Tag Archive | graduate students

MechanoChemBio Conference

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.  

4-H Career Explorations

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.

Mechanochromic Polycarbonate work now out in JACS

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. […]

PhD Students Walk

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)!

Congratulations to Suwon Bae!

Last week Suwon successfully defended his PhD thesis. Here’s the just about to start “action shot” courtesy of Joy.

Non-woven modeling manuscript now out in IJSS

Check out Naigeng’s latest paper in the International Journal of Solids and Structures. In this work extending from the final chapter of his PhD dissertation, Naigeng presents a constitutive model for non-wovens that explicitly includes bond failure as a damage mechanism. This novel contribution to the field build’s on Naigeng’s early PhD work experimentally identifying […]

The Effect of Intrachain Cross-Linking for Glassy Polymers

Suwon Bae’s new paper is now out in Macromolecules. This manuscript presents his molecular dynamics simulations examining the thermo-mechanical behavior of glassy polymers assembled from single chain polymer nanoparticles. Suwon’s simulations showed surprisingly good agreement with our earlier experimental work on the same class of materials. This is our third paper in our ongoing collaboration […]

4-H Career Explorations

Graduate students Michael and Steven revised and ran our University U activity at the 4-H Career Explorations event last month. This year we added a design challenge – after testing individual materials, students tried to make an assembly that gave a J-shaped force-deflection curve under tension. We tested their designs on our Zwick Universal Testing […]

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 […]