We are concerned with the mechanics of solids. We focus on (i) Active or Smart materials, which deform and change their properties, by application of external stimuli; (ii) Soft Materials, capable of undergoing large deformations; and (iii) Heterogeneous media, such as composites and polycrystalline materials.
Advances in technology enable material manufacturing in small length scales. The nature of the materials has also changed, with the development of materials whose mechanical, electromagnetic, and thermal properties are coupled. The design and use of these materials necessitate understanding of the multi-physical mechanisms involved. Our endeavor is to promote engineering of new materials with enhanced properties and functionalities at the macroscopic scale, by a fundamental study of their coupled behavior at the micro-scale.
Our approach combines theoretical studies using the framework of continuum mechanics, with numerical simulations and basic experiments.