Physics of Mechanical and Metamaterials Design
480 South Broad Street
Get a glimpse into the innovative and impactful research taking place at Penn Arts & Sciences at the Penn Science and Lightbulb Cafés. The lecture series is free and open to the public and takes place in Center City at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre.
Metamaterials are materials with properties that are not normally found. Andrea Liu and her lab have discovered new principles that allow them to easily design mechanical metamaterials. These include some with a negative Poisson ratio, which stretch in the horizontal direction when you stretch them vertically. (Most materials have a positive Poisson ratio, so that if you stretch them vertically they contract in the horizontal direction, like a rubber band.) They are also working with systems that have even more complex responses inspired by biology, like allostery, which underlies nearly every biochemical process in our bodies. These ideas may lead to new strategies for robotics or drug design.
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Since 2005, expert faculty from the University of Pennsylvania have shed a light on their research at the Penn Science Café. Audience members are welcome to purchase food and beverages from the café at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre to enjoy as they learn from the top experts in various fields. Each lecture will provide an opportunity for audience Q&A.