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Kendra A. Erk
Assistant Professor
Materials Engineering
Purdue University

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The overall goal of the Soft Material Mechanics research group is to develop a better understanding of important structure-property relationships in a wide range of soft materials and complex fluids, from hydrogels and cement to surfactant-stabilized emulsions and agricultural biomass.

Characterizing the deformation and flow behavior (the rheology) of the materials by advanced measurement techniques is of primary interest, with an emphasis on understanding molecular-level phenomena.

Our work is motivated by fundamental knowledge gaps in the structure, properties, and performance of soft materials utilized in health care, personal care, energy and advanced material applications.