Xiaoyue Ni


Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science (beginning November 1, 2020)

The Ni group aims to realize human-oriented materials intelligence through the combination of soft electronics and digital metamaterials—the materials can sense human signals, transform and adapt their functional properties according to human actions or status. The technical approach embraces epidermal electronics for advanced sensing of body mechanics, and micro/nanomechanics for closed-loop programmable matter. Our research focuses on creating digital-physical interfaces for dynamic control over materials properties via a full spectrum of mechanical and acoustic processes.

Contact Information

  • Email Address: xiaoyue.ni@duke.edu
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  • PhD, California Institute of Technology, 2017
  • MS, California Institute of Technology, 2014

Research Interests

Flexible electronics, precision measurement, non-destructive testing, deformation physics of random media, mechanical metamaterials, robotic materials and smart structures, machine learning