The Nanomechanics Laboratory investigates mechanical properties of engineered and biological materials at the nano to macro-scale using experimental, analytical, and computational techniques.

The lab’s current research projects include studies of nanostructured materials as well as exploring connections between biological cell mechanics and human disease states.

Recent News

Mon, 08/08/2016

An interdisciplinary, international group of researchers has found new biophysical markers that could help improve the understanding of treatments for sickle cell disease.

Tue, 07/12/2016

Researchers used computer modeling to show how the spleen maintains the quality of red blood cells in the bloodstream. The findings may provide insights into conditions that lead to anemia.

Mon, 06/27/2016

Computer model finds slits in the spleen impose a “physical fitness test” on red blood cells.

Mon, 01/25/2016

Technique could enable 3-D printing of cellular structures for tissue engineering.

Wed, 10/21/2015

Low-amplitude repeated stretching can eliminate crystal defects in nanoscale metal parts.

Recent Publications

S. Saito*, T. Ochiai, F. Yoshizawa and M. Dao*, Scientific Reports, 6 (2016) 34063.

P. Hosseini, S.Z. Abidi, E Du, D.P. Papageorgiou, Y. Choi, Y.-K. Park, J. Higgins, G.J. Kato, S. Suresh*, M. Dao*, Z. Yaqoob* and P.T.C. So, “Cellular Normoxic Biophysical Markers of Hydroxyurea Treatment in Sickle Cell Disease,” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 2016, doi:10.1073/pnas.1610435113. (See Medical Xpress, News Medical, ScienceDaily, and CMU News Report)

I.V. Pivkin, Z. Peng, G.E. Karniadakis, P.A. Buffet, M. Dao* and S. Suresh*, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 113 (2016) 7804-7809. (See MIT News Report, CMU News Report, ScienceDaily Report, NIH Research Matters, News Medical, and Phys.org)

X. Li , M. Dao , C. Eberl , A.M. Hodge and H. Gao, MRS Bulletin, 41 (2016) 298-304.

F. Guo, Z. Mao, Y. Chen, Z. Xie, J.P. Lata, P. Li, L. Ren, J. Liu, J. Yang, M. Dao*, S. Suresh* and T.J. Huang*, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 113 (2016) 1522-1527. (See MIT News ReportPSU News Report, CMU News Report, United Press International (UPI) News, and ScienceDaily Report)