About

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 functionality.   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 advanced, multifunctional materials with novel combinations of mechanical and functional properties, including ‘smart’ adhesives, deformable electronics and soft robotics, and adaptive materials.

Recent News

1/2019 – Congratulations to Doh-Gyu for winning the Go for the Gold Award. 
12/2018 Paper on Flexible Thermoelectric Generators with Wu and Claussen Labs published in Nanoscale.
12/2018 – Congratulations to Ravi and Doh-Gyu for passing their preliminary exam.
11/2018 – Prof. Bartlett gives a presentation at ASME-IMECE in Pittsburgh.
10/2018 – Our lab hosted Science Bound students for a Saturday morning event with our new soft robotic gripper kits. Check out the video.
10/2018 – Prof. Bartlett part of multi-disciplinary ISU team team funded by NSF to study flexible resonant sensors.
9/2018 Paper on Multiphase Liquid Metal, Solid Particle Soft Composites with Napolitano Lab published in Advanced Functional Materials.
9/2018 – Prof. Bartlett gives seminar in Chemical and Biological Engineering at Iowa State University
7/2018 – Prof. Bartlett receives a 2018 DARPA Young Faculty Award.
7/2018 – Our lab hosted a Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) summer camp event.
5/2018 Paper 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.
5/2018 Paper 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 – Undergraduate researcher Matthew Swift receives Stuart Honors Award for research in the lab.
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 and on the front cover of the Fall 2018 ISU Engineering Magazine.
5/2017 – Prof. Bartlett receives a 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award
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