Yihui Zhang
Associate Professor, Department of Engineering Mechanics, Tsinghua University
Address: Room N629, Mong Man-Wei Sci. & Technol. Bldg, Tsinghua University
Beijing 100084, China
Phone: +86-10-6279-6127 (office)
Email: yihuizhang@tsinghua.edu.cn
Group Website: http://yihuizhang.org

Education background

Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics, Tsinghua University, China  (6/2011)
M.S. in Engineering Mechanics, Tsinghua University, China  (6/2008)
B.S. in Engineering Mechanics, Nanjing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics, China  (6/2006)


3/2015–Present, Associate Professor in Engineering Mechanics, Tsinghua University, China   
6/2014–3/2015, Research Assistant Professor in Civil & Environmental Engineering, Northwestern University, USA
10/2011–6/2014, Postdoctoral Fellow in Civil & Environmental Engineering, Northwestern University, USA


Social service

2017–Present, Associate Editor, Journal of Applied Mechanics
2017–Present, Editorial Board, Proceedings of the Royal Society A
2016–Present, Editorial Board, npj Flexible Electronics
2015–Present, Editorial Board, Acta Mechanica Solida Sinica
2016–Present, Member of ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) and SES (Society of Engineering Science)
2015–Present, Member of the Committee of young investigators, The Chinese Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics

Areas of Research Interests/ Research Projects

Mechanically guided 3D assembly
Stretchable electronics
Bioinspired and biomimetic soft active materials
Mechanics of smart materials and structures

Research Status

Zhang group’s research bridges the areas of solid mechanics, materials science and engineering, and electrical engineering.  The current research goal is to develop new mechanics theories and computational models of advanced materials and structures, devise novel mechanics-guided designs of hard/soft integrated systems with unprecedented properties, and explore their versatile capabilities and functions in technologies, in particular on mechanically-guided 3D assembly, wearable and biointegrated electronics, and energy storage system.

Honors And Awards

SES Young Investigator Medal, Society of Engineering Science  (2018)
Melville Medal, ASME  (2017)
Excellent Youth Funding, National Natural Science Foundation of China  (2017)
Journal of Applied Mechanics Award, ASME  (2017)
MIT Technology Review's 35 Innovators Under 35 (TR35)  (2016)
Qiu Shi Outstanding Young Scholar Award, Qiu Shi Science & Technologies Foundation  (2016)
Thousand Young Talents Plan of China  (2015)
Excellent doctor thesis award, Tsinghua University  (2011)
Excellent master thesis award, Tsinghua University  (2008)

Academic Achievement

He has published more than 70 peer-reviewed journal papers, including multi-disciplinary journals (Science, Cell, Nature Communications, Science Advances and PNAS); and journals in mechanics (JMPS, IJSS), materials (e.g., Nature Materials, Nature Reviews Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, Advanced Healthcare Materials, and Acta Materialia), physics (e.g., PRB and APL), nanotechnology (e.g., ACS Nano and Small).  His recent work has been reported by many popular media (e.g., BBC, CBS, Daily Mail, Discovery, Le Monde, NBC, Wall Street Journal), and highlighted by many professional organizations (e.g., ASME News, Chemistry Views, IOP Physics World, Materials Today, Materials Views, MIT Technology Review, Nano Today).

