Our research revolves around two main themes. The first theme concerns engineering the microstructure of materials to develop and discover new functional materials with novel macroscopic properties. To guide the development of new materials we employ mathematical and computational tools. The second theme involves investigation of characteristic behavior of slender structures composed of functional materials. The subtle interplay of geometry and material microstructure in slender structures makes this study a fascinating endeavour.
Our final aim is to demonstrate the novelty of our materials and structures in the laboratory using experimental techniques. Our long-term goal is to establish a sound program where theory and experiments complement each other to further the understanding of mechanics of materials.