Title| Mechanics of Soft Materials and Structures
Speaker| Professor Shaoxing Qu, Department of Engineering Mechanics, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou China 310027.


Dielectric elastomer (DE) as one kind of electroactive polymers, has attracted extensive studies in the field of smart materials and structures, due to its superior properties, such as voltage-induced large deformation, fast response, quiet operation, high energy density, light weight and low cost. DE is widely used as a soft transducer with unique electromechanical property. In this talk, first, I will present the recent progress in mechanics of soft materials, such as wrinkling behaviour of an inflated DE balloon, and puncture mechanics of DE membrane. Next, design and electromechanical properties investigation on soft DE transducers (such as soft DE robot, soft DE peristaltic pump, and so on) will be discussed.



Dr. Shaoxing Qu, Qiushi Chair professor in the Department of Engineering Mechanics at Zhejiang University, China, serves as the director of the Key Laboratory of Soft Machines and Smart Devices of Zhejiang Province. He got his bachelor degree from university of Science and Technology of China in 1997, Master of Engineering from Tsinghua University in 2000, and Ph.D. from UIUC in 2004. After spending two years at Brown University as postdoc, he joined Zhejiang University in 2006 and got promoted to full professor in 2011. In 2015, he was awarded Distinguished Young Scholar grant from National Natural Science Foundation of China. His primary research interests include mechanics of soft materials, mechanics of composites, and micro/nano mechanics. He has published more than 80 journal papers.