The mission of Zhao Laboratory at MIT is to advance science and technology on the interfaces between humans and machines for addressing grand societal challenges in health, water, security, and joy of living. We are a highly interdisciplinary research group with expertise in soft materials, solid mechanics, bioelectronics, 3D printing, and theoretical modeling.
January 2019: Shaoting and group members’ work on Anti-fatigue-fracture hydrogels was published in Science Advances. We showed that designing anti-fatigue-fracture hydrogels requires making the fatigue crack encounter and fracture objects with energies per unit area much higher than that for fracturing a single layer of polymer chains.
December 2018: Prof. Zhao was named as a Highly Cited Researcher in 2018 by Web of Science.
December 2018: Hyunwoo and Baoyang’s review paper on Hydrogel bioelectronics was published in Chemical Society Reviews. We systematically revealed the design principles for bioelectronics and discussed hydrogels’ merits and potential in bioelectronics.
December 2018: Guoying, Ruike and collaborators’ work on Soft wall-climbing robot was published in Science Robotics.
Ingestible hydrogel device, Nature Communications, 10, 493 (2019)
Anti-fatigue-fracture hydrogels, Science Advances, 5, eaau8528 (2019)
Mechanics of hard-magnetic soft materials, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 124, 244 (2019)
Soft wall-climbing robot, Science Robotics, 3, eaat2874 (2018)
Controlled crack propagation for atomic precision handling of wafer-scale two-dimensional materials, Science, 362, 6415 (2018)
Folding artificial mucosa with cell-laden hydrogels guided by mechanics models, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115, 29 (2018)
Printing ferromagnetic domains for untethered fast-transforming soft materials, Nature, 558, 7709 (2018)
A new 3D printing strategy by harnessing deformation, instability and fracture of viscoelastic inks, Advanced Materials, 30, 6 (2017)
Instabilities in confined elastic layers under tension: fringe, fingering and cavitation, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 106, 229-256 (2017)