The Applied Math Lab
We are interested in understanding the organization of matter in space and time, particularly at the scale observable by our unaided senses. We use a combination of techniques to pursue this, ranging from simple observations of phenomena to quantitative experiments and theory. Many of the topics that we work on start with our everyday experiences of the mundane, which by its very nature is robust. The challenge is to abstract out some principle from a phenomenon that is of relevance far beyond the particular manifestation of it. We have a small but growing laboratory for tinkering around while characterizing macroscopic living and nonliving systems.
- On the growth and form of cortical convolutions
T. Tallinen, J.Y. Chung, F. Rousseau, N. Girard, J. Lefèvre, and L. Mahadevan, Nature Physics, Published Online: 1 February 2016 | DOI: 10.1038/NPHYS3632
- Programming curvature using origami tessellations
L.H. Dudte, E. Vouga, T. Tachi and L. Mahadevan, Nature Materials, Published Online: 25 January 2016 | DOI: 10.1038/NMAT4540
- Biomimetic 4D printing
A. S. Gladman, E. A. Matsumoto, R.G. Nuzzo, L. Mahadevan, and J.A. Lewis, Nature Materials, Published Online: 25 January 2016 | DOI: 10.1038/NMAT4544
- Directional memory arises from long-lived cytoskeletal asymmetries in polarized chemotactic cells
H.V. Prentice-Mott, Y. Meroz, A. Carlson, M.A. Levine, M W. Davidson, D. Irimia, G.T. Charras, L. Mahadevan, and J.V. Shah, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) published ahead of print January 13, 2016 | DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1513289113
- Solid friction between soft filaments
A. Ward, F. Hilitski, W. Schwenger, D. Welch, A.W.C. Lau, V. Vitelli, L. Mahadevan and Z. Dogic, Nature Materials, online publication DOI: 10.1038, 2015
- Gait and speed selection in slender inertial swimmers
M. Gazzolaa, M. Argentina and L. Mahadevan, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112, 13, 2015
- Termite mounds harness diurnal temperature oscillations for ventilation
H. King, S. Ocko, and L. Mahadevan, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112, 37, 11589–11593, 2015
- Elastohydrodynamics of a sliding, spinning and sedimenting cylinder near a soft wall
T. Salez and L. Mahadevan, J. Fluid Mech. 779, 181-196 2015
- Optimal control of plates using incompatible strains
G.W. Jones and L. Mahadevan, Nonlinearity 28, 3153–3174, 2015
- Collective thermoregulation in bee clusters
S. Ocko and L. Mahadevan, Journal of the Royal Society - Interface 11, 20131033, 2014.
- Gyrification from constrained cortical expansion
T. Tallinen, J.Y. Chung, J.S. Biggins, and L. Mahadevan, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), 111, 35:12667-12672, 2014.
- Scaling macroscopic aquatic locomotion
M. Gazzola, M. Argentina and L. Mahadevan, Nature Physics, 10, 758-61, 2014.
- Villification: how the gut gets its villi
A. Shyer, T. Tallinen, N. Nerurkar, Z. Wei, E. Kim, D. Kaplan, C. Tabin and L. Mahadevan Science, 342, 212-218, 2013.
- The cytoplasm of living cells behaves as a poroelastic material
E. Moeendarbary, L. Valon, M. Fritzsche, A.R. Harris, D.A. Moulding, A.J. Thrasher, E. Stride, L. Mahadevan, and G.T. Charras, Nature Materials, 12, 253-261, 2013.
- How the cucumber tendril coils and overwinds
S.J. Gerbode, J.R. Puzey, A.G. McCormick, L. Mahadevan, Science 337, 1087, 2012.
- On the growth and form of the gut
T. Savin, N.A. Kurpios, A.E. Shyer, P. Florescu, H. Liang, L. Mahadevan & C.J. Tabin, Nature 476:57-62, 2011.
- Growth, geometry and mechanics of the blooming lily
H-Y Liang and L. Mahadevan, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108, 5516-21, 2011.
- Unfolding the sulcus
E. Hohlfeld and L. Mahadevan, Physical Review Letters, 106, 105702, 2011.
- Geometry, mechanics and electronics of singular structures in graphene
V. Pereira, H-Y Liang, A. Castro-Neto and L. Mahadevan, Physical Review Letters, 105, 156603, 2010.
- Why subduction zones are curved
L. Mahadevan, R. Bendick and H-Y Liang, Tectonics, 29,TC6002, 2010.