MetaLab Research Group

Our research group focuses on developing new materials capable of responding to external stimuli by altering their properties in a predictable manner on demand. We are interested in current topics of reconfigurable mechanical metamaterials and bio-inspired materials, as well as fundamental issues of failure, instability, and wave propagation in materials. We engineer new materials and metamaterials by harnessing sophisticated structure-property relationships, while machine learning assists us in this task. We perform experimental, numerical, and theoretical studies, actively engaging in interdisciplinary collaborations with other research teams.


One-year PhD/postdoc position

MetaLab Research Group (Cluster of Excellence livMatS, UniFreiburg, Germany), in close collaboration with DREAM Structures Lab (LIMC2 center, Penn State, USA), is looking for a highly-skilled candidate to join one-year research project devoted to the development of Multi-Agent Friction-Driven Reconfigurable Adaptive Structures.

Please contact me directly via to submit your CV and academic transcripts or inquire about project details.

Additional information can be found in the section “Vacancies” or here.

Manuscript is published in Advanced Science!

Great news on the first day of summer! Our work with Prof. Dr. Andreas Walter and Mr. Oliver Skarsetz from University of Mainz has been accepted! Stay tuned for updates!

Adaptive architecture

Our collaborative project with Prof. Mariantonieta Gutierrez Soto from Penn State “Hiding form Earthquakes with an Adaptive Metabarrier” has been selected for participation in Adaptive Architecture Idea Incubator. I am looking forward to exploring this new exciting topic!

New manuscript!

A new manuscript titled “Emergence of instability-driven domains in soft stratified materials” has been published in prestigious journal npj Computational Materials. Together with my colleagues, we studied formation of involved patterns in composite deformable composite materials.

Freiburg Rising Stars

I am very happy to participate as host in DFG and BMBF program “Freiburg Rising Stars”. Together with Dr. Edoardo Milana, we are going to work on soft robots, driven by metamaterials. More details are here.

How does this robot crawl up?

Together with Mr. Aryan Rana, we 3D-printed this interesting robot. Can you guess what drives its motion?

Success of MasterLab Program

Ms. Kajal Jain and Mr. Baris Erol for last six months have been working on small but very exiting projects in our lab. Baris studied propagation of the elastic waves in tillable metamaterials. Kajal developed an automated setup enabling us to study interaction between multiple permanent magnets and self-assembly on mesoscale level. Thanks both of you for your dedication and awesome results!

Congradulations, Gerrit!

The abstract “Generative design of perforated mechanical metamaterials” was accepted for oral talk on prestigious 11th European Solid Mechanics Conference in Galway, Ireland. Good job, Gerrit!

Welcome Joshua!

Mr. Sabbathi Joshua Nikhil joined our team as Master’s student to work on his thesis devoted to plasticity and failure in mechanical metamaterials. Stay tuned for new results!

New testing machine

We received new Universal Testing machine Zwick&Roell for mechanical testing of our structures and mechanical metamaterials. Check out photos at the Equipment tab.

Laboratory on the News

Our research and recently initiated Spaghetti Project were highlighted on the news! Check out this episode

Spaghetti Project

As the part of Freiburger Wissenschaftsmarkt we presented a public science “Spaghetti-Project”! Everyone can contribute to this project by performing simple experiment at home and submitting the results. If we gather enough data, you will be a co-author of the scientific manuscript!

Check out the details of this project here

Welcome Gerrit!

Mr. Gerrit Felsch joined our group as PhD student. He will work on the adaptive mechanical metamaterials that can be reprogrammed after manufacturing.

Welcome Indre!

Ms. Indre Jödicke joined our team to work on booster project “Heterogeneity as an ally against defects”. She will study the lattice materials that are tolerant to the manufacturing defects

New equipment

We received new equipment, including 3D printers, CCD camera, modal shaker, ICP accelerometers, and many other smaller things.