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Journal Club for January 2021: 3D Printing of Soft Materials

3D Printing of Soft Materials

Qi (Kevin) Ge

Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering

Sourthern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China


1. Introduction

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EML Webinar

  • Mark your calendar: every Wednesday at 9:30 am Boston, 2:30 pm London, 3:30 Paris, 10:30 pm Beijing.
  • Join live webinars in two ways: Zoom (for attending the lecture and participating in the discussion) or YouTube Live Stream.
  • Watch videos of past EML Webinars on YouTube or Weibo.

USACM virtual workshop on Computational Nanomechanics - Student/postdoc competition for invited talk

We are writing to invite the mechanics community to participate in the upcoming U. S. Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM) virtual thematic workshop on “New Trends and Open Challenges in Computational Mechanics: from nano to macroscale”, to be held online on March 25th and 26th, 2021.

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Call for Abstracts: Virtual Mach Conference

Please consider submitting an abstract to the Symposium Mechanics and Manufacturing of Architected Materials for the 2021 Virtual Mach Conference which will take place on April 7-9, 2021

The deadline for abstract submission is January 30.

Organizers: Stavros Gaitanaros (JHU), Jamie Guest (JHU), Jochen Mueller (JHU)

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Mechanics of Sodium-ion Battery Electrode

Measurement of Volume Changes and Associated Stresses in Ge Electrodes Due to Na/Na+ Redox Reactions

Prof. René de Borst’s TAFMech webinar scheduled for 29th of January has been cancelled!

Esteemed Colleagues,

this post is to inform you that, due to personal reasons, unfortunately, Prof. René de Borst will not be able to deliver his presentation this Friday. Accordingly, the webinar scheduled for Friday 29/01 has been cancelled.


We look forward to welcoming you all to the next TAFMech webinar:

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keep reading-30

On optimal hierarchy of load-bearing biological materials, Zhang, Zhang, Gao, Proceedings of The Royal Society B, 2011


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Ph.D position at the Institute of Physics, Czech Academy of Sciences

Duration: 36 months
There is an available PhD position at the Institute of Physics, Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague to work under the modelling of the non-linear micro-/nanomechanical systems.

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On the origin of supercontraction in spider silk

Spider silk is a protein material that exhibits extraordinary and nontrivial properties such as the ability to soften and decrease its length by up to ∼60% upon exposure to high humidity. This counter-intuitive process is commonly called supercontraction and is the result of a transition from a highly oriented glassy phase to a disoriented rubbery phase. In our new paper (published in biomacromolecules) we derive a model that explains the origins of the supercontraction phenomena.

Review article on elastic instabilities, microstructure transformations, and pattern formations in soft materials

Dear Colleagues,

We recently published a review article on "Elastic instabilities, microstructure transformations, and pattern formations in soft materials" in Current Opinion in Solid State and Materials Science.

Read here: Elastic instabilities, microstructure transformations, and pattern formations in soft materials - ScienceDirect

In the paper, we have reviewed the state of the art in:

GetFEM: A high level multiphysics finite element framework

Dear mechanics community,

I would like to draw your attention to our recent publication about the opensource finite element framework GetFEM:

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Entropy Based Fatigue, Fracture, Failure Prediction and Structural Health Monitoring

If you are interested in the most recent advances in physics-based Fatigue, Fracture, Failure Prediction, and Structural Health Monitoring
You may find this publication helpful.

free download site

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Faculty position - Mechanical Engineering, UIS, Colombia

Two Tenure-Track Lecturer positions at the School of Mechanical Engineering, Universidad Industrial de Santander, Colombia.

More info: 

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MULTIPLE GRADUATE STUDENT openings in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at University of Texas at Arlington, Texas, USA.

Our group has several openings for fully-funded graduate students in computational and experimental mechanics of biological and engineered materials. Our primary goal is to link traumatic brain injury (TBI) with multiscale, multiphysics damage evolution in the brain using experimentally verifiable computations and simulations. We are also interested in designing advanced material for TBI protection.

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Architected Materials PhD Position for Fall 2021

A PhD student is being sought to fill an opening in the Gross Materials Lab (group website: at the University of South Carolina. Research activities are focused on the design, fabrication, and characterization of architected materials. Students must be capable coders to be considered. Prior experience configuring optical equipment and National Instruments DAQ hardware is valuable, but not required. Students interested in or having prior experience with finite element modeling, mechanical property testing, and 3D printing are strongly encouraged to apply.

University Lectureships in Mechanics and Materials (x 2) - Cambridge

Applications are invited for two University Lectureships in Mechanics and Materials Engineering, to be known as the 'Granta Design University Lectureships in Engineering'.

Theoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics' free-of-charge live webinar by Prof. David Taylor - Friday (22/1) at 9 AM GMT

This post is to invite you all to attend our second free on-line global live TAFMech webinar on Fracture Mechanics-related topics that will take place this Friday (22/1) at 9 am GMT. The webinar details are as follows:


Prof. David Taylor – Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Postdoctoral Research Associate and Graduate Student Openings in Mechanobiology and Biomechanics at UPenn

Several postdoctoral and graduate student openings with primary focus on biomechanics is available immediately in the Shenoy Research Group at the University of Pennsylvania. We are looking for strongly motivated candidates to work on NIH supported projects on 1) cell-matrix interactions in fibrosis and cancer and 2) nuclear mechano-transduction.   


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Institution: University of Windsor, Canada ( )


Salary: will be commensurate with the successful applicant’s qualifications and experience, and will be determined at the time of hiring.

Start date: immediately

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Experimental observations of nonlinear vibration localization in a cyclic chain of weakly coupled nonlinear oscillators

Experimental results on nonlinear vibration localization in a cyclic chain of weakly coupled oscillators with clearance nonlinearity are reported. Numerical modelling and analysis complements the experimental study. A reduced order model is derived and numerical analysis based on the harmonic balance method demonstrates the existence of multiple classes of stable spatially localized nonlinear vibration states. The experiments agree very well with the numerical results.

Postdoc Position of Power Electronics at Virginia Tech (On Power Electronics for 100 W-100 kW Ocean Energy Harvesting)

Position Summary:

This position requires a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering or a related engineering field with experience on power electronics design and implementation from 100 W to 100kW. As part of this position, the candidate will be expected to contribute significantly to ongoing and potential future related projects, including ocean wave energy conversion, ocean tidal and current energy conversion, offshore wind energy, and regenerative vibration control, funded by the U.S DOE, ONR, NSF, national labs, and industry. The candidate will also be engaged with other research, development and outreach activities of the Center for Energy Harvesting Materials and Systems (CEHMS).

Roles and Responsibilities:

1.    Conduct research on topics across power electronics for off-grid and grid applications, including AC/DC and DC-DC converter design, energy storage, power management, maximum power tracking, feedback control, etc.

2.    Significantly contribute to multiple concurrent projects through research design, data collection, analysis, modeling, simulation, implementation, and demonstration.

3.    Manage project activities and staff, including mentorship of doctoral, master’s, and undergraduate students.

4.    Develop new research programs and other professional duties in a timely manner.

5.    Collaborate with faculty, researchers, staff, and students in the project team at VT and from external organizations, to:

a.        Successfully complete research deliverables;

b.       Disseminate efforts and findings from research and outreach initiatives including manuscripts in peer-reviewed publications, topical conferences, symposia, and workshops.

How to apply:

Candidates with required knowledge and experiences can send resume with contacts of three references to Prof. Lei Zuo (

Lei Zuo, Ph.D,  Robert E. Hord Jr. Professor

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Director, NSF IUCRC Center for Energy Harvesting Materials and Systems

Virginia Tech,  Blacksburg, VA 24061, USA

  Email:, Phone: 540-231-7270


Postdoctoral Position in Phase Field Modeling of Oxide Film Growth

The Materials Theory Group at the School of Materials Engineering of Purdue University has a postdoctoral opening in the area of phase field modeling of oxide film growth. The postdoc will use the phase field approach to investigate the growth of metal oxide films in an oxidizing environment, emphasizing the film grain morphology, composition, and stress distribution. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in phase field modeling with elastic effects and excellent computational skills. For inquiry, please email Professor Anter El-Azab ( This position is part of a collaborative project with a materials research and software development company, and it will be available as early as April 1, 2021. The position will remain open until filled. Interested candidates can send a curriculum vita with list of publications, about half a page statement of research interests, and the names and contact information of at least two references. The Materials Theory Group performs theoretical and computational research in the areas of dislocation dynamics and mesoscale plasticity, radiation effects in materials, phase field method and applications to microstructure evolution in materials, phonon and electron thermal transport in crystalline solids, and computational methods for materials science and mechanics.
EEO/AA Policy:
Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All qualified individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.
Department Website

Postdoc openings in metal 3D printing at Tsinghua University

We have two postdoc openings in the field of laser additive manufacturing of metals at Tsinghua University. The candidates are required to have expertise in synchrotron x-ray techs, metal additive manufacturing, electron microscopy (TEM/SEM), structural phase transformation, or micromechanics. This is a two-year appointment with the possibility of renewal. See more information here (in Chinese):

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Global Composites Experts Webinar by Dr. Conchur O Bradaigh

cdmHUB invites you to attend the Global Composites Experts Webinar Series. 

Title: Novel Power Epoxy Composites for Thin-Section Structures

Speaker: Dr. Conchur O Bradaigh

Time: 1/21, 11AM-12PM EST.

Please go to to register for this webinar.


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