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Welcome to the research group website of Professor Ruike Renee Zhao

Our research focus is on the fundamental understanding and development of soft intelligent material systems employing stimuli-responsive materials. 

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Soft Intelligent Materials Laboratory

By utilizing analytical, numerical, and experimental tools, we study the functional responses of the intelligent materials that are subject to external stimuli such as stress, temperature, light, chemical, electric, or magnetic fields. Applications include soft actuators, soft robotics, flexible electronics, morphing structures, biomedical engineering, and sustainable energy.

 Intelligent Soft Composites

 Soft Robotics

Reconfigurable Structures

Bio-mechanics Tissue Engineering 

Mechanics-guided Material Design 

 Mechanics of Surface Instability