MAE Seminar: Carl Goodrich, Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University, Learning from nature: biomimetic mechanisms for new materials


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303 MAE-A
939 Sweetwater Drive
Gainesville, FL 32611-6250


Tuesday, December 4, 2018 – 4:00 pm – Room 303 MAE-A

Learning from nature: biomimetic mechanisms for new materials

Carl Goodrich
Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University

Recent advances in DNA nanotechnology, protein engineering, and polymer chemistry allow for the design of material systems where specific local interactions can be programmed with high precision. However, the full impact of these technologies on the development of functional materials is not understood. In this talk, I will discuss insight from simple soft matter systems that help bridge this gap. I will begin by describing a new principle of disordered networks where non-trivial elastic properties emerge by removing a small fraction of bonds. We will then apply this, both directly and indirectly, to understand two cases where non-trivial biological functionality can be obtained from controlled binding dynamics. This work sets the stage for the development of new materials with sophisticated mechanical and transport properties that could one day rival their biological analogues.

Carl Goodrich received his B.S. from Syracuse University where he studied Physics and Mathematics, after which he did his graduate work studying soft matter at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. At Penn, he worked with Dr. Andrea Liu and Dr. Sidney Nagel to study the mechanical and vibrational properties of disordered solids, focusing on networks and the jamming transition of athermal sphere packings. Carl is doing his postdoctoral work at Harvard University with Dr. Michael Brenner to understand physical mechanisms that underly functionality in biological materials.


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