John Everett Dolbow

  • Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative
  • Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science (Secondary)
  • Bass Fellow
External address: 121 Hudson Hall, Box 90287, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 121 Hudson Hall, Box 90287, Durham, NC 27708-0287
Phone: (919) 660-5202

Research Areas and Keywords

PDE & Dynamical Systems
evolving interfaces, finite element methods, phase field methods
Physical Modeling
fracture, lipid membranes

Professor John E. Dolbow came to Duke University from Northwestern University, where he received an MS and PhD in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. During the course of his graduate study, John was a Computational Science Graduate Fellow for the Department of Energy, and he spent a summer working at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dr. Dolbow's research concerns the development of computational methods for nonlinear problems in solid mechanics. In particular, he is interested in modeling quasi-static and dynamic fracture of structural components, the evolution of interfaces with nonlinear constitutive laws, and developing models for stimulus-responsive hydrogels. A native of New Hampshire, Dr. Dolbow received his Bachelor's Degree in mechanical engineering from the University of New Hampshire.

Education & Training
  • Ph.D., Northwestern University 1999

  • M.S., Northwestern University 1998

  • B.S.M.E., University of New Hampshire 1995

Stanciulescu, I, Dolbow, JE, and Zauscher, S. "Computational modeling of surface phenomena in soft-wet materials." International Journal of Solids and Structures 46.6 (2009): 1334-1344. Full Text

Kim, T-Y, and Dolbow, JE. "An edge-bubble stabilized finite element method for fourth-order parabolic problems." Finite Elements in Analysis and Design 45.8-9 (2009): 485-494. Full Text

Sanders, JD, Dolbow, JE, and Laursen, TA. "On methods for stabilizing constraints over enriched interfaces in elasticity." International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering 78.9 (2009): 1009-1036. Full Text

Dolbow, J, and Harari, I. "An efficient finite element method for embedded interface problems." International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering 78.2 (2009): 229-252. Full Text Open Access Copy

Dolbow, JE, and Franca, LP. "Residual-free bubbles for embedded Dirichlet problems." Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering 197.45-48 (2008): 3751-3759. Full Text

Dolbow, JE, and Laursen, TA. "The Melosh Competition." Finite Elements in Analysis and Design 44.5 (2008): 227--. Full Text

Dolbow, J, Mosso, S, Robbins, J, and Voth, T. "Coupling volume-of-fluid based interface reconstructions with the extended finite element method." Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering 197.5 (2008): 439-447. Full Text

Chang, DP, Dolbow, JE, and Zauscher, S. "Switchable friction of stimulus-responsive hydrogels." Langmuir 23.1 (January 2, 2007): 250-257. Full Text

Kim, TY, Dolbow, J, and Laursen, T. "A mortared finite element method for frictional contact on arbitrary interfaces." Computational Mechanics 39.3 (2007): 223-235. Full Text

Korchagin, V, Dolbow, J, and Stepp, D. "A theory of amorphous viscoelastic solids undergoing finite deformations with application to hydrogels." International Journal of Solids and Structures 44.11-12 (2007): 3973-3997. Full Text

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