Tag Archive | graduate students
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
Welcome to new MMD lab members!
Welcome to new MMD lab members: postdocs Si Chen and Robert Wagner and PhD candidate Ellen van Wijngaarden! And good luck to MMD alums Srikar Srivatsa and Xinyue Zhang with their new awesome west coast careers!
Congratulations to now former graduate student Srikar Srivatsa for successfully defending his Masters thesis last week!
Modeling Polymer Chains
MMD lab graduate Michael Buche just published work started in his PhD thesis in Physical Review E. “Freely jointed chain models with extensible links” presents how to derive asymptotically correct analytical expressions for the force-stretch relationships for polymer chains with extensible bonds utilizing statistical thermodynamics. This work was co-authored with Prof Silberstein and fellow Cornell […]