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Prof. LU, Yang

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


Contact Information

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

Research Interests

  • Micro/Nanomechanics
  • in situ Electron Microscopy
  • Elastic Strain Engineering
  • Wide-Bandgap Semiconductor
  • Bio-Inspired Materials Design
  • Nanomanufacturing


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

2021 – present Professor Mechanical Engineering CityU (Hong Kong)
2018 – present Professor (joint appointment) Materials Science and Engineering CityU (Hong Kong)
2017 – 2021 Associate Professor Mechanical Engineering (former 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

  • Associate Editor, Materials Today (Elsevier 2017- )
  • Young Editor, Acta Mechanica Sinica (Springer, 2020- )
  • Young Editorial Board Member, SCIENCE CHINA Technological Sciences 中國科學: 技術科學 (Springer & Science China Press, 2018- )
  • Editorial Board Member, Functional Diamond (Taylor & Francis, 2021- )
  • Editorial Board Member, Scientific Reports (Springer Nature, 2017- )
  • Lead Guest Editor, Scanning - The Journal of Scanning Microscopies (Wiley & Hindawi, 2016-17)

Selected Awards

2020 RGC Research Fellow Award (RFS) 2020/21, Hong Kong University Grants Committee (UGC)
2020 Outstanding Supervisor Award, City University of Hong Kong
2019 Excellent Young Scientists Fund (Hong Kong and Macau) 優秀青年科學基金 (港澳), National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)
2019 Outstanding Research Awards for Junior Faculty, City University of Hong Kong
2019 Outstanding Supervisor Award, City University of Hong Kong
2018 The President’s Awards 2017, City University of Hong Kong
2017 Outstanding Supervisor Award, City University of Hong Kong
2013 Early Career Award 2013/14, University Grants Committee (UGC) of Hong Kong

Selected Publications


  • C Dang*, JP Chou*, B Dai*, CT Chou*, Y Yang, R Fan, W Lin, F Meng, A Hu, J Zhu, J Han, A M Minor, J Li, Y Lu “Achieving large uniform tensile elasticity in microfabricated diamond” Science 371 (6524), 76-78, 2021
  • X Feng*, JU Surjadi*, R Fan, X Li, W Zhou, S Zhao, Y Lu “Microalloyed medium-entropy alloy (MEA) composite nanolattices with ultrahigh toughness and cyclability” Materials Today 42, 10-16, 2021 (Front Cover)
  • X Li, R Fan, Z Fan, Y Lu “Programmable mechanical metamaterials based on hierarchical rotating structures” International Journal of Solids and Structures 216, 145-155, 2021
  • X Li*, Y Meng*, R Fan, S Fan, C Dang, X Feng, JC Ho, Y Lu “High elasticity of CsPbBr 3 perovskite nanowires for flexible electronics” Nano Research 2021
  • S Fan, X Li, R Fan, Y Lu "Compressive elastic behavior of single-crystalline 4H-silicon car-bide (SiC) nanopillars" Science China Technological Sciences 64, 37–43, 2021
  • Y Wang, X Li, S Fan, X Feng, K Cao, Q Ge, L Gao, Y Lu “Three-Dimensional Stretchable Microelectronics by Projection Microstereolithography (PμSL)” ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 13, 7, 8901–8908, 2021
  • W Zhang*, J Chen*, X Li, Y Lu “Liquid Metal-Polymer Microlattice Metamaterials with High Fracture Toughness and Damage Recoverability” Small 16 (46), 2004190, 2020
  • N Zhang*, X Feng*, D Rao*, X Deng, L Cai, B Qiu, R Long, Y Xiong, Y Lu, Y Chai “Lattice oxygen activation enabled by high-valence metal sites for enhanced water oxidation” Nature Communications 11, 4066, 2020
  • Y Han*, S Feng*, K Cao*, Y Wang, L Gao, Z Xu, Y Lu “Large Elastic Deformation and Defect Tolerance of Hexagonal Boron Nitride Monolayers” Cell Reports Physical Science 1(8), 100172, 2020
  • K Cao*, S Feng*, Y Han*, L Gao, TH Ly, Z Xu, Y Lu “Elastic straining of free-standing monolayer graphene” Nature Communications, 11: 284, 2020
  • P Li*, Y Han*, X Zhou*, Z Fan, S Xu, K Cao, F Meng, L Gao, J Song, H Zhang, Y Lu “Thermal Effect and Rayleigh Instability of Ultrathin 4H Hexagonal Gold Nanoribbons” Matter 2, 1–8, Mar 4, 2020
  • Y Wang*, L Gao*, S Fan, W Zhou, X Li, Y Lu “3D printed micro-mechanical device (MMD) for in situ tensile testing of micro/nanowires” Extreme Mechanics Letters, 33, 100575, 2019
  • S Fan*, C Jiang*, H Lu*, F Li*, Y Yang, Y Shen, Y Lu “In Situ Micromechanical Characterization of Metallic Glass Microwires under Torsional Loading” Experimental Mechanics, 59 (3), 361-368, 2019
  • S Fan*, X Feng*, Y Han*, Z Fan, Y Lu “Nanomechanics of Low-Dimensional Materials for Functional Applications” Nanoscale Horizons, 4, 781-788, 2019 (review).
  • JU Surjadi, L Gao, H Du, X Li, X Xiong, NX Fang, Y Lu “Mechanical Metamaterials and Their Engineering Applications” Advanced Engineering Materials, 21, 1800864 (1-37) 2019 (review).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • B Wang*, Y Han*, S Xu*, L Qiu, F Ding, J Lou, Y Lu "Mechanically Assisted Self-Healing of Ultrathin Gold Nanowires" Small, 14, 1704085, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, J Song, JY Huang, J Lou "Fracture of Sub-20nm Ultrathin Gold Nanowires" Advanced Functional Materials, 21 (20), 3982-3989, 2011.
  • 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 # US10737458B2.
  • Y Lu “A Composite Material Based Panel” US Patent # US9976304B2.
  • J Lou, Y Ganesan, Y Lu, C Peng “Novel Micromechanical Devices for In Situ Characterizations of One Dimensional Nanomaterials” US patent # US8058613B2.

*** Research Opportunities ***

Opening for PhD candidates in the area of "in situ TEM", “Nanomechanics” and " Wide-bandgap semiconductor" (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 6 July, 2021