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

12/2019, Congratulate Yu for passing the qualifying exam!

12/2019, Professor Lihua Jin presented an invited talk in ‎2019 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit.

11/2019, Yuzhen presented his work in 2019 ASME's International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE).

10/2019, Professor Lihua Jin presented an invited talk in ‎Soft Matter Symposium 2019 at University of Florida, and was selected for the travel award.

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.

Publication Highlights 

‘Dynamic Ag-N bond enhanced stretchable conductor for transparent and self-healing electronic skin’ published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces

‘Snapping-back buckling of wide hyperelastic columns’, published in Extreme Mechanics Letters

‘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

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Stretchable carbon nanotube network

Molecular simulation for a carbon nanotube network after cyclic stretching