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Multifunctional Materials

Editorial board

Editor in Chief

Andreas Lendlein Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Centre for Materials and Coastal Research, Germany, and University Potsdam, Germany

Multifunctional polymer-based materials, stimuli-sensitive polymers, especially shape-memory polymers/actuators and biomimetic polymers; Biomaterials for functional implants, controlled drug delivery systems and regenerative therapies.

Andreas Lendlein is a Professor for Materials in Life Sciences at the University Potsdam and a Professor in Chemistry at Freie Universität Berlin as well as member of the medical faculty of Charité University Medicine Berlin. He is the Director of the Institute of Biomaterial Science at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Centre for Materials and Coastal Research in Teltow, Germany, and a Board of Directors Member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Center for Regenerative Therapies, Berlin. He completed his habilitation thesis in Macromolecular Chemistry in 2002 at the RWTH Aachen University, worked as a visiting scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and received his doctoral degree in Materials Science from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich.

Executive editorial board members

Chiara Daraio California Institute of Technology, USA

Mechanical and acoustic metamaterials; structured and multifunctional materials; bionic materials; wearable sensors

Chiara Daraio is a professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Physics at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). She received her undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Universita’ Politecnica delle Marche, Italy (2001), and her M.S. (2003) and Ph.D. degrees (2006) in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, San Diego. She joined the Aeronautics and Applied Physics departments of the California Institute of Technology in fall of 2006 and was promoted full professor in 2010. From January 2013 to August 2016, she joined the department of Mechanical and Process Engineering at ETH Zürich, with a chair in Mechanics and Materials. She returned at Caltech in August 2016, as a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Physics. She received a Presidential Early Career Award from President Obama (PECASE) in 2012, was elected as a Sloan Research Fellow in 2011, and received an ONR Young Investigator Award in 2010. She is also a winner of the NSF CAREER award (2009) of the Richard Von Mises Prize (2008) and received the Hetenyi Award from the Society for Experimental Mechanics (2015). She was selected by Popular Science magazine among the “Brilliant 10” (2010).

Martin Dunn University of Colorado, Denver, USA

Multiscale modelling and simulation in engineering sciences; computational design; topology optimization; additive manufacturing; active materials; photopolymers

Martin Dunn is the Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado Denver. Previously, Martin was a Professor and Associate Provost for Research at the Singapore University of Technology and Design, as well as the Director of the SUTD Digital Manufacturing and Design Centre. Martin received his PhD from the University of Washington and has held positions at Sandia National Laboratories and the Boeing Company. He directed the Mechanics of Materials and Design of Engineering Materials Systems programs at the U.S. National Science Foundation while on leave from the University of Colorado, where he was the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering and Applied Science, a Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and held the Victor Schelke Endowed Chair.

Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio Yale University, USA

Soft robotics, stretchable electronics, responsive material actuators, soft material manufacturing, soft bodied control

Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Yale University. Prior to joining the faculty at Yale, she was an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University for four years. Rebecca received her B.S. at Johns Hopkins University, her M.S. at UC Berkeley, and her Ph.D. at Harvard University. She is the recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, NASA Early Career Faculty Award, AFOSR Young Investigator Award, ONR Young Investigator Award, and was named to Forbes’ 2015 30 under 30 list. p>

Cecilia Laschi National University of Singapore, Singapore

Materials for Robotics

Cecilia Laschi is Professor at the National University of Singapore, in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. She is on leave from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy, The BioRobotics Institute (Dept. of Excellence in Robotics & AI). She graduated in Computer Science at University of Pisa and received a PhD in Robotics from the University of Genoa, Italy. She was JSPS visiting researcher at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. Her research interests are in soft robotics, an area she pioneered and contributed to develop internationally, including its marine and biomedical applications. She has been working in humanoid and neuro-robotics. She is senior member of IEEE, EMBS and RAS, where she is AdCom member and founding co-chair of TC on Soft Robotics. She founded and chaired the 1st IEEE-RAS Int. Conf. on Soft Robotics, RoboSoft. She co-founded the spin-off RoboTech srl.

