Xuanhe Zhao

Xuanhe Zhao

Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

Xuanhe Zhao received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Harvard University in 2009, MS in Materials Engineering from University of British Columbia in 2006, and BE in Electrical Engineering from Tianjin University in 2003. Upon finishing a postdoctoral training in Biomedical Engineering at Harvard, in 2010, Dr Zhao joint the faculty of Duke University and founded the Soft Active Materials Laboratory. Dr Zhao is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, the ONR Young Investigator Award, and the Early Career Researchers Award from AVS Biomaterial Interfaces Division. ###### Note: Dr Zhao is currently on a leave of absence from Duke University, and he is not taking new students, postdoctoral associates or visitors at Duke University. ######

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

Contact Information

Research Interests

Dr Zhao's long-term research mission is to understand the fundamental mechanics and physics of materials and phenomena emerging on the interface between engineering and biological systems and to design new materials and structures capable of extraordinary applications in diverse technologies. Dr Zhao's current central research goal is to understand and design soft materials with unprecedented properties such as extremely tough and stretchable, ultrasensitive to stimuli, mutable and programmable, biocompatible and bioabsorbable; and to explore their extraordinary functions in technologies such as wearable and biointegrated electronics, energy harvesting and storage, soft robotics and machines, antifouling, drug delivery, tissue engineering, water treatment. In order to achieve this goal, Dr Zhao is advancing the frontier of research on interfaces between solid mechanics, soft materials, and bioinspired and genetic design. ######DISCLAIMER: The publication list on this website, if any, is automatically updated by the central faculty database system, which may introduce errors. Please visit http://publication.zhaox.org for the publication list maintained by Dr Zhao.######


Solid mechanics
Active materials
Soft materials

Courses Taught

  • ME 321L: Mechanical Engineering Analysis for Design

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