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Dr. LU, Yang

BS(NJU), MS(NMT), PhD(Rice)

Associate Professor

Contact Information

Office: AC1-Y6613
Phone: +(852)-3442-4061
Email: yanglu@cityu.edu.hk

Research Interests

  • Nanomechanics
  • Elastic Strain Engineering
  • Bio-Inspired Materials Design
  • Nanomanufacturing
  • in situ Electron Microscopy (SEM/TEM)


2011 Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Rice University (USA)
2006 M.S. Materials Engineering New Mexico Tech (USA)
2004 B.S. Physics/Microelectronics Nanjing University (China)

Working Experience

2017 – present Associate Professor Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering CityU (Hong Kong)
2012 – 2017 Assistant Professor Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering CityU (Hong Kong)
2011 – 2012 Postdoc Materials Science and Engineering MIT (USA)

Editorial Activities

  • Managing Editor, Materials Today (Elsevier 2017- )
  • Editorial Board Member, SCIENCE CHINA Technological Sciences 中國科學: 技術科學 (Springer & Science China Press, 2018- )
  • Editorial Board Member, Scientific Reports (Springer Nature, 2017- )
  • Lead Guest Editor, Scanning - The Journal of Scanning Microscopies (Wiley & Hindawi, 2016-17)

Selected Awards

2018 The President’s Awards 2017, City University of Hong Kong
2017 Outstanding Supervisor Award , City University of Hong Kong
2016 Best Poster Paper Award, The 9th International Workshop on Advanced Materials (IWAM9) – in honor of C.T. Liu's life-time contributions to the material advancements
2014 Best Poster Award, the 11th Cross-Strait Workshop on "Nano Science and Technology" (CSWNST11)
2013 UGC (Hong Kong) Early Career Award 2013/2014
2012 Fellowship for NSF Summer Institute on "Materiomics"
2010 Franz R. and Frances Brotzen Fellowship award, Rice University
2009 NSF Research Fellow for NSF-Sandia National Institute of Nano Engineering (NINE)
2005 Best Poster Presentation Award, the 7th LANSCE (Los Alamos Neutron Scattering Center) User Group Meeting, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Selected Publications


  • A Banerjee*, D Bernoulli*, H Zhang*, M.F. Yuen, J Liu, J Dong, F Ding, J Lu, M Dao, W Zhang, Y Lu, S Suresh "Ultralarge elastic deformation of nanoscale diamond" Science, 360 (6386), 300-302, 2018.
  • B Wang*, Y Han*, S Xu*, L Qiu, F Ding, J Lou, Y Lu "Mechanically Assisted Self-Healing of Ultrathin Gold Nanowires" Small, DOI: 10.1002/smll.201704085, 2018.
  • C Jiang*, H Zhang*, J Song, Y Lu "Digital micromirror device (DMD)-based high-cycle tensile fatigue testing of 1D nanomaterials" Extreme Mechanics Letters, 18, 79-85, 2018.
  • B Wang*, H Zhang*, J Lou, Y Lu "“Unzipping” of Twin Lamella in Nanotwinned Nickel Nanowires under Flexural Bending" Materials Research Letters, 6:1, 13-21, 2018.
  • L Gao*, J Song*, Z Jiao, W Liao, J Luan, JU Surjadi, J Li, H Zhang, D Sun, CT Liu, Y Lu “High-entropy alloy (HEA)-coated nanolattice structures and their mechanical properties" Advanced Engineering Materials, 20, 1700625, 2018.
  • S Xu*, P Li*, Y Lu "in situ Atomic-Scale Observation of Rayleigh Instability in Ultrathin Gold Nanowires" Nano Research, 11 (2), 625–632, 2018.
  • W Liao, S Lan, L Gao, H Zhang, S Xu, J Song, X Wang, Y Lu “Nanocrystalline high-entropy alloy (CoCrFeNiAl0.3) thin-film coating by magnetron sputtering” Thin Solid Films, 638, 383-388, 2017.
  • P Li*, C Jiang*, S Xu*, Y Zhuang*, L Gao, A Hu, H Wang, Y Lu "in situ Nanomechanical Characterization of Multi-Layer MoS2 Membranes: from Intraplanar to Interplanar Fracture" Nanoscale, 9, 9119-9128, 2017.
  • J Song, JU Surjadi, K Cao, D Hu, Y Lu "Fatigue Characterization of Structural Bamboo Materials under Flexural Bending" International Journal of Fatigue, 100, 126-135, 2017.
  • H Zhang, C Jiang, Y Lu "Low-cycle fatigue testing of Ni Nanowires based on a micro-mechanical device" Experimental Mechanics, 57(3), 495-500, 2017.
  • H Zhang, J Tersoff, S Xu, H Chen, Q Zhang, K Zhang, Y Yang, C-S Lee, K-N Tu, J Li, Y Lu "Approaching the ideal elastic strain limit in silicon nanowires" Science Advances, 2: e1501382, 2016.
  • MK Habibi, AT Samaei, B Gheshlaghi, J Lu, Y Lu “Asymmetric flexural behavior from bamboo’s functionally graded hierarchical structure: Underlying mechanisms” Acta Biomaterialia, 16, 178-186, 2015.
  • MK Habibi, Y Lu "Crack Propagation in Bamboo's Hierarchical Cellular Structure" Scientific Reports, 4, 5598, 2014.
  • Y Lu, JY Huang, C Wang, S Sun, J Lou "Cold welding of ultrathin gold nanowires" Nature Nanotechnology, 5 (3), 218-224, 2010.
  • Y Lu, Y Ganesan, J Lou "A multi-step method for in situ mechanical characterization of 1-D nanostructures using a novel micromechanical device" Experimental Mechanics, 50 (1), 47-54, 2010.

Book Chapters

  • Y Lu, S Xu, J Lou "Gold Nanorods" Encyclopedia of Nanotechnology (ISBN 978-94-007-6178-0), 1-9, Springer, 2015.
  • Y Lu, S Ma, BS Majumdar "Elastic Microstrains During Tension and Creep of Superalloys: Results from In Situ Neutron Diffraction" Superalloys 2008 (ISBN: 978-0-87339-728-5), 553-562, TMS publications, 2008.


  • Y Lu, J Song “A Composite Material Composition and a Method of Forming a Composite Material Composition” US patent filed (application #15399006) 2016.
  • Y Lu, W Liao “High Entropy Alloy Thin Film Coating and Method For Preparing the Same” US patent filed (application #15426164) 2016.
  • Y Lu “A Composite Material Based Panel” US patent filed (application #14881381) 2015.
  • J Lou, Y Ganesan, Y Lu, C Peng “Novel Micromechanical Devices for In Situ Characterizations of One Dimensional Nanomaterials” (US patent # US 8,058,613 B2) 2011.

*** Research Opportunities ***

Two opening positions for PhD or Postdoc in the area of "in situ Electron Microscopy (TEM)", “Nanomechanics” and "Additive Manufacturing (3D printing)" (or other relevant areas) are available for application. Interested applicants please send your inquiry and a complete CV to: yanglu@cityu.edu.hk.

Last modified on 2 May, 2018