B.-L. (“Les”) Lee Air Force Office of Scientific Research, USA

Multifunctional materials and microsystems

Les Lee is a Program Manager for Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials & Microsystems at the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) in Arlington, Virginia, USA. The current program aims at the establishment of science base for integration of emerging materials and micro-devices into future aerospace structures requiring multi-functionality. Multi-functionality is often translated from biological systems and adopted to larger-scale synthetic material systems for unprecedented performance characteristics and overall system-level efficiency. Among various visionary contexts implemented by the program in developing bio-inspired multifunctional materials and structures, most notable are: (1) “autonomic” structures that can sense, diagnose and respond to external stimuli with minimal external intervention, (2) “adaptive” structures allowing reconfiguration or readjustment of functionality, shape and mechanical properties on demand and (3) “self-sustaining” systems with structurally integrated power sources and self-regulating thermal management capabilities. Since 2001, he has presided over a number of multi-disciplinary research initiatives covering a broad range of topics such as “self-healing materials,” “neurological system-inspired sensory network,” “self-sustaining structures with integrated power sources,” “load-bearing antenna systems,” “reconfigurable multifunctional materials,” “bio-molecular sensory materials,” and “muscular-skeletal system-inspired morphing wing air vehicles.” Les joined AFOSR after 12 years on the faculty of Department of Engineering Science & Mechanics at the Pennsylvania State University. At Penn State, he taught the engineering mechanics courses and performed the sponsored research in the areas of manufacturing science of nanocomposites, penetration failure mechanics of hybrid composites and fatigue behaviour of fiber-reinforced composites.

Benjamin Nottelet University of Montpellier, France

Degradable polymers, advanced polymers for medical devices and tissue engineering, multifunctional polymers for health applications, bioactive surfaces, hybrid biomaterials

Benjamin Nottelet is a Professor at the University of Montpellier where he focuses on polymer chemistry for biomedical applications. He received his Master’s degree from the Ecole National Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier and his PhD from the University of Montpellier in 2005. He then worked in the Macromolecular Engineering and Architectures group of ENSCM before joining the Department of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics of the University of Geneva. In 2008, he was appointed as Associate Professor in the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Montpellier and joined the Department of Artificial Biopolymers of IBMM.

Philippe Poulin University of Bordeaux, France

Materials science, soft condensed matter, colloids, liquid crystals, polymers, composite materials, functional materials, fibres, carbon nanotubes, graphene, carbon fibers from bio-resources, actuators, sensors, energy harvesting

Philippe Poulin is CNRS Research Director and the Associate Director of the Centre de Recherche Paul Pascale at the University of Bordeaux. Philippe has authored over 140 publications in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and revie

H. Jerry Qi Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

3D printing and advanced manufacturing of polymer composites; multifunctional polymers and composites, stimuli-responsive polymers, such as shape memory polymers, light activated polymers, polymers with dynamic bonds

H. Jerry Qi is a Professor and the Woodruff Faculty Fellow in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Professor Qi is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award (2007). He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Society of Engineering Science (SES) and is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering.

Stoyan Smoukov Queen Mary University of London, UK

Active and intelligent materials; multifunctional materials; effects of phase-separation in confined geometries; responsive food ingredients and biocompatible materials

Stoyan Smoukov is a faculty member in the School of Engineering and Materials Science at the Queen Mary University of London. Stoyan received his B.S. at the University of Richmond and his PhD in Physical Chemistry from Northwestern University before becoming a Senior Research Associate at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He then became a Research Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University, and most recently was a faculty member in the Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge.

Nancy Sottos University of Illinois, USA

Self-healing polymers and advanced composites, mechanochemically active polymeric materials; materials with microvascular networks; tailored interfaces in multilayer thin film microelectronic devices; novel materials for electrochemical energy storage/batteries; characterisation, detection and control of deformation and failure in heterogeneous materials systems

Nancy Sottos is the Donald B. Willet Professor of Engineering in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She is also a co-chair of the Molecular and Electronic Nanostructures Research Theme at the Beckman Institute. She is a Fellow of the Society of Engineering Science and the Society of Experimental Mechanics, where she was awarded the M.M. Frocht and Lazan Awards for distinguished technical contributions.

