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

Wed, 10/05/2022

We call upon the attention of related research communities to highlight their cutting-edge initiatives to address key materials and mechanics problems presented in engineered nanomaterials for energy and environmental applications, and equally important to propose potential new applications with the latest understanding of the nanomechanics and recent developments in nanomaterial engineering.

Fri, 09/30/2022

Four prominent scientists presented their exciting research for a more environmentally friendly and energy efficient future.

Fri, 09/16/2022

Four prominent scientists will presented their exciting research for a more environmentally friendly and energy efficient future. 

Thu, 02/10/2022

In this Cover Article, the authors report a low-cost microfluidic size exclusion chromatography (μSEC) platform integrated with an on-chip nanoliter sample plug injector for direct EV isolation from human plasma. Its portable and modular design allows flexible coupling with downstream detection modules for clinical diagnostics and real-time EV process monitoring.

Wed, 06/16/2021

In this Cover Article, the authors show that organoids & organ-on-a-chip are synergistic engineering approaches linking with vascularization & innervation to faithfully reconstitute in vitro organ-level structures & functions with high structural fidelity, cellular consistency, environmental control ability, integration as well as throughput.

Recent Publications

Z. Ao1, H. Cai1, Z. Wu, L. Hu, A. Nunez, Z. Zhou, H. Liu, M. Bondesson, X. Lu, X Lu, M. Dao*, F. Guo*, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 119 (2022) e2214569119. [1Contributed equally.]

E. Zhang M. Dao*, G.E. Karniadakis*, S. Suresh*, Science Advances, 8 (2022) eabk0644.

S.Y. Leong, H.B. Ong, H.M. Tay, F. Kong, M. Upadya, L. Gong, M. Dao, R. Dalan, H.W. Hou*, Small, 18 (2022) 2104470. (Cover Article Volume 18, Issue 6; Februrary 10, 2022)

F. Zheng*, Y. Xiao, H. Liu, Y. Fan*, M. Dao*, Advanced Biology, 5 (2021) 2000024. (Cover Article June 2021)

M. Dao, I. MacDonald, R.J. Asaro, Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology, 20 (2021) 2227-2245. (See SI Movie 1 & SI Movie 2)