Ingestible hydrogel device
[Click for story, paper, video]

Hydrogel skins for medical devices
[Click for paper]

Review on hydrogel bioelectronics
[Click for paper]

3D printing ferromagnetic domains for fast untethered soft robots
[Click for paper, news, video]

Kirigami enhances adhesion
[Click for paper, news]

3D printing living responsive materials and devices
[Click for paper, news, video]

New 3D printing method by harnessing instabilities
[Click for paper, news, video]

Stretchable living materials and devices
[Click for paper, news]

Hydraulic hydrogel actuators and robots
[Click for paper, news, video]

Robust hydrogel-elastomer hybrids
[Click for paper, news, video]

Tough bonding of hydrogels
[Click for paper, news, video]

Fringe and fingering instabilities of soft materials
[Click for paper]

Stretchable hydrogel optical fiber
[Click for paper, news]

Stretchable hydrogel electronics and devices
[Click for paper, news, video]

Cephalopod-inspired camouflage skin
[Click for paper, news, video]

Mechanically-guided artificial mucosa
[Click for paper]

Crumpling and unfolding of large-area graphene
[Click for paper]

Highly stretchable and tough hydrogels
[Click for paper]

previous arrow
next arrow
Slider

Mission

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.

February 2019:  Zhao Lab alumnus, Teng Zhang, received the NSF CAREER award. Teng was a postdoctoral associate at MIT in 2014 and 2015. Congratulations!

January 2019: Xinyue, Shaoting and collaborators’ paper on Ingestible hydrogel device was published in Nature Communications. paper, video, MIT news

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.

Read More…

Ingestible hydrogel device, Nature Communications, 10, 493 (2019)

Anti-fatigue-fracture hydrogelsScience Advances, 5, eaau8528 (2019)

Mechanics of hard-magnetic soft materialsJournal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids124, 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 cavitationJournal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 106, 229-256 (2017)

Read More…