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Sheng Mao
Ph.D.,Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanics & Engineering Science, College of Engineering, Peking University
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Research Areas

Solid Mechanics, Soft Matter, Biomechanics, Electromechanical coupling


2016   Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics

2011   B.Sc., Peking University, Theoretical and Applied Mechanics

Professional Experience

2020-present, Assistant Professor, Peking University,

2016-2020, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Princeton University


Taconic Scholarship (Peking University)

National Scholarship (Peking University)

Finalist, APS GSNP Postdoctoral Speaker Award 2018

Best poster award, NCS 11 & FACM 2019

Publication (“=” means equal contribution):

1. Nguyen, T.D.=, Mao, S.=, Yeh, Y-W.=, Purohit, P.K., McAlpine, M.C., Nanoscale flexoelectricity, Adv Mater 2013; 25(7): 946-974

2. Mao, S., Purohit, P.K., Insights into flexoelectric solids from strain-gradient elasticity, J Appl Mech 2014; 81(8): 081004

3. Mao, S., Purohit, P.K., Defects in flexoelectric solids, J Mech Phys Solids 2015; 84: 95-115

4. Mao, S., Purohit, P.K., Aravas, N., Mixed finite-element formulations in piezoelectricity and flexoelectricity, Proc R Soc A 2016; 472(2190): 20150879

5. Mao, S., Kuldinow, D., Haataja, M., Kosmrlj, A., Phase behavior and morphology of multicomponent liquid mixtures, Soft Matter 2019; 15: 1297-1311

6. Yan, J. =, Fei C. =, Mao, S. =, Moreau, A., Wingreen, N.S., Kosmrlj, A., Stone, H.A., Bassler, B.L., Mechanical instability and interfacial energy jointly drive bioflm morphogenesis, eLife 2019; 8: e43920

7. Goodwin, K., Mao, S., Guyomar, T., Miller, E., Radisky, D.C., Kosmrlj, A., Nelson, C.M., Smooth muscle differentiation shapes domain branches during mouse lung development, Development 2019; 146: dev181172

8. Fei, C., Mao, S., Yan, J., Alert, R., Stone, H.A., Bassler, B.L., Wingreen, N.S., Kosmrlj, A., Non-uniform growth and surface friction determine bacterial biofilm morphology on soft substrates, Proc Acad Natl Sci 2020; 117(14): 7622-7632

9. Chin H-A., Mao, S., Huang C.T., Ohemeng K.K., Wagner S., Purohit, P.K., McAlpine, M.C., Pyro-paraelectricity, Extreme Mech Lett 2015; 2: 20-27

10. Cung, K., Han B.J., Nguyen, T.D., Mao, S., Yeh, Y-W., Xu, S., Naik, R.R., Poirier, R., Yao, N., Purohit, P.K., McAlpine, M.C., Biotemplated Synthesis of PZT Nanowires, Nano Lett 2014; 13(12): 6196-6202

11.  Chin H-A., Mao, S., Huang C.T., Ohemeng K.K., Purohit, P.K., Wagner S., McAlpine, M.C., A flexible barium Strontium Titanate photodetector array, Extreme Mech Lett 2016; 8: 47-54

12.  Yan, J., Moreau, A., Khodaparast, S., Perazzo, A., Feng, J., Fei, C., Mao, S., Kosmrlj, A., Wingreen, N.S., Bassler, B.L., Stone, H.A., Bacterial biofilm materials properties enable removal and transfer by capillary peeling, Adv Mater 2018; 30(46): e1804