Jie Yin

Associate Professor

Dr. Yin received his Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics from Columbia University. Prior to join NC State, he worked as a Postdoctoral Associate at MIT and an Assistant and Associate Professor at Temple University. He is the recipient of the NSF CAREER Award and Extreme Mechanics Letters (EML) Young Investigator Award.

Yin group’s research is on both fundamental mechanics and functionality of novel materials and structures at all scales (https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=OorAZMgAAAAJ).

Currently, it focuses on mechanics and design of mechanical metamaterials, mechanics guided design of soft robotics, and multifunctional interfacial materials. Presently, he studies reconfigurable kirigami-based architected materials for achieving unprecedented properties and functionalities. He also studies the mechanics guided design of high-performance soft robotics in both manipulation and locomotion for achieving high force, high speed, and high strength. Another topic is shape-morphing materials and structures for sustainable energy and environments. All of these topics are investigated through combining theoretical modeling, numerical simulation, and experimental techniques.



Bistable and Multistable Actuators for Soft Robots: Structures, Materials, and Functionalities
Chi, Y., Li, Y., Zhao, Y., Hong, Y., Tang, Y., & Yin, J. (2022). [Review of , ]. ADVANCED MATERIALS, 34(19). https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.202110384
Boundary curvature guided programmable shape-morphing kirigami sheets
Hong, Y., Chi, Y., Wu, S., Li, Y., Zhu, Y., & Yin, J. (2022), NATURE COMMUNICATIONS, 13(1). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-022-28187-x
On-Demand Solar and Thermal RadiationManagement Based on Switchable Interwoven Surfaces
Ke, Y., Li, Y., Wu, L., Wang, S., Yang, R., Yin, J., … Long, Y. (2022), ACS ENERGY LETTERS, 7(5), 1758–1763. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsenergylett.2c00419
Self-Sustained Snapping Drives Autonomous Dancing and Motion in Free-Standing Wavy Rings
Zhao, Y., Hong, Y., Qi, F., Chi, Y., Su, H., & Yin, J. (2022, December 27), ADVANCED MATERIALS, Vol. 12. https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.202207372
Snapping for high-speed and high-efficient butterfly stroke-like soft swimmer
Chi, Y., Hong, Y., Zhao, Y., Li, Y., & Yin, J. (2022), SCIENCE ADVANCES, 8(46). https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.add3788
3D Transformable Modular Kirigami Based Programmable Metamaterials
Li, Y., Zhang, Q., Hong, Y., & Yin, J. (2021, July 29), ADVANCED FUNCTIONAL MATERIALS. https://doi.org/10.1002/adfm.202105641
Fast Thermal Actuators for Soft Robotics
Wu, S., Baker, G. L., Yin, J., & Zhu, Y. (2021, December 7), SOFT ROBOTICS. https://doi.org/10.1089/soro.2021.0080
Geometric mechanics of folded kirigami structures with tunable bandgap
Li, Y., Song, X., Liu, H., & Yin, J. (2021), EXTREME MECHANICS LETTERS, 49. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eml.2021.101483
Metamorphosis of three-dimensional kirigami-inspired reconfigurable and reprogrammable architected matter
Li, Y., & Yin, J. (2021), MATERIALS TODAY PHYSICS, 21. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mtphys.2021.100511
Microstructural design for mechanical-optical multifunctionality in the exoskeleton of the flower beetle Torynorrhina flammea
Jia, Z., Fernandes, M. C., Deng, Z., Yang, T., Zhang, Q., Lethbridge, A., … Li, L. (2021), PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 118(25). https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2101017118

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  • Collaborative Research: NRI: Smart Skins for Robotic Prosthetic Hand
  • Collaborative Research: ARM-SoRo: Adaptive, Rapid, and Multifunctional Soft Robots with Reconfigurable Shapes and Motions Enabled by Tunable Elastic Instabilities
  • EAGER/Collaborative Research: Environmentally Responsive, Water Harvesting and Self-Cooling Building Envelopes
  • Mechanics of Extreme Mechanical Instabilities via Spontaneously Periodic Delamination
  • CAREER: Mechanics of Kirigami-based Reconfigurable Structures
Jie Yin