Welcome to the soft matter mechanics lab’s webpage at the University of Colorado, Boulder, led by PI Franck Vernerey. We are interested in understanding the structure, evolution and response of soft matter in nature and apply it to the engineering of functional soft materials.
Our approach uses mathematical modeling to identify key mechanisms driving a system and simple experimental techniques for observation and bio-inspiration. We are particularly interested in (a) dynamic polymers and their function in mechanical response, evolution and growth, (b) the mechanics of functional shells and interfaces and (c) The motion and swarming of soft particles in confined spaces. Specific projects are discussed in our research page. Feel free to contact us if you have questions or need to access a publication from our group.
Group channel: Please click here for the video highlights of our research!