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, 03/22/2021

An international team of scientists has developed an artificial intelligence (AI) platform to assess vascular diseases, which are characterised by the abnormal condition of blood vessels.

Wed, 02/03/2021

Thanks to a painstaking feat of microscopic engineering, the team has now managed to record the biomechanical behavior of mature, individual cell-to-cell junctions.

Thu, 11/12/2020

Regular layer-by-layer 3D printing is old news compared to a new additive manufacturing technique developed by an international team of engineers.

Mon, 10/05/2020

Normally an insulator, diamond becomes a metallic conductor when subjected to large strain in a new theoretical model.

Mon, 03/16/2020

New technique allows for more precise measurements of deformation characteristics using nanoindentation tools.

Recent Publications

S. Cai1, H. Li1, F. Zheng1, F. Kong, M. Dao*, G.E. Karniadakis*, S. Suresh*, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 118 (2021) e2100697118. [1Contributed equally.] (See SI Movie 1, SI Movie 2 & News EurekAlert!, AlphaGalileo)

A.M. Esfahani, J. Rosenbohm, B.T. Safa, N.V. Lavrik*, G. Minnick, Q. Zhou, F. Kong, X. Jin, E. Kim, Y. Liu, Y. Lu, J.Y. Lim, J.K. Wahl, M. Dao*, C. Huang*, R. Yang*, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 118 (2021) e2019347118. (See SI Movie 1, SI Movie 2, SI Movie 3, SI Movie 4 & News Phys.Org)

K. Zolotovsky1, S. Varshney1, S. Reichert, E.M. Arndt, M. Dao, M.C. Boyce, C. Ortiz*, Communications Materials, 3 (2021) 25. [1Contributed equally.]

P. Liu, X. Li, X. Liu, M. Feng, Y. Yu, D. Hu*, M. Dao*, Int. J. Refrig., “Investigation on non-equilibrium phase transition in wave rotor,”124 (2021) 96-104.

A. Moridi*, E.J. Stewart, A. Wakai, H. Assadi, F. Gartner, M. Guagliano, T. Klassen, M. Dao*, Applied Materials Today, 21 (2020) 100865. (See DigitalTrends and TechNews)