Goodbye and welcome

Goodbye and good luck to former postdoctoral associate Yuval Vidavsky and newly minted PhD Suwon Bae as they move on to the next phase in their careers.

MAE and MSE PhD student matching are now complete and we are pleased to welcome three new PhD students into the MMD lab: Hongyi Cai, Srikar Srivasta, and Zhongtong Wang. Guess we need a new, new group photo – this one’s from the transition.IMG_0007

 

SES conference

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).Michael SES

Alwany wins ELI award

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.

NY State Fair 2019

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.)

MechanoChemBio Conference

The MMD lab road tripped up to Montreal last week for Multiscale Mechanochemistry and Mechanobiology 2019. This three day, one track, conference is focused on bringing together expertise and techniques in mechanochemistry and mechanobiology. Joy, Michael, Steven, and Yuval each presented posters.

 

4-H Career Explorations

We hosted our annual 4-H Career Explorations University-U activity the last week of June. This year graduate student Michael Buche took the helm and increased the interactive components. Joy and Yuval assisted Michael with facilitating the discussions, design, and testing.

Mechanochromic Polycarbonate work now out in JACS

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.

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