John Kolinski studied applied mathematics (Sc.M.) and applied physics (Ph.D.) at Harvard University, completing a Ph.D. under the supervision of L. Mahadevan and Shmuel Rubinstein on the role of air in droplet impact. John did his postdoc at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel (HUJI) supported by the Fulbright postdoctoral fellowship. At HUJI, he worked on interfacial instabilities in soft matter in the labs of Eran Sharon and Jay Fineberg. John continues his research on interfacial mechanics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in his newly founded laboratory for the study of engineering mechanics of soft interfaces.
A mechanism arising from liquid wetting can cause a folded region in a soft solid to remain stuck to itself at the microscale, resulting in scars on the material surface that can guide its morphological evolution. Read More »