School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Jinju Chen

Lecturer in Nano-biomechanics


Dr Chen joined Newcastle as a lecturer in Sept. 2011. Shortly after that, she was invited to visit NTU (Singapore) to lead a project on computational cell mechanics which led to a paper published in Journal of Biomechanics.  She resumed her teaching post at School of Mechanical & System Engineering in Jan 2012. She has 65 publications (49 journal papers 2 bookchapters 14 conference proceeding papers), with H-index of 18 and total citations over 1,000 (googlescholar).

After obtaining her BEng , she moved to Newcastle to do PhD sponsored by various scholarships. She completed Ph.D thesis within 2 years and 9 months in School of Chemical Engineering & Advanced Materials at Newcastle University.  Then she worked as a Post-doc research associate at Newcastle (Nano Lab) & London (Cell & Tissue Engineering Lab, QMUL). 

She has worked on mechanics of advanced materials such as energy related materials, biomaterials, soft and hard biological tissues, finite element simulation, nanomechanics, nanotribology,  and cell mechanics.  Her recent research interest is on mechanics of biofilms, biological modelling, rheology and microfluidics. 

She investigated the fracture and adhesion failure in ceramic coatings, creep in metallic coating, plastic deformation at submicro/nanoscale, viscoelastic behaviour of polymers, nonlinear elasticity in biomaterials etc. She is also very interested in fundamental nanoindentation mechanics, fracture mechanics and nonlinear elastic mechanics. 

Her current research covers  i) multiscale mechanical characterisation and modelling of advanced materials; ii) biointerface engineering in healthcare and sustainability.

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Papers submitted : 

 Recent  papers accepted in Biophysics or Biomechanics related aspects:

Mechanical interactions between bacteria and hydrogels,  Nehir Kandemir, Waldmar Vollmer , Nick akubovics, Jinju Chen, Scientific Reports, accepted on 4 July 2018.

Finite Element Modelling of Nanoindentation Response of Elastic Fibre-Matrix Composites, Pengfei Duan, Yuqing Xia, Steve Bull and Jinju Chen; Journal of Materials Research, accepted on 26 June, 2018 ;

Modelling the nanomechanical responses of biofilms grown on the indenter probe,  Yuqing Xia, Pengfei Duan, and Jinju Chen; Processes, accepted on 19 June, 2018 .

An Asymmetrical Dual Coating on the Stent Prepared by Ultrasonic Atomization,  Wang, Jingjing; Huang, Yuhua; Ren, Yuzhen; Du, Ruolin; Xi, Yadong; Yin, Tieying; Wang, Yazhou; Zhang, Dechuan; Chen, Jinju; Wang, Guixue, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research: Part B - Applied Biomaterials, accepted on 28 May, 2018.

How cell culture conditions affect the microstructure and nanomechanical properties of extracellular matrix formed by immortalized human mesenchymal stem cells: an experimental and modelling study,,Pengfei Duan, Ria Toumpaniari, Simon Partridge, Mark Birch, Paul G Genever, Steve J. Bull, Kenny W Dalgarno, Andrew W McCaskie, Jinju Chen, Materials Science and Engineering-C, accepted on 26-MAR-2018 DOI information: 10.1016/j.msec.2018.03.027

Synthesis of bioinspired Collagen/Alginate/Fibrin based hydrogels for soft tissue engineering, G.Montalbano, S.Toumpaniari, A.Popov, P.Duan, J.Chen, K.Dalgarno, W.E.Scott, A.M.Ferreira, Materials Science and Engineering-C, 91 (2018) 236-246, accepted on 26-April-2018

Nanostructured titanium surfaces exhibit recalcitrance towards Staphylococcus epidermidis biofilm formation, Yunyi Cao, Bo Su, Subash Chinnaraj, Saikat Jana, Leon Bowen, Sam Charlton, Pengfei Duan, Nicholas S. Jakubovics , and Jinju Chen , accepted in Scientific reports, 27 Dec 2017.  DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-19484-x

Pahala Gedara Jayathilake, Saikat Jana, Steve Rushton, David Swailes, Ben Bridgens, Tom Curtis, Jinju Chen, Extracellular polymeric substance production and aggregated bacteria colonization influence the competition of microbes in biofilms, Frontiers in Microbiology, accepted on 12 sept 2017

Pahala Gedara Jayathilake, Prashant Gupta, Bowen Li, Curtis Madsen, Oluwole Oyebamiji, Rebeca González-Cabaleiro, Steve Rushton, Ben Bridgens, David Swailes, Ben Allen, Steve McGough, Paolo Zuliani, Irina Dana Ofiteru, Darren Wilkinson, Jinju Chen, Tom Curtis, A Mechanistic Individual-based Model of Microbial Communities, PLoS ONE 12(8): e0181965.

