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, 09/03/2018

Analysis of blood from patients with sickle-cell disease reveals how cell clumping begins.

Fri, 04/20/2018

Diamond nanoneedles have strength approaching the theoretical maximum.

Thu, 04/19/2018

The brittle material can turn flexible when made into ultrafine needles, researchers find.

Wed, 10/25/2017

Materials with a special kind of boundary between crystal grains can deform in unexpected ways.

Mon, 09/18/2017

Microfluidic device uses acoustics to quickly analyze blood for signatures of cancer and other diseases. (Also see Video)

Recent Publications

A. Banerjee, D. Bernoulli, H. Zhang, M.-F. Yuen, J. Liu, J. Dong, F. Ding, J. Lu, M. Dao*, W.J. Zhang*, Y. Lu*, S. Suresh*, Science, 360 (2018) 300-302. (See Supporting Information and Science Perspective) (See MIT News Report, NTU News, Phys.Org, Xinhua News, Gizmodo and New Scientist)

D.P. Papageorgiou, S.Z. Abidi, H.-Y. Chang, X.J. Li, G.J. Kato, G.E. Karniadakis, S. Suresh*, M. Dao*, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 115 (2018) 9473-9478. (See Supporting Information and SI Videos and Figures) (See MIT News Report, The Bioscientist, Xinhua News, and Tech Times)

H. Li, L. Lu, X. Li, P.A. Buffet, M. Dao*, G.E. Karniadakis*, S. Suresh*, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 115 (2018) 9574-9579. (See Supporting Information and SI Videos and Figures)

M.X. Wu, P.H. Huang, R. Zhang, Z.M. Mao, C.Y. Chen, G. Kemeny, P. Li, A.V. Lee, R. Gyanchandani, A.J. Armstrong, M. Dao*, S. Suresh, T.J. Huang*, Small (Featured Cover Article), 14 (2018) 1801131. (See Supporting Information and Cover Picture)