Marek W. Urban Clemson University, USA

Stimuli-responsive materials; self-healing materials; colloidal heterogeneous radical synthesis; surface and interfacial polymer science

Marek W. Urban is the J.E. Sirrine Foundation Endowed Chair and Professor of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Clemson University. His research group focuses on a broad range of fundamental and applied aspects of materials chemistry in general and macromolecular science in particular. He is the recipient of many awards and honors, most recently receiving the Chemical Pioneer Award from the American Institute of Chemists in 2017.

Pablo Valdivia y Alvarado Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore

Soft robotics, bio-inspired design, underwater locomotion & sensing, and additive multi-material manufacturing processes

Pablo Valdivia y Alvarado is an Assistant Professor in the Engineering Product Development Pillar at the Singapore University of Technology and Design, and a Research Affiliate in the Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT and the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology. He received his Ph.D., M.Sc., and B.Sc. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. His research interests include: soft robotics, bio-inspired design, underwater locomotion & sensing, and additive multi-material manufacturing processes. He was recognized with an MIT’s Technology Review 2012 TR35 Young Innovator Award for South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand for his contributions to novel vehicles for long-term exploration of harsh environments.

Tina Vermonden Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Biomaterials for Regenerative Medicine and Drug Delivery

Biomaterials science is a multidisciplinary field of research, which encompasses elements of medicine, biology, chemistry, and materials science. In the Department of Pharmaceutics, Tina’s group focusses mainly on the development of polymeric materials that are suitable as either protein or drug delivery matrices or as scaffolds for regenerative medicine. Important parameters are biocompatibility, degradability and stability in time under physiological conditions.

Hydrogels are three-dimensional physically and/or chemically cross linked insoluble networks of hydrophilic polymers, which are able to absorb large amounts of water. This high water content makes hydrogels suitable materials for incorporating and protecting cells. Injectable hydrogels can be prepared by using thermosensitive self-assembling polymers that yield liquid aqueous solutions at room temperature and solidify at body temperature. Given the mild and spontaneous crosslinking mechanism, these gels are very useful for encapsulation of living cells for regenerative medicine applications but also for encapsulation of (bio)therapeutics for controlled drug delivery. To stabilize these physically crosslinked gels, her group develops technology to covalently crosslink the different hydrogel building blocks using ‘biofriendly’ chemical methods such as native chemical ligation.

Editorial board members

Leif Asp Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Leif Asp is a professor in Lightweight composite materials and structures at the Department of Industrial and Materials Sciences, Chalmers University of Technology. Professor Asp’s research is focused the development and understanding of novel multifunctional composites, in particular structural batteries. He is also engaged in research on damage tolerance of composite materials and efficient design methodologies for carbon fibre composite structures. Professor Asp is the current President of the International Committee on Composite Materials (ICCM) and former President of the European Society of Composite Materials (ESCM), and he is a Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.

Onur Bas Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Dr Bas is a postdoctoral researcher within the Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Training Centre in Additive Biomanufacturing as well as the member of the Centre in Regenerative Medicine (both at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia). He focuses on additive manufacturing technologies, biomimetic composite systems, multifunctional soft materials, and explores their uses in biomedical and soft robotics applications.

Sytze Buwalda Mines ParisTech, France

Sytze Buwalda obtained his BSc degree (chemical engineering) as well as his MSc and PhD degrees (biomedical materials science) at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. After postdoctoral projects at the Universities of Utrecht, Toulouse and Montpellier he was appointed as researcher in the ‘Bobased polymers and composites’ (BIO) group of the Centre for Material Forming (CEMEF) at MINES ParisTech. His research interests focus on hydrogels for biomedical applications.

Miguel Castilho University Medical Center Utrecht, Netherlands

Miguel Castilho is an Assistant Professor of Materials design and processing at the Department of Orthopedics, University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU) and at the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), in the Netherlands. He holds a MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Biomedical engineering (cum laude) from the University of Lisbon (IST, Portugal). His group focuses on manufacturing strategies of bio-inspired structural materials for regenerative medicine application, in particular for musculoskeletal and cardiovascular engineering. A special focus lies on the integration of mechanotransduction concepts in regenerative implants.

