Materials and Structures Laboratory

 How manufacturing and mechanics contribute to sustainable society

About us

Welcome to Materials and Structures Laboratory led by Professor Qiming Wang (CV) at Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the University of Southern California. Our research is focused on manufacturing and mechanics of unprecedented materials and structures that can potentially address grand engineering challenges from resilient infrastructure to clean water. We integrate 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, and Stimuli-sensitive hydrogels.

  • Additive manufacturing: Lightweight structures and Transformative structures.

  • Clean water: Water membranes, Water treatment, and Biofouling.

Opening (more openings)

Postdoc Associate: We have a postdoc opening starting from 01/2018 working on polymer chemistry for additive manufacturing. More information can be found in PDF.  

PhD students: We continuously have PhD openings to work on additive manufacturing and clean water. Please send Dr. Qiming Wang (qimingw@usc.edu) an email for more information.

Master/Undergraduate students: We continuously recruit highly motivated students to work on additive manufacturing, Water Treatment and Biofouling. Please send Dr. Qiming Wang (qimingw@usc.edu) an email for more information.

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
 


2017 JMPS: Selfhealing of 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

 


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