Graduate students Steven Yang and Michael Buche and Prof Silberstein all presented at the annual Society of Engineering Science Conference at Washington University in St. Louis last week (no minivan this time).
Congratulations to Alwany for winning an Engineering Learning Initiatives undergraduate research grant! Alwany will be working on a high throughput approach to measuring the stiffness of gels.
The MMD lab spent a very rainy Wednesday in the 4-H Youth Building at the NY State Fair encouraging the next generation of polymer mechanics enthusiasts. As always, our silly putty making was a hit.
(Note: This animal did not participate in the making of silly putty.)
Our study “Enabling Room-Temperature Mechanochromic Activation in a Glassy Polymer: Synthesis and Characterization of Spiropyran Polycarbonate” is now out in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. The manuscript was co-first authored by Yuval Vidavsky and Steven Yang and was in collaboration with the Coates group at Cornell and the Diesendruck group at the Technion. This new material system has potential for direct application as a damage warning material and as a means for advancing understanding of plasticity in glassy amorphous polymers.