Representative publications include: (* denotes the Corresponding authors; + denotes the Co-first authors)
[1] Fan Z, Hwang KC*, Rogers JA, Huang YG, Zhang YH*. A double perturbation method of postbuckling analysis in 2D curved beams for assembly of 3D ribbon-shaped structures. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids. 2018, 111: 215-238
[2] Zhang YH*, Zhang F, Yan Z, Ma Q, Li XL, Huang YG, Rogers JA*. Printing, Folding and assembly methods for forming 3D mesostructures in advanced materials. Nature Reviews Materials, 2017, 2: 17019
--- Featured on the cover of April 2017 issue of Nature Reviews Materials
[3] Ma Y, Feng X, Rogers JA, Huang YG, Zhang YH*. Design and application of ‘J-shaped’ stress-strain behavior in stretchable electronics: a review. Lab on a Chip, 2017, 17: 1689-1704
[4] Jang KI+, Li K+, Chung HU+, Xu S, Jung HN, Yang Y, Kwak JW, Yang C, Wang A, Liu Z, Lee JY, Kim BH, Kim JH, Lee J, Yu Y, Kim BJ, Jang H, Yu KJ, Kim J, Lee JW, Jeong JW, Song YM, Huang YG*, Zhang YH*, Rogers JA*. Self-Assembled, Three Dimensional Network Designs for Soft Electronics. Nature Communications, 2017, 8: 15894
[5] Yan Z+, Han M+, Shi Y, Badea A, Yang Y, Kulkarni A, Hanson E, Kandel M, Wen X, Zhang F, Luo Y, Lin Q, Zhang H, Guo X, Huang Y, Nan K, Jia S, Oraham AW, Mevis MB, Lim J, Guo X, Gao M, Ryu W, Yu KJ, Nicolau BG, Petronico AL, Rubakhin S, Lou J, Ajayan PM, Thornton K, Popescu G, Fang D, Sweedler JV, Braun PV, Zhang H, Nuzzo RG, Huang YG, Zhang YH*, Rogers JA*. Three-Dimensional Mesostructures as High Temperature Growth Templates, Electronic Cellular Scaffolds and Self-Propelled Micro-Robots. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2017, 114: E9455-E9464
[6] Fu HR+, Nan KW+, Froeter P, Huang W, Liu Y, Wang YQ, Wang JT, Yan Z, Luan HW, Guo XG, Zhang YJ, Jiang CQ, Li LM, Dunn AC, Li XL, Huang YG, Zhang YH*, Rogers JA*. Mechanically-guided deterministic assembly of 3D mesostructures assisted by residual stresses. Small, 2017, 13: 1700151
[7] Ning X+, Wang H+, Yu X+, Soares JANT, Yan Z, Nan K, Velarde G, Xue Y, Sun R, Dong Q, Luan H, Lee CM, Chempakasseril A, Han M, Wang Y, Li LM, Huang YG, Zhang YH*, Rogers JA*. 3D Tunable, Multiscale, and Multistable Vibrational Micro-Platforms Assembled by Compressive Buckling. Advanced Functional Materials, 2017, 27: 1605914
[8] Nan K+, Luan H+, Yan Z, Ning X, Wang Y, Wang A, Wang J, Han M, Chang M, Li K, Zhang Y, Huang W, Xue Y, Huang YG, Zhang YH*, Rogers JA*. Engineered elastomer substrates for guided assembly of complex 3D mesostructures by spatially non-uniform compressive buckling. Advanced Functional Materials, 2017, 27: 1604281
[9] Yan Z+, Zhang F+, Liu F, Han M, Ou D, Liu Y, Lin Q, Guo X, Fu H, Xie Z, Gao M, Huang Y, Kim JH, Qiu Y, Nan K, Kim J, Gutruf P, Luo H, Zhao A, Hwang KC, Huang YG*, Zhang YH*, Rogers JA*. Mechanically guided assembly of complex, 3D mesostructures from releasable multilayers of advanced materials. Science Advances, 2016, 2: e1601014
[10] Ma Q, Cheng H, Jang KI, Luan H, Hwang KC, Rogers JA, Huang YG, Zhang YH*. A nonlinear mechanics model of bio-inspired hierarchical lattice materials consisting of horseshoe microstructures. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 2016, 90: 179-202
