Xuanhe Zhao

Image of 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 and the Early Career Researchers Award from AVS Biomaterial Interfaces Division.

Appointments and Affiliations
  • Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
Contact Information:
  • Office Location: 140 Science Dr., 379 Gross Hall, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-5441
  • Email Address: xuanhe.zhao@duke.edu
  • Web Page:

    Curriculum Vitae
    Research Interests:

    Dr Zhao's research 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 functions. He is currently particularly interested in soft materials which are easily deformed by multiple thermodynamic forces such as mechanical stress, electric field, magnetic field, and chemical potential and their applications in various technologies such as energy storage, energy harvesting, biofouling, drug delivery, tissue engineering, robotics, microfluidics, and water treatment. ######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://zhaogroup.org/publication.html for the publication list maintained by Dr Zhao.######


    Solid mechanics
    Active materials
    Soft materials

    Awards, Honors, and Distinctions:

    • Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, National Science Foundation
    • Early Career Researchers Award, AVS Biomaterial Interfaces Division
    • Haythornthwaite Research Initiation Grant Award, ASME Applied Mechanics Division
    • AAM Founder's Prize, American Academy of Mechanics

    Courses Taught:
    • ME 321L: Mechanical Engineering Analysis for Design
    • ME 493: Engineering Undergraduate Fellows Projects
    • ME 494: Engineering Undergraduate Fellows Projects
    • ME 555: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering

    Representative Publications: (More Publications)