Huanyu Cheng Pennsylvania State University, USA
Dr Cheng has worked on mechanics design and fabrication of biologically inspired electronics with applications in robotics, biomedicine, and energy. Dr Cheng has co-authored over 70 peer-reviewed publications, and his work has been recognized through the reception of awards including Forbes 30 Under 302017 in Science, election to the Global Young Academy, among others. He also serves as an associate editor for Computers in Biology and Medicine and reviewer for over 80 international journals.

Tzahi Cohen-Karni Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Tzahi Cohen-Karni, PhD is a materials scientist and biomedical engineer with >10 years of experience with nanomaterials synthesis and nanomaterials-based electrophysiological recordings from the heart and the brain; from subcellular to tissue level.

Jizhai Cui Fudan University, China

Dr Jizhai Cui is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Materials at ETH Zurich and the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) in Switzerland. He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Science and Technology Beijing (2011), and his MS (2013) and PhD (2016) from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is a recipient of the Marie Curie Co-fund Fellowship “PSI-Fellow” from 2017 to 2019. His research interests include nanomagnetism and its device applications, piezoelectric materials and multiferroics.

John Domann Virginia Tech, USA

John’s research covers a number of disciplines including magnetoelectric, multiferroic, magnetoelastic, and ferroelectric materials, as well modeling and experimental material characterization. His research all covers the development of energy efficient electronics using multifunctional materials.

Kris Dorsey Smith College, USA

Kris Dorsey is an assistant professor of engineering in the Picker Engineering Program at Smith College. Kris was a President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley and University of California, San Diego. Kris graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering and earned a BSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Olin College. Kris’s research interests include novel morphology soft sensors and sensors for soft robots and wearable devices.

Christopher Evans University of Illinois, USA

Chris Evans received his undergraduate degrees in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at the University of Minnesota. He then received a PhD in Chemical Engineering at Northwestern University followed by a postdoc position at both UC – Berkeley and UC – Santa Barbara. He is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign were his group works on recyclable polymer networks for energy storage, sustainability, and responsive materials as well as the transport of charged polymer at interfaces.

Julien Gautrot Queen Mary University of London, UK

Dr Gautrot is Professor in Biomaterials and Biointerfaces in the School of Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering at Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL). After graduating in Chemistry from the Ecole Nationale Suprieure de Chimie de Montpellier (ENSCM, France), he carried out a PhD in polymer chemistry with Prof Phil Hodge at Manchester University
Julien’s research centres on the ability to modulate cell phenotype and tissue formation in vitro using engineered microenvironments. This requires a multiscale approach: at the nano- to micro-scale, topography, geometry and mechanics contribute to regulate cell adhesion, which in turn modulates cell phenotype; at the micro- to meso-scale, microfabrication and 3D printing techniques allow the structuring of 3D cell culture systems that can self-organise into tissue-like structures. Our group has developed several tools that allow the structuring of biointerfaces at different scales.

Qi (Kevin) Ge Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), China

Qi (Kevin) Ge is currently a tenured associate professor at Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), China. Before joining SUSTech, Dr Ge was an assistant professor at Singapore University and Technology and Design (SUTD) from 2016–2019. Dr Ge received his PhD from University of Colorado at Boulder (CU Boulder), United States, and after that, he conducted postdoctoral studies at CU Boulder, MIT and SUTD. Dr Ge’s research interests include 4D printing, 3D printing with soft materials, development of advanced 3D printing technologies, development of high-performance and 3D printable soft materials, 3D printing of soft robots and flexible electronics.

Sung Hoon Kang Johns Hopkins University, USA

Sung Hoon Kang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute, and Institute for NanoBioTechnology at Johns Hopkins University. His research is focused on bioinspired solutions to address current challenges in engineering materials and structures with applications including protection, healthcare, sensing, and energy. He received his PhD in Applied Physics from Harvard University. He is a recipient of the AFOSR Young Investigator Award (2017) and the Air Force Summer Fellowship (2020) and an invitee for the U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium (2016) and China-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium (2019) hosted by the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.

