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      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 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

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