Dan Zou, Wei Wang, Daoxi Lei, Ying Yin, Fei Fang, Peng Ren, Jinju Chen, Tieying Yin, Bochu Wang, Guixue Wang, Yazhou Wang*. Kill two birds with one stone:Penetrate blood-brain barrier and enable anti-tumor and nerve repair in glioma by DOX-loaded monosialoganglioside micelles system" has been accepted for publication in "International Journal of Nanomedicine",  7 June 2017

Effects of elemene on inhibiting proliferation of vascular smooth muscle cells and promoting reendothelialization at the stent implantation site, Biomaterials Science, Wenjie Sun,  Yuhua Huang,  Tieying Yin,  Jingjing Wang,  Ruolin Du,  Juhui Qiu,  Yuan Zhang,  Yazhou Wang,  Jinju Chen, Guixue Wang , Biomaterials Science, 2017, 5, 1144 - 1155, doi: 10.1039/C7BM00190H

Hunt NC, Hallam D, Karimi A, Mellough CB, Chen J, Steel DHW, Lako M. 3D culture of human pluripotent stem cells in RGD-alginate hydrogel improves retinal tissue development. Acta Biomaterialia 2017, 49, 329-343

W B Wang, Y Q Fu, J J Chen, W P Xuan, J K Chen, X Z Wang,P Mayrhofer, P F Duan, A Bittner, U Schmid and J K Luo, AlScN thin film based surface acoustic wave devices with enhanced microfluidic performance, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, J. Micromech. Microeng. 26 (2016) 075006 (8pp)

Yunyi Cao; Pengfei Duan; Jinju Chen (*). Modelling the nanomechanical response of micro particle-matrix system for nanoindentation tests, Nanotechnology (IF=3.82), 2016 , 27, 195703 ;

Jinju Chen(*), D.L. Bader , D.A. Lee, M.M. Knight, Finite element analysis of mechanical deformation of chondrocyte to 2D substrate and 3D scaffold, Journal of Mechanics in Medicine and Biology, 2015, 15:1550077 (13 pages), DOI: 10.1142/S0219519415500773

M.G. Zhang, J. Chen, X.Q. Feng, Y.P. Cao, On the applicability of Sneddon’s solution for interpreting the indentation of nonlinear elastic biopolymers, Journal of Applied Mechanics,2014, 81 (9), 091011

Pengfei Duan, Jinju Chen(*), Nanomechanical and microstructure analysis of extracellular matrix layer of immortalized cell line Y201 from human mesenchymal stem cells, Surface & Coatings Technology  (2015), pp. 417-421 DOI information: 10.1016/j.surfcoat.2015.06.076

P. Duan, S.J. Bull, J. Chen(*), Modelling the nanomechanical responses of biopolymer composites during the nanoindentation, Thin Solid Films,  2015, Pages 277–281, doi:10.1016/j.tsf.2015.07.050

Y. Ammar, D. Swailes, B. Bridgens, J.Chen (*), Influence of surface roughness on initial formation of biofilm, Surface & Coatings Technology  (2015), pp. 410-416 DOI information: 10.1016/j.surfcoat.2015.07.062

Topical Review

  • Jinju Chen, Indentation based methods to assess fracture toughness for thin coatings, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics (2012) 45 203001 doi:10.1088/0022-3727/45/20/203001

 Invited papers 


  • Jinju Chen, A non-destructive approach to determine fracture toughness of coating: Nanoindentation tests and analysis, Chapter 3, pp123-178,in Thin Films and Coatings: Toughening and Toughness Characterisation, edited by Sam Zhang, published on July 29, 2015 by CRC Press
  • Jinju Chen, Chapter 7: Thin film coatings and the biological interface , Thin Film Coatings for Biomaterials and Biomedical Applications; Woodhead Publishing Series in Biomaterials: Number 110, 143-164,  edited by Prof. Hans Griesser, 2016.

