About The Lab

Soft materials are capable of large deformation, and have mechanical properties comparable to those of biological tissues. Recent developments in soft materials are enabling the rise of soft robotics, stretchable electronics, and biomechatronics. These new fields are profoundly altering the interactions between human beings and machines. Through the integration of analytical modeling, computational simulation and experiment, our group aims to investigate the fundamental physics and mechanics of soft materials, such as their constitutive relation, nonlinear deformation, instability, and fracture. On the other hand, our group strives to develop new materials, structures, and functions for soft robotics and stretchable electronics.

Recent News

08/2019, Our group is awarded an NSF grant from the Mechanics of Materials and Structures program. Thanks for the support!

08/2019, Yuzhen is selected for the Haythornthwaite Student Travel Award to go to 2019 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition. Congratulations!

07/2019, Welcome our new visiting undergraduate, Haiqian.

06/2019, Professor Lihua Jin is selected as a 2019-20 Hellman Fellow.

06/2019, Masato is selected for the 2019 MAE Outstanding TA Award. Congratulations!

06/2019, Congratulate Yu for passing the preliminary exam.

12/2018, MSM lab hosted six CEED freshmen to work on a research project of fabricating soft actuators, under the supervision of Yuzhen. Read more.

12/2018, Professor Lihua Jin delivered an invited talk at California Institute of Technology.

11/2018, Professor Lihua Jin receives the 2018 Extreme Mechanics Letters Young Investigator Award, based on a paper first authored by Yuzhen! Read more.

11/2018, Yuzhen presented two talks in ASME's International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE).

10/2018, Welcome our new group members Mikela, Yu, Fumika, Rohan, Yuhong and Tianzhen!

Publication Highlights 

‘Soft phototactic swimmer based on self-sustained hydrogel oscillator’published in Science Robotics

‘Programmable granular metamaterials for reusable energy absorption’ published in Advanced Functional Materials

‘Elastocapillary crease’ published in Physical Review Letters

‘Strain- and strain rate-invariant conductance in a stretchable and compressible 3D conducting polymer foam’ published in Matter

‘Characterization of perfused & sectioned liver tissue in a full indentation cycle using a visco-hyperelastic model’ published in Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials

‘Concurrent reaction and diffusion in photo-responsive hydrogels’ published in Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids

‘Formation of high aspect ratio wrinkles and ridges on elastic bilayers with small thickness contrast’ publihsed in Soft Matter

‘Plasticity retards the formation of creases’ published in Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids

‘Geometric role in designing pneumatically actuated pattern-transforming metamaterials’ published in Extreme Mechanics Letters

‘Microstructural origin of resistance-strain hysteresis in carbon nanotube thin film conductors’ published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

‘Tough and water-insensitive self-Healing elastomer for robust electronic skin’ published in Advanced Materials

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Last updated 8/17/2019