Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
Harvard MRSEC Publications, 2017 (DMR-1420570)

IRG 1: Mechanics of Soft Materials under Large Deformation

  1. Primary MRSEC support (IRG1)
    1. Lahini, Y., O. Gottesman, A. Amir, and S.M. Rubinstein, "Nonmonotonic aging and memory retention in disordered mechanical system," Physical Review Letters 21 118(8), 085501 (2017).
    2. Virot, E., T. Kreilos, T.M. Schneider, and S.M. Rubinstein, "Stability landscape of shell buckling," Physical Review Letters 119 (22), 224101 (2017).
    3. Sprakel, J., A. Zaccone, F. Spaepen, P. Schall, and D.A. Weitz, "Direct observation of entropic stabilization of bcc crystals near melting," Physical Review Letters 118, 088003 (2017).
    4. Bai, R., Q. Yang, J. Tang, X.P. Morelle, J. Vlassak, and Z. Suo, "Fatigue fracture of tough hydrogels," Extreme Mechanics Letters 15, 91-96 (2017).
    5. Li, J., A.D. Celiz, J. Yang, Q. Yang, I. Wamala, W. Whyte, B.R. Seo, N.V. Vasilyev, J.J. Vlassak, Z. Suo, and D.J. Mooney, "Tough adhesives for diverse wet surfaces," Science 357 (6349), 378-381 (2017).
    6. Tang, J., J. Li, J.J. Vlassak, and Z. Suo, "Fatigue fracture of hydrogels," Extreme Mechanics Letters 10, 24-31 (2017).
    7. Alim, K., S. Parsa, D.A. Weitz, and M.P. Brenner, "Local pore size correlations determine flow distributions in porous media," Physical Review Letters 119 (14), 144501 (2017).
  2. Partial MRSEC support (IRG1)
    1. Kaplan, C.N., W.L. Noorduin, L. Li, R. Sadza, L. Folkertsma, J. Aizenberg, and L. Mahadevan, "Controlled growth and form of precipitating microsculptures," Science 355 (6332), 1395 (2017).
    2. Rockwell, F.E. and N.M. Holbrook, "Leaf hydraulic architecture and stomatal conductance: A functional perspective," Plant Physiology 174 (4), 1996-2007 (2017).
    3. Darnell, M. and D.J. Mooney, "Leveraging advances in biology to design biomaterials," Nature Materials 16 (12), 1178 (2017).
    4. Foster, P.J., W. Yan, S. Fürthauer, M.J. Shelley, and D.J. Needleman, "Connecting macroscopic dynamics with microscopic properties in active microtubule network contraction," New Journal of Physics 19 (12), 125011 (2017).
    5. Bowick, M.J., A. Košmrlj, D.R. Nelson, and R. Sknepnek, "Non-Hookean statistical mechanics of clamped graphene ribbons," Physical Review B 95 (10), 104109 (2017).
    6. Yllanes, D., S.S. Bhabesh, D.R. Nelson, and M.J. Bowick, "Thermal crumpling of perforated two-dimensional sheets," Nature Communications 8 (1), 1381 (2017).
    7. Tanaka, H., H.A. Stone, and D.R. Nelson, "Spatial gene drives and pushed genetic waves," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (July 25, 2017), 201705868, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1705868114.
    8. Zhang, M., J. Qu, and J.R. Rice, "Path independent integrals in equilibrium electro-chemo-elasticity," Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids 107, 525-541 (2017).
    9. Chaudhari, M., E. Allahyarov, H. Löwen, S.U. Egelhaaf, and D.A. Weitz, "Triple junction at the triple point resolved on the individual particle level," Physical Review Letters 119 (12), 128001 (2017).
    10. Kodger, T.E., P.J. Lu, G.R. Wiseman, and D.A. Weitz, "Stable, fluorescent polymethylmethacryte particles for long-term observation of slow colloidal dynamics," Langmuir 33 (25), 6382-6389 (2017).
    11. Wu, J., L.-H. Cai, and D.A. Weitz, "Tough self-healing elastomers by molecular enforced integration of covalent and reversible networks," Advanced Materials 29 (38) (2017).

