Our research focus on developing a new paradigm that designs materials from the molecular scale. This requires the combinantion of multi-scale modeling, additive manufacturing, 3D printing, and experimental synthesis, which is applied to bio-inspired materials, biological materials, nanomaterials, and biomass materials, just to mention a few. By utilizing a computational materials science approach that includes Density functional theory (DFT) calculations, Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations, coarse-grained and finite element modeling we are able to understand and design materials along all different length scales, from a fundamental level.
This is combined with additive manufacturing and synthesis techniques to provide a complete framework for materials design and production. By incorporating concepts from structural engineering, materials science and biology our lab's research has identified the core principles that link the fundamental atomistic-scale chemical structures to functional scales by understanding how biological materials achieve superior mechanical properties through the formation of hierarchical structures, via a merger of the concepts of structure and material.