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Dr. Zhu’s long-term goal is to advance nanoscience and nanotechnology by improving the understanding of nanoscale material behavior.
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’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.
Mechanics and Mechanical Engineering
University of Science and Technology of China
Dr. Zhu is interested in mEMS/NEMS design, fabrication and characterization; mechanics and materials issues in nanostructures and thin films; and mechanics of soft materials (including polymers and biological cells) and interfaces. 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.
Honors and Awards
- ASME Fellow, 2017
- Eshelby Mechanics Award, 2017
- University Faculty Scholar, 2015
- MAE Outstanding Research Award, 2015
- Alcoa Foundation Engineering Research Achievement Award (College of Engineering), 2015
- ASME Sia Nemat-Nasser Early Career Award, 2015
- Society of Experimental Mechanics Young Investigator Lecture Award, 2013
- Sigma Xi Faculty Research Award, 2012
- Equi-biaxial compressive strain in graphene: Gruneisen parameter and buckling ridges
- Jiang, T., Wang, Z., Ruan, X., & Zhu, Y. (2019), 2D MATERIALS, 6(1). https://doi.org/10.1088/2053-1583/aaf20a
- Characterization and modeling of catalyst-free carbon-assisted synthesis of ZnO nanowires
- Kong, X. C., Wei, C., Zhu, Y., Cohen, P., & Dong, J. Y. (2018), Journal of Manufacturing Processes, 32, 438–444.
- Conformal Physical Vapor Deposition Assisted by Atomic Layer Deposition and Its Application for Stretchable Conductors
- , (2018). ADVANCED MATERIALS INTERFACES, 5(22). https://doi.org/10.1002/admi.201801379
- Controlled bending and folding of a bilayer structure consisting of a thin stiff film and a heat shrinkable polymer sheet
- Cui, J. X., Adams, J. G. M., & Zhu, Y. (2018), Smart Materials & Structures, 27(5).
- Electrohydrodynamic printing of silver nanowires for flexible and stretchable electronics
- Cui, Z., Han, Y. W., Huang, Q. J., Dong, J. Y., & Zhu, Y. (2018), Nanoscale, 10(15), 6806–6811.
- Evoked haptic sensations in the hand via non-invasive proximal nerve stimulation
- Shin, H., Watkins, Z., Huang, H., Zhu, Y., & Hu, X. G. (2018), Journal of Neural Engineering, 15(4).
- Gravure Printing of Water-based Silver Nanowire ink on Plastic Substrate for Flexible Electronics
- Huang, Q., & Zhu, Y. (2018), SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 8. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-33494-9
- Nanomaterial-enabled wearable sensors for healthcare
- Yao, S. S., Swetha, P., & Zhu, Y. (2018), Advanced Healthcare Materials, 7(1).
- Origami/Kirigami-Guided Morphing of Composite Sheets
- Cui, I., Poblete, F. R., & Zhu, Y. (2018), ADVANCED FUNCTIONAL MATERIALS, 28(44). https://doi.org/10.1002/adfm.201802768
- A novel finger kinematic tracking method based on skin-like wearable strain sensors
- Yao, S. S., Vargas, L., Hu, X. G., & Zhu, Y. (2018), IEEE Sensors Journal, 18(7), 3010–3015.
- Collaborative Research: Strength and Brittle-to-Ductile Transition of Silicon Nanowires at Elevated Temperatures
- National Science Foundation (NSF)(9/01/18 - 8/31/21)
- SNM: Printing and Integration of Metal Nanowires and Organic Semiconductors for Large-Area Stretchable Electronics and Sensors
- National Science Foundation (NSF)(7/01/17 - 6/30/21)
- Towards Restoring Natural Sensation of Hand Amputees via Wearable Surface Grid Electrodes
- National Science Foundation (NSF)(9/01/16 - 8/31/19)
- Nanocellulose Microneedle Array for Intradermal ISF Extraction
- NCSU Advanced Self Powered Systems of Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST) Center(9/01/15 - 8/31/16)
- Flexible and Stretchable Sensor Technology Research, Advanced Self Powered Systems of Sensors and Technologies Center, ASSIST Enhancement Project
- Samsung Research America Inc.(4/01/15 - 12/31/16)
- Nanowire Synthesis for Gas and Bioelectronic Sensing
- NCSU Advanced Self Powered Systems of Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST) Center(9/01/13 - 5/31/17)
- Evaluation of Flexible Micropost Arrays for Shear Stress Measurement
- National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)(7/10/14 - 7/09/16)
- Poptube Technology, Enabling Multifunctional Hybrid Composites for Next Generation Aircrafts
- National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)(3/16/14 - 9/15/16)
- Collaborative Research: Investigation of Deformation Mechanisms Governing the Tensile Ductility of Twinned Metal Nanowires
- National Science Foundation (NSF)(9/01/14 - 8/31/18)
- MRI: Development of a Miniature, High Temperature, Multiaxial Testing System for Advanced Materials and Engineering Research
- National Science Foundation (NSF)(8/15/13 - 7/31/18)