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, 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.

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.

Recent Publications

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)

Z. Shi1, M. Dao1,*, E. Tsymbalov, A. Shapeev, J. Li*, S. Suresh*, “Metallization of Diamond,” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 117 (2020) 24634-24639. [1Contributed equally.] (See MIT News Report, NTU News Report, Phys.Org, Science Daily, and Materials Today)

Y. Deng1, D.P. Papageorgiou1, X. Li, N. Perakakis, C.S. Mantzoros, M. Dao, G.E. Karniadakis, “Quantifying Fibrinogen-Dependent Aggregation of Red Blood Cells in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus,” Biophysical Journal, 119 (2020) 900-912. [1Contributed equally.]

L. Lu1, M. Dao1,*, Punit Kumar, Upadrasta Ramamurty, G.E. Karniadakis*, S. Suresh*, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 117 (2020) 7052-7062. [1Contributed equally.] (See MIT News Report, Futurity, and Eureka Alert)

Y.B. Lim, J. Thingna, F. Kong, M. Dao, J. Cao, C.T. Lim, Biophysical Journal, 118 (2020) 105-116.