Nanshu Lu

Assistant Professor

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Phone: (512) 471-4208
Office: WRW 305C

Research Area:
Solids, Structures and Materials

Ph.D., Harvard University

Research Interests:

  • Mechanics of thin films on compliant substrates

  • Mechanics of flexible electronics with extreme deformability and compliance

  • Mechanics at bio-electronics interface

  • Development of novel bio-integrated soft electronics for cardiac, neural and epidermal applications

Dr. Nanshu Lu joined the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at UT Austin as Assistant Professor in fall 2011. She holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and she is also on the graduate study committees (GSC) of the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) and the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) programs. She was named the world's 35 innovators under 35 by MIT Technology Review in 2012, received the NSF CAREER Award and 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award in 2014 and the AFOSR and ONR Young Investigator Awards in 2015.

Dr. Lu's research focuses on the mechanics of flexible and stretchable electronics in all aspects including structural design, micro-fabrication, mechanical tests, bio-integration as well as analytical and numerical mechanics modeling. Representative work of her group includes mechanics of stretchable serpentines, wearable devices for diagnosis and therapy of movement disorders, flexible glass photonics and so on. Her research has been published in high profile journals including Science, Nature Materials, Nature Nanotechnology etc., and has been highlighted by the news media such as Nature News, ScienceNOW, Technology Review, Chemical & Engineering News and so on.

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