Zhang Research Group

Laboratory of unusual materials/structures and advanced manufacturing

Our News

  • 2018/01: Our paper entitled “Soft network materials with isotropic negative Poisson's ratios over large strains” 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: Our paper “Morphable 3D Mesostructures and Microelectronic Devices by Multistable Buckling Mechanics” was accepted for publication in Nature Materials.
  • 2017/12: Our paper “Vibration of Mechanically-Assembled 3D Microstructures by Compressive Buckling” was accepted for publication in JMPS.
  • 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” was accepted for publication in JMPS.
  • 2017/10: Our group member, Fan Zhang, was selected to receive the National Scholarship! Congratulations to him!
  • 2017/10: Our paper “Three-dimensional mesostructures as high-temperature growth templates, electronic cellular scaffolds, and self-propelled microrobots” was published in PNAS.
  • 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 paper “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 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 and Qiang) 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, Yuan, Fan and Fei, 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: Our paper entitled “Mechanically guided assembly of complex, 3D mesostructures from releasable multilayers of advanced materials” was accepted for publication in Science Advances. Congratulations to Fan!
  • 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: Our paper entitled “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: Our paper entitled "Controlled Mechanical Buckling for Origami-Inspired Construction of 3D Microstructures in Advanced Materials" was featured in Materials Views (China). Congratulations to Fan!
  • 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 entitled “A nonlinear mechanics model of bio-inspired hierarchical lattice materials consisting of horseshoe microstructures” was accepted for publication in JMPS. Congratulations to Qiang!
  • 2016/01: Our paper entitled “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.