We use experiments, theory and computation to study motion and matter at the human scale.  Areas of interest include the patterns of shape and flow of inanimate matter in systems ranging from the supramolecular to the planetary, and the dynamics of sentient living matter that can self-organize, perceive and act in systems ranging from the sub-cellular to the super-organismal. Via answers to specific questions,  we aim to get at general principles, if there be such, and get a qualitative understanding using quantitative methods – Soft Math !
Elastic-instability enabled locomotion. A. Nagarkar, W-K. Lee, D. Preston, M. Nemitz, N. Deng, G. Whitesides and L. Mahadevan, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, e2013801118, 2021. [PDF]
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 Static adhesion hysteresis in elastic structures. E. Memet, F. Hilitski, Z. Dogic and L. Mahadevan, Soft Matter, DOI: 10.1039/d0sm02192j, 2021. [PDF]
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Self-organized biotectonics of termite nests. A. Heyde, L. Guo, C. Jost, G. Theraulaz and L. Mahadevan, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, , 2021. [PDF]
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Models for benthic bipedalism. F. Giardina and L. Mahadevan, Royal Society - Interface 18: 20200701, 2021. [PDF]
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Control of connectivity and rigidity in prismatic assemblies. P. T. Choi, S. Chen and L. Mahadevan, Proc. R. Soc. A 476: 20200485, 2020. [PDF]
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Mechanical coupling coordinates the co-elongation of axial and paraxial tissues in avian embryos. F. Xiong, W. Ma, B. Benazeraf,  L. Mahadevan, and O. Pourquie.  Dev. Cell. 55,  354–366, 2020. [PDF]
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Flow-driven branching in a frangible porous medium. N. Derr, D. Fronk, C. Weber, A. Mahadevan, C. Rycroft and L. Mahadevan, Phys. Rev. Lett., 125, 158002, 2020. [PDF]
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Coordinated crawling via reinforcement learning. S. Mishra, W. van Rees, L. MahadevanRoyal Society-Interface, 17: 20200198,  2020. [PDF]
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Mechanical basis for fibrillar bundle morphology. T. Michaels, E. Memet, and L. Mahadevan, Soft Matter , 16, 9306-18, 2020. [PDF]
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Optimal control of aging in complex networks E. Sun, T. Michaels, and L. Mahadevan, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 117, 20404-410, 2020. [PDF]
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