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

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

Optic Nerve Head

Computational Study of the Mechanical Behavior of the Astrocyte Network and Axonal Compartments in the Mouse Optic Nerve Head

Y. T. T. Ling, A. Korneva, H. A. Quigley, T. D. Nguyen (2021) “Computational Study of the Mechanical Behavior of the Astrocyte Network and Axonal Compartments in the Mouse Optic Nerve Head”, in preparation.

Optic Nerve Head

A nonlinear viscoelasticity theory for nematic liquid crystal elastomers

Z. Wang, A. E. H. Chehade, S. Govindjee, T. D. Nguyen (2021) “A nonlinear viscoelasticity theory for nematic liquid crystal elastomers”, in preparation

Liquid Crystal Elastomers

Computational Study of Tear Testing of a Single Weld Formed by Fused Filament Fabrication

Z, Wang, O. Agarwal, J. E. Seppala, K. J. Hemker, T. D. Nguyen (2021) “Computational Study of Tear Testing of a Single Weld Formed by Fused Filament Fabrication”, in review.

Fracture and Failure Polymers and Composites