Journal Editor 

Editorial Board

Editorial Board Member of Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group) in Biological Physics

International Journal of Nanomedicine and Nanotechnology 

 Conference chair/society chair

* Co-Chair of Symposium E - Organic and Biological Coatings of TACT 2017 (International Thin Films Conference), Taiwan, 15-18Oct, 2017

*        Session chair for Soft matters & MD/ab initio applications, 9TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MATERIALS FOR ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES, Singapore, June 2017

         Appointed as Chairperson of Tyne & Wear Materials Society (2016-  ), IOM3, UK.

·         Chairing a session in Nanoindentation Conference at Newcastle 2010.

*        Co-chair of Symposium of Mechanical properties of thin films (MPF), ThinFilms2014.

*        Co-chair topical session in 42nd Intl. Conf. Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films (ICMCTF), 20–24 April 2015, San Diego, United States.

*       Co-chair topical session in 43rd Intl. Conf. Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films (ICMCTF), 25–29 April 2016, San Diego, United States.

Conference organization committee

·          Conference organizing committee for Nanoindentation Conference at Newcastle 2008.

*         Conference organizing committee for the 7th International Conference on Technological Advances of Thin Films & Surface Coatings, China 2014 .

*       Conference co-organizer for THINFILMS2016 (8th International Conference on Technological Advances of Thin Films & Surface Coatings) ,12th-15th July 2016, SINGAPORE

*       42nd, 43rd, 44th Intl. Conf. Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films (ICMCTF), USA,  2015, 2016, 2017


Reviewer for  international and national funding bodies

·         Czech Republic Science Foundation* (2009-present), Tier 1 Grant Singapore (2016-present), ANR ( French National Research Agency), (2016-present) , Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation (RPF) 

*         EPSRC* (2013-present), BBSRC (2014-present), MRC (2015-present), Cancer Research UK (2017-present),  Dunhill Medical Trust (2017-present) *: frequently

 External Ph.D examiner for the following University
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (2012)

University of Groningen, Netherlands (2016)

External Examiner of MPhil for University of Manchester (2017)

 Reviewer for the chapters in the technical book proposals for

 Wiley (2012-present)

 Reviewer for Journals

 Manuscript reviewer for Molecular Pharmaceutics,  Acta Biomaterialia, Medicinal Research Reviews, Nanotechnology, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, Biomedical Materials, Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology, Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials*, Journal of Materials Research*, J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys.*, Experimental Mechanics*, Acta Mechanica Sinica, Crystal Growth & Design, Materials & Design, Journal of Materials Science, Materials Science and Engineering C*, Applied Physics A, Thin Solid Films*, Surface Coating & Technology*, Materials Research Express , Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Semiconductor Science and Technology, Tribology International, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Letters, Wear.

*: frequently

Invited  presentations and seminars

Computational biophysics or cell mechanics

Dec.2017: Xi'an Jiao Tong University, China

Dec.2017: South China Normal University, China

Dec.2017: Jinan University, China
Dec.2017: South China University of Technology, China

18 - 23 June 2017:  9th International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies (ICMAT 2017),  Suntec, Singapore

April 2017: Montana State University, USA. 

Jan 2017:   Chongqing University , China

Dec 2016: Invited guest lectures on Finite element modelling for University of Chinese Academic Of Science  

Dec 2016: Perking University (Beida), China

Dec 2016:  Beihang University , China

Dec 2016: Tsinghua University, China

Nov 2016: National Physical Lab, UK

July 2016: National University of Singapore

July 2016: University of Malaya, Malaysia

July 2016: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

March  2016: Symposium of Biointerfaces, Advanced Materials Conference, Newcastle, UK

Jan 2016: Chinese Academic of Science, Beijing,China

Jan 2016: Hohai University , China

Dec 2015: Xi'an Jiao Tong University, China

Dec 2015: Chinese Academic of Science, Qingdao,China

Dec 2015: Tongji University, China

 March 2015: Keynote speaker @ 5th Annual International Conference on Advances in Biotechnology (BioTech 2015)  , India,

•Oct 2015: University of Manchester,UK

•Dec 2014: Sun Yat-Sen University , China

•Dec 2014: Zhejiang University , China

•Dec 2014: South China University of Technology, China

•Dec 2014: Soochow University, China

•May 2014: Glasgow University, UK

•Apr 2014: Columbia University, USA

•Apr 2014: Montana State University, USA

•Nov 2013: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

•Dec. 2012: Chinese Academy of Science, Institute of Mechanics, China.

•Dec. 2012: Beihang University, China.

