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

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.