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

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)

Mon, 03/06/2017

The study established a framework for understanding the mechanics that underlies vesicle formation, which can be used to help develop liquid biopsies for a range of diseases and to develop new drug delivery vehicles.

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. Bernoulli, S.C. Cao, J. Lu* and M. Dao*, Surface & Coatings Technology, 339 (2018) 14-19.

S.C. Cao, J. Liu, L. Zhu, L. Li, M. Dao, J. Lu, R.O. Ritchie, Scientific Reports, 8 (2018) 5088. (See Supporting Information)

Z.-J. Wang, Q.-J. Li, Y. Li, L.-C. Huang, L. Lu, M. Dao*, J. Li, E. Ma*, S. Suresh and Z.-W. Shan*, Nature Communications, 8 (2017) 1108. (See MIT News Report, NTU News, Phys.Org, SpinoNews and TechExplorist)

M. Wu, Y. Ouyang, Z. Wang, R. Zhang, P.-H. Huang, C. Chen, H. Li, P. Li, D. Quinn, M. Dao*, S. Suresh*, Y. Sadovsky* and T.J. Huang*, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 114 (2017) 10584-10589. (See MIT News Report and Video)