The MMD lab spent a very rainy Wednesday in the 4-H Youth Building at the NY State Fair encouraging the next generation of polymer mechanics enthusiasts. As always, our silly putty making was a hit.
(Note: This animal did not participate in the making of silly putty.)
The MMD lab road tripped up to Montreal last week for Multiscale Mechanochemistry and Mechanobiology 2019. This three day, one track, conference is focused on bringing together expertise and techniques in mechanochemistry and mechanobiology. Joy, Michael, Steven, and Yuval each presented posters.
We hosted our annual 4-H Career Explorations University-U activity the last week of June. This year graduate student Michael Buche took the helm and increased the interactive components. Joy and Yuval assisted Michael with facilitating the discussions, design, and testing.
Our study “Enabling Room-Temperature Mechanochromic Activation in a Glassy Polymer: Synthesis and Characterization of Spiropyran Polycarbonate” is now out in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. The manuscript was co-first authored by Yuval Vidavsky and Steven Yang and was in collaboration with the Coates group at Cornell and the Diesendruck group at the Technion. This new material system has potential for direct application as a damage warning material and as a means for advancing understanding of plasticity in glassy amorphous polymers.
Former MMD lab PhD students Suwon Bae and Naigeng Chen attended the MAE graduation ceremony last month to get officially hooded. Congratulations to both (not only for surviving the PhD but also Silberstein’s first and second hooding)!
Last week Suwon successfully defended his PhD thesis. Here’s the just about to start “action shot” courtesy of Joy.
Undergraduate Allison Rzepka presented her research at the ELI Undergraduate Research Poster Session last week.
Prof Silberstein has been awarded an Air Force Research Lab summer faculty fellowship. She and graduate student Steven Yang will be spending the summer at Wright Patterson Air Force Research Lab working with the Biomaterials research group.
Congratulations to graduate student Steven Yang for winning honorable mention for the highly competitive NSF graduate research fellowship program.
A full searchable list of winners is here: https://www.research.gov/grfp/AwardeeList.do