We are the mechanics of soft matter and active interfaces research group in the Mechanical Science and Engineering Department at the University of Illinois.

Our goal is to elucidate fundamental principles that govern interactions of soft matter at the microscale. We are a highly interdisciplinary lab and the problems we are interested in require understanding in concepts from fluid mechanics, colloid science, polymer physics, rheology, ocean science, and microbial ecology.

Our approach utilizes microfluidic technologies and microscopy to directly visualize our subjects in controlled fluid environments at the microscale. Quantitative image analysis allows to understand physical mechanisms and chemical processes that we use to build mathematical models and then predict system level dynamics.