ARMOR Lab | UC San Diego
Active, Responsive, Multifunctional, & Ordered-materials Research

The mission of the ARMOR Lab is to pioneer scientific discoveries and pave way for next-generation technologies in intelligent, multifunctional, stimuli-responsive materials, structures, and systems. Multifunctional systems are multi-scale material architectures that are precisely encoded with different engineering functionalities that include sensing, actuation, damping, energy harvesting, healing, and enhanced mechanical properties, among many others. These multifunctional materials and technologies are applicable for structural health monitoring of aerospace, biological, civil, marine, and mechanical systems.

The scope of research of the ARMOR Lab is subdivided into three main categories. First, we are interested in designing new multifunctional materials/nanocomposites and deriving techniques for encoding these materials with specific functionalities with the target application in mind. Second, innovations in scalable manufacturing and additive manufacturing techniques are of great interest, particularly for transitioning new material technologies from the laboratory bench-top to applications in the field. Finally, unique measurement strategies, algorithms, and tomographic techniques that complement these multifunctional materials and allow for the extraction of useful information are critical for maximizing their usefulness for various engineering applications such as structural health monitoring and human health/performance assessment.

Active Research and Areas of Interest:
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Bio-inspired material systems
  • Composites and nanocomposites
  • Damage detection and structural health monitoring
  • Human health and performance sensing
  • Materials design, mechanics, modeling, and characterization
  • Multifunctional materials
  • Noncontact and noninvasive sensing
  • Soft materials and nanocomposites
  • Smart infrastructure materials
  • Stimuli-responsive materials and mechanisms
  • Tomographic algorithms and techniques
We invite you explore the ARMOR Laboratory website. Here, you will find a collection of recent publications, summary of active research projects, and laboratory information. The physical location of the ARMOR Lab is in the Structural and Materials Engineering (SME) Building, Room 413.


Kenneth Loh

Associate Professor in:

UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0085
La Jolla, CA 92093-0085

TEL: (858) 822-0431
Office: SME 445G
Lab: SME 413