New publication available in Advanced Functional Materials

Our latest collaborative paper with the Diesendruck group at the Technion is now out in Advanced Functional Materials.  “Highly Stretchable Polymers: Mechanical Properties Improvement by Balancing Intra- and Intermolecular  Interactions” was co-first authored by soon to defend MMD PhD candidate Suwon Bae and Diesendruck group PhD candidate Or Galant. In this work, Or and Suwon used a combination of synthesis, experiments, and molecular dynamics simulations to elucidate how intramolecular crosslinking can be used to tailor the mechanical response of bulk rubbery polymers.
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AFRL Summer Faculty Fellowship Program

Prof Silberstein has been awarded an Air Force Research Lab summer faculty fellowship.  She and graduate student Steven Yang will be spending the summer at Wright Patterson Air Force Research Lab working with the Biomaterials research group.

Congratulations to Steven Yang!

Congratulations to graduate student Steven Yang for winning honorable mention for the highly competitive NSF graduate research fellowship program.

A full searchable list of winners is here:

MMD Students go to APS!

Graduate students Michael Buche, Steven Yang, and Joy Zhang drove out to Boston last week to attend the March Meeting of the American Physical Society. They each gave a presentation on their thesis research. And even finished in time to answer questions before the 12 minute APS red light went off! Actions shots below.

Non-woven modeling manuscript now out in IJSS

Check out Naigeng’s latest paper in the International Journal of Solids and Structures. In this work extending from the final chapter of his PhD dissertation, Naigeng presents a constitutive model for non-wovens that explicitly includes bond failure as a damage mechanism. This novel contribution to the field build’s on Naigeng’s early PhD work experimentally identifying key non-woven deformation mechanisms and his later work developing a method to experimentally quantify bond strength distributions.


FEA simulation of center crack propagation under y-direction loading performed with the newly proposed non-woven constitutive model.


Congratulations to Allison Rzepka for winning an Engineering Learning Initiatives undergraduate research grant for the semester! This grant will provide funding for her work on nonwovens and nonwoven composites this semester.

Also, to Prof Silberstein for winning a College of Engineering excellence in undergraduate teaching award.  IMG957881

Welcome to new MMD lab members

Welcome to new MS candidate Prathamesh and undergraduates Allison and Yunyun! Also, a quite belated congratulations to former MMD member Zelin now employed at Cummins, for graduating with his MS this past spring.