Materials and Structures Laboratory

 How manufacturing and mechanics address grand engineering challenges

About us

Welcome to Materials and Structures Laboratory led by Professor Qiming Wang (CV) at Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of University of Southern California. Our research is focused on manufacturing and understanding functional materials and structures that can potentially address grand engineering challenges from resilient infrastructure to clean water. We take experimental, theoretical and computational approaches to study cutting-edge problems in three core themes (see Research):

  • Mechanics of materials and structures: Constitutive modeling, Multiphysics coupling, Mechanical instability, Fracture and Adhesion; Electromagnetoactive polymers, Mechanochromic materials, Stimuli-sensitive hydrogels.

  • Additive manufacturing: Lightweight structures, Transformative structures, Architected soft materials.

  • Biofouling management: Biofilm mechanics, Fouling-free devices, Anti-Biofouling for water treatment.

Recent research highlight (click images for PDFs)

2016 PRL: Additive manufacturing of multimaterial lattices

2016 SciRep: Additive manufacturing of elastomer lattices

2016 JMPS: Nanocomposite hydrogels


2015 JMPS: Color-Changing polymers


2015 SciRep: Growing surface instability


2014 NatComm: Camouflage skin


2014 AdvHealth: Fouling-free catheter


2013 AdvMat: Fouling-free ship hull


2012 NatComm: Electro-induced droplet deformation


2012 Adv Mat: Texture-changing gloove


2011 PRL: Electro-creasing to cratering


Opening (more openings)

PhD students: We have one PhD opening from 2017 fall to work on additive manufacturing or clean water. More information can be found at iMechanica.

Master/Undergraduate students: We are searching for highly motivated students to work on additive manufacturing, Water Treatment and Biofouling.

News (more news)

09/08/2016: [Paper] Congratulations! Yanhui and Qiming's paper is accepted for publication on Scientific Reports: "Highly-stretchable 3D-architected Mechanical Metamaterials". Check out news report: Viterbi News.

07/21/2016: [Grant] Congratulations! Our group receives an NSF grant to study additive manufacturing of multimaterial composites.

04/10/2016: [Paper] Congratulations! Qiming and Zheming's paper is accepted for publication on Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids: "A Constitutive Model of Nanocomposite Hydrogels with Nanoparticle Crosslinkers".  


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