•Dec. 2012:  Beijing Institute of Technology, China

•Apr. 2012: University of Kentucky, USA

•Apr. 2012: University of California, San Diego, USA

•Dec. 2011:  Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

•Dec. 2010: Peking University, Beijing, China. 

•Dec. 2010: Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China. 

•Sept. 2010: University of Cambridge, UK 

•Aug. 2010: Symposium of Chondrocyte Mechanics in 6th World Congress on Biomechanics, Singapore. 

•Aug.2010: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore .

Nanomechanics, Fracture Mechanics and Interface Adhesion 

 Dec 2016: Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academic of Science, 


•Dec 2014: Guangdong University of Technology , China

•Jul 2014: 7th International Conference on Technological Advances of Thin Films & Surface Coatings, China
May 2014: Glasgow University, UK

•Apr. 2014: 41st International Conference on Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films (ICMCTF), San Diego, USA.

•Mar.2013: National Physical Laboratory, Institute of Physics (IOP) Tribology Group Conference.

•June 2011: Materials Today Virtual Conference: Characterization Techniques and Analysis.
•Dec. 2010: The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.
•Dec. 2010: Peking University, Beijing, China.
•Dec. 2010: Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China.
•Aug. 2008: Loughborough University, UK. 
•May 2008: Institute of Physics One–Day Seminar on Nanoindentation and Nanotribology, National Physical Laboratory,UK
•May 2008: Nanomechanical Labortary, Hysitron Inc., Minneapolis, USA.
•May 2008: University of South Carolina, USA.

Academic Visitor

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Loughborough University, UK.
Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung, Dusseldorf, Germany.

 Conference presentations

I have made more than 30 presentations in international conferences such as MRS Fall meeting, MS&T conference, International Conference on Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films (ICMCTF), Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics,Tissue and Cell Engineering Society (TCES), International Conference on Cell & Stem Cell Engineering (ICCE). 

Recent awards (after 2007)

·         European Society of Biomechanics (ESB) Travel Award 2010

·         International Travel Grant (The Royal Society) 2010

·         The following article has been selected as one of the highlights in the year of 2007 in J. Phys. D:  J. Chen and S J Bull, Indentation fracture and toughness assessment for thin optical coatings on glass, J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 40 (2007) 5401-5417

Industry consultancy experience

 Stress analysis, Hardness and wear analysis of Coatings, Fracture and delamination analysis.

 Professional membership

Materials Research Society;  Europe Society of Biomechanics; Tissue and Cell Engineering Society;

Institute of Physics


Opportunities: PhD scholarship on Experimental Cell Mechanics to Understand Disease progression  

Application deadline : 22 June 2018

A 4-year PhD studentship is available at Dr Chen’s group in Newcastle University to work on biophysics and biomechanics of cells.

The key objectives of this project : 1) use the AFM  to study how diseases and drugs would affect cellular and subcellular mechanics; 2) use the AFM to study cell-cell adhesion and cell-materials adhesion; 3) use the confocal microscopy and imaging analysis techniques to reveal how diseases and drugs regulate cellular structures.

This project will help us to understand the disease progression. It will also have impact on effective treatment of different diseases such as cancer. The student will work with a recently funded ambitious EPSRC strategic project. The student will work with one of the best atomic force microscope (AFM) within the UK and other high resolution imaging techniques.  The student will also have opportunities to do placement at National University of Singapore (NUS).

This PhD studentship will cover Home/EU tuition fees and a tax-free stipend.  The student is expected to start in Sept/Oct 2018. 

Entry Requirements:  All applicants should have (or expect to obtain) a 2:1 or first-class degree in a Biomedical engineering, Chemical engineering, Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Materials Science, computing or related science and engineering disciplines. The applicants should also have a strong interest in pursuing research in this field. Additional research experience relevant to the area of research is also advantageous.  Non-native speakers of English will normally be required to have IELTS 6.5 with no sub-test of less than 6.

How to apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. To do this please ‘Create a new account’.

All relevant fields should be completed, but fields marked with a red asterisk must to be completed. The following information will help us to process your application. You will need to:

insert the programme code 8090F in the programme of study section
select ‘PhD Mechanical Engineering (full time) - Mechanical and Systems Engineering’ as the programme of study
insert the studentship code ENG026 in the studentship/partnership reference field
attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code ENG026 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.
Please email your CV with qualification details and contact details of two referees to Dr Jinju Chen, School of Engineering.

