Yong Zhu

Andrew A. Adams Distinguished Professor

Dr. Zhu’s long-term goal is to advance nanoscience and nanotechnology by improving the understanding of nanoscale material behavior and exploring the applications of nanomaterials.

At the graduate level, Dr. Zhu teaches Micro/Nano electromechanical Systems (MAE 536) 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 also teaches Advanced Solid Mechanics (MAE 541), which teaches elasticity theory leading to solution of practical engineering problems concerned with stress and deformation analysis.

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 214) 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.

See also Dr. Zhu’s ResearcherID site and his Google Scholar link below.

Outside of work, Dr. Zhu enjoys travel and sports like basketball, swimming, and ping-pong.


Anelasticity in thin-shell nanolattices
Chen, I.-T., Poblete, F. R., Bagal, A., Zhu, Y., & Chang, C.-H. (2022), PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 119(38). https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2201589119
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
Curvilinear soft electronics by micromolding of metal nanowires in capillaries
Liu, Y., Zheng, M., O'Connor, B., Dong, J., & Zhu, Y. (2022), SCIENCE ADVANCES, 8(46). https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.add6996
Direct measurement of rate-dependent mode I and mode II traction-separation laws for cohesive zone modeling of laminated glass
Poblete, F. R., Mondal, K., Ma, Y., Dickey, M. D., Genzer, J., & Zhu, Y. (2022), COMPOSITE STRUCTURES, 279. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compstruct.2021.114759
Evoked Tactile Feedback and Control Scheme on Functional Utility of Prosthetic Hand
Vargas, L., Huang, H., Zhu, Y., & Hu, X. (2022), IEEE ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION LETTERS, 7(2), 1300–1307. https://doi.org/10.1109/LRA.2021.3139147
Highly Sensitive, Stretchable, and Robust Strain Sensor Based on Crack Propagation and Opening
Wu, S., Moody, K., Kollipara, A., & Zhu, Y. (2022, December 22), ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.2c16741
Integrating charge mobility, stability and stretchability within conjugated polymer films for stretchable multifunctional sensors
Son, S. Y., Lee, G., Wang, H., Samson, S., Wei, Q., Zhu, Y., & You, W. (2022), NATURE COMMUNICATIONS, 13(1). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-022-30361-0
Mechanical characterization of piezoelectric materials: A perspective on deformation behavior across different microstructural length scales
Kathavate, V. S., Prasad, K. E., Kiran, M. S. R. N., & Zhu, Y. (2022), JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS, 132(12). https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0099161
Object Recognition via Evoked Sensory Feedback during Control of a Prosthetic Hand
Vargas, L., Huang, H., Zhu, Y., & Hu, X. (2022), IEEE ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION LETTERS, 7(1), 207–214. https://doi.org/10.1109/LRA.2021.3122897
Resembled Tactile Feedback for Object Recognition Using a Prosthetic Hand
Vargas, L., Huang, H., Zhu, Y., Kamper, D., & Hu, X. (2022), IEEE ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION LETTERS, 7(4), 10977–10984. https://doi.org/10.1109/LRA.2022.3196958

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  • SCH: A Personalized Wearable Rehabilitation Sensing System for Stroke Survivors
  • A Wearable Sensing System for Continuous Assessment of Outcomes of Orthotic Hand Users in Real-World Settings
  • PFI-TT: Stretchable Strain Sensors for Real-Time Joint Angle Tracking in Sports
  • FMRG: Future Eco Manufacturing of Soft Electronics
  • Development of an In-Situ Testing Laboratory for Research and Education of Very High Temperature Reactor Materials
  • Plant-Aid: A Data Driven and Sensor Integrated Platform to Monitor Emerging Plant Diseases
  • Cover-2: Safety-as-a-Service
  • Collaborative Research: Investigating the Strain-Rate and Time-Dependent Plasticity and Mechanical Properties of Metal Nanowires
  • Collaborative Research: Strength and Brittle-to-Ductile Transition of Silicon Nanowires at Elevated Temperatures
  • SNM: Printing and Integration of Metal Nanowires and Organic Semiconductors for Large-Area Stretchable Electronics and Sensors
Yong Zhu