Laboratory of Soft Materials Mechanics and Manufacturing (LASM3) develops tools for the design and manufacturing of soft devices that can seamlessly integrate and interface with human body. As human body is orders-of-magnitude softer than common engineering materials like steel and glass, soft materials holds unparalleled advantage in mechanical biocompatibility.


04/11/2024 Our recent work shows that elastocapillary deformation and osmocapillary phase separation can lead to rich deformation-dependent surface topography in polymeric gels. Congratulations to Luochang Wang. Check it out here: Deformation-dependent gel surface topography due to the elastocapillary and osmocapillary effects

10/03/2023 Our recent work provides a novel method to directly characterize the two contributions in hydrogel osmotic pressure, showing that the Flory-Rehner model predicts the mixing part accurately but predicts the elastic part with the error. Congratulations to Zefan Shao. Check it out here: Independent characterization of the elastic and the mixing parts of hydrogel osmotic pressure

06/01/2023 Our recent work shows that the recently discovered osmocapillary phase separation can form a strong adhesion between hydrogels. Congratulations to Zefan Shao. Check it out here: Osmocapillary adhesion: Reversible and strong adhesion between any hydrogel

11/02/2022 Our recent work shows that the solid-state hydrogel can have a liquid-state surface. Congratulation to Jie Zhu. Check it out here: The osmocapillary effect on a rough gel surface

07/07/2022 Our recent work shows how to recreate complex tissue structures with focused rotary jet spinning. Check it out here: Recreating the heart’s helical structure-function relationship with focused rotary jet spinning

06/28/2022 Our recent work shows the creasing of a viscoelastic liquid is rate-dependent. Check it out here: Rate-dependent creasing of a viscoelastic liquid

04/17/2021 Congrats to Luochang and team on the recent publication during his internship in Prof. Yang's lab. The work shows that the physical interactions can be engaged in engineering fatigue-resistant adhesion. Check it out here: Fatigue Damage–Resistant Physical Hydrogel Adhesion

01/02/2020 We are actively recruiting graduate students now! Candidates who missed school application deadlines can still apply. Please directly contact Dr. Liu with your CV.