Yin Yang Luna

Year: 
2017
Ranking: 
Entrant
Artist: 
Marcela Areyano
Department: 
Mechanical Engineering
Lab: 
Megan Valentine

Description

Resembling craters on the moon, as well as the Yin Yang symbol this image is a side view of porous PDMS that is adhered on a non-porous layer. As Yin and Yang the individual qualities of the composite are interdependent; connected sharing the same starting material yet posses opposing properties.

This is a SEM image of a porous PDMS(elastomer) that has polymerized on to non-porous PDMS. It is a synthetic mimic of what is observed in the Mytilus Californianus mussel.  In their case it is observed that collagen penetrates a “porous” layers, creating composites. These samples were made in efforts to mimic these properties. We aim to understand how porosity affects the plaque’s mechanical properties.

CSEP CNSI Schuller Lab UCSB