Yihui Zhang
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)


12/2019–Present, Professor in Engineering Mechanics, Tsinghua University, China   
3/2015–12/2019, 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

2019–Present, Associate Editor, Mechanics of Materials
2019–Present, Associate Editor, Research
2017–Present, Associate Editor, Journal of Applied Mechanics
2019–Present, Editorial Board, Current Opinion in Solid State & Materials Science
2017–Present, Editorial Board, Proceedings of the Royal Society A
2016–Present, Editorial Board, npj Flexible Electronics
2018–Present, Editorial Board, SCIENCE CHINA Technological Sciences
2015–Present, Editorial Board, Acta Mechanica Solida Sinica
2018–Present, Editorial Board, Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Letters
2016–Present, Member of ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) and SES (Society of Engineering Science)
2018–Present, Vice-chair of the Committee of soft matter mechanics, The Chinese Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
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

Thomas J.R. Hughes Young Investigator Award, ASME  (2019)
SES Young Investigator Medal, Society of Engineering Science  (2018)
Sia Nemat-Nasser Early Career Award, ASME  (2018)
Eshelby Mechanics Award for Young Faculty  (2017)
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)

Academic Achievement

He has published more than 120 peer-reviewed journal papers, including multi-disciplinary journals (Science, Cell, Nature Communications, Science Advances and PNAS); and journals in mechanics (e.g., JMPS, IJSS, Applied Mechanics Reviews), materials (e.g., Nature Materials, Nature Reviews Materials, Advanced Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, and Acta Materialia), electronics (e.g., Nature Electronics and Advanced Electronic Materials), physics (e.g., PRB, APL and Physical Review Applied), 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] Pang W, Cheng X, Zhao H, Guo X, Ji Z, Li G, Liang Y, Xue Z, Song H, Zhang F, Xu Z, Sang L, Huang W, Li T, Zhang YH*. Electro-mechanically controlled assembly of reconfigurable 3D mesostructures and electronic devices based on dielectric elastomer platforms. National Science Review, 2020, In Press
[2] Cheng X, Zhang YH*. Micro/Nanoscale 3D Assembly by Rolling, Folding, Curving and Buckling Approaches. Advanced Materials, 2019, 31: 1901895
--- Featured on the Inside Front Cover of Sep 6, 2019 issue of Advanced Materials
[3] Liu Y+, Wang X+, Xu Y, Xue Z, Zhang Y, Ning X, Cheng X, Xue Y, Lu D, Zhang Q, Zhang F, Liu J, Guo X, Hwang KC, Huang Y*, Rogers JA*, Zhang YH*. Harnessing the interface mechanics of hard films and soft substrates for 3D assembly by controlled buckling. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2019, 116: 15368-15377
[4] Guo X+, Xue Z+, Zhang YH*. Manufacturing of 3D multifunctional microelectronic devices: challenges and opportunities. NPG Asia Materials, 2019, 11: 29
[5] Liu J, Song H, Zhang YH*. Toward Imperfection Insensitive Soft Network Materials for Applications in Stretchable Electronics. ACS Applied Materials & Interface, 2019, 11: 36100-36109
[6] Luo G+, Fu H+, Cheng X, Bai K, Shi L, He X, Rogers JA, Huang Y, Zhang YH*. Mechanics of bistable cross-shaped structures through loading-path controlled 3D assembly. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 2019, 129: 261-277
[7] Li K+, Cheng X+, Zhu F, Li L, Xie Z, Luan H, Wang Z, Ji Z, Wang H, Liu F, Xue Y, Jiang C, Feng X, Li LM, Rogers JA, Huang Y, Zhang YH*. A Generic Soft Encapsulation Strategy for Stretchable Electronics. Advanced Functional Materials, 2019, 29: 1806630
[8] Liu F, Chen Y, Song H, Zhang F, Fan Z, Liu Y, Feng X, Rogers JA, Huang Y, Zhang YH*. High Performance, Tunable Electrically Small Antennas through Mechanically Guided 3D Assembly. Small, 2019, 15: 1804055
[9] Xu Z+, Fan Z+, Fu H, Liu Y, Zi Y, Huang Y*, Zhang YH*. Optimization-based approach for the inverse design of ribbon-shaped three-dimensional structures assembled through compressive buckling. Physical Review Applied, 2019, 11, 054053
[10] Han M+, Wang H+, Yang Y, Liang C, Bai W, Yan Z, Li H, Xue Y, Wang X, Akar B, Zhao H, Luan H, Lim J, Kandela I, Ameer GA, Zhang YH*, Huang Y*, Rogers JA*. Three-dimensional piezoelectric polymer microsystems for vibrational energy harvesting, robotic prosthetic interfaces, and biomedical implants. Nature Electronics, 2019, 2: 26-35
--- Featured on the cover of January issue of Nature Electronics
--- Highlighted by Nature Electronics (Vol 2, 2019, 15-16), “3D piezoelectric microsystems pop up”.
[11] Zhang H, Guo X, Wu J, Fang DN*, Zhang YH*. Soft Mechanical Metamaterials with Unusual Swelling Behavior and Tunable Stress-strain curves. Science Advances, 2018, 4, eaar8535
[12] Fu H+, Nan K+, Bai W, Huang W, Bai K, Lu L, Zhou C, Liu YP, Liu F, Wang J, Han M, Yan Z, Luan H, Zhang YJ, Zhang YT, Zhao J, Cheng X, Li M, Lee JW, Liu Y, Fang D, Li X, Huang YG*, Zhang YH*, Rogers JA*. Morphable 3D Mesostructures and Microelectronic Devices by Multistable Buckling Mechanics. Nature Materials, 2018, 17: 268-276
--- Featured on the cover of March 2018 issue of Nature Materials
[13] Ning X+, Yu X+, Wang H+, Sun R, Corman R, Li H, Lee CM, Xue Y, Chempakasseril A, Yao Y, Zhang Z, Luan H, Wang Z, Xia W, Feng X, Ewoldt RH, Huang Y, Zhang YH*, Rogers JA*. Mechanically Active Materials in Three-Dimensional Mesostructures. Science Advances, 2018, 4: eaat8313
[14] Liu J, Zhang YH*. Soft network materials with isotropic negative Poisson’s ratios over large strains. Soft Matter, 2018, 14: 693-703
--- Featured on the Inside Front Cover of Feb 7, 2018 issue of Soft Matter
[15] Wang H, Ning X, Li H, Luan H, Xue Y, Yu X, Fan Z, Li L, Rogers JA, Zhang YH*, Huang YG*. Vibration of Mechanically-Assembled 3D Microstructures by Compressive Buckling. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 2018, 112: 187-208
[16] Zhang F, Fan Z, Zhang YH*. A theoretical model of postbuckling in straight ribbons with engineered thickness distributions for three-dimensional assembly. International Journal of Solids and Structures, 2018, 147: 254-271
[17] 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
[18] 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
[19] 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
[20] 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
[21] 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
[22] 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
[23] Ma Q, Zhang YH*. Mechanics of fractal-inspired horseshoe microstructures for applications in stretchable electronics. Journal of Applied Mechanics, 2016, 83: 111008
--- Awarded the ASME 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
[24] 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”.
[25] 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
[26] 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
[27] 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)
[28] 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.
[29] 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
[30] 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
[31] 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”.
[32] 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
[33] Zhang YH, Hong JW, Liu B*, Fang DN*. Strain Effect on Ferroelectric Behaviors of BaTiO3 Nanowires: A molecular dynamics study. Nanotechnology, 2010, 21: 015701