John S. Biggins
John S. Biggins


TCM Group
Cavendish Laboratory
JJ Thomson Avenue
Cambridge CB3 0HE
United Kingdom
+44 (0) 1223 3 37360



  1. Semisoft elastic response of nematic elastomers to complex deformations, Biggins Terentjev and Warner, Phys. Rev. E 78, 041704, (2008), DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.78.041704
  2. Strain-induced polarization in non-ideal chiral nematic elastomers, Biggins, Proc. R. Soc. A 465:1361-1376, 2009 DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2008.045
  3. Characterization of soft stripe-domain deformations in Sm-C and Sm-C* liquid crystal elastomers, Biggins and Bhattacharya, Phys. Rev. E 79, 061705 (2009), DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.79.061705.
  4. Textured deformations in liquid crystal elastomers, Biggins, Liquid Crystals, 2009, 0267-8292, DOI: 10.1080/02678290902879224 (invited review article for the de Gennes memorial edition)
  5. Supersoft Elasticity in Polydomain Nematic Elastomers, Biggins, Bhattacharya and Warner, Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 037802 (2009), DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.103.037802
  6. Mechanical bistability in liquid crystal elastomer-wire composite actuators, Huang, Biggins and Terentjev, J. of Appl. Phys. 107, 3515, 2010
  7. Elasticity of Polydomain Liquid Crystal Elastomers, Biggins, Bhattacharya and Warner, J Mech. Phys. Sol. 60, 573-593, 2012
  8. Surface Sulci in Squeezed Soft Solids, Tallinen, Biggins and Mahadevan, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 024302, DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.024302 2013
  9. Digital instability of a confined elastic meniscus, Biggins, Saintyves, Wei, Bouchaud, and Mahadevan, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.13022691102013 2013
  10. Understanding the Chain Fountain, Biggins and Warner, Proc Roy. Soc A 2014
  11. Limited predictive value of blastomere angle of division in trophectoderm and inner cell mass specification, Watanabe, Biggins, Tannan and Srinivas, Development 2014
  12. Growth and shape of a chain fountain, Biggins, EPL 2014
  13. Exactly isochoric deformations of soft solids, Biggins and Mahadevan, EPL, 2014
  14. Gyrification from constrained cortical expansion, Tallinen, Chung, Biggins and Mahadevan, PNAS 2014
  15. Fingering when a fluid invades a highly elastic layer, Biggins Wei and Mahadevan, Europhysics Letters (2015) doi:10.1209/0295-5075/110/34001
  16. Mechanics of invagination and folding: Hybridized instabilities when one soft tissue grows on another, Tallinen and Biggins, Physical Review E, 2015
  17. Towards understanding the roles of position and geometry on cell fate decisions during preimplantation development, Biggins, Royer, Watanabe and Srinivas, Seminars in Cell and Developmental Biology 2015
  18. Localizing Soft Elasticity in Liquid Crystal Elastomers, Ware, Biggins, Shick, Warner and White, Nature Communications, 2016
  19. Finite-wavelength surface-tension-driven instabilities in soft solids, including instability in a cylindrical channel through an elastic solid, Xuan and Biggins, Phys. Rev. E, 2016
  20. The Rayleigh Plateau instability in solid cylinders is a simple phase separation, Xuan and Biggins, manuscript in preparation

PhD Thesis

You can download my PhD thesis here.