Project Description

Xuanhe Zhao

Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: solid mechanics; soft materials; bioelectronics, bioadhesives, medical robots


Room 1-310D
77 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139

Telephone: 617-324-6367
Fax: 617-258-8742
Assistant: Marjorie A. Joss /
Research Website:

For a full pdf of Xuanhe Zhao’s Curriculum Vitae


  • B.E., Tianjin University,2003
  • M.A.Sc., University of British Columbia,2006
  • M.S., Harvard University, 2008
  • Ph.D., Harvard University, 2009

Research Interests

Zhao’s current central research goal is:

  • to understand and design soft materials with unprecedented properties
  • to explore extraordinary functions of new soft materials

In order to achieve this goal, Zhao is advancing fundamental knowledge on interfaces between areas including:

  • solid mechanics
  • soft materials
  • bioinspired design

Teaching Interests

Awards and Honors

  • d’Arbeloff Career Development Chair, MIT 07/2014
  • Hunt Faculty Scholar, Duke University 07/2014
  • Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award, Office of Naval Research 04/2014
  • Arthur K. Doolittle Award, ACS Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering Division 02/2014
  • 2013 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, National Academy of Engineering 09/2013
  • Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, National Science Foundation 12/2012
  • Early Career Researchers Award, AVS Biomaterial Interfaces Division 11/2012
  • Haythornthwaite Research Initiation Award, ASME Applied Mechanics Division 11/2011
  • AAM Founder’s Prize, American Academy of Mechanics 03/2008

Selected Publications