Zhang Research Group

Laboratory of unusual materials/structures and advanced manufacturing

Our News

  • 2020/03: Wenbo Pang and collaborators' paper “Laser-Induced Graphene for Electrothermally-Controlled, Mechanically-Guided, Three-Dimensional Assembly and Human-Soft Actuators Interaction” was accepted for publication in Advanced Materials.
  • 2020/02: Our paper “Soft Three Dimensional Network Materials with Rational Bio-mimetic Designs”, led by Dongjia Yan and Jiahui Chang, was accepted for publication in Nature Communications.
  • 2020/01: Zhichao Fan and collaborators' paper “Inverse design strategies for 3D surfaces formed by mechanically guided assembly” was accepted for publication in Advanced Materials.
  • 2019/10: Our paper “Electro-mechanically controlled assembly of reconfigurable 3D mesostructures and electronic devices based on dielectric elastomer platforms”, led by Wenbo Pang, was accepted for publication in National Science Review.
  • 2019/09: Xiaogang Guo and collaborators' paper “Two-Dimensional Mechanical Metamaterials with Widely-Tunable Unusual Modes of Thermal Expansion” was accepted for publication in Advanced Materials.
  • 2019/09: Our focusing review “Micro/Nanoscale 3D Assembly by Rolling, Folding, Curving, and Buckling Approaches”, led by Xu Cheng, was selected as an inside front cover feature article for the 9/6 issue of Advanced Materials.
  • 2019/07: Congratulations to Xu Cheng, who received the best poster award at the 2nd International Conference on Flexible Electronics!
  • 2019/06: Our focusing review “Mechanically-guided structural designs in stretchable inorganic electronics”, led by Zhaoguo Xue and Honglie Song, was accepted for publication in Advanced Materials.
  • 2019/06: Yuan Liu and collaborators' paper "Harnessing the interface mechanics of hard films and soft substrates for 3D assembly by controlled buckling" was accepted for publication in PNAS.
  • 2019/05: Our group members, Ke Bai and Xu Cheng, received the 1st-grade and excellent-grade presentation awards in the graduate students academic forum of School of Aerospace Engineering, Tsinghua University! Congratulations to both of them!
  • 2019/05: Our paper "Mechanics of bistable cross-shaped structures through loading-path controlled 3D assembly", led by Guoquan Luo, was accepted for publication in JMPS.
  • 2019/05: Our focusing review “Micro/Nanoscale 3D Assembly by Rolling, Folding, Curving and Buckling Approaches”, led by Xu Cheng, was accepted for publication in Advanced Materials.
  • 2019/02: Our paper “Analyses of mechanically-assembled 3D spiral mesostructures with applications as tunable inductors”, led by Fan Zhang, was selected as a cover feature article for the February Issue of SCIENCE CHINA Technological Sciences.
  • 2019/01: Our collaborative work entitled “Three-dimensional piezoelectric polymer microsystems for vibrational energy harvesting, robotic prosthetic interfaces, and biomedical implants” was selected as a cover feature article for the January Issue of Nature Electronics.
  • 2019/01: Prof. Michael C. McAlpine from University of Minnesota wrote a News and Views “3D piezoelectric microsystems pop up” in Nature Electronics that highlight our collaborative work on the design and fabrication of 3D piezoelectric microsystems with various demonstrated applications.
  • 2019/01: Prof. Zhang was appointed as an Associate Editor of Mechanics of Materials.
  • 2019/01: Prof. Zhang was appointed as an Editorial Board member of Current Opinion in Solid State & Materials Science.
  • 2018/12: Our collaborative work “Three-dimensional piezoelectric polymer microsystems for vibrational energy harvesting, robotic prosthetic interfaces, and biomedical implants” was accepted for publication in Nature Electronics.
  • 2018/11: Prof. Zhang was selected to receive the 2019 Thomas J.R. Hughes Young Investigator Award, Applied Mechanics Division, ASME. This award recognizes special achievements in Applied Mechanics for researchers under the age of 41. Professor Zhang received this award for his pioneering work on the mechanics of buckling-guided 3D assembly, bio-inspired soft network materials and soft mechanical metamaterials with unusual swelling behavior.
  • 2018/11: Our group members, Fei Liu and Hang Zhang, received the best presentation award in the Ph.D. students forum of Tsinghua University in the multidisciplinary area of flexible electronics! Congratulations to both of them!
  • 2018/10: Our group members, Hang Zhang and Jianxing Liu, were selected to receive the National Scholarship and Tsinghua scholarship (Gaotian, 2nd prize), respectively! Congratulations to both of them!
  • 2018/10: Xiaogang Guo and collaborators' paper “Freestanding 3D Mesostructures, Functional Devices and Shape-Programmable Systems based on Mechanically Induced Assembly with Shape Memory Polymers” was accepted for publication in Advanced Materials.
  • 2018/09: Our collaborative work “Mechanically Active Materials in Three-Dimensional Mesostructures” was highlighted on the website of Science Advances.
  • 2018/09: Congratulations to Yumeng Shuai, who was selected to receive the Future Scholar Fellowship of Tsinghua University (清华大学未来学者奖学金).
  • 2018/05: Prof. Zhang were selected to receive the 2018 ASME Sia Nemat-Nasser Early Career Award, a society-level achievement award of ASME. This award recognizes early career research excellence in the areas of experimental, computational, and theoretical mechanics and materials by young investigators who are within 10 years after their Ph.D. degree.
