Research

Our research bridges the gap between material microstructures and macroscopic properties. We actively utilize 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 group uses a mix of theory, simulations and experiments involving advanced 3D printing techniques.

 MAIN RESEARCH TOPICS

  1. Active Materials
  2. Acoustic Metamaterials
  3. Bio-Inspired Materials
  4. Fiber Composites – Effective Properties and Failure
  • Active Materials

We explore active materials capable of drastic changes in their properties or shape, and size as a response to external stimuli such as electric or magnetic field. These materials can be used as artificial muscles, soft robots, actuators, sensors etc. 

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  • Acoustic Metamaterials

Sophistically microstructured materials can provide powerful means for controlling wave propagation in materials, so the waves can be trapped or directed. Applications: noise reduction, vibration cancelling, energy harvesting etc.

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  • Bio-inspired materials

Flexible armor is controversy idea of designing materials that can protect an individual from a treat (such bullet, or knife) without restricting the mobility and preserving light weight. In our recent work we followed the design rules of scale-tissue protective systems present in fish. We use 3D printing techniques to fabricate the microstructured prototypes, with further subjecting these to various ladings.uCTToCsm1color_opt

 

 

 

 

 

  • Fiber composites

We study the mechanisms of failure in fiber composites under various loadings. There are questions to be answered: why FCs fail? Can we prevent failure? Or can we turn it into new functionalities? To answer these questions we use homogenization techniques, and multiscale simulations.

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  • Soft Matter

Whatever is soft is interesting!

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