Yifu Ding
Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering


MSE Areas: Polymer physics, nanofabrication, thin films, nanocomposites, polymer-based membranes, smart materials

My research interests focus on understanding the structure and dynamics of polymers in bulk and under confinement. We study the fabrication processes and properties of the polymer-based nanostructures, nanocomposites, and polymer-based separation membranes. I am also interested in fabricating smart materials, particularly novel smart surfaces and particles, and understand the mechanical and viscoelastic properties of these smart nanostructures.

Selected Publications and Accomplishments

“Programmable, pattern-memorizing polymer surface”, Wang, Z.; Hansen, C.; Ge, Q.; Ahn, D.; Maruf, S.; Qi, H.; and Ding, Y.*; Advanced Materials 2011, 23, 3669-3673.

“Instabilities of PS/PMMA bilayer patterns with a corrugated surface and interface”. Zhang, Z.; Ahn, D.; Ding, Y.* Macromolecules 2012, 45, 1972-1981.

“Polymer viscoelasticity and residual stress effects on nanoimprint lithography”, Ding, Y.; Ro, H.; Douglas, J. Jones, R.; Hines, D.; Karim, A.; Soles, C. Adv. Mater. 2007, 19, 1377-1381.