Our research focuses on the mechanics of soft materials including architectured functional materials, bio-inspired metamaterials, and biological tissues. We actively utilize the design rules observed in nature to develop bio-inspired materials with a large variety of functionalities. Our research profile includes the area of active materials for artificial muscles, actuators, sensors, and soft robotics; bio-inspired flexible armor; acoustic metamaterials; and light-weight composites with extreme mechanical properties.
Our research bridges the gap between material microstructures and macroscopic properties. Our group uses a good mix of theory, simulations and experiments involving advanced 3D printing techniques. The laboratory is equipped with the new 3D printed Objet Connex 260 allowing us to fabricate architectured materials with resolution of 16 µm.
The Lab was founded by Assistant Prof. Stephan Rudykh.