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dr. C.J.M. (Corentin) Coulais

Faculty of Science
Van der Waals-Zeeman Instituut

Visiting address
  • Science Park 904
  • Room number: C4.245
Postal address
  • Postbus 94485
    1090 GL Amsterdam
  • Machine Materials Laboratory

    The Machine Materials Laboratory focuses on the understanding of the physics of soft structured active materials. The goal is to develop the physics of Machine Materials, i.e. artificial materials which combine microstructure and out-of-equilibrium processes to interact with their environment in a programmable fashion

    Shape Changing Aperiodic Metamaterials

    Topological One-way Metamaterial

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  • Open Positions

    We are currently seeking brilliant and highly motivated M.Sc. students, Ph.D. candidates and post-docs to join our laboratory. If you believe to be an exceptional candidate and have interests in soft matter, soft mechanics or metamaterials, feel free to contact Dr Coulais.

  • Publications


    • Coulais, C. J. M. (2018). A Characteristic Lengthscale causes Anomalous Size Effects and Boundary Programmability in Mechanical Metamaterials. Nature Physics, 14, 40-44.
    • Coulais, C. J. M. (2018). Multi-step self-guided pathways for shape-changing metamaterials. Nature, 561, 512-515.


    • Coulais, C. (2017). As the extension, so the twist: Artificial internal structures blur the boundary between materials and machines. Science, 358(6366), 994-995. DOI: 10.1126/science.aaq0818  [details] 
    • Lubbers, L. A., van Hecke, M., & Coulais, C. (2017). A nonlinear beam model to describe the postbuckling of wide neo-Hookean beams. JOURNAL OF THE MECHANICS AND PHYSICS OF SOLIDS, 106, 191-206. DOI: 10.1016/j.jmps.2017.06.001  [details] 
    • Coulais, C., Sounas, D., & Alù, A. (2017). Static non-reciprocity in mechanical metamaterials. Nature, 542(7642), 461-464. DOI: 10.1038/nature21044  [details] 
    • Waitukaitis, S. R., Zuiderwijk, A., Souslov, A., Coulais, C., & van Hecke, M. (2017). Coupling the Leidenfrost effect and elastic deformations to power sustained bouncing. Nature Physics, 13, 1095-1099. DOI: 10.1038/NPHYS4194  [details] 
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  • Ancillary activities
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