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At Squishy & Flowy Matter Lab, we focus on the interfacial mechanics of soft, highly deformable materials. Naturally, our research endeavors often take us to the intersection of capillarity, elasticity, and hydrodynamics. Of particular interest is the mechanics of soft, polymeric solids, and their interaction with liquids in the context of wetting, pumping, adhesion, and instability. These interactions between deformation and flow can be tuned to realize new-age materials and designer structures with remarkable properties.


We constantly look for motivated candidates to join the group. Interested candidates can reach us at


2/12/2024 - MAE senior Pei Ren presented her research at the Adhesion Society annual meeting held in Savannah, GA.


1/25/2024 - We are excited to welcome Dr. Brian Wu. Brian joins as a Postdoc in the group.


1/25/2024 - Spring semester kick off lunch. 











11/25/2023 - New article published in Nature Communications. We developed a novel strategy to pump viscous liquid near the liquid-air interface. Media - SU NewsCornell News

08/14/2023 - Amit Pandey joins the group as a Ph.D. Welcome Amit!

04/17/2023 - Incoming Ph.D. student Shima Mahmoudirad receives the prestigious University Fellowship which will fund four years of her studies at SyFy lab. Congratulations Shima!

04/07/2023 - New PRL on the way. We demonstrate how the intrinsic coupling between elastic deformation and liquid transport near surface folds leads to either an aspirated or extremely swelled fold-tip.

07/27/2022 - Our work on hydrodynamics of high diving and its connection to diving related injuries has been published in Science Advances. The article has been covered in Cornell News,, EurekAlert, Popular Science, Science Daily, New Scientist

Selected Publications

1. A. Pandey, Z. Chen, J. Yuk, Y. Sun, C. Roh, D. Takagi, S. Lee and S. Jung, Optimal free surface pumping by an undulating carpet, Nature Communications 14, 7735 (2023)Media coverage - SU News

1. A. Pandey, J. Yuk, B. Chang, F. Fish, and S. Jung, Slamming dynamics of diving and its implications for diving related injuries, Science Advances 8, eabo5888, 2022. Media coverage - Cornell News,, EurekAlert, ScienceDaily, NewScientist, Popular Science

2. A. Pandey, B. Andreotti, S. Karpitschka, G. J. van Zwieten, E. H. van Brummelen, and J. H. Snoeijer, Singular nature of the elastocapillary ridge, Physical Review X, 10, 031067, 2020. [arXivMedia coverage - Cornell News

3. Review Article: J. H. Snoeijer, A. Pandey, M. A. Herrada, and J. Eggers, The relationship between visco-elasticity and elasticity, Proceedings of the Royal Society A, 476: 20200419, 2020. [arXiv]​

4. A. Pandey, S. Karpitschka, C.H. Venner, and J. H. Snoeijer, Lubrication of soft viscoelastic solids, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 799, 433, 2016. [arXiv]

5. S. Karpitschka, A. Pandey, L. A. Lubbers, J. H. Weijs, L. Botto, S. Das, B. Andreotti, and J. H. Snoeijer, Liquid drops attract or repel by the inverted cheerios effect, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113, 7403, 2016. [arXiv]

Media coverage - The NY Times,, ScienceDaily, Gizmodo, UT News                                                                                   


Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department

263 Link Hall, Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY 13244, USA.

©2023 by Anupam Pandey

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