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Huiling Duan
Ph.D., Professor
Dean, College of Engineering, Peking University
Beijing, 100871, China
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Education Background

2005 Ph.D., Solid Mechanics, Peking University, China

1998 M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Northeastern Petroleum University, China

1991 B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Northeastern Petroleum University, China

Professional Experience  

  • January 2020 – Present: Dean, College of Engineering, Peking University, China. 
  • June 2018 – December 2019: Associate Dean and Executive Dean, College of Engineering, Peking University, China.    
  • September 2013 – September 2018: Chairman of Department of Mechanics and Engineering Science, College of Engineering, Peking University, China.  
  • December 2007 – Present: Associate Professor, Full Professor, Chang Jiang Chair Professor, Department of Mechanics and Engineering Science, College of Engineering, Peking University, China. 
  • 2006 – 2007: Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, INT, FZK, Germany.
  • 2005 – 2006: Royal Society Postdoctoral Fellow, Cardiff University, UK
  • 1998 – 2001: Lecturer, Northeastern Petroleum University, China
  • 1991 – 1995: Mechanical engineer, mechanical factory of Northeastern Petroleum University, China


•  “Advanced Mathematics” for undergraduate students

•  “Nanomechanics and Micromechanics” for graduate students

•  “Advanced Elasticity” for graduate students

Research Areas and Interests

Elasticity theory, Micro/Nanomechanics, Fluids/Solids interaction

Awards and Honors

• ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineer) Fellow, 2020

•  Ten Best Advisers for graduate students of Peking University, 2017.

•  ASME The Lloyd Hamilton Donnell Applied Mechanics Reviews Paper Award,2016

•  “Micromechanics of composites with interface effects”, The first prize of Chinese Ministry of Education, 2015.

•  National Outstanding Young Scholar Award of China, 2015

•  Science & Technology Innovation Leader Award, Science and Technology Ministry of China, 2015

•  National Outstanding Young Female Scientist of China, 2014

•  Distinguished Young Scholars, National Science Foundation of China (NSFC), 2012

•  Outstanding Young Scholar Award, The Chinese Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, 2011

