Many complex structures consist of multiple components. Contact and adhesion between different components in these structures are crucial for the performance and life-time of these structures. The mechanism has not been fully understood.
Our research contributed to this endeavor by focusing on bio-inspired design, advanced fabrication and material characterization of medical or energy related materials and structures, such as biomedical devices inside human body, biological organs and thin-film organic electronic devices. It combined experimental characterization of structures with analytical and computational models that enabled the prediction of mechanical behaviors at the micro and macro-scales. Interdisciplinary in essence, our research had both fundamental and applied aspects that are weaved together through materials science and mechanics.
Research positions are available in the group for undergraduate students, graduate students and visiting scholars. A background in materials, solid mechanics, fracture mechanics and/or biomechanics is preferable. Prior experience with biological material (tissue/organ/cell) is a plus.