IRG 2: Digital Assembly of Soft Materials

  1. Primary MRSEC support (IRG2)
    1. Meng, G., V.N. Manoharan, and A. Perro, "Core-shell colloidal particles with dynamically tunable scattering properties," Soft Matter 13 (37), 6293-6296 (2017).
    2. Wang, A., W.B. Rogers, and V.N. Manoharan, "Effects of contact-line pinning on the adsorption of nonspherical colloids at liquid interfaces," Physical Review Letters 119 (10), 108004 (2017).
    3. Zeravcic, Z., V.N. Manoharan, and M.P. Brenner, "Colloquium: Toward living matter with colloidal particles," Reviews of Modern Physics 89 (3), 031001 (2017).
    4. Amstad, E., F. Spaepen, M.P. Brenner, and D.A. Weitz, "The microfluidic nebulator: Production of sub-micrometer sized airborne drops," Lab on a Chip 17, 1475-1480 (2017).
    5. Tian, K., J. Bae, S.E. Bakarich, C. Yang, R.D. Gately, G.M. Spinks, M. in het Panhuis, Z. Suo, and J.J. Vlassak, "3D printing of transparent and conductive heterogeneous hydrogel-elastomer systems," Advanced Materials 29 (10), 1604827 (2017).
  2. Partial MRSEC support (IRG2)
    1. Daniel, D., J. VI Timonen, R. Li, S.J. Velling, and J. Aizenberg, "Oleoplaning droplets on lubricated surfaces," Nature Physics 13, 1020-1025 (2017), doi: 10.1038/NPHYS4177.
    2. England, G.T., C. Russell, E. Shirman, T. Kay, N. Vogel, and J. Aizenberg, "The optical Janus effect: Asymmetric structural color reflection materials," Advanced Material 29 (29), 1606876 (2017).
    3. Alim, K., N. Andrew, A. Pringle, and M.P. Brenner, "Mechanism of signal propagation in Physarum polycephalum," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114 (20, 5136-5141 (2017).
    4. Tanaka, H., A.A. Lee, and M.P. Brenner, "Hot particles attract in a cold bath," Physical Review Fluids 2 (4), 043103 (2017).
    5. Zeravcic, Z. and M.P. Brenner, "Spontaneous emergence of catalytic cycles with colloidal spheres," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114 (17), 4342-4347 (2017).
    6. Boelens, A.M.P., J.J. de Pablo, S. Lim, L. Francis, B.Y. Ahn, and J.A. Lewis, "Visualization and simulation of the transfer process of index-matched silica microparticle inks for gravure printing," AIChE Journal 63 (4), 1419-1429 (2017).
    7. Chomette, C., M. Tréguer-Delapierre, N.B. Schade, V.N. Manoharan, O. Lambert, J.-C. Taveau, S. Ravaine, and E. Duguet, "Colloidal alchemy: Conversion of polystyrene nanoclusters into gold," ChemNanoMat 3 (3), 160-163 (2017).
    8. Park, J.G., W. Benjamin Rogers, S. Magkiriadou, T. Kodger, S.-H. Kim, Y.-S. Kim, and V.N. Manoharan, "Photonic-crystal hydrogels with a rapidly tunable stop band and high reflectivity across the visible," Optical Materials Express 7 (1), 253-263 (2017).
    9. Kim, S.H., S. Magkiriadou, D.K. Rhee, D.S. Lee, P.J. Yoo, V.N. Manoharan, and G.-R. Yi, "Inverse photonic glasses by packing bidisperse hollow microspheres with uniform cores," ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 9 (28), 24155-24160 (2017).
    10. Košmrlj, A. and D.R. Nelson, "Statistical mechanics of thin spherical shells," Physical Review X 7 (1), 011002 (2017).
    11. Eggersdorfer, M.L., V. Koren, E. Stolovicki, E. Amstad, and D.A. Weitz, "Rapid production of submicron drug substance particles by supersonic spray drying," Crystal Growth & Design 17 (4), 2046-2053 (2017).
    12. Fan, J., S.H. Kim, Z. Chen, S. Zhou, E. Amstad, T. Lin, and D.A. Weitz, "Creation of faceted polyhedral microgels from compressed emulsions," Small 13 (31), 1701256 (2017).
    13. Zhang, W., A. Abbaspourrad, D. Chen, E. Campbell, H. Zhao, Y. Li, Q. Li, and D.A. Weitz, "Osmotic pressure triggered rapid release of encapsulated enzymes with enhanced activity," Advanced Functional Materials 27 (29), 1700975 (2017).