[11] Fan ZC, Zhang YH*, Ma Q, Zhang F, Fu HR, Hwang KC, Huang YG*. A finite deformation model of planar serpentine interconnects for stretchable electronics. International Journal of Solids and Structures. 2016, 91: 46-54
[12] Ma Q, Zhang YH*. Mechanics of fractal-inspired horseshoe microstructures for applications in stretchable electronics. Journal of Applied Mechanics, 2016, 83: 111008 
[13] Liu Y+, Yan Z+, Lin Q, Guo XL, Han MD, Nan KW, Hwang KC, Huang YG, Zhang YH*, Rogers JA*. Guided Formation of Three-Dimensional Helical Mesostructures by Mechanical Buckling: Analytical Modeling and Experimental Validation. Advanced Functional Materials, 2016, 26: 2909-2918
[14] Yan Z+, Zhang F+, Wang J, Liu F, Guo XL, Nan KW, Lin Q, Gao MY, Xiao DQ, Shi Y, Qiu YQ, Luan HW, Kim JH, Wang YQ, Luo HY, Han MD, Huang YG, Zhang YH*, Rogers JA*. Controlled mechanical buckling for origami-inspired construction of 3D micro/nanostructures in advanced materials. Advanced Functional Materials. 2016, 26: 2629-2639
--- Featured on the Inside Cover of April 25, 2016 issue of Advanced Functional Materials
[15] Zhang YH+, Webb RC+, Luo HY+, Xue YG, Kurniawan J, Cho NH, Krishnan S, Li YH, Huang YG, Rogers JA*. Theoretical and Experimental Studies of Epidermal Heat Flux Sensors for Measurements of Core Body Temperature. Advanced Healthcare Materials. 2016, 5: 119-127
--- Featured on the Inside Cover of Jan 7, 2016 issue of Advanced Healthcare Materials
[16] Xu S+, Yan Z+, Jang KI, Huang W, Fu HR, Kim JH, Wei ZJ, Flavin M, McCracken J,  Wang RH, Badea A, Liu Y, Xiao DQ, Zhou GY, Lee JW, Chung HU, Cheng HY, Ren W, Banks A, Li XL, Paik U, Nuzzo RG, Huang YG*, Zhang YH*, Rogers JA*. Assembly of micro/nanomaterials into complex, three-dimensional architectures by compressive buckling. Science, 2015, 347: 154-159
--- Featured on the Cover of Jan 9, 2015 issue of Science
--- Highlighted by Science (Vol 347, 2015, 130-131), “Three-dimensional nanostructures pop up”.
--- Highlighted by Nature (Vol 517, 2015, 247), “Silicon buckles to form 3D shapes”.
[17] Zhang YH+, Yan Z+, Nan KW, Xiao DQ, Liu YH, Luan HW, Fu HR, Wang XZ, Yang QL, Wang JC, Ren W, Si HZ, Liu F, Yang LH, Li HJ, Wang JT, Guo XL, Luo HY, Wang L, Huang YG*, Rogers JA*. A mechanically driven form of Kirigami as a route to 3D mesostructures in micro/nanomembranes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2015, 112, 11757-11764
[18] Jang KI, Chung HU, Xu S, Lee CH, Luan HW, Jeong JW, Cheng HY, Kim GT, Han SY, Lee JW, Kim JH, Cho M, Miao FX, Yang YY, Jung HN, Flavin M, Liu H, Kong GW, Yu KJ, Rhee SI, Chung J, Kim B, Kwak J, Yun MH, Kim JY, Song YM, Paik U, Zhang YH*, Huang YG*, Rogers JA*. Soft Network Composite Materials with Deterministic and Bio-Inspired Designs. Nature Communications, 2015, 6: 6566
[19] Xue YG, Zhang YH*, Feng X, Kim S, Rogers JA, Huang YG*. A theoretical model of reversible adhesion in shape memory surface relief structures and its application in transfer printing. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 2015, 77: 27-42
[20] Zhang YH*, Huang YG, Rogers JA. Mechanics of Stretchable Batteries and Supercapacitors. Current Opinion in Solid State and Materials Science. 2015, 19: 190-199 (Invited review)
