Zhu is interested in mEMS/NEMS design, fabrication and characterization; Mechanics and materials issues in nanostructures and thin films; Mechanics of soft materials (including polymers and biological cells) and interfaces
Dr. Zhu's long-term goal is to advance nanoscience and nanotechnology by improving the understanding of nanoscale material behavior.
Dr. Zhu is currently 1) developing micro/nano electromechanical transducers (NEMS/MEMS), 2) studying mechanical, electrical, and thermal inter-relations at the nanoscale, and 3) studying mechanical behavior of biological cells, thin films, and adhesion. Within MAE Dr. Zhu collaborates with Dr. Ro and Dr. Fang and in Materials Science with Dr. Yuntain Zhu (no relation) and Dr. Donald Brenner.
Dr. Zhu teaches Micro/Nano electromechanical Systems (MAE 589M) for students interested in the fundamentals and the applications of micro/nano sensors and actuators. His lecture style course includes guest lecturers from industry and academia, and concludes with final projects of teams of 2 to 3 students in which the teams, based on the class material, propose and design micro/nano transducers for their intended applications, and study related scientific issues.
Dr. Zhu's graduate students are self-motivated; they like both experimental and theoretical work, and tend to enjoy intellectually challenging, multi-disciplinary problems. The research they conduct in Dr. Zhu's lab advances a major engineering frontier that may eventually lead to important new discoveries in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology.
At the undergraduate level, Dr. Zhu teaches Solid Mechanics (MAE 314) and Strength of Mechanical Components (MAE 316). Both of these classes are taught following standard practices but he also includes in his lectures examples taken from his work on nano/micro devices.
Outside of work, Dr. Zhu enjoys travel and sports like swimming, basketball, and ping-pong.
- PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University
- MS, Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University
- BS, Mechanics and Mechanical Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China
Core Research Area
Structural Mechanics, Materials and Manufacturing
Courses Taught By Zhu
- MAE 316 -002 —Fall '16 Strength of Mechanical Components