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, 01/30/2023

With this microfluidic device, researchers modeled how sickled blood cells clog the spleen’s filters, leading to a potentially life-threatening condition.

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.

Recent Publications

Y. Zhang1, Y. Qiang1, H. Li, G. Li, L. Lu, M. Dao, G.E. Karniadakis, A.S. Popel, C. Zhao, PNAS Nexus, 3(2):pgae031, 2024.[1Contributed equally.]

Q. Wei, Y. Xiong, Y. Ma, D. Liu, Y. Lu, S. Zhang, X. Wang, H. Huang, Y. Liu, M. Dao*, X. Gong*, Lab on a Chip, 24(2):305-316, 2024.

G. Li1, Y. Qiang1, H Li, X Li, M Dao*, GE Karniadakis*, Biophysical Journal, 122(12): 2590-2604, 2023. [1Contributed equally.]

Q. Wei, X. Wang, C. Zhang, M. Dao, X, Gong, Scientific Reports, 13(1):8563, 2023.