Tag Archive | graduate students

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 Srikar!

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 […]

Paper on modeling ionotronics out in JMPS

The design of functional and soft ionotronic devices has gained a considerable interest over the last decade, with applications ranging from sensing and energy harvesting to drug delivery. The coupled electrochemical and mechanical response of soft ionic polymers plays a pivotal role in the operation of many such devices and presents a significant challenge for […]

State Variable Modeling

Ever wonder how to conceptualize and formulate a continuum scale material model that captures the critical physics? Want to learn how really understand constitutive theory papers? Prof Silberstein will be teaching State Variable Modeling this fall. See the syllabus for more information.

Review Paper on Soft Ionics

How can soft polymer systems create devices that process information and interact with the world around them? That is the topic of a new review paper led by Max Tepermeister and with contribution from many members of the Silberstein lab and in collaboration with the Suntivich and Tian groups and published in Frontiers in Physics. […]

Congratulations to Joy and Hongyi!

Congratulations to PhD candidate Hongyi Cai for passing his A-exam last week and congratulations to Dr. Xinyue (Joy) Zhang for successfully defending her thesis!!!


Part of the MMD lab is participating in the U.S. National Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics this week. Check out our talks on Wednesday 6/22: Srikar Srivatsa is speaking at 2:45pm in the “Mechanics of Architected Materials” session. Nikola Bosnjak is speaking at 4:45pm in the “Soft Matter Mechanics, Physics and Devices” session. Meredith […]

Metamaterials paper published

“Examining the impact of asymmetry in lattice-based mechanical metamaterials” is now published in Mechanics of Materials. This work was led by graduate student Srikar Srivatsa and was in collaboration with the Selva group at Texas A&M. In this study we use a generative algorithm to produce lattice-based metamaterials within a confined design space. We then […]

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 […]