Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
Harvard MRSEC Publications, 2015 (DMR-1420570)

IRG 1: Mechanics of Soft Materials under Large Deformation

  1. Primary MRSEC support (IRG1)
    1. Kaplan, C.N., N. Wu, S. Mandre, J. Aizenberg, and L. Mahadevan, "Dynamics of evaporative colloidal patterning," Physics of Fluids 27 (9), 092105 (2015).
    2. Jin, L., A. Auguste, R.C. Hayward, and Z. Suo, "Bifurcation diagrams for the formation of wrinkles or creases in soft bilayers," Journal of Applied Mechanics 82 (6), 061008-061008 (2015).
    3. Cai, L.H., T.E. Kodger, R.E. Guerra, A.F. Pegoraro, M. Rubinstein, and D.A. Weitz, "Soft poly(dimethylsiloxane) elastomers from architecture-driven entanglement free design," Advanced Materials 27 (35), 5132-5140 (2015).
  2. Partial MRSEC support (IRG1)
    1. Chaudhuri, O., L. Gu, D. Klumpers, M. Darnell, S.A. Bencherif, J.C. Weaver, N. Huebsch, H.-P. Lee, E. Lippens, G.N. Duda, and D.J. Mooney, "Hydrogels with tunable stress relaxation regulate stem cell fate and activity," Nature Materials 15, 326-334 (2015).
    2. Huebsch, N., E. Lippens, K. Lee, M. Mehta, S.T. Koshy, M.C. Darnell, R.M. Desai, C.M. Madl, M. Xu, X. Zhao, O. Chaudhuri, C. Verbeke, W.S. Kim, K. Alim, A. Mammoto, D.E. Ingber, G.N. Duda, and D.J. Mooney, "Matrix elasticity of void-forming hydrogels controls transplanted-stem-cell-mediated bone formation," Nature Materials 14 (12), 1269-1277 (2015).
    3. Gottesman, O., E. Efrati, and S.M. Rubinstein, "Furrows in the wake of propagating d-cones," Nature Communication 6, 7232 (2015).
    4. Liu, Q., S. Huang, and Z. Suo, "Brownian motion of molecular probes in supercooled liquids," Physical Review Letters 114 (22), 224301 (2015).
    5. Wang, Z., Y. Lou, and Z. Suo, "Crack tunneling in cement sheath of hydrocarbon well," Journal of Applied Mechanics 83 (1), 011002-011002 (2015).
    6. Choi, Y.S., M. Pharr, K.H. Oh, and J.J. Vlassak, "A simple technique for measuring the fracture energy of lithiated thin-film silicon electrodes at various lithium concentrations," Journal of Power Sources 294, 159-166 (2015).
    7. Jensen, M.H., E.J. Morris, and D.A. Weitz, "Mechanics and dynamics of reconstituted cytoskeletal systems," Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) — Molecular Cell Research 1853 (11), 3038-3042 (2015).
    8. Kanai, T., N. Boon, P.J. Lu, E. Sloutskin, A.B. Schofield, F. Smallenburg, R. van Roij, M. Dijkstra, and D.A. Weitz, "Crystallization and reentrant melting of charged colloids in nonpolar solvents," Physical Review E 91, 030301(R) (2015).

