Thrust 1.
Analyzing biological strategies to manage habitats to prospect for functional structures

  1. Katifori, E.; Alben, S.; Cerda, E.; Nelson, D. R.; Dumais, J., “Foldable structures and the natural design of pollen grains”. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA 2010, 107 (17), 7635-7639.
  2. Chen, X.; Yin, J., “Buckling patterns of thin films on curved compliant substrates with applications to morphogenesis and three-dimensional micro-fabrication”. Soft Matter 2010, 6 (22), 5667-5680.
  3. Yin, J.; Cao, Z.; Li, C.; Sheinman, I.; Chen, X., “Stress-driven buckling patterns in spheroidal core/shell structures”. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA 2008, 105 (49), 19132-19135.
  4. Katifori, E.; Szollosi, G. J.; Magnasco, M. O., “Damage and Fluctuations Induce Loops in Optimal Transport Networks”. Phys. Rev. Lett. 2010, 104 (4), 4.
  5. Janzen, D. H.; Hallwachs, W., “Joining Inventory by Parataxonomists with DNA Barcoding of a Large Complex Tropical Conserved Wildland in Northwestern Costa Rica”. PLoS One 2011, 6 (8), 13.


Thrust 2.
Developing new modes of synthesis, fabrication and assembly of functional materials

  1. Bratton, D.; Yang, D.; Dai, J. Y.; Ober, C. K., “Recent progress in high resolution lithography”. Adv. Technol. 2006, 17 (2), 94-103.
  2. Guvendiren, M.; Yang, S.; Burdick, J. A., “Swelling-Induced Surface Patterns in Hydrogels with Gradient Crosslinking Density”. Funct. Mater. 2009, 19 (19), 3038-3045.
  3. Cavallaro, M.; Botto, L.; Lewandowski, E. P.; Wang, M.; Stebe, K. J., “Curvature-driven capillary migration and assembly of rod-like particles”. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA 2011, 108 (52), 20923-20928.
  4. Li, J.; Liang, G.; Zhu, X.; Yang, S., “Exploiting Nanoroughness on Holographically Patterned Three-Dimensional Photonic Crystals”. Funct. Mater. 2012, 22 (14), 2980-2986. DOI.
  5. Couturier, E.; Dumais, J.; Cerda, E.; Katifori, E., “Folding of an opened spherical shell”. Soft Matter 2013, 9 (34), 8359-8367.
  6. Hore, M. J. A.; Composto, R. J., “Strategies for dispersing, assembling, and orienting nanorods in polymers”. Opin. Chem. Eng. 2013, 2 (1), 95-102.
  7. Wieberger, F.; Kolb, T.; Neuber, C.; Ober, C. K.; Schmidt, H. W., “Combinatorial Techniques to Efficiently Investigate and Optimize Organic Thin Film Processing and Properties”. Molecules 2013, 18 (4), 4120-4139.
  8. Choi, Y.; Brugarolas, T.; Kang, S.-M.; Park, B. J.; Kim, B.-S.; Lee, C.-S.; Lee, D., “Beauty of Lotus is More than Skin Deep: Highly Buoyant Superhydrophobic Films”. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2014, 6 (10), 7009-7013.
  9. Lee, E. and Yang, S*, “Bioinspired responsive polymer pillars”, MRS Comm. 2015, 5(2), 97-114. (Perspective on Polymers/Soft Matter). DOI
  10. Ge, D.,† Lee, E.,† Yang, L., Cho, Y. Li, M., Gianola, D. S., and Yang, S.*, “A robust smart window: reversibly switching from high transparency to angle-independent structural color display”, Mater. 2015, , 27 (15), 2489–2495. DOI (†: equal contribution).
  11. Cho, Y.; Shim, T. S., and Yang, S.*, “Spatially selective nucleation and growth of water droplets on hierarchically patterned polymer surfaces”, Mater. 2016, ASAP. DOI


Thrust 3.
Scaling up for materials packaging and assembly at the system level

  1. Zirbel, S. A.; Lang, R. J.; Thomson, M. W.; Sigel, D. A.; Walkemeyer, P. E.; Trease, B. P.; Magleby, S. P.; Howell, L. L., “Accommodating Thickness in Origami-Based Deployable Arrays”. Mech. Des. 2013, 135 (11), 11
  2. Sabin, J. E.; Lucia, A.; Ott, G.; Wang, S. In Prototyping Interactive Nonlinear Nano-to-Micro Scaled Material Properties and Effects at the Human Scale, Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design (SimAUD), San Diego, CA, 2014; Society for Computer Simulation International San Diego, CA.
  3. Castle, T., Cho, Y., Gong, X. T., Jung, E., Sussman, D. M., Yang, S. and Kamien, R. D.*, “Making the Cut: Lattice Kirigami Rules”, Rev. Lett., 2014, 113, 245502. DOI
  4. Sussman, D. M.†; Cho, Y.†; Castle, T.; Gong, X.; Jung, E.; Yang, S. and Kamien, R., D.*, “Algorithmic Lattice Kirigami: A Route to Pluripotent Materials”, Nat. Acad. Sci. USA, 2015, 112, 7449-7453. (†: equal contribution). DOI.
  5. Tang, Y.; Lin, G.; Han, L.; Q. S.; Yang, S.* and Yin, J.*, “Engineering hierarchical cuts for extremely soft, high strength, and reconfigurable auxetic metamaterials”, Mater. 2015, 27 (44), 7181–7190. DOI
  6. Zhang, Y., et al. Huang, Y. and Rogers, J. A., “A mechanically driven form of Kirigami as a route to 3D mesostructures in micro/nanomembranes”. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA, 2015, 112 (38), 11757–11764 DOI