Thomas Kempa Johns Hopkins University, USA

Thomas Kempa is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry and of Materials Science and Engineering (by courtesy) at Johns Hopkins University. Professor Kempa’s research group develops new methods to prepare and study low-dimensional inorganic crystals from nanoparticles to few-atom thick sheets whose exceptional properties render them intriguing platforms for optoelectronic, energy conversion, and quantum science studies. He received his PhD in Chemistry from Harvard University in 2012 and thereafter conducted postdoctoral research at MIT. Professor Kempa is the recipient of numerous awards including a DARPA Young Faculty Award, an NSF CAREER Award, a Toshiba Distinguished Young Investigator Award, a Dreyfus Foundation Fellowship in Environmental Chemistry, and two Hopkins Discovery Awards.

Pedram Khalili Northwestern University, Evanston,IL, USA

Pedram Khalili Amiri is Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northwestern University, and Director of the Physical Electronics Research Laboratory. Prior to joining Northwestern, he was an Adjunct Assistant Professor and Research Associate in the department of electrical and computer engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Since 2009 he has led multiple research programs on voltage-controlled MRAM, spin-transfer-torque MRAM, and nonvolatile spintronic logic working with several major industry partners, which resulted in some of the fastest and most energy-efficient magnetic memories to date, from device-level to array-level prototypes. He and his team placed top 6 out of 3,000 entries worldwide in the Cisco Innovation Grand Challenge 2015. Pedram has published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed academic journals, and is an inventor on 15 issued patents. He received the B.Sc. degree from Sharif University of Technology in 2004, and the PhD degree (cum laude) from Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), The Netherlands, in 2008, both in electrical engineering. He serves on the Editorial Board of Journal of Physics: Photonics (IOP), and has served as a Guest Editor for the journals Spin and Micromachines. He has served on the technical program committee of the Joint MMM/Intermag Conference, and is a member of the Flash Memory Summit conference advisory board. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE.

Wakana Kubo Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan

Wakana Kubo is an associate professor at the Division of Advanced Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT). Her current interest is plasmonic energy conversion. She received her PhD in chemistry from the University of Tokyo in 2006. She joined RIKEN, the national institute for basic science, as a postdoc and started research in nanofabrication. She has been working on plasmonics and metamaterial research since 2010.

Johan Ulrik Lind Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

Johan is an assistant professor and group leader at the Technical University of Denmark. His research is centered on the development of new materials and methods for multimaterial 3D printing, tissue enginering and in vitro disease models.

Fang Liu Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Fang Liu is Associate Professor at the Department of Industrial and Materials Science, Chalmers University of Technology. She received her PhD degree in Materials Science from the Department of Physics at Chalmers University of Technology in 2008.
Her research makes use of various advanced microscopy techniques, such as transmission electron microscope and atom probe tomography, to gain deep insights in the microstructure of materials, and to ultimately enhance their performance. One of her current research interests is the multifunctional composite device-structural composite batteries. In particular, she would like to gain a fundamental understanding on the microstructure of carbon fibres, how it changes under the interplay between electrochemical and mechanical load, and how it governs the electrochemical performance of the fibres.
She was appointed as an “Excellent Researcher” within LIGHTer Programme, one of VINNOVA’s long-term key strategic innovation areas (Vinnova is Sweden’s innovation agency).

Zunfeng Liu Nankai Univeristy, China

Zunfeng Liu has published 68 peer reviewed SCI papers and cited for 6379 times by other researchers, including Science, Adv. Mater., Adv. Funct. Mater., etc. He received his BS and PhD in Polymer Chemistry from Nankai University (China) in 2002 and 2008, respectively. From 2008 to 2013, he was working as a postdoc fellow and project leader in Erasmus Medical Center, Leiden University (Netherlands). From 2013 to 2016, he was a professorship in Changzhou University. He joint Nankai University as a full professor at State Key Laboratory of Medicinal Chemical Biology in June 2016. Zunfeng’s current research interests are elastic and flexible devices, artificial muscles, wearable electronics and sensors. He has given over 40 plenary or invited talks in national and international conferences in the field of smart flexible materials.