•  Mao Yisheng Outstanding Young Scholar Award, Beijing, China, 2010

•  ASME The Sia Nemat-Nasser Early Career Award, USA, 2009

•  National Excellent PhD Thesis of China, 2007

•  Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship,Germany, 2006

•  Post-doctoral Fellowship of The Royal Society of London, UK,2005

Selected Publications

  1. Li, H., Li, Z., Tan, X., Wang, X., Huang, S., Xiang, Y., Lv, P.*, Duan, H. L.* (2020): Three-dimensional backflow at liquid–gas interface induced by surfactant. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, DOI: 10.1017/JFM.2020.426.
  2. Zhang, Y., Ji, S., Jian, N., Zhang, K.*, He, X.*, Duan, H. L.* (2020): Caudicles in vandoid orchids: A carotenoid-based soft material with unique properties. Acta Biomaterialia, DOI: 10.1016/J.ACTBIO.2020.07.005.
  3. Liu. W., Liu, Y., Cheng, Y., Chen, L., Yi, X., Duan, H. L.*(2020): Unified model for size-dependent to size-independent transition in yield strength of crystalline metallic materials. Physical Review Letters, 124(23): 235501 (Editors’ Suggestion).
  4. Sui, H. N., Yu, L., Liu, W. B., Chen, L. R., Duan, H. L.* (2020): Three dimensional dislocation-loop emission criterion for void growth of ductile metals. International Journal of Plasticity, 102746. DOI: 10.1016/J.IJPLAS.2020.102746.
  5. Huang, T.Y., Huang, H.W., Jin, D.D., Chen, Q.Y., Huang, J.Y., Zhang, L., Duan, H. L.* (2020): Four-dimensional Micro-Building Blocks. Science Advances, 6 (3) 8219, DOI:10.1126/sciadv.aav8219.
  6. Xiang, Y.L., Huang, S.L., Huang, T.Y., Dong, A., Cao, D., Li, H.Y., Xue, Y.H., Lv, P.Y., Duan, H.L.*(2020): Superrepellency of underwater hierarchical structures on Salvinia leaf. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 117 (5) 2282-2287, DOI:10.1073/pnas.1900015117 (featured as the Front Cover of the issue).
  7. Chen, L., Liu, W., Yu, L., Cheng, Y., Ren, K., Sui, H, Yi, X.*, Duan, H. L.* (2020): Probabilistic and constitutive models for ductile-to-brittle transition in steels: A competition between cleavage and ductile fracture. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 135, 103809.
  8. Liu, H., Zhang, Q., Zhang, K.*, Hu, G.K., Duan, H.L.*(2019): Designing 3D Digital Metamaterial for Elastic Waves: From Elastic Wave Polarizer to Vibration Control. Advanced Science, 6(16): 1900401. DOI:10.1002/advs.201900401 (featured as the Back Cover of the issue).  
  9. Jin, D.D., Chen, Q.Y., Huang, T.-Y., Huang, J.Y., Zhang, L., Duan, H.L. (2019): Four-dimensional direct laser writing of reconfigurable compound micromachines. Materials Today. 2020, 32 (1-2): 19-25.
  10. Hu, Y.C., Liang, H.Y.*, Duan, H.L. (2019): Design of cylindrical and axisymmetric origami structures based on generalized Miura-ori cell. Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, 11(5). DOI: 10.1115/1.4043800.
  11. Liu, W.B., Chen, L.R., Cheng, Y.Y., Yu, L., Yi, X., Gao, H.J., Duan, H.L.* (2019): Model of nanoindentation size effect incorporating the role of elastic deformation. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 126, 245-255.
  12. Huang, S.L., Lv, P.Y.*, Duan, H.L.* (2019): Morphology evolution of liquid-gas interface on submerged solid structured surfaces. Extreme Mechanics Letters, 27, 34-51.
  13. Li X. Y., Zhang J. M.*, Yi X.*, Huang Z.Y., Lv P.Y., Duan H.L.(2019): Multimaterial Microfluidic 3D Printing of Textured Composites with Liquid Inclusions. Advanced Science, 6(3), 1800730 (featured as the Back Cover of the issue).
  14. Yu, L., Xiao, X.Z., Chen, L.R., Cheng, Y.Y., Duan, H.L.* (2018): A hierarchical theoretical model for mechanical properties of lath martensitic steels. International Journal Plasticity, 111, 135-151.
