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, 02/11/2019

New system of “strain engineering” can change a material’s optical, electrical, and thermal properties.

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.

Recent Publications

Y. Qiang, J. Liu, M. Dao*, S. Suresh*, E. Du*, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 116 (2019) 19828-19834.

Z. Shi, E. Tsymbalov, M. Dao, S. Suresh*, A. Shapeev*, J. Li*, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 116 (2019) 4117-4122. (See MIT News Report, NTU News Report, Science Daily, and Market Business News)

J. Long, Q. Pan, N. Tao, M. Dao, S. Suresh*, L. Lu*, Acta Materialia, 166 (2019) 56-66.

Y. Deng, D.P. Papageorgiou, H.-Y. Chang, S.Z. Abidi, X. Li, M. Dao, G.E. Karniadakis, Biophysical Journal, 116 (2019) 360-371.