Congratulations to Suwon Bae!

Last week Suwon successfully defended his PhD thesis. Here’s the just about to start “action shot” courtesy of Joy.v+n+uGbTSPWHWQnNcmT+ug

Allison presents at ELI poster session

Undergraduate Allison Rzepka presented her research at the ELI Undergraduate Research Poster Session last week.

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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: https://www.research.gov/grfp/AwardeeList.do

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.

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