ELMI student symposium

Bex Pendrak, Ellen van Wijngaarden, Si Chen, and Prof Silberstein all participated in the first annual ELMI student research symposium last week. See below for proof of pizza.

New paper on solvent free ionic conductivity out in Macromolecules

Metal–ligand coordination, as a non-covalent interaction, has been extensively applied in polymer matrices to enhance the mechanical toughness, tune viscoelasticity, and enable self-healing. In recent years, metal–ligand coordination has also been studied as a means of designing ionically conductive polymers. Silicone is a widely used elastomer due to its low cost, large strain to failure, […]

Congratulations Bex

Congratulations to soon to be MMD lab alum Bex Pendrak for achieving honorable mention for the highly competitive NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program! Bex will be starting a PhD program in the fall.

Solid or liquid?

On March 3rd, 2023, Postdoc Rob Wagner and Ph.D. candidate Zhongtong Wang, in conjunction with the Cornell Center for Materials Research, attended Dryden Elementary School to teach 3rd-grade students about the phases of matter, and viscoelastic materials. In this interactive lesson designed by Rob, Rob and Zhongtong used hands-on demonstrations spanning from rubber bands and maple […]

Paper on modeling elastomers with ionic bonds and entanglements out in Mechanics of Materials

Dynamic crosslinks and entanglements play a significant role in tuning mechanical properties of elastomers and gels. In our recent paper in the journal of Mechanics of Materials, we report a continuum modeling framework that considers these two mechanisms for adding toughness and strength to polymers – ionic bonding and entanglements. This theoretical study led by Zhongtong Wang […]

ELMI website updated!

The Engineered Living Materials Institute website is now live. Please check out our new institute home: elmi.cornell.edu.

Congratulations to Nikola!

Congratulations and good luck to Nikola Bosnjak for his new job at Nike!

Congrats to Zhongtong Wang!

Congratulations to mechanical engineering PhD candidate Zhongtong Wang for passing his A-exam earlier this week! Zhongtong’s PhD will be on “Constitutive Modeling of Polymers and Polymer Composites with Dynamic Bonds.”

Silberstein lab goes to IMECE

Mechanical engineering PhD students Max Tepermeister and Zhongtong Wang, and MS student Jinyue Dai all presented at ASME’s International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in Columbus, Ohio last week.

Publication on ionically crosslinked elastomers is out in Soft Matter

Incorporation of reversible crosslinks into polymers is an effective approach for tailoring their mechanical properties and to realizing behavior like self-healing, shape memory, and pH sensitivity. Among various reversible crosslink types, ionic bonds are particularly interesting because of their biocompatibility, saloplasticity, and relevance for energy conversion technologies. Understanding the structure-function relationship of such polymers is […]