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Tian Jian LU (Founding Director)

Professor T. J. Lu received BS and MS in Applied Mechanics from Xi’an Jiaotong University in 1984 and 1987, PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University of Hong Kong in 1990, and PhD in Engineering Sciences from Harvard University in 1995. Before taking up his current post at Xi’an Jiaotong University, he was Lecturer, Reader and Professor of Materials Engineering at Cambridge University Engineering Department from 1996 to 2006. During this period, he was also Fellow and Director of Studies of Queens’ College. At present, Professor Lu is the founding director of Nanjing Center for Multifunctional Lightweight Materials and Structures (http:/ as well as the founding director of Biomedical Engineering and Biomechanics Center at Xi’an Jiaotong University (

Professor Lu uses theoretical, experimental, and numerical approaches to investigate various research frontiers in engineering sciences, addressing challenges in mechanics of materials, noise and vibration, heat transfer, and biomechanics. Professor Lu has published more than 20 books and book chapters, more than 400 peer-reviewed international journal papers (including 5 ESI high cited papers), and is the recipient of more than 30 patents, with total excitations exceeding 16,500 (Google h index = 61). Between 2005-2015, Professor Lu was the Chief Scientist for the National Basic Research Program (973 Project) of China. He is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the National Natural Science Award of China and the Young Chinese Scientist Award.

Professor Lu is the Editor-in-Chief of Acta Mechanica Sinica (AMS), the Founding Editor of International Journal of Applied Mechanics, and serves as the Associate Editor or member of the Editorial Board for more than 10 professional journals. From 2010 to 2014, he served as the Vice President of the Chinese Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (CSTAM). At present, representing China, he holds important positions in the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (IUTAM): Member of the General Assembly, Member of the Congress Committee (CC), Member of the Congress Committee Nominations Subcommittee, Member of the Symposium Panel (SP), and Member of The Rodney Hill Prize in Solid Mechanics Selection Committee.

Professor Lu supervised more than 80 MSc and PhD students and more than 20 postdoctoral fellows.

Contact details of Professor Tian Jian LU:

E-mail:                  Phone: +86-25-84897476      

Research Interests:

  1. Mechanics of materials

  2. Multifunctional porous materials and structures: design, fabrication and characterization

  3. Active materials, soft matter

  4. Fracture, creep and fatigue

  5. Heat transfer and thermal management

  6. Vibroacoustics and noise control

  7. Biomechanics and bioengineering

Selected publications:

Book/Journal Editor:

    1. W. Soboyejo, A.G. Evans, T.J. Lu et al. (Eds.), Mechanics of Cellular and Porous Materials, special issue of Mechanics of Materials, August 2004, Elsevier Ltd.

    2. F. Xu, T.J. Lu & E.X. Guo (Eds.), Multiscale Biothermal and Biomechanical Behaviors of Biological Materials, Theme Issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences 368, 517-519, 2010. (IF 2.7)

    3. A.M.K. Esawi, G.M. Genin, T.J. Lu, U.G.K. Wegst & J.J. Wilker (Eds.), Interfaces in materials, biology and physiology, Proceedings of the 2012 Spring Materials Research, Society Meeting. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge, 2012.

    4. F. Xu, T.J. Lu & R. Zannoli (Eds.), Special Issue: The 18th International Conference on Mechanics in Medicine and Biology Xi’an, China, October 16 – 19, 2012, Journal of Mechanics in Medicine and Biology 13(5), October 2013.

    5. Lu, T.J., Shyy, W. & Suo, Z.G., “Preface”, Acta Mech. Sinica 33(3), 485, 2017.

Books and book chapters

  1. Chen, Y.-H. & Lu, T.J., Cracks and Fracture in Piezoelectric Ceramics. In Hassan Aref and Erik van der Giessen, editors: Advances in Applied Mechanics, Vol. 39, Burlington: Academic Press, 2002, pp. 127-221.

  2. Dupere, I.D.J., Dowling, A.P. & Lu, T.J.(卢天健), Acoustic Properties, in Cellular Ceramics: Structure, Manufacturing, Properties and Applications (Paolo Colombo and Michael Scheffler, Eds.), Chapter 4.5, pp. 381-399, WILEY-VCH, Weinheim, 2004.

  3. Xu, F. & Lu, T.J., Skin Biothermomechanics: Modeling and Experimental Characterization, in Hassan Aref and Erik van der Giessen, editors: Advances in Applied Mechanics, Vol. 43, Burlington: Academic Press, 2009, pp. 147-248.

