Nanshu Lu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Department of Biomedical Engineering

University of Texas at Austin

 Research Summary

Our body is radiating data about our health, performance, and emotion all the time but we currently lack comfortable and reliable sensors to capture those data due to the mismatch between the hard and fragile wafer-based electronics and the soft and resilient bio-tissues. Dr. Lu's research focuses on the mechanics and manufacture of flexible, stretchable, and bio-integrated electronics. Her lab is currently working on four major research areas: flexible and stretchable structures, bio-electronics interface, mechanics of 2D materials, and manufacture of soft bioelectronics. Representative work of her group includes “cut-and-paste” manufacture of ultrathin, ultrasoft electronic tattoos (e-tattoos), battery-free and wireless e-tattoos, tattoo-skin interaction, stretchability and adhesion of 2D materials, and so on.

Dr. Lu has published more than 60 peer reviewed journal articles (with more than 5600 citations), many of which have appeared in high impact journals such as Science, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Materials, PNAS, Advance Materials, Nano Letters, ACS Nano, and so on. She has 1 issued and 5 pending patents. She has presented more than 60 invited talks at international conferences including MRS, ASME IMECE, SPIE, and peer institutes. Her research has been highlighted by news media such as Nature News, Science Online, NSF Science360 News, MIT Technology Review, CNN News, BBC News, NPR, and so on. She has been honored with the NSF CAREER Award, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) and Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Awards, the MIT’s Technology Review 35 under 35 Award, the 3M Nontenured Faculty Award, and the NetExplo Digital Tech Grand Prix. Dr. Lu has also been highlighted as one of the five great innovators on campus by UT Austin Central Communications.


 Dr. Lu received PhD in Mechanics of Materials from Harvard University and was a Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow working on stretchable and bio-electronics. She has expertise in thin film mechanics, flexible and stretchable electronics, as well as bio-electronics integration and interface. She is leading an interdisciplinary group of 11 PhD students (4 in Engineering Mechanics, 4 in ECE, 2 in MSE, and 1 in ME) and 1 postdoctoral researcher (ECE) working on the mechanics and manufacture of flexible, stretchable, and bio-integrated electronics. Her lab located at WRW houses a dynamic mechanical analyzer (DMA), a 5-gun magnetron sputtering system, and various vital sign monitoring tools. Dr. Lu teaches service courses such as Statics and Mechanics of Solids and graduate courses in Thin Film Mechanics. Dr. Lu is also on the graduate study committees (GSC) of the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) and the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) programs.

 Collaborative Interests

 Dr. Lu is actively collaborating with Professors in ECE, BME, and the Dell Medical School. She is very interested in establishing new collaborations with anyone sharing similar goals and bringing in new perspectives. Particularly helpful are clinical experience, neuro- and neuromuscular physiology, rehabilitation, electrochemical sensing and advanced signal processing and data analytics.

Please visit her website to learn more about Dr. Lu's research and her interdisciplinary research team.

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