Soft materials can be easily found in biological systems and daily life. But, the research on the mechanics of soft materials is still in a nascent stage. Our research aims to understand some fundamental mechanics of various soft materials, such as large deformations and instabilities in elastomers, kinetics in polyelectrolytes, optical-mechanical coupling effects in liquid crystal elastomers and the growth of biological materials. We are also interested in exploring diverse engineering applications of soft materials.

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Our group is currently looking for a post-doc researcher in the area of experimental polymer science; please email Prof. Cai with inquiry.