Overview & Interests

We are interested in processing and properties of materials, with a current focus on soft materials and interfacial properties. We combine theory and experiment in our work. There are ongoing projects on hybrids of biological molecules and nanomaterials, adhesion & friction, the mechanics of soft materials, and biomechanics of vesicle fusion and viral internalization into cells.

Bio-molecule Interactions with Nanomaterials: Hybrids of DNA  with single wall carbon nanotubes;

Biomolecular and cellular mechanics applied to synaptic transmission, viral-cell membrane adhesion, single-molecule force spectroscopy of peeling;

Biomimetic Materials and Architectures for Surface Mechanical Properties: Design, fabrication, measurement, and analysis of biomimetic materials for unique surface mechanical properties such as adhesion, friction, and contact compliance;

Fracture, Adhesion, and Other Mechanical Properties of Soft Materials: Mechanical properties of compliant materials, fundamentals of adhesion, surface constitutive behavior in soft materials.