About Our Lab

We are broadly interested in studying the mechanics of soft engineering and biological materials using an integrated experimental and modeling approach. In particular, we are interested in adaptive materials that  can  exhibit dramatic changes in microstructure, mechanical properties, and  macroscopic shape in response to an environmental stimulus.

Recent Publications

A nonlinear viscoelasticity theory for nematic liquid crystal elastomers

Z. Wang, A. E. H. Chehade, S. Govindjee, T. D. Nguyen (2022) “A nonlinear viscoelasticity theory for nematic liquid crystal elastomers”,  Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, in press [Link]

Liquid Crystal Elastomers

Mechanical Strain in the Mouse Astrocytic Lamina Increases After Exposure to Recombinant Trypsin

A. Korneva, E. C. Kimball, S. Quillen, J. L. Jefferys, M. Nawathe, Y. T. T. Ling, T, D. Nguyen, H. A. Quigley (2022), “Mechanical Strain in the Mouse Astrocytic Lamina Increases After Exposure to Recombinant Trypsin”, Acta Biomaterialia, in press, [Link]

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Synergistic Energy Absorption Mechanisms of Architected Liquid Crystal Elastomers

S.-Y. Jeon, B. Shen, N. A. Traugutt, Z. Zhu, L. Fang, X. M Yakacki, T. D Nguyen, S. H. Kang (2022) “Synergistic Energy Absorption Mechanisms of Architected Liquid Crystal Elastomers”, Advanced Materials, in press .[Link]

Liquid Crystal Elastomers

Effects of Glaucoma on the Structure and Pressure-Induced Strain Response of the Human Lamina Cribrosa

C. A. Czerpak, Y. T. T. Ling, J. L. Jefferys, H. A. Quigley, T. D. Nguyen, “Effects of Glaucoma on the Structure and Pressure-Induced Strain Response of the Human Lamina Cribrosa”, in preparation

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