Ahmad R Najafi Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Ahmad Raeisi Najafi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics at Drexel University. His research is focused on the development of advanced computational tools and novel optimization schemes to design bioinspired multifunctional materials. He received his first Ph.D. degrees in Biomedical Engineering (Biomechanics) at Tehran Polytechnic University (2006). In 2012, he joined the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) for his second Ph.D., working on the design of advanced materials and received his degree in 2016. Najafi was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the NIH Center for Macromolecular Modeling & Bioinformatics in the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at UIUC from 2016 to 2017, working on computational modeling of membrane protein structures. He is a recipient of the Drexel University Career Development Award (2019).

Kalyana Nakshatrala University of Houston, USA

Kalyana Nakshatrala is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Houston. Prior to his faculty position, he was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; he received his Ph.D. from the same university. His research is focused on multi-physics modeling, computational design using topology optimization, metamaterials for seismic applications, and flow through porous media.

Jason Patrick North Carolina State University, USA

Jason Patrick is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University. His research is focused on the development of multifunctional, structural composites to address interdisciplinary challenges in modern aerospace, automotive, civil, and naval applications. He received his Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a recipient of the postdoctoral fellowship from the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology (2014) and the AFOSR Young Investigator Award (2017).

Juan Jose Vilatela IMDEA Madrid, Spain

Juan’s research includes macroscopic materials made up of nanobuilding blocks, structure-property relations in complex hierarchical systems, synthesis and assembly of carbon nanotube fibres and fabrics, and the study of reinforcement and energy storage/transfer in nanocomposites.

Ying Yang University of Nevada, Reno, USA

Ying Yang is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). Her research interests are in developing polymeric materials with novel functionalities and improved sustainablility using dynamic chemistry. Her group at UNR is currently working on polymer mechanochemistry, reversible networks, and self-healing polymers. She obtained her BS in Chemistry from Nankai University and PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Clemson University.

Mostafa Yourdkhani Colorado State University, USA

Mostafa Yourdkhani is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University (CSU). He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University. Prior to joining CSU, he was a postdoctoral research associate at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests include multifunctional polymers and composites, advanced manufacturing of composites, self-healing materials, bio-inspired material design, and polymer nanocomposites.

Cunjiang Yu University of Houston, USA

Cunjiang’s research includes rubbery electronics; soft and wearable electronics and sensors, as well as biointegrated devices. His work also focusses upon soft robotics and robotic skins, composite electronic materials and additive manufacturing.

Jinkai Yuan CNRS Bordeaux, France

Jinkai Yuan is CNRS Research Associate at Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal (CNRS/University of Bordeaux) in France. Before taking his tenured CNRS researcher position, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow from 2013 to 2015 at Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal and he received his Ph.D. degree in Materials Science from Ecole Centrale Paris in 2012. His research interests mainly focus on multifunctional polymer nanocomposites for the applications of energy storage, actuators, sensors, and energy harvesters.

Ruike (Renee) Zhao Stanford University, USA

Dr Ruike (Renee) Zhao is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Ohio State University. She received her bachelor degree from Xi’n Jiaotong University (Xi’n China) in 2012, and her MS and Phd degrees from Brown University in 2014 and 2016, respectively. Before joining OSU in 2018, she was a postdoctoral associate at MIT. At OSU, her research focuses on understanding the fundamental mechanics and physics of and developing novel soft intelligent materials, such as magnetic soft active materials, shape memory polymers, vitrimers, etc. She also applies the fundamental knowledge to guide the development of advanced materials and structures for innovative applications, including soft actuators, soft robotics, flexible electronics, tissue engineering, and biomedical engineering.

Ye Zhou Shenzhen University, China

Ye’s research interest include polymer nanocomposites, nanostructured materials, surface and interface physics, nano-scale
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