Tag Archive | graduate students

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 […]

MMD lab goes to MRS

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!!!!

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.

MMD group work highlighted by Cornell Research

Click here to see the Cornell Research highlight of the Silberstein group work.

MMD Lab’s First Paper on Modulating Polymer Mechanical Properties with Electric Fields Now Published

“Can Polyelectrolyte Mechanical Properties Be Directly Modulated By an Electric Field? A Molecular Dynamics Study” has just been published in Advanced Functional Materials. This study was carried out by first author Prathamesh Raiter who just completed his MS in the lab, and the concept came from former postdoc Yuval Vidavsky. Using molecular dynamics, this work […]

Congratulations to Steven and Zhongtong!

Congratulations to Steven Yang for passing his A-exam and to Zhongtong Wang for passing his Q-exam last week!

New publication in Soft Matter Emerging Investigators Issue 2021

Check out our new paper (led by PhD candidate Xinyue(Joy) Zhang! This work aims to isolate the effect of transient metal–ligand crosslinking on the viscoelasticity of polymer networks. A systematic study combining both experimental results and theoretical verification was carried out through a carefully designed system that has no physical entanglements or phase separation. Also, […]