Research Lay Summary
Materials in nature achieve extraordinary properties through their complex architectures. Some bio-materials can morph and adapt to environmental changes. For example, pinecone scales disperse seeds due to their bi-layer structures bend in dry autumn. Inspired by nature, scientists are developing artificial composites with complex structures called Architected Materials (Mechanical Metamaterials). Architected Materials obtain their effective properties mainly by structure rather than composition. Through this design step, their properties can even be better than those of the base materials. My research develops programmable Architected Materials for outstanding performance and novel functionalities.
Received AFHEA in recognition of attainment against the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and learning support in higher education.
Awarded a seed fund from the Department of Materials at the Imperial College London.