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PhD Qualifying Exam Success!

Congratulations to first year graduate students Michael Buche, Steven Yang, and Joy Zhang for passing their Q exams in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, and Materials Science respectively!

Yuval’s work on the Cover of the Journal of Polymer Science: Polymer Chemistry

Postdoc Yuval Vidavsky’s paper entitled Modulating Metallopolymer Mechanical Properties by Controlling Metal Ligand Crosslinking is featured as the cover article in the June issue of the Journal of Polymer Science: Polymer Chemistry. Yuval conceived, synthesized, and tested a series of polymers that can be reversibly crosslinked by addition and removal of copper cations, thereby tailoring the stiffness and […]

Naigeng Chen defends PhD thesis

Congratulations to Naigeng Chen for passing his B-exam yesterday with flying colors! His thesis entitled “Experimental and Computational Study of Non-woven Damage Mechanics” is well, a comprehensive experimental and computational study of non-woven damage mechanics, using a commercial polypropylene non-woven series (Typar SF) as his experimental system. This picture from right after the deliberations might […]

Medical Implant Paper out in PNAS

Our collaborative work with Minglin Ma’s group (Cornell Biological and Environmental Engineering) on a potential medical treatment for type 1 diabetes is now published in PNAS. The paper entitled “Designing a retrievable and scalable cell encapsulation device for potential treatment of type 1 diabetes” was led by Minglin’s PhD students Duo An and Alan Chiu. […]

Welcome to new graduate students!

Advisor matching season is coming to a close and we have three new PhD candidates in the MMD lab. Welcome to Michael Buche, Steven Yang, and Joy Zhang who come from the fields of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering respectively.

Bond Strength Determination Manuscript

Naigeng’s work on determining bond strength within non-wovens is now published in Experimental Mechanics. In this meticulous combined experimental and computational effort Naigeng outlines and then validates a method for determining the bond strength distribution within non-wovens formed from fiber-fiber bonds. This method can be used as long as the non-woven can be imaged (e.g. […]

Mechanochemistry in Materials book now available

Mechanochemistry in Materials is now available for purchase. This book includes a chapter on mechanochemical transduction in bulk polymers by PI Silberstein and former graduate student Meenakshi Manivannan and also a chapter on mechanophore design for chemical function by collaborator Charles Diesendruck.