IRG 2: Digital Assembly of Soft Materials

  1. Primary MRSEC support (IRG2)
    1. Amstad, E., M. Gopinadhan, C. Holtze, C.O. Osuji, M.P. Brenner, F. Spaepen, and D.A. Weitz, "Production of amorphous nanoparticles by supersonic spray-drying with a microfluidic nebulator," Science 349 (6251), 956-960 (2015).
    2. Shan, S., S.H. Kang, J.R. Raney, P. Wang, L. Fang, F. Candido, J.A. Lewis, and K. Bertoldi, "Multistable architected materials for trapping elastic strain energy," Advanced Materials 27 (29), 4296-4301 (2015).
    3. Frutiger, A., J.T. Muth, D.M. Vogt, Y. Mengüç, A. Campo, A.D. Valentine, C.J. Walsh, and J.A. Lewis, "Capacitive soft strain sensors via multicore—Shell fiber printing," Advanced Materials 27 (15), 2440-2446 (2015).
    4. Duncanson, W.J., T.E. Kodger, S. Babaee, G. Gonzalez, D.A. Weitz, and K. Bertoldi, "Microfluidic fabrication and micromechanics of permeable and impermeable elastomeric microbubbles," Langmuir 31 (11), 3489-3493 (2015).
    5. Vogel, N., S. Utech, G.T. England, T. Shirman, K.R. Phillips, N. Koay, I.B. Burgess, M. Kolle, D.A. Weitz, and J. Aizenberg, "Color from hierarchy: Diverse optical properties of micron-sized spherical colloidal assemblies," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112 (35), 10845-10850 (2015).
  2. Partial MRSEC support (IRG2)
    1. Schaffner, M., G. England, M. Kolle, J. Aizenberg, and N. Vogel, "Combining bottom-up self-assembly with top-down microfabrication to create hierarchical inverse opals with high structural order," Small 11 (34), 4334-4340 (2015).
    2. Perry, R.W., M.C. Holmes-Cerfon, M.P. Brenner, and V.N. Manoharan, "Two-dimensional clusters of colloidal spheres: Ground states, excited states, and structural rearrangements," Physical Review Letters 114 (22), 228301 (2015).
    3. Kelleher, C.P., A. Wang, G.I. Guerrero-García, A.D. Hollingsworth, R.E. Guerra, B.J. Krishnatreya, D.G. Grier, V.N. Manoharan, and P.M. Chaikin, "Charged hydrophobic colloids at an oil-aqueous phase interface," Physical Review E 92 (6), 062306 (2015).
    4. Manoharan, V.N., "Colloidal matter: Packing, geometry, and entropy," Science 349 (6251) (2015).
    5. Amstad, E., F. Spaepen, and D.A. Weitz, "Crystallization of undercooled liquid fenofibrate," Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 17 (44), 30158-30161 (2015).
    6. Akamatsu, K., S. Kanasugi, S.-I. Nakao, and D.A. Weitz, "Membrane-integrated glass capillary device for preparing small-sized water-in-oil-in-water emulsion droplets," Langmuir 31 (25), 7166-7172 (2015).
    7. Arriaga, L.R., E. Amstad, and D.A. Weitz, "Scalable single-step microfluidic production of single-core double emulsions with ultra-thin shells," Lab on a Chip 15 (16), 3335-3340 (2015).
    8. Hackelbusch, S., T. Rossow, D. Steinhilber, D.A. Weitz, and S. Seiffert, "Hybrid microgels with thermo-tunable elasticity for controllable cell confinement," Advanced Healthcare Materials 4 (12), 1841-1848 (2015).
    9. Wagner, O., M. Zieringer, W.J. Duncanson, D.A. Weitz, and R. Haag, "Perfluoroalkyl-functionalized hyperbranched polyglycerol as pore forming agents and supramolecular hosts in polymer microspheres," International Journal of Molecular Sciences 16 (9), 20183-20194 (2015).

IRG 3: Controlling and Using Instabilities in Soft, Elastic Materials: Melded-Function, Non-Linear, Devices

