Our research group is located in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Iowa State University. We foster an interdisciplinary research environment where scientists and engineers explore fundamental and applied aspects of soft materials. The Soft Materials and Structures Lab is located at 3344 Hoover Hall in Ames, Iowa.

Research Focus

Our research lies at the intersection of soft materials, mechanics, and multifunctional composites.   Through precise experiments and analyses, we study and exploit the fascinating interplay between material composition, geometry, and programmed deformations.  This interdisciplinary and biomimetic approach aims to create soft materials with unconventional properties, including ‘smart’ adhesives, deformable electronics and robotics, and adaptive materials.

Recent News

5/2018Paper on Autonomous Self-Healing Electronics and Robotics with Majidi Lab published in Nature Materials. Featured on The Washington PostPhys.org, New Atlas, & others.
5/2018–  Doh-Gyu wins a poster award at the Pressure Sensitive Tape Council (PSTC) Tape Summit.
5/2018Paper on Extreme Toughening of Soft Materials with Liquid Metal with Majidi Lab published in Advanced Materials.
4/2018– Prof. Bartlett gives a presentation at MRS in Phoenix.
3/2018– Prof. Bartlett participates in AFRL 2030 at U. Nebraska.
3/2018– Prof. Bartlett gives seminars in Mechanical Engineering at University of Nevada Reno & Iowa State University
3/2018– Doh-Gyu, Ravi, and Prof. Bartlett present at the 2018 Adhesion Society Annual Meeting.
2/2018 – Paper on Tunable Mechanical Metamaterials through Hybrid Kirigami Structures published in Scientific Reports.
1/2018 – Paper on kirigami-inspired adhesives published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.  Featured on C&ENNanowerk.
1/2018 – Paper on mechanically triggered stiffness tuning with Thuo Lab published in Materials Horizons. Featured on Materials TodayPhys.org Channel 13 news, & others. Featured as an inside cover article.
5/2017 – Prof. Bartlett receives a 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award
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