Research Capabilities and Impact
Our soft materials research program addresses challenges in sustainability and health.
Soft materials can be easily deformed by external stresses, electric or magnetic fields or thermal fluctuations. Examples include liquids, polymers, foams, gels, colloids, granular materials, liquid crystals and most soft biological materials. We study the behavior of soft materials under small and large deformations, create active soft materials that can better interface with biological systems, and use advanced manufacturing technologies to transform soft materials to functional structures and devices.