The research of our group focuses on new materials and phenomena emerging at the interface between mechanics and materials chemistry. Our study integrates experiment and theory. The main areas include: (1) mechanics of soft materials, (2) mechanics of bio-inspired materials and structures (3) and mechanics of biomaterials.

The systems and phenomena of our research interests include soft materials, nano-/micro-structured materials, hybrid materials, mechanical properties of cells and cell adhesion. Fundamental concepts include poroelasticity, viscoelasticity, fracture, diffusion, large deformation, contact mechanics, adhesion, and mechanical instability. Applications of this research include development of mechanical testing techniques, energy conversion and harvesting, acoustic insulating coatings, sensor and actuators, anti-fouling, and tissue engineering.