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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. At present, there is an open postdoc position. Interested candidates can reach us at


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

08/2/2021 - Our PRL paper on folding-unfolding asymmetry of adhesive creases has been covered in Physics Viewpoint. Thanks Prof. John Kolinski for this perspective article.

07/10/2021 - I will be starting as an Active Learning Initiative (ALI) Fellow in BEE, Cornell. I will implement active learning strategies for BEE 3310/5310 - Bio-Fluid Mechanics. 

06/15/2021 - Our work on 'Pinning induced folding-unfolding asymmetry in adhesive creases' has been accepted in PRL.

11/18/2020 - My first review paper on the intricate connection between viscoelastic fluids and elastic solids is published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society A. 

10/28/2020 - Cornell News covers our PRX article on the singular nature of the wetting ridge.

Selected Publications

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                                                                                   

Selected for a perspective article by Prof. A. Jagota

6. A. Pandey, D. Moulton, D. Vella, and D. P. Holmes, Dynamics of snapping beams and jumping poppers,

EPL (Europhysics Letters), 105, 24001, 2014. [arXiv]


Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department

263 Link Hall, Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY 13244, USA.

©2023 by Anupam Pandey

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