Reported in Nature Materials, we demonstrate the use of atomic force microscopy (AFM)-based single molecule force spectroscopy (SMFS) to quantitatively derive the energy landscape of modular rupture and refolding of our titin-mimicking polymer. This is the first example of a direct correlation between nano-mechanical properties and bulk mechanical performance using the energy landscape derived from SMFS. The report demonstrates the potential for SMFS to serve as a guide for rational design of advanced multifunctional materials.


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12/7/17 Warm welcome to three new group members: Dan, Taylor, and James! We look forward to exploring new science with all of you.

11/21/17 Congratulations to James and Hanna for the birth of thier baby girl, Ellie Rae Neal!

10/9/17 Congratulations to Yoshio, Jae, and Hurik for their Si-O vitrimer paper accepted by JACS! Fabulous work!

10/9/17 Congratulations to James and Nate for their mechanical gradient paper accepted by Angew Chem! Fantastic work!

9/20/17 Congratulations to Alex for winning the ARCS Foundation Scholar Award! Fantastic recognition, well deserved!

5/19/17 Congratulations to Hurik for passing orals with a high pass! Terrific job!

5/2/17 Congratulations to Nate for defending his thesis! Good work Dr. Nate!

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