  15. Chen, L.R., Xiao, X.Z., Yu, L., Chu, H.J., Duan, H.L.*(2018): Texture evolution and mechanical behaviour of irradiated face-centred cubic metals. Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 474: 20170604.
  16. Xiang, Y.L., Huang, S.L., Lv, P.Y, Xue, Y.H., Su, Q., Duan, H.L.*(2017): Ultimate Stable Underwater Superhydrophobic State. Physical Review Letters, 119(13), 134501 (Highlight in "Physics Synopsis" of American Physical Society).
  17. Xiao, X.Z., Chen, Q.Y., Yang, H., Duan, H.L.*, Qu, J.M.*(2017): A mechanistic model for depth-dependent hardness of ion irradiated metals. Journal of Nuclear Materials, 485, 80-90.
  18. Lv, P.Y., Xiang, Y.L., Xue, Y.H., Lin, H., Duan, H.L.(2017): Morphological bubble evolution induced by air diffusion on submerged hydrophobic structures. Physics of Fluids, 29(3), 032001.
  19. Xiao, X.Z., Terentyev, D., Chen, Q.Y., Yu, L., Chen, L.R., Bakaev, A., Duan, H.L.*(2017) : The depth dependent hardness of bicrystals with dislocation transmission through grain boundaries: A theoretical model. International Journal of Plasticity, 90, 212-230.
  20. Xue, Y.H., Lv, P.Y., Lin, H., Duan, H.L.*(2016): Underwater superhydrophobicity: stability, design and regulation, and applications. Applied Mechanics Reviews, 68(3), 030803 (ASME The Lloyd Hamilton Donnell Applied Mechanics Reviews Paper Award).
  21. Li, X. Y., Xue, Y. H., Zou, M., Zhang, D., Cao, A. Y., Duan, H. L.* (2016): Direct Oil Recovery from Saturated Carbon Nanotube Sponges. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.8,12337-12343.
  22. Xiao, X. Z., Terentyevc, D., Yu, L., Bakaevc, A., Jin, Z. H., Duan, H.L.* (2016): Investigation of the thermo-mechanical behavior of neutron-irradiated Fe-Cr alloys by self-consistent plasticity theory, Journal of Nuclear Materials, 477, 123–133.
  23. Xiang, Y. L., Xue, Y. H., Lv, P. Y., Li, D. D., Duan, H.L.*(2016): Influence of fluid flow on the stability and wetting transition of submerged super hydrophobic surfaces, Soft Matter, 12, 4241-4246.
  24. Li, D. D., Xue, Y. H., Lv, P. Y., Huang, S. L., Lin, H., Duan, H.L.*(2016): Receding dynamics of contact lines and size-dependent adhesion on microstructured hydrophobic surfaces. Soft Matter, 12, 4241-4246.
  25. Li, X. G., Xue, Y. H., Lv, P. Y., Lin, H., Du, F., Hu, Y. Y., Shen, J., Duan, H. L.*(2016): Liquid plasticine: controlled deformation and recovery of droplets with interfacial nanoparticle jamming. Soft Matter,12,1655-1662 (featured as the Front Cover of the issue).
  26. Xue, Y.H., Yang, Y., Sun, H., Li, X.Y., Wu, S., Cao, A.Y., Duan, H.L.* (2015): A Switchable and Compressible Carbon Nanotube Sponge Electrocapillary Imbiber. Advanced Materials, 27 (44), 7241-7246.
  27. Du, F., Duan, H.L., Xiong, C.Y., Wang, J,X., (2015): Substrate wettability requirement for the direct transfer of graphene. Applied Physics Letters 107 (14), 143109.
  28. Li, W. S., Wang, X. W., Zhang, X. T., Zhao, S.J., Duan, H.L., Xue, J.M. (2015): Mechanism of the Defect Formation in Supported Graphene by Energetic Heavy Ion Irradiation: the Substrate Effect. Scientific Reports 5.
  29. Shi, Y. Y., Ji, Y. F., Sun, H., Hu, J.C., Fang, J.L., Lin, H., Wang, J.X., Duan, H.L., Lanza, M. (2015): Nanoscale characterization of PM2.5 airborne pollutants reveals high adhesiveness and aggregation capability of soot particles. Scientific Reports 5.
  30. Xue, Y. H., Lv, P.Y., Liu, Y., Shi, Y., Lin, H., Duan, H. L. (2015): Morphology of gas cavities on patterned hydrophobic surfaces under reduced pressure. Physics of Fluids 27, 092003.