  4. Kim, T., Song, S.J. & Lu, T.J., Flow & Heat Transfer Measurement Techniques, Xian Jiaotong University Press, 2009.

  5. Xu, F. & Lu, T.J., Introduction to Skin Biothermomechanics and Thermal Pain, Springer/Science Press, 2010.

  6. Hu, J., Xu, F., Lu, T.J. & Bai, B.F., Paper based microfluidics for point of care diagnostics, in The Design and Manufacture of Medical Devices, edited by J.P. Davim, Biohealthcare Publishing (Oxford) Limited, U.K., 2012.

  7. Lin, M., Xu, F., Lu, T.J., Bai, B.F. & Genin, G., Thermal pain in tooth: heat transfer, thermomechanics, and ion transport,inTransport in Biological Media, edited by A. Kuznetsov and S. Becker, Elsevier, 2013.

  8. Lu, T.J. & Xin, F.X., Vibroacoustics of Lightweight Sandwich Structures, Berlin Heidelberg: Springer, 2014.

  9. Han, Y.L., Huang, G.Y., Fan, X.X., Li, F., Wang, P.F., Lu, T.J. & Xu, F., High-throughput imaging methodologies for biomechanical testing, in CRC Handbook of Imaging in Biological Mechanics, CRC Press, 2014.

  10. Kim, T., Lu, T.J. & Song, S.J., Application of Thermo-Fludic Measurement Techniques: An Introduction, Butterworth-Heinemann, Elsevier Inc., 2016.

  11. Liu, S.B., Liu, H., Lin, M., Xu, F. & Lu, T.J., Chapter 6 – Intracellular Microfluid Transportation in Fast Growing Pollen Tubes, in Modelling of Microscale Transport in Biological Processes (Edited by:Sid Becker ), Elsevier, 2017.

Representative Journal papers

  • M.X. Li, Q.Z. Yang, H. Liu, M.S. Qiu, T. J. Lu, F. Xu, Capillary Origami Inspired Fabrication of Complex 3D Hydrogel Constructs, Small, 2016       

  • M. Lin, Y. Zhao, M. Liu, M.S. Qiu, Y.Q. Dong, Z.F. Duan, T.J. Lu, F. Xu, Synthesis of upconversion NaYF4:Yb3+,Er3+ particles with enhanced luminescent intensity through control of morphology and phase, Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 2014, 2, 3671-3676

  • Y.L. Han, W. Wang, J. Hu, G.Y. Huang, S.Q. Wang, W.G. Lee, T.J. Lu, F. Xu, Benchtop fabrication of three-dimensional reconfigurable microfluidic devices from paper/polymer composite, Lab on a Chip, 2013, 13, 4745-4749

  • B. Cheng, M. Lin, Y.H. Li, G.Y. Huang, G.M. Genin, V. Deshpande, T.J. Lu, F. Xu, An integrated stochastic model of matrix stiffness-dependent filopodial dynamics, Biophysical Journal, 111(9), 2051-2061, 2016

  • G. Zhao, X.H. Zhang, T.J. Lu, F. Xu, Recent advances in electrospun nanofibrous scaffolds for cardiac tissue engineering, Advanced Functional Materials, 2015, 25(36), 5726–5738  

  • Y.H. Li, C.T. Poon, M.X. Li, T.J. Lu, B. Pingguan-Murphy, F. Xu, Chinese noodle inspired muscle myofiber regeneration, Advanced Functional Materials, 2015, 25(37), 5999-6008

  • Z.D. Li, F. Li, J. Hu, W.H. Wee, Y.L. Han, B. Pingguan-Murphy, T.J. Lu, F. Xu, Direct writing electrodes using ball pen for paper-based point-of-care testing, Analyst, 2015, 140(16), 5526-5535

  • L. Wang, M.S. Qiu, Q.Z. Yang, Y.H. Li, G.Y. Huang, M. Lin, T.J. Lu, F. Xu, Fabrication of microscale hydrogels with tailored microstructures based on liquid bridge phenomenon, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2015, 7(21), 11134-11140

  • Z.D. Li, H. Liu, C. Ouyang, W.H. Wee, X.Y. Cui, T.J. Lu, B. Pingguan-Murphy, F. Li, F. Xu, recent advances in pen-based writing electronics and their emerging applications, advanced functional materials, 2016

  • S.B. Liu, P.F. Wang, G.Y. Huang, L. Wang, J.X. Zhou, T.J. Lu, F. Xu, M. Lin, Reaction-induced swelling of ionic gels, Soft Matter, 2015, 11, 449-455

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