Check out our new paper (led by PhD candidate Xinyue(Joy) Zhang! This work aims to isolate the effect of transient metal–ligand crosslinking on the viscoelasticity of polymer networks. A systematic study combining both experimental results and theoretical verification was carried out through a carefully designed system that has no physical entanglements or phase separation. Also, […]
PhD candidate Michael Buche and Prof. Silberstein just published a paper on the constitutive modeling of polymer networks using statistical mechanics in Physical Review E. This work is the first to accomplish a general derivation that starts from arbitrary non-interacting single-chain behaviors and ends in the Cauchy stress. It highlights the naturally-occurring statistical correspondences that […]
Congratulations to Hongyi Cai, Phd candidate in Materials Science and Engineering for passing his qualifying exam last week!
Congratulations to Joy Zhang, PhD candidate in the Materials Science and Engineering field, for passing her A-exam today!
Congratulations to Micheal Buche, PhD candidate in the Theoretical and Applied Mechanics field, for passing his A-exam yesterday!
Our new paper on strong yet UV degradable polymers is out in the Journal of the American Chemistry Society. This work was led by PhD candidate Bryce M. Lipinski in the Coates group. He devised a synthesis approach for isotactic poly(propylene oxide) in order to produce a material that demonstrates immense strain hardening. This iPPO […]
Former postdoc Yuval Vidavsky and current Phd student Michael Buche’s combined experimental and DFT study on metallopolymers is now out in Macromolecules. This work, which was co-advised by Prof Robert DiStasio from Cornell’s chemistry department, introduces the idea of using neutral nitrogen-based ligands to modulate the stiffness, strength, and reversibility of metal-coordination bond-based crosslinks and thereby […]
Two papers are now available online: The first, in Chemical Science, led by Stephanie Rosenbloom from Prof Brett Fors’ group is titled “Tailor-made thermoplastic elastomers: customizable materials via modulation of molecular weight distributions”.This is part of our ongoing collaboration with the Fors group on the mechanical properties of tailored polymers. The second, in Frontiers in Chemistry, […]
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 […]
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).