Review Paper on Soft Ionics

How can soft polymer systems create devices that process information and interact with the world around them? That is the topic of a new review paper led by Max Tepermeister and with contribution from many members of the Silberstein lab and in collaboration with the Suntivich and Tian groups and published in Frontiers in Physics. […]

Congratulations to Joy and Hongyi!

Congratulations to PhD candidate Hongyi Cai for passing his A-exam last week and congratulations to Dr. Xinyue (Joy) Zhang for successfully defending her thesis!!!

Atkinson Venture Fund grant awarded for Engineered Living Materials

Prof. Silberstein is part of a winning Atkinson Venture Fund grant team. The interdisciplinary project is led by Prof. Rong Yang in the Chemical and Biological Engineering department at Cornell. This new ELMI project “Engineered Living Materials for Indoor Air Quality Control,” will use a hybrid approach of yeast and synthetic polymers to take on […]


Part of the MMD lab is participating in the U.S. National Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics this week. Check out our talks on Wednesday 6/22: Srikar Srivatsa is speaking at 2:45pm in the “Mechanics of Architected Materials” session. Nikola Bosnjak is speaking at 4:45pm in the “Soft Matter Mechanics, Physics and Devices” session. Meredith […]

Metamaterials paper published

“Examining the impact of asymmetry in lattice-based mechanical metamaterials” is now published in Mechanics of Materials. This work was led by graduate student Srikar Srivatsa and was in collaboration with the Selva group at Texas A&M. In this study we use a generative algorithm to produce lattice-based metamaterials within a confined design space. We then […]

Congratulations MMD lab graduates!

Congratulations to Tiffany Chui, Shreya Gowda, and Anabel Sattler! Tiffany received a bachelors in Materials Science and Shreya and Anabel received bachelors in Mechanical Engineering.


Join Cornell University April 29th 10am-4pm for this year’s KK Wang Industry Day on materials design by additive manufacturing – a virtual symposium that merges industry and academia. The program will feature keynote talks, presentations from academic and industrial leaders, and a poster competition. Prof Silberstein will be talking about the MMD lab work on […]

New paper out in Advanced Materials Interfaces

The Research Article “Enabling Tunable Water-Responsive Surface Adaptation of PDMS via Metal-ligand Coordinated Dynamic Networks” is now published in Advanced Materials Interfaces. This work was led by Xinyue(Joy) Zhang. We demonstrated a new design to enable time-dependent adaptation of a polymer via dynamic functionalities. By embedding dynamic metal-ligand coordination into a PDMS matrix, a reversible hydrophobic […]

Postdoc Fellowships in Engineered Living Materials open for applications, due May 10th

The Cornell Engineered Living Materials Institute (ELMI), directed by Meredith Silberstein, is seeking applicants for postdoctoral fellowships. Fellows will work with faculty affiliates to pursue their own original proposed research that aligns with ELMI objectives. Position and application details can be found here. The ELMI is a bold new initiative at Cornell that reimagines a […]

MMD lab goes to MRS