  31. Terentyev, D., Xiao, X., Dubinko, A., Bakaeva, A., Duan, H. L. (2015): Dislocation-mediated strain hardening in tungsten: Thermo-mechanical plasticity theory and experimental validation. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids 85, 1-15.
  32. Xiao, X., Terentyev, D., Yu, L., Song, D., Bakaev, A., Duan, H. L. (2015): Modelling irradiation-induced softening in BCC iron by crystal plasticity approach. Journal of Nuclear Materials 466, 312-315.
  33. Xiao, X., Song, D., Chu, H., Xue, J., Duan, H. L. (2015): Mechanical behaviors of irradiated FCC polycrystals with nanotwins. International Journal of Plasticity 74, 110-126.
  34. Xiao, X.Z., Song, D.K., Chu, H.J., Xue, J.M. and Duan, H.L.* (2015): Mechanical properties for irradiated FCC nanocrystalline metals. Proceedings of the Royal Society A 471, 20140832.
  35. Xiao, X.Z., Song, D.K., Xue, J.M., Chu, H.J. and Duan, H.L.* (2015): A Self-consistent plasticity theory for modeling the thermo-mechanical properties of irradiated FCC metallic polycrystals. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids 78, 1-16.
  36. Xue, Y.H., Wu, Y., Pei, X.W. and Duan, H.L.*, Xue Q.J., Zhou, F.* (2015): How solid-liquid adhesive property regulates liquid slippage on solid surfaces? Langmuir 31, 226–232.
  37. Lv, P.Y., Xue, Y.H., Liu, H., Shi, Y.P., Xi, P., Lin, H. and Duan, H.L.* (2015): Symmetric and asymmetric meniscus collapse in wetting transition on submerged structured surfaces, Langmuir 31, 1248–1254.
  38. Xiao, X.Z., Song, D.K., Xue, J.M., Chu, H.J., Duan, H.L.*(2015): A size-dependent tensorial plasticity model for FCC single crystal with irradiation. International Journal of Plasticity, 65, 152-167.
  39. Li, D.D., Li, S.C., Xue, Y.H., Yang, Y.T., Su, W.D., Xia, Z.H., Shi, Y.P., Lin, H. and Duan, H.L.*: The effect of slip distribution on flow past a circular cylinder. Journal of Fluids and Structures, 2014. Vol. 51, pp. 211-224.
  40. Liu, Y.J., Lv, P.Y., Ma, J., Bai, R.B., Duan, H.L.*(2014): Stress fields in hollow core–shell spherical electrodes of lithium ion batteries. Proceedings of the Royal Society A 470, 20140299.
  41. Xue, Y.H., Markmann, J., Duan, H.L.*, Weissmuller, J., Huber, P. * (2014): Switchable imbibition in nanoporous gold. Nature Communications 5:4237 DOI: 10.1038/ncomms5237.
  42. Lanza, M., Reguant, M., Zou, G, Lv, P.Y., Li, H., Chin, R., Liang, H., Yu, D., Zhang, Y. F., Liu, Z. F., Duan, H.L.*(2014): High Performance Piezoelectric Nanogenerators Using Two‐Dimensional Flexible Top Electrodes. Advanced Materials Interfaces 1300101.
  43. Lv, P.Y., Xue,Y.H., Shi,Y.P., Lin, H.*, Duan, H.L.*(2014): Metastable states and wetting transition of submerged superhydrophobic structures. Physical Review Letters, 112, 196101.
  44. Xue, Y.H., Yuan, H.J., Su, W.D., Shi, Y.P. Duan, H.L.*(2014): Enhanced load-carrying capacity of hairy surfaces floating on water. Proceedings of the Royal Society A 2014, 470, 2165.  
  45. Wu, Y., Xue, Y.H., Pei, X.W., Cai, M.R., Duan, H.L.*, Huck, W. T. S.*, Zhou, F.*, Xue, Q.J. Adhesion-Regulated Switchable Fluid Slippage on Superhydrophobic Surfaces. J. Phys. Chem. C, 2014, 118, 2564–2569.
  46. Lanza, M., Gao, T., Yin, Z., Zhang, Y.F., Liu, Z.F., Tong, Y.Z., Shen, Z.Y, Duan, H.L.*(2013): Nanogap based graphene coated AFM tips with high spatial resolution, conductivity and durability. Nanoscale, 5, 10816-10823.  
  47. Lanza, M., Wang, Y., Gao, T., Bayerl, A., Porti, M., Nafria, M., Zhou, Y. B., Jing, G. Y., Zhang, Y.F., Liu, Z. F., Yu, D.P., Duan, H.L.*(2013): Electrical and mechanical performance of graphene sheets exposed to oxidative environments. Nano Research, 6, 485-495 (featured as the Front Cover of the issue).