  • 2018/05: Congratulations to Zhaoguo Xue, who was selected to receive the support of innovative postdoctoral scholar program (全国博士后创新人才支持计划) (from Chinese postdoc science foundation) and will join our group this summer.
  • 2018/04: Our paper “Soft Mechanical Metamaterials with Unusual Swelling Behavior and Tunable Stress-strain curves”, led by Hang Zhang, was accepted for publication in Science Advances.
  • 2018/02: Haoran Fu and collaborators' paper “Morphable 3D mesostructures and microelectronic devices by multistable buckling mechanics” was selected as a cover feature article for the March Issue of Nature Materials.
  • 2018/01: Our paper “Soft network materials with isotropic negative Poisson's ratios over large strains”, led by Jianxing Liu, was selected as an inside front cover feature article for the 2/7 issue of Soft Matter.
  • 2018/01: Prof. Zhang was selected to receive the 2017 Eshelby Mechanics Award for Young Faculty. This award is given annually to rapidly emerging junior faculty who exemplify the creative use and development of mechanics. The intent of the award is to promote the field of mechanics, especially among young researchers.
  • 2017/12: Haoran Fu and collaborators' paper “Morphable 3D Mesostructures and Microelectronic Devices by Multistable Buckling Mechanics” was accepted for publication in Nature Materials.
  • 2017/11: Our group member, Yuan Liu, received the best presentation award in the Ph.D. students forum of Tsinghua University in the multidisciplinary area of flexible electronics! Congratulations to him!
  • 2017/10: Prof. Zhang was elected to be a recipient of 2018 SES Young Investigator Medal, for his pioneering work on the mechanically-guided, deterministic 3D assembly, mechanics of fractal-inspired designs for stretchable electronics, and bioinspired designs of soft network materials. -- Reported by Society of Engineering Science.
  • 2017/10: Our paper “A double perturbation method of postbuckling analysis in 2D curved beams for assembly of 3D ribbon-shaped structures”, led by Zhichao Fan, was accepted for publication in JMPS.
  • 2017/10: Our group member, Fan Zhang, was selected to receive the National Scholarship! Congratulations to him!
  • 2017/08: Prof. Zhang was awarded the Excellent Youth Funding, National Natural Science Foundation of China (国家自然科学基金委优秀青年科学基金).
  • 2017/06: Our collaborative work “Self-Assembled, Three Dimensional Network Designs for Soft Electronics” was published in Nature Communications. -- Reported by 新华网, 人民网, 科技日报, 搜狐, 新浪 ...
  • 2017/05: Qiang Ma and Prof. Zhang were selected to receive the Melville Medal, the highest ASME honor for the best original paper which has been published in the ASME Transactions during the two calendar years immediately preceding the year of the award.
  • 2017/04: Our focusing review “Printing, Folding and Assembly Methods for forming 3D Mesostructures in Advanced Materials” was selected as a cover feature article in Nature Reviews Materials.
  • 2017/03: Our focusing review “Printing, Folding and Assembly Methods for forming 3D Mesostructures in Advanced Materials”, co-authored with Zhang group members (Fan Zhang and Qiang Ma) and our collaborators (Prof. John A. Rogers, Prof. Yonggang Huang, Prof. Xiuling Li and Dr. Zheng Yan), was accepted for publication in Nature Reviews Materials.
  • 2017/02: Prof. Zhang was selected to receive the 2017 Journal of Applied Mechanics Award from Applied Mechanics Division, ASME, for his paper with Qiang Ma "Mechanics of Fractal-Inspired Horseshoe Microstructures for Applications in Stretchable Electronics"!
  • 2017/01: Prof. Zhang was appointed as an Associate Editor for Journal of Applied Mechanics!
  • 2016/10: Our group members, Qiang Ma, Yuan Liu, Fan Zhang and Fei Liu, were selected to receive Tsinghua scholarships (Qiang: Zhonghang Industry, 1st prize; Yuan, Gaotian, 2nd prize; Fan, IHI, 3rd prize; Fei, Guanghua, 2nd prize)! Congratulations to all of them!
  • 2016/10: Prof. Zhang is selected to receive 2016 Qiu Shi Outstanding Young Scholar Award (求是杰出青年学者奖)! -- Reported by 新华网, 中国新闻网, 北京大学新闻网 ...
  • 2016/08: Prof. Zhang is selected to the list of MIT Technology Review's 35 Innovators Under 35 (TR35)! -- Reported by MIT Technology Review, The American Ceramic Society, Yahoo, China Daily, 人民日报, 中国新闻网, 科技日报, 科学网, 清华大学新闻网, 澎湃网 ...
  • 2016/08: Fang Zhang and collaborators' paper “Mechanically guided assembly of complex, 3D mesostructures from releasable multilayers of advanced materials” was accepted for publication in Science Advances.
  • 2016/06: Prof. Zhang was invited to give three keynote presentations at Society of Engineering Science (SES) 53rd Annual Technical Meeting, College Park, MD, USA, 10/2-10/5, 2016.
  • 2016/04: Fang Zhang and collaborators' paper “Controlled Mechanical Buckling for Origami-Inspired Construction of 3D Microstructures in Advanced Materials” was selected as an inside front cover feature article for the 4/25 issue of Advanced Functional Materials.
  • 2016/04: Prof. Zhang was invited to deliver the plenary General Lecture at the 11th International Conference "Shell Structures: Theory and Applications", Gdańsk, Poland, 10/11-10/13, 2017.
  • 2016/03: Prof. Zhang was invited to give a talk at IUTAM Symposium on Mechanics of Stretchable Electronics, Hangzhou, China, 3/17-3/18, 2016.
  • 2016/02: Our paper “A nonlinear mechanics model of bio-inspired hierarchical lattice materials consisting of horseshoe microstructures”, led by Qiang Ma, was accepted for publication in JMPS.
  • 2016/01: Our collaborative work “Theoretical and Experimental Studies of Epidermal Heat Flux Sensors for Measurements of Core Body Temperature” was selected as an inside front cover feature article for the 1/7 issue of Advanced Healthcare Materials.