For Bioinspired Materials and Mechanical Systems

We are interested in developing new kinds of materials and mechanical systems with unique properties that could change how we make engineering systems. In particular, we have been studying how we can control nano/micro/macro architectures to have desired behaviors and properties as responses to stimuli such as fluids and mechanical forces.

Current Projects

Shape-Changing RV/PA Conduit for Pediatric CHF

The leading birth defect in the US is congestive heart failures (CHF), which could lead to serious complications if left untreated. Our current aim is to study the functionality of a radially folded, shape-changing RV/PA conduit that allows a gradual growth in response to the patient’s native signals.