  48. Li, W.N., Sun, L.X., Xue, J.M., Wang, J.X., Duan, H.L.*(2013):Influence of ion irradiation induced defects on mechanical properties of copper nanowires. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B, 307, 158-164.
  49. Li, H., Zhao, Q., Wang, W., Dong, H., Xu, D. S., Zou, G., Duan, H.L., Yu, D. P. (2013): Novel planar-structure electrochemical devices for highly flexible semitransparent power generation/Storage sources. Nano Letters, 13, 1271–1277.
  50. Lanza, M., Bayerl, A., Gao, T., Porti, M., Nafria, M., Jing, G. Y., Zhang, Y. F., Liu, Z. F., Duan, H. L. (2013): Graphene-coated atomic force microscope tips for reliable nanoscale electrical characterization Adv. Mater. 25, 1440–1444.
  51. Lanza, M., Wang, Y., Bayerl, A., Gao, T., Porti, M., Nafria, M., Liang, H., Jing, G. Y., Liu, Z. F., Zhang, Y. F., Tong, Y., Duan, H. L.(2013): Tuning graphene morphology by substrate towards wrinkle-free devices: Experiment and simulation. J. Appl. Phys. 113, 104301.
  52. Xue, Y.H., Chu, S.G. Lv, P.Y., Duan, H.L. (2012): Importance of hierarchical structures in wetting stability on submersed superhydrophobic surfaces. Langmuir 28, 9440-9450.
  53. Wang, M.Q., Wang, Y., Sun,Y.J., Zhang,G.Y., Duan, H.L. (2012): Thermo-mechanical solution of film/substrate systems under local thermal load and application to laser lift-off of GaN/sapphire structures. Int. J. Solids Struct., 49, 1701-1711
  54. Zhang, K., Zhao, X.W., Duan, H.L., Wang, J., Karihaloo, B.L. (2011): Novel pattern transformations in periodic cellular solids under external stimuli. J. Appl. Phys. 109, 084907.
  55. Li, W.N., Duan, H.L., Albe, K., Weissmuller, J. (2011): Line stress of step edges at crystal surfaces. Surface Science. 605, 947-957.
  56. Wang, Y., Weissmüller, J., Duan, H.L. (2010): Mechanics of corrugated surfaces. J. Mech. Phys. Solids 58, 1552-1566.
  57. Zhang, K., Han, T., Duan, H.L., Wang, J.X. (2010): A theoretical study of possible shape and phase changes of carbon nanotube crystals during contraction and expansion. Carbon 48, 2948-2952.
  58. Jing, B.X., Zhao, J., Yan, W., Yi, X., Duan, H.L. (2010): Water swelling induced morphological instability of supported polymethyl methacrylate thin film. Langmuir 26, 7651–7655.
  59. Zhang, K., Duan, H.L., Karihaloo, B. L., Wang, J. X. (2010): Hierarchical, multilayered cell walls reinforced by recycled silk cocoons enhance the structural integrity of honeybee combs. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107, 9502-9506.
  60. Zhang, K., Si, F. W., Duan, H. L., Wang, J. X. (2010): Microstructures and mechanical properties of silks of silkworm and honeybee. Acta Biomaterialia 6, 2165-2171.
  61. Duan, H.L. (2010): Surface-enhanced cantilever sensors with nano-porous films. Acta Mechanica Solida Sinica 23, 1-12.
  62. Weissmüler, J., Duan, H.L., Farkas, D. (2010): Deformation of solids with nanoscale pores by the action of capillary forces. Acta Mater. 58, 1-13.
  63. Duan, H.L., Xue, Y.H. and Yi X. (2009): Vibration of cantilevers with rough surfaces. Acta Mechanica Solida Sinica22, 551-554.  
  64. Yi, X. and Duan, H.L. (2009): Surface stress induced by interactions of adsorbates and its effect on deformation and frequency of microcantilever sensors. J. Mech. Phys. Solids 57, 1254-1266.
  65. Wang, Y., Weissmüller, J., Duan, H.L. (2009): Tuning and monitoring of quantum dot growth by an in situ cantilever. Phys. Rev. B 79, 045401.
  66. Weissmuller, J. and Duan, H.L. (2008): Cantilever bending with rough surfaces Phys. Rev. Lett., 101, 146102.