 Selected funded projects
2012-2013: Industrial consultancy project with Metalysis , Ltd (~£4k, Co-I)
2013-2019: A New Frontier in Design: The Simulation of Open Engineered Biological Systems, one of the only five prestigious Frontier Awards (£5.5 millions) funded by EPSRC (EP/K039083/1), strategic Co- investigator and team leader for the theme of Biomechanics and Flow within the project.
2013: Using nanomechanical testing and modelling to understand the biophysics of cell-hydrogel Interactions, funded by EPSRC, £8k, Principal Investigator (PI)
2014-2018: Multiscale modelling and characterisation of biofilms (SAgE DTA award, £80k, PI)
2014-2017: Biomechanics of bacteria (school DTA award, £27k, PI)
2014-2015: Designing  a new cannula and injection system for subretinal injections,MRC Confidence in Concept (CiC) Fund, £30k, Co-I.
2015-2019: Biophysics of biofilms in wastewater treatment (DPT award, £65k, PI)                              
2016-2020: Computational modelling to study cell-materials interactions for tissue engineering,    Newcastle-Singapore Studentship, £80k, PI)

June-July 2016:  Newton Fund and British council travel award to attend Vietnam-UK workshop on Biomedical Engineering.

2017-2020:  Modelling quorum sensing control for biofilm formation, Research Excellence Academy PhD studentship, £56k, PI) 
2017-2018: EPSRC Partnering for GCRF: Develop chemical-free anti-biofilm surface (£20k, PI)
2017-2018: High performance computational & microfluidic models of complex biofilm dynamics, Oak Ridge National Lab ( Co-I)
2018-2020: Multiscale characterization of complex materials using a combination of atomic force microscopy and optical coherence tomography funded by EPSRC (EP/R025606/1), £487k, PI).
2018-2019: Investigate how the architectures of nanostructured surfaces affect bacterial adhesion and biofilm formation, Oak Ridge National Lab (PI). 

Other key group members: Post-doc researchers:  Dr. Jaya PAHALA GEDARA (Oct 2014- June 2019), Dr. Saikat Jana  (Aug 2015-June 2019),  Dr. P. Duan (Feb-March 2018)

PhD students:

 Ms Nehir Kandemir (joined in Sept.2014),

 Mr Subash Chinnaraj (joined in Sept.2014),

Mr. Sam Charlton (joined in Sept.2015), 

Mr.  Puneet Tailor (co-supervised, joined in Sept. 2016)

Mr. Wenjian Yang (joined in Sept. 2016)

Mr. Yunyi Cao (joined in Jan 2017),

Ms Yuqing Xia (joined in Jan 2017)

Mr. Luo Ma (joined in Jan 2018)

PGR students completed:

Mr. Yunyi Cao: completed MPhil in 2017.

Dr. Pengfei Duan, completed PhD in 2018 (awarded in march 2018). Now, associate researcher in my group.

Visiting academic fellows :  Associate Prof. Y  Wang; Associate Prof. T Yin ( Jan 2017- July 2017) from China, Associate Professor  Tianyu Zhang (Nov-Dec 2017) from USA. 

Previous group members
: Dr. S. Elatriby  (July 2015-Jan 2016); Dr Yasmine Ammar (2014-2015), Wenbo Wang (Jan 2015-July 2015)

 Group news (2015-present):

Ms Nehir Kandemir was the runner-up in PGR conference in 2015. 

Mr. Duan gave an oral presentation at 42nd ICMCTF at San Diego in April 2015.  

Dr. Chen, Dr Phahala, Mr Chinnaraj  all gave oral presentations at 43rd ICMCTF at San Diego in April 2016.  

Mr Duan gave an oral presentation at ThinFilms2016, Singapore in July 2016. 

Congratulations to yunyi Cao and pengfei Duan who have a joint  paper published in Nanotechlology (IF=3.82) in 2016 .

Summer internship student Mieszko Jaskiewicz in my group, who works on microfluidics, was the overall Faculty prize winner (£300) at the recent ‘Celebrating Student Research Scholarships and Expeditions’ annual poster and presentations evening 2016.

Mr Yunyi Cao and Sam Charlton were the Tyne & Wear Materials Society (TWMS) (associated with IOM3) young person lecture  competition 2017 winner  (£100) and runner-up (£50). 

Mr Yunyi Cao and Sam Charlton were the runner-up in PGR conference in 2017. 

Ms Nehir Kandemir was the winner for TCES scholarship, awarded in April 2017.

Prof. Yin and Prof. Wang just had a joint paper with us accepted in Biomaterials Science in April 2017. Well done !

