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Oluwaseyi Balogun

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering


2137 N. Tech Drive
Catalysis 325
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

847-491-3054Email Oluwaseyi Balogun


Civil and Environmental Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

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Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Boston University, Boston, MA

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Boston University, Boston, MA

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria

Research Interests

Research: Multifunctional (photonic and phononic) structures, Laser based ultrasonic sensors, Interfacial properties of thin film materials, and Phonon transport in electromechanical structures

My research group is focused on the design of novel multifunctional materials and structures that enable control of elastic/acoustic and electromagnetic waves in materials. In particular, we are interested in basic research, to understand the physics of wave propagation in 2D and 3D nano and microscale periodic materials, and to develop novel experimental tools with high spatial and temporal resolution for visualization and measurement of acoustic phonon and plasmonic wave propagation in materials. We hope to leverage basic research in these areas to realize new engineering approaches, to sound/heat insulation, multifunctional sensors, actuators, and elastic/acoustic and super-resolution imaging. My group is also interested in applications of laser material interaction, to studying the dynamic interfacial properties of soft and hard thin films, nondestructive defect metrology in additive manufacturing, and mechanical characterization using laser generated elastic stress waves.      


Significant Recognition

  • BU Technology Commercialization Institute Award, 2004

Significant Professional Service


Selected Publications

    Bradley Sherman, Hong-Cin Liou, and O. Balogun, “Thin Film Interface Stresses Generated by High Amplitude Laser Generated Surface Acoustic Waves” Journal of Applied Physics, 118, 135303, 1-10, (2015)

    P. Ahn, Xiang Chen, Z. Zhang, Matt. Ford, D. Rosenmann, I.W. Jung, C. Sun, and O. Balogun, “Dynamic near-field optical interaction between oscillating nanomechanical structures”. (Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group), 5, 10058, (2015)

    P. Ahn and O. Balogun, “Elastic characterization of nanoporous gold foams using laser based ultrasonics”, Ultrasonics, 54(3), 795, (2014)

     Z. Zhang, P. Ahn, B. Dong, O. Balogun, and C. Sun “Quantitative Imaging of Rapidly Decaying Evanescent Fields using Plasmonic Near-Field Scanning Optical Microscopy” Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group), 3, 2808, DOI:10.1038/srep02803, (2013)

     P. Ahn, Z. Zhang, C. Sun, and O. Balogun, “Ultrasonic Near Field Optical Microscopy Using a Plasmonic Nanofocusing Probe”, Journal of Applied Physics , 113, 234903, (2013)

    O. Balogun and J.D. Achenbach “Surface Waves on a halfspace with depth-dependent properties”, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 132(3), pp. 1336-1345, (2012)

    O. Balogun and T.W. Murray “Frequency Domain Photoacoustics using Intensity Modulated Laser Sources”, (Special Issue on Laser Ultrasound), Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation,http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10589759.2011.573554, pp. 1-17, (2011) (Invited paper)

    O. Balogun, G.D. Cole, R. Huber, D. Chinn, T.W. Murray, and J.B. Spicer “High Spatial Resolution Sub-Surface Acoustic Microscopy Using a Laser Based Ultrasonic Technique”, IEEETransactions onUFFC, 58(1), pp.226-233, (2011)


“Non-Destructive Imaging, Characterization or Measurement of Thin Items Using Laser Generated Lamb Waves,” C. Prada, O. Balogun and T.W. Murray. Patent Filed in October, 2006

In the Classroom

Prof. Balogun teaches undergraduate level courses EA-206-2: Engineering Analysis: Statics and Dynamics, and ME 363: Mechanical Engineering. EA-206-2 provides freshman level undergraduates with a solid background in the application of Newton’s laws to engineering problem solving. ME 363 provides students with a strong  background in modeling and interpretation of oscillatory motion in mechanical systems, based on physics based analysis approaches.

Prof. Balogun also teaches a graduate level course, ME 495: Dynamic deformation of materials. The course focuses on  aspects of wave motion in solids including, linear and nonlinear elastic deformation, fracture, and diffraction, induced by dynamic mechanical loading. Specific examples from metals, polymers and composites are provided. The course also surveys available experimental techniques for understanding dynamic deformation in materials.