MMD lab goes to MRS

Science Perspective on tailoring elastomers

Can materials be both soft and tough? Historically, low toughness has severely limited implementation of soft materials, such as hydrogels, in emerging technologies. Our perspective “Pathways to tough yet soft materials” analyzes state-of-the-art techniques for enhancing mechanical properties of hydrogels. In this article, published in the latest issue of Science, postdoc Nikola Bosnjak discusses novel […]

New papers out on mechanoresponsive elastomer modeling

Dr. Michael Buche’s paper on statistical mechanics derived modeling of mechanoresponsive elastomers is now out in the Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids. Titled “Chain breaking in the statistical mechanical constitutive theory of polymer networks,” it methodically derives a constitutive model for elastomer networks with breakable bonds that encompasses and expands beyond the […]


We’re a bit behind on posting, so here’s a bunch of MMD lab updates in one. Congratulations to Shreya Gowda on another award! This time she’s won Aviation Week’s 20 Twenties – a worldwide competition for top aerospace bound students. We have two new collaborative papers out: “Microstructural evolution of polyurea under hydrostatic pressure” in […]

Congratulations Max and Michael!

Congratulations to now officially PhD candidate Max Tepermeister for passing his qualifying exam and to no longer PhD candidate Michael Buche for successfully defending his thesis!!!!

Congratulations to Shreya on her Brooke Owens fellowship!

MMD lab undergraduate Shreya Gowda won the prestigious Brooke Owens fellowship. See here for the department spotlight on her.

Welcome to new members!

Welcome to Nikola Bosnjak and Max Tepermeister who joined the MMD lab this fall. Nikola is a postdoc who recently completed his PhD at NJIT on mechanics of gels. Max is a first year PhD student in the mechanical engineering field.

MMD group work highlighted by Cornell Research

Click here to see the Cornell Research highlight of the Silberstein group work.

MMD Lab’s First Paper on Modulating Polymer Mechanical Properties with Electric Fields Now Published

“Can Polyelectrolyte Mechanical Properties Be Directly Modulated By an Electric Field? A Molecular Dynamics Study” has just been published in Advanced Functional Materials. This study was carried out by first author Prathamesh Raiter who just completed his MS in the lab, and the concept came from former postdoc Yuval Vidavsky. Using molecular dynamics, this work […]

Shreya wins ELI Award!

Congratulations to Shreya Gowda for winning an Engineering Learning Initiatives undergraduate research award for her project “Dynamic Bond Approach to Improving Resin Transfer Molding Composites”!