EXPLORING MICRO-SCALE DYNAMICS
Shilo’s group studies material mechanics at small scales, with emphasis on “smart” materials, which function as motors or sensors, and biological materials. Of particular interest are multi-disciplinary problems in which the mechanical behavior of the material is coupled with electric, magnetic, thermal, or chemical effects. These phenomena often involve sub-processes, such as the motion of material interfaces or collagen fibrils, that occur at different time and length scales.
Our group has expertise in developing innovative experimental instruments and methods that provide unique and vital information on the mechanics of materials at the nano and micro scales. We combine experimental characterization with theoretical modeling and simulations to provide fundamental scientific insights and engineering knowledge.