Michael Bartlett

  • Assistant Professor
  • Materials Science and Engineering

Main Office

2220BP Hoover
Ames, IA 50011
Phone: 515-294-9280


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Carnegie Mellon University (with Prof. Carmel Majidi), 2015
  • Senior Research Engineer, 3M Corporate Research Laboratory, 2013
  • Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA (with Prof. Alfred Crosby), 2013
  • B.S.E. in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2008

Honors and Awards

  • 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award 2017
  • Outstanding Faculty Award- ISU Engineering Student Council (Student nominated) 2017
  • Alan Gent Distinguished Student Paper Award - Adhesion Society 2013
  • Frank J. Padden Jr. Award (Finalist) - American Physical Society (APS) 2013
  • CNN Money / Fortune Magazine Top 5 Science Breakthroughs of 2012

Interest Areas

  • Soft materials
  • Bio-inspired adhesives and materials
  • Multifunctional composites
  • Soft electronics and robotics

Professor Bartlett’s research lies at the intersection of soft materials, mechanics, and multifunctional composites.   Through precise experiments and analyses, we study and exploit the fascinating interplay between material composition, geometry, and programmed deformations.  This interdisciplinary and biomimetic approach aims to create soft materials with unconventional properties, including ‘smart’ adhesives, deformable electronics and robotics, and adaptive materials.   This research is driven by the synergy between fundamental science and applied engineering to illuminate basic physical mechanisms that guide the creation of novel materials and structures for crucial technologies.

Selected Publications and Patents

Journal publications


  • Crosby, A.J., Bartlett, M.D., Irschick, D.J., King, D.R. Devices for Application and Load Bearing and Method of Using the Same. US Patent No. 9,182,075.
  • Crosby, A.J., Bartlett, M.D., Double and Multi-Sided Adhesive Devices. US Patent No. 9,395,038.