Distinguished Lecture – Prof. Huajian Gao: Some Recent Progresses in Nanomechanics of Biological Systems


Lecture Title: Some Recent Progresses in Nanomechanics of Biological Systems  

Speaker: Prof. Huajian Gao

Time: 20:00 − 21:30 +8GMT, 16 Jan, 2023  


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Abstract of Lecture

Mechanics has long been an indispensable enabling tool for a wide range of fundamental research and technological developments. The present talk is aimed to summarize some recent progresses in the nanomechanics of biological systems. Selected topics include the mechanics-based platforms to assist the search for membrane active nanomedicine, investigation of cytotoxicity mechanism of low-dimensional nanomaterials, uncovering of molecular mechanisms of mussel adhesive proteins and discovery of the strongest auxetic material in nature.

Biography of Prof. Huajian Gao

Huajian Gao received his B.S. degree from Xian Jiaotong University in 1982, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Engineering Science from Harvard in 1984 and 1988, respectively. He served on the faculty of Stanford from 1988-2002, as Director at the Max Planck Institute for Metals Research from 2001-2006 and as Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Engineering at Brown from 2006-2019. At present, he is one of 6 Distinguished University Professors at Nanyang Technological University and Scientific Director of the Institute of High Performance Computing in Singapore.

Professor Gao’s research has been focused on the understanding of basic principles that control mechanical properties and behaviors of materials in both engineering and biological systems. He is Editor-in-Chief of Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, the flagship journal in his field. His list of honors includes elections to US National Academy of Sciences, US National Academy of Engineering, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, German National Academy of Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Academia Europaea, as well as academic awards including the Timoshenko Medal and Rodney Hill Prize, the two highest lifetime achievement awards in his field.

Introduction of HIT-ICAM:

The International Center for Applied Mechanics (ICAM), led by Mechanics Subject in Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), is a platform for international exchanges and collaborations in applied mechanics. HIT-ICAM aims to conduct high-level studies on Mechanical Behaviors of Materials and Structures in Extreme Environments, Mechanics of lightweight structures and composites, Smart/Multifunctional Composite Materials and Multi-field Coupling Mechanics, and Dynamics and Vibration Control of New Aerospace Vehicles. In fundamental researches of mechanics, HIT-ICAM strives to become a leading organization that gathers world-class talents in mechanics and flourishes the internationalization of applied mechanics.

Relied on the Center of Composite Materials and Structures, the Department of Astronautical Science and Mechanics, and the Center of Aircraft Dynamics and Control in HIT, ICAM shares the research and teaching platforms as well as resources with the National Engineering Mechanics Teaching Base and the National Mechanics Experiments Teaching Demonstration Center.

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