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, 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.

Mon, 04/06/2015

Acoustic device can rapidly isolate circulating tumor cells from patient blood samples.

Mon, 01/19/2015

Microfluidic device allows for predicting the behavior of patients’ sickle cells.

Mon, 08/25/2014

Acoustic device that separates tumor cells from blood cells could help assess cancer’s spread.

Recent Publications

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, 2015, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1524813113. (See MIT News Report, United Press International (UPI) News, and ScienceDaily Report)

X. Li, E. Du, H. Lei, Y.-H. Tang, M. Dao, S. Suresh and G.E. Karniadakis, Interface Focus, 6 (2016) 20150065.

R. Zhang, R. Suwanarusk, B. Malleret, B.M. Cooke, F. Nosten, Y.L. Lau, M. Dao, C.T. Lim, L. Renia, K.S. Tan and B. Russell, J. Infect. Dis., 213 (2016) 100-104.

Z.J. Wang, Q.J. Li, Y.N. Cui, Z.L. Liu, E. Ma, J. Li, J. Sun, Z. Zhuang, M. Dao*, Zhi-Wei Shan* and S. Suresh*, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 112 (2015) 13502-13507. (See MIT News Report, ScienceDaily Report, and Video)

Y. Ruan*, S.-Y. Chang and M. Dao*, Cryst. Growth Des., 15 (2015) 5661-5664.