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

  1. Primary MRSEC support (IRG3)
    1. Kumar, K., J. Liu, C. Christianson, M. Ali, M.T. Tolley, J. Aizenberg, D.E. Ingber, J.C. Weaver, and K. Bertoldi, "A biologically inspired, functionally graded end effector for soft robotics applications," Soft Robotics 4 (4), 317-323 (2017).
    2. Overvelde, J.T.B., J.C. Weaver, C. Hoberman, and K. Bertoldi, "Rational design of reconfigurable prismatic architected materials," Nature 541 (7637), 37-352 (2017).
    3. Yang, C.H., S. Zhou, S. Shian, D.R. Clarke, and Z. Suo, "Organic liquid-crystal devices based on ionic conductors," Materials Horizons 4 (6), 1102-1109 (2017).
    4. Rothemund, P., C.M. Bowers, Z. Suo, and G.M. Whitesides, "Influence of the contact area on the current density across molecular tunneling junctions measured with EGaln top-electrodes," Chemistry of Materials 30 (1), 129-137 (2017).
    5. Lind, J.U., T.A. Busbee, A.D. Valentine, F.S. Pasqualini, H. Yuan, M. Yadid, S.-J. Park, A. Kotikian, A.P. Nesmith, P.H. Campbell, J.J. Vlassak, J.A. Lewis, and K.K. Parker, "Instrumented cardiac microphysiological devices via multimaterial three-dimensional printing," Nature Materials 16, 303-308 (2017).
    6. Connolly, F., C.J. Walsh, and K. Bertoldi, "Automatic design of fiber-reinforced soft actuators for trajectory matching," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114 (1), 51-56 (2017).
  2. Partial MRSEC support (IRG3)
    1. Boatti, E., N. Vasios, and K. Bertoldi, "Origami metamaterials for tunable thermal expansion," Advanced Materials 29 (26), 1700360 (2017).
    2. Deng, B., J.R. Raney, V. Tournat, and K. Bertoldi, "Elastic vector solitons in soft architected materials," Physical Review Letters 118, 204102 (2017).
    3. Javid, F., J. Liu, A. Rafsanjani, M. Schaenzer, M.Q. Pham, D. Backman, S. Yandt, M.C. Innes, Ch. Booth-Morrison, M. Gerendas, T. Scarinci, A. Shanian, and K. Bertoldi, "On the design of porous structures with enhanced fatigue life," Extreme Mechanics Letters 16, 13-17 (2017).
    4. Kochmann, D.M. and K. Bertoldi, "Exploiting microstructural instabilities in solids and structures: From metamaterials to structural transitions," Applied Mechanics Reviews 69 (5), 050801 (2017).
    5. Rafsanjani, A. and K. Bertoldi, "Buckling-induced kirigami," Physical Review Letters 118, 084301 (2017).
    6. Wang, P., Y. Zheng, M.C. Fernandes, Y. Sun, K. Xu, S. Sun, S.H. Kang, V. Tournat, and K. Bertoldi, "Harnessing geometric frustration to form band gaps in acoustic channel lattices," Physical Review Letters 118, 084302 (2017).
    7. Paoletti, P., G.W. Jones, and L. Mahadevan, "Grasping with a soft glove: Intrinsic impedance control in pneumatic actuators," Journal of The Royal Society Interface 14 (128) (2017).
