The MS2M = Mechanics of Smart and Soft Materials Lab focuses on the mechanical behavior of smart and/or soft materials, mostly polymers and elastomers but also biological materials and soft tissues.  Specifically, we are interested in the underlying mechanisms leading to their macroscopic behavior. We investigate the time-dependent and temperature-dependent mechanical behaviors of smart and soft materials in order to develop reliable theoretical models.

Current Research Projects

Liquid Crystal Elastomers
  • A smart skin for pressure ulcers
  • Modeling soft elasticity in liquid crystal elastomers
  • 4D printing of liquid crystal elastomers
  • Heterogeneous orientation in liquid crystal elastomers
  • Biomechanics of pregnant women
  • Musculoskeletal modeling and obesity

Previous Research Projects

Mechanical behavior of Liquid Crystal Elastomers

Viscoelastic phenomena in Roll-to-Roll processing:

  • Viscoelastic Poisson’s ratio in webs for roll-to-roll processing
  • Viscoelasticity in roll-to-roll lamination
  • Viscoelasticity and curing phenomena in roll-to-roll nanoimprint lithography

Micromechanical modeling of UHMWPE fibers

Statistical Mechanics of a Polymer Chain

Solid Propellant: a highly-filled elastomer