The overarching motivation of our work is to study materials with remarkable properties to enable new applications (e.g., energy harvesting, sensors, soft and stretchable electronics, self-folding sheets, soft robotics, etc.) in a simple, inexpensive, and scalable manner.

About our Group

Our lab is a friendly environment consisting of an enthusiastic group of post-docs, graduate students, undergraduate research assistants, and visitors. In addition to research, our group participates in several science outreach activities. Our projects are often collaborative and we welcome new collaborations.


We study interdisciplinary problems that involve thin-films, interfaces, soft materials, and micro- and nanofabrication. In general, we seek to elucidate the fundamental properties of materials that can be harnessed in a useful manner.

Areas of Interest

  • Liquid metals
  • Stretchable electronics
  • Soft robots
  • Photolithography and patterning
  • Interfacial phenomena and wetting
  • Energy harvesting
  • Self-folding sheets


Our group typically adds 1-2 new Ph.D. students each year as well as several undergraduate researchers. Interested students can contact Dr. Dickey. Post-doc positions will be posted on the NC State Job Posting site