  1. Primary MRSEC support (IRG3)
    1. Bartlett, N.W., M.T. Tolley, J.T.B. Overvelde, J.C. Weaver, B. Mosadegh, K. Bertoldi, G.M. Whitesides, and R.J. Wood, "A 3D-printed, functionally graded soft robot powered by combustion," Science 349 (6244), 161-165 (2015).
    2. Overvelde, J.T., T. Kloek, J.J. D'haen, and K. Bertoldi, "Amplifying the response of soft actuators by harnessing snap-through instabilities," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112 (35), 201504947 (2015).
    3. Shan, S., S.H. Kang, Z. Zhao, L. Fang, and K. Bertoldi, "Design of planar isotropic negative Poisson's ratio structures," Extreme Mechanics Letters 4, 96-102 (2015).
    4. Shian, S., K. Bertoldi, and D.R. Clarke, "Use of aligned fibers to enhance the performance of dielectric elastomer inchworm robots," Conference Proceeding SPIE 9430 94301P-94301P-9 (2015).
    5. Wang, P., L. Lu, and K. Bertoldi, "Topological phononic crystals with one-way elastic edge waves," Physical Review Letters 115 (10), 104302 (2015).
    6. Connolly, F., P. Polygerinos, C.J. Walsh, and K. Bertoldi, "Mechanical programming of soft actuators by varying fiber angle," Soft Robotics 2 (1), 26-32 (2015).
  2. Partial MRSEC support (IRG3)
    1. Monn, M.A., J.C. Weaver, T. Zhang, J. Aizenberg, and H. Kesari, "New functional insights into the internal architecture of the laminated anchor spicules of Euplectella aspergillum," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112 (16), 4976-4981 (2015).
    2. Babaee, S., P. Wang, and K. Bertoldi, "Three-dimensional adaptive soft phononic crystals," Journal of Applied Physics 117 (24), 244903 (2015).
    3. Babaee, S., A.S. Shahsavari, P. Wang, R.C. Picu, and K. Bertoldi, "Wave propagation in cross-linked random fiber networks," Applied Physics Letters 107 (21), 211904 (2015).
    4. Javid, F., E. Smith-Roberge, M.C. Innes, A. Shanian, J.C. Weaver, and K. Bertoldi, "Dimpled elastic sheets: A new class of non-porous negative Poisson's ratio materials," Scientific Reports 5, 18373 (2015).
    5. Lim, Q.J., P. Wang, S.J.A. Koh, E.H. Khoo, and K. Bertoldi, "Wave propagation in fractal-inspired self-similar beam lattices," Applied Physics Letters 107 (22), 221911 (2015).
    6. Liu, J. and K. Bertoldi, "Bloch wave approach for the analysis of sequential bifurcations in bilayer structures," in Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences 471 (2182), 20150493 (2015).
    7. Shian, S., K. Bertoldi, and D.R. Clarke, "Dielectric elastomer based 'grippers' for soft robotics," Advanced Materials 27 (43), 6814-6819 (2015).
    8. Shim, J., P. Wang, and K. Bertoldi, "Harnessing instability-induced pattern transformation to design tunable phononic crystals," International Journal of Solids and Structures 58 (0), 52-61 (2015).
    9. Wang, P., F. Casadei, S.H. Kang, and K. Bertoldi, "Locally resonant band gaps in periodic beam lattices by tuning connectivity," Physical Review B 91 (2), 020103 (2015).
    10. Guo, C.F., Q. Liu, G. Wang, Y. Wang, Z. Shi, Z. Suo, C.W. Chu, and Z. Ren, "Fatigue-free, superstretchable, transparent, and biocompatible metal electrodes," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112 (40), 12332-12337 (2015).


  1. Primary MRSEC support (Seed)

    There were no primary supported Seed publications citing the Harvard MRSEC (DMR-1420570) during 2015.

  2. Partial MRSEC support (Seed)
    1. Lee, D., J.J. Vlassak, and K. Zhao, "First-principles theoretical studies and nano-calorimetry experiments on solid-state alloying of Zr-B," Nano Letters 15 (10), 6553-6558 (2015).
    2. Lee, D., G.-d. Sim, K. Zhao, and J.J. Vlassak, "Kinetic role of carbon in solid-state synthesis of zirconium diboride using nanolaminates: Nanocalorimetry experiments and first-principles calculations," Nano Letters 15 (12), 8266-8270 (2015).

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