Dr. Chen, Ms Kandemir, Mr Charlton, Mr Cao all gave oral presentations at 44th ICMCTF at San Diego in April 2017.  

Prof. Wang and Prof. Yin just had a joint paper with us accepted in "International Journal of Nanomedicine",  7 June 2017. Well done !

Dr Chen, Ms. Kandemir presented papers at MRS fall meeting at Boston 2017 .

Congratulations to Pengfei Duan who successfully defended his thesis in Nov 2017 ! Now he becomes Dr. Duan. 

Mr. Y. Cao, Mr. Chinnaraj  and other members within the group just had a joint paper accepted in Scientific reports in Dec 2017. Well done !

Mr Ma LUO and Mr Yunyi Cao were the Tyne & Wear Materials Society (TWMS) (associated with IOM3) young person lecture  competition 2018 winner  (£100) and runner-up (£50), respectively.  

Dr. Duan has just published a paper in Materials Science & Engineering C in march 2018. Well done !

Ms Nehir Kandemir, Ms yuqing Xia, and Dr. Duan published a joint paper in MRS Advances in 2018. well done!

Mr. Yunyi Cao and Mr. Sam Charlton have won first prizes in their sessions in PGR conference in march 2018. Well done.

Dr. Duan and Miss Xia just had a joint paper accepted in Journal of Materials Research in June 2018. Well done !

Miss Xia and Dr. Duan and just had a joint paper accepted in Processes in June 2018. Well done !

Miss Nehir Kandemir just had a paper (which covers most of her PhD work) accepted in Scientific Reports (nature publishing group) in July 2018. Well done !

My Expertise

Biomechanics, Fracture mechanics,  Adhesion evaluation, Nano/Micromechanics, Surface analysis, Finite element simulation, 3D modelling for biomedical images.

Applied Mathematical Modelling ( I was selected to participate International Mathematical Contest in Modelling when I was an undergraduate. I still have strong interest in mathematical modelling. If you share the same interest, please feel free to contact me. )

Research area

Nanomechanics :  Nanoindentation;  Nanotribology

Rheology and microfludics: rheology of soft materials and solutions, Microfluidic device and characterisation and its applications

Bacterial Adhesion and Biofilm Mechanics

Multiscale biomechanics,

The physics of biofilm formation

Develop methods to inhibit biofilm formation or destroy biofilms

Finite Element Analysis:   Biomechanics; Modelling deformation in advanced materials; Modelling Interfacial crack initiation and evolution

Mechanics of Biomaterials: Tissue engineered bone; Cell-matrix interaction; Cell mechanics; Hydrogel scaffold, Soft tissues mechanics

Thin Film Mechanics:  Energy related coatings (Anode Coatings & Solar Control Coatings);  Polymeric coatings; Hard coatings; MEMS

key facilities at lab: Rheometer, micro-PIV, Angle meter, and various other mechanical characterisation instruments

Other major research projects I've worked on

*A multiscale Modelling Approach to Engineering Functional Coatings (EPSRC Materials Modelling Consortium *Multiscale Mechanobiology for Tissue Engineering (EPSRC Platform Grant)



Postgraduate  research students (Ph.D, MPhil and MRes), visiting research students, summer internship or visiting scientists (or fellows) are welcome to join my group. In the past two years, I have hosted excellent summer students (sponsored by various councils) from Brazil , Germany, Jordan, France and China.

Other projects include: 

Biomechanics  and Mechanotransduction (priority area in my group)

1. Multiscale modelling of soft tissue mechanics 

2. Multiscale modelling of  biofilms

3. Flow -biofilm interactions

4. Cell-materials interactions

5. Mechanics of Advanced Biomaterials

6. Cell Mechanics and physics

Thin Film Mechanics

1. Multiscale modelling of mechanics of functional coatings

2. Predict mechanical durability and performance of battery materials

3. Cracking and delamination of coatings




Teaching & supervising

Semester 1

Mechanical Engineering professional Skills

Materials Science (practical)

Mechanics II

Computational modelling


Tutor of Stage 1 students 


 Semester 2

Design for industry

Applied Mechanics (Module leader)

Mechanical Engineering professional Skills

Engineering Mathematics with Applications


Tutor of Stage 1 students  

Individual supervision for BEng and MSc students

MSc, and BEng  students in Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering, as well as excellent internship students fully sponsored by different organizations. 

I also host government (or research council, home University) sponsored visiting research fellows and research students with strong track of record.