Laboratory Learning Program 2024 - A new twist on kirigami sheets (CBE-02)

Research Opportunity Number: CBE-02

Project Title: A new twist on kirigami sheets

Project Summary: Kirigami is an art form from Japan that involves folding and cutting paper to create stunning 3D structures. Our goal is to investigate the scientific principles that govern the behavior of paper when it is manipulated through folding and cutting. Particular attention will be given to twisting kirigami sheets comprising parallel and staggered cuts. These cuts confer remarkable stretchability to the sheet, which can then deform in modes unachievable by conventional materials. The project will explore the mechanics of these meta-sheets, combining rigorous experiments and mathematical modeling.

Student Roles and Responsibilities: The student will shadow Tom in the laboratory to help in the realization of the experiments. The student will *not* operate the laser cutter, but will design some cut patterns. The student will run a test on a universal testing machine.

Additional Considerations: The student will work in the laboratory 2 to 4 hours a day. The rest of the time will be spent in the office to analyze data, design new experiments, and survey literature.

Department/Institute: Chemical & Biological Engineering Department

Faculty Sponsor: Pierre Thomas Brun

Participation Dates: 6/24/2024 to 7/19/2024

Stipend Offered: $0

Number of Internships Available: 0-1

Application Deadline: March 15, 2024, midnight eastern daylight time