  67. Duan, H.L., Wang, J and Karihaloo, B.L. (2008): Theory of elasticity at the nano-scale. Advances in Applied Mechanics 42, 1-63.
  68. Duan, H.L., Weissmuller J. and Wang, Y. (2008): Instabilities of core-shell heterostructured cylinders due to diffusions and epitaxy: spheroidization and blossom of nanowires. J. Mech. Phys. Solids56, 1831-1851.
  69. Duan, H.L., Yi, X., Huang, Z.P. and Wang, J. (2007): A unified scheme for prediction of effective moduli of multiphase composites with interface effects: Part I - theoretical framework. Mech. Mater. 39, 81-93.
  70. Duan, H.L., Yi, X., Huang, Z.P. and Wang, J. (2007): A unified scheme for prediction of effective moduli of multiphase composites with interface effects: Part II - application and scaling laws. Mech. Mater. 39, 94-103.
  71. Duan, H.L., Karihaloo, B.L. (2007): Effective conductivities of heterogeneous media containing imperfectly-bonded multiple inclusions. Phys. Rev. B 75, 064206.
  72. Duan, H.L., Karihaloo, B.L. (2007): Thermo-elastic properties of heterogeneous materials with imperfect interfaces: Generalized Levin's formula and Hill's connections. J. Mech. Phys. Solids 55, 1036-1052.
  73. Duan, H.L., Wang, J., Karihaloo, B.L. and Huang, Z.P. (2006): Nanoporous materials can be made stiffer than non-porous counterparts by surface modification. Acta Mater. 54, 2983-2990.
  74. Duan, H.L., Karihaloo, B.L., Wang, J., and Yi, X. (2006): Effective conductivities of heterogeneous media containing multiple inclusions with various spatial distributions. Phys. Rev. B73, Art 174203.
  75. Duan, H.L., Jiao, Y., Yi, X., Huang, Z.P. and Wang, J. (2006): Solutions of inhomogeneity problems with graded shells and application to core-shell nanoparticles and composites. J. Mech. Phys. Solids54, 1401-1425.
  76. Duan, H.L., Karihaloo, B.L., Wang, J. and Yi, X. (2006): Strain distributions in nano-onions with uniform and non-uniform compositions. Nanotech. 17, 3380-3387.
  77. Duan, H.L., Karihaloo, B.L., Wang, J. and Yi, X. (2006): Compatible composition profiles and critical sizes of alloyed quantum dots. Phys. Rev. B. 74, Art 195328.
  78. Jing, G.Y., Duan, H.L., Sun, X. M., Zhang, Z.S., Xu, J., Li, Y.D., Wang, J. and Yu, D.P. (2006): Surface effects on elastic properties of silver nanowires: Contact atomic-force microscopy. Phys. Rev. B 73, Art 235409.
  79. Wang, J., Duan, H.L. and Yi, X. (2006): Bounds on effective conductivities of heterogeneous media with graded constituents. Phys. Rev. B73, Art 104208.
  80. Duan, H.L., Karihaloo, B.L., Yi, X. and Wang, J. (2006): Conductivities of heterogeneous media with graded anisotropic constituents. J. Appl. Phys. 100, 034906.
  81. Wang, J., Duan, H.L., Huang, Z.P. and Karihaloo, B.L. (2006): A scaling law for properties of nano-structured materials. Proc. Roy. Soc. A 462, 1355-1363.
  82. Duan, H.L., Wang, J., Huang, Z.P. and Karihaloo, B.L. (2005): Size-dependent effective elastic constants of solids containing nano-inhomogeneities with interface stress. J. Mech. Phys. Solids 53, 1574-1596.
  83. Duan, H.L., Wang, J., Huang, Z.P. and Karihaloo, B.L. (2005): Eshelby formalism for nano-inhomogeneities. Proc. Roy. Soc. A 461, 3335-3353.
  84. Duan, H.L., Wang, J., Huang, Z.P. and Zhong, Y. (2005): Stress fields of a spheroidal inhomogeneity with an interphase in an infinite medium under remote loadings. Proc. Roy. Soc. A 461, 1055-1080.  
  85. Duan, H.L., Wang, J., Huang, Z.P. and Luo, Z.Y. (2005): Stress concentration tensors of inhomogeneities with interface effects.Mech. Mater. 37, 723-736.