    8. Van Rees, W.M., E. Vouga, and L. Mahadevan, "Growth patterns for shape-shifting elastic bilayers," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114 (44), 11597-11602 (2017).
    9. Auguste, A., L. Jin, Z. Suo, and R.C. Hayward, "Post-wrinkle bifurcations in elastic bilayers with modest contrast in modulus," Extreme Mechanics Letters 11, 30-36 (2017).
    10. Koh, S.J.A., C. Keplinger, R. Kaltseis, C.C. Foo, R. Baumgartner, S. Bauer, and Z. Suo, "High-performance electromechanical transduction using laterally-constrained dielectric elastomers, Part I: Actuation processes," Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids 105, 81-94 (2017).
    11. Le Floch, P., X. Yao, Q. Liu, Z. Wang, G. Nian, Y. Sun, L. Jia, and Z. Suo, "Wearable and washable conductors for active textiles," ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 9 (30), 25542-25552 (2017).
    12. Chen, C., Z. Wang, and Z. Suo, "Flaw sensitivity of highly stretchable materials," Extreme Mechanics Letters 10, 50-57 (2017).
    13. Morelle, X.P., R. Bai, and Z. Suo, "Localized deformation in plastic liquids on elastomers," Journal of Applied Mechanics 84 (10), 101002 (2017).
    14. Lind, J.U., M. Yadid, I. Perkins, B.B. O'Connor, F. Eweje, C.O. Chantre, M.A. Hemphill, H. Yuan, P.H. Campbell, J.J. Vlassak, and K.K. Parker, "Cardiac microphysiological devices with flexible thin-film sensors for higher-throughput drug screening," Lab on a Chip 17 (21), 3692-3703 (2017).
    15. Ainla, A., M.M. Hamedi, F. Güder, and G.M. Whitesides, "Electrical textile valves for paper microfluidics," Advanced Materials 29 (38) (2017).
    16. Baghbanzadeh, M., C.M. Bowers, D. Rappoport, T. Zaba, Y. Li, K. Kang, K.C. Liao, M. Gonidec, P. Rothemund, P. Cyganik, A. Aspuru-Guzik, and G.M. Whitesides, "Anomalously rapid tunneling: Charge transport across SAMs of Oligoethylene Glycol," Journal of the American Chemical Society 139, 7624-763 (2017).


  1. Primary MRSEC support (Seed)

    There were no primary supported Seed publications citing the Harvard MRSEC (DMR-1420570) during 2017.

  2. Partial MRSEC support (Seed)
    1. Deravi, L.F., N.R. Sinatra, C.O. Chantre, A.P. Nesmith, H. Yuan, S.K. Deravi, J.A. Goss, L.A. MacQueen, M.R. Badrossamy, G.M. Gonzalez, M.D. Phillips, and K.K. Parker, "Design and fabrication of fibrous nanomaterials using pull spinning," Macromolecular Materials and Engineering 302 (3), (2017).
    2. Gonzalez, G.M., L.A. MacQueen, J.U. Lind, S.A. Fitzgibbons, C.O. Chantre, I. Huggler, H.M. Golecki, J.A. Goss, and K.K. Parker, "Production of synthetic, para-aramid and biopolymer nanofibers by immersion rotary jet-spinning," Macromolecular Materials and Engineering 302 (1), (2017).
    3. Fai, T.G., R. Kusters, J. Harting, C.H. Rycroft, and L. Mahadevan, "Active elastohydrodynamics of vesicles in narrow blind constrictions," Physical Review Fluids 2 (11), 113601 (2017).

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