

  • Theoretical and computational studies of condensed matter systems
  • Phase transformations, defects, morphologies, and mechanical properties

Honors & Awards

  • 2007 Received Howard B. Wentz, Jr. SEAS Award
  • 2005 Received NSF CAREER Award 

5 most relevant publications

  • S. Muralidharan and M. Haataja. Phase-field crystal study of compositional domain formation in ultrathin films, Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 126101 (2010).
  • Z. Chen, Q. Guo, C. Majidi, W. Chen, D. J. Srolovitz, and M. Haataja. Nonlinear geometric effects in mechanical bistable morphing structures, Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 114302 (2012). 
  • S. Muralidharan, R. Khodadad, E. Sullivan, and M. Haataja. Multilayer Thin Film Growth on Crystalline and Quasicrystalline Surfaces: A Phase-field Crystal Study, Phys. Rev. B 85, 245428 (2012).
  • P. Stefanovic, M. Haataja, and N. Provatas. Phase-field Crystals with Elastic Interactions, Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 225504 (2006)..
  • K. R. Elder, M. Katakowski, M. Haataja, and M. Grant. Modeling Elasticity in Crystal Growth, Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 245701 (2002).