[21] Xu S+, Zhang YH+, Jia L+, Mathewson KE+, Jang KI, Kim JH, Fu HR, Huang X, Chava P, Wang RH, Bhole S, Wang LZ, Na YJ, Guan Y, Flavin M, Han ZS, Huang YG*, Rogers JA*. Soft Microfluidic Assemblies of Sensors, Circuits and Radios for the Skin. Science, 2014, 344: 70-74
--- This work was highlighted as an item and feature image in the News of the Week on the Science website.
[22] Zhang YH+, Fu HR+, Xu S, Fan JA, Hwang KC, Jiang JQ, Rogers JA, Huang YG*. A hierarchical computational model for stretchable interconnects with fractal-inspired designs. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 2014, 72: 115-130
[23] Zhang YH+, Wang SD+, Li XT, Fan JA, Xu S, Song YM, Choi KJ, Yeo WH, Lee W, Nazaar SN, Lu BW, Yin L, Hwang KC, Rogers JA*, Huang YG.* Experimental and Theoretical Studies of Serpentine Microstructures Bonded To Prestrained Elastomers for Stretchable Electronics. Advanced Functional Materials, 2014, 24: 2028-2037
[24] Gao L+, Zhang YH+, Malyarchuk V+, Jia L, Jang KI, Webb RC, Fu HR, Shi Y, Zhou GY, Shi LK, Shah D, Huang X, Xu BX, Yu CJ, Huang YG, Rogers JA*. Epidermal Photonic Devices for Quantitative Imaging of Temperature and Thermal Transport Characteristics of the Skin. Nature Communications, 2014, 5: 4938
[25] Cheng HY, Zhang YH*, Hwang KC, Rogers JA, Huang YG*. Buckling of a stiff thin film on a pre-strained bi-layer substrate. International Journal of Solids and Structures, 2014, 51: 3113-3118
[26] Zhang YH, Li JY*, Fang DN*. Fracture analysis of ferroelectric single crystals: domain switching near crack tip and electric field induced crack propagation. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 2013, 61: 114-130
[27] Xu S+, Zhang YH+, Cho J, Lee J, Huang X, Jia L, Fan JA, Su YW, Su J, Zhang HG, Cheng HY, Lu BW, Yu CJ, Chuang C, Kim Ti, Song T, Shigeta K, Kang S, Dagdeviren C, Petrov I, Braun PV, Huang YG*, Paik U, Rogers JA*. Stretchable Batteries with Self-Similar Serpentine Interconnects and Integrated Wireless Recharging Systems. Nature Communications, 2013, 4: 1543
--- Featured by Nano Energy (Vol 2, 2013, 325-326), “Stretchable batteries could enable wireless charging”.
[28] Zhang YH+, Xu S+, Fu HR, Lee J, Su J, Hwang KC, Rogers JA*, Huang YG*. Buckling in serpentine microstructures and applications in elastomer-supported ultra-stretchable electronics with high areal coverage. Soft Matter, 2013, 9: 8062-8070
[29] Zhang YH, Xu R, Liu B*, Fang DN*. An electromechanical atomic-scale finite element method for simulating evolutions of ferroelectric nanodomains. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 2012, 60: 1383-1399
[30] Zhang YH, Li JY*, Fang DN*. Oxygen-vacancy-induced memory effect and large recoverable strain in a barium titanate single crystal. Physical Review B, 2010, 82: 064103
[31] Zhang YH, Hong JW, Liu B*, Fang DN*. Strain Effect on Ferroelectric Behaviors of BaTiO3 Nanowires: A molecular dynamics study. Nanotechnology, 2010, 21: 015701
[32] Zhang YH, Qiu XM, Fang DN*, Mechanical properties of two novel planar lattice structures. International Journal of Solids and Structures, 2008, 45: 3751-3768