Ph.D. Graduates:

  • May 2022 --  Dr. Huanyun Ji, PhD Dissertation: “A Fracture-Resistant and Durable Dental Restorative Composite with Bio-Inspired Graded Structure”. Now: Wuhan, China
  • Nov. 2021 -- Dr. Wenqiang Zhang (co-supervised with Professor Yang Lu at CityU MNE), PhD Dissertation: “Solid-Liquid Microlattice Metamaterials and Their Multifunctional Applications”, Now: Engineer, Shenzhen
  • Sep. 2018 -- Dr. Yuexing Zhan, PhD Dissertation: "Investigation on Several Mechanical Problems Related to Hydrogel Derivatives", Now: Engineer, Mechanical and Material Department, Huawei Tech Co. Ltd, Shenzhen
  • Jul. 2018 -- Dr. Zijian Yao, PhD Dissertation: "Assembly of Nanoparticles and its Application in Polymer Based Composites", Now: Engineer, Central lab, Amperex Technology Limited, Ningde, Fujian
  • Jun. 2018 -- Dr. Guo Liu (supervised during Sep. 2013 - Apr. 2016; co-supervised with Professor Jian Lu during May. 2016 - Jun. 2018), PhD Dissertation: "Four-dimensional Printing of Elastomer-Derived Ceramic Structures", Now: Postdoc Fellow, Department of Mechanical Engineering, City University of Hong Kong
  • Apr. 2017 -- Dr. Bing Chen, Ph.D. Dissertation: "Structural Behavior of Bioinspired Dental Multilayer"
  • Jul. 2016 -- Dr. Yongli Wang, Ph.D. Dissertation: "Investigation on Mechanical Properties of Biological Materials", Now: Engineer, Shanghai, China

Bachelor Graduates:

  • Aug. 2021 -- Chinon Wong, Undergraduate Thesis: “Experimental study on the elastic modulus of 3D-printed isotropic metamaterials”
  • Aug. 2020 -- Siu Chun Wong, Undergraduate Thesis: “A 3D printed hard-soft interface mimicking tendon-bone integration”
  • Jul. 2020 -- Yuki Asai, Undergraduate Thesis: “Literature survey and case study of 3D printed robust hard-soft mimicking tendon-bone integration”
  • Jul. 2020 -- Sin Long Chiu, Undergraduate Thesis: “3D printing of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) scaffolds for hard-soft hybrids”
  • Jul. 2020 -- Oi Yan Fiona Leung, Undergraduate Thesis: “Fabrication of a hard-soft hybrid mimicking tendon-bone integration”
  • Jul. 2020 -- Chak Fung Ng, Undergraduate Thesis: “A 90° peeling test for examination of the interfacial toughness of hard-soft hybrids”
  • Jul. 2020 -- Renaldi Yustisio, Undergraduate Thesis: “Effect of interphase/interface design to interfacial toughness of soft-hard hybrid”
  • May 2019 -- Kin Chi Chan, Long Hin Chan, Tin Long Chow and Chun Wai Or, B.Eng. Thesis: "Mechanical and Electrical Behaviours of 3D-Printed Conductive Hydrogel-PDMS Hybrid under Cyclic Loading"
  • May 2019 -- Siu Ting Wan, Tak Shing Wong, Ting Kai Yan and Wing Long Yip, B.Eng. Thesis: "A 3D printed robust hard-soft hybrid mimicking tendon-bone integration"
  • May 2018 -- Wai Shan Chan, Wing Tung Leung and See Chai Tse, B.Eng. Thesis: "3D Printing of Hydrophilic-hydrophobic Hybrids"
  • May 2018 -- Timothy Chun Hei Fong and Cathy Hoi Ching Kwan, B.Eng. Thesis: "Construction of Tough Dental Composite via 3D Printing"
  • May 2018 -- Nikunj Agarwal, Adelina Tjokronegoro and Chen Hui Wu, B.Eng. Thesis: "Additive Manufacturing and Mechanical Property of Isotropic Cellular Materials"
  • May 2017 -- Yan Ting Chan, Tsz Ling Wong and Tak Mei Yiu, B.Eng. Thesis: "3D Printing of Hydrophilic-Hydrophobic Polymer"
  • Apr. 2017 -- Fei Fei Cheng, Choi Ying Ling, Seong Rae Roh and Mei Yee Yeung, B.Eng. Thesis : "Fabrication and Mechanical Testing of Silica-Titania-PDMS Nanocomposites for 3D Printable Soft Robots with Enhanced Thermal Stability"
  • Apr. 2017 -- Long Yin Fung, Lok Yee Madeleine Lam and Chun Yan Leung, B.Eng. Thesis: "Fabrication of 3D Printable Zirconia-silica-polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) Nanocomposites as Thermally Stable Materials for Soft Robotics"
  • Apr. 2017 -- Sin Yat Leung, B.Eng. Thesis: "Effect of Gamma - MPS as Coupling Agent on
    Grafting Performance and Mechanical Properties of Zirconia – BisGMA/TEGDMA Nanocomposite"

  • Aug. 2016 -- Nicolas James Ho, B.Eng. Thesis: "Fabrication and 3D Printing of Tough Hydrogel"
  • May 2016 -- Lok Sze Cheung, Tsz Yan Man, Sau Ching Yam and Ka Yan Yau, B.Eng. Thesis: "Investigation on Mechanical and Structural Behaviours of Human Hair"
  • May 2016 -- Wai Tung Fu, Ching Yee Kwok, Wing Yan Lee and Momina Shad, B.Eng. Thesis: "3D Printing of a Strong and Light Polymer"
  • May 2016 -- Hiu Man Lau, Yuen Man Ng and Chun Kit Yip, B.Eng. Thesis: "Reproducible Design of Heat-curing Extrusion Bioprinter"

Postdocs, Research Associates and Student Helpers:

  • Dr. Jianjun Bian (Dec. 2012 - Apr. 2013 & Nov. 2014 - Nov. 2015), Now: Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Padova, Padua, Italy
  • Dr. Bing Chen (Sep. 2015 - Feb. 2016)
  • Mr. Kang Chen (Jul. 2017 - Dec. 2017), Now: Graduate Student, Department of Human and Engineered Environmental Studies, The University of Tokyo
  • Dr. Yue Ding (Apr. 2013 - Apr. 2014, FT; Jun. 2021 - Dec. 2021, PT), Now: Associate Professor, Xi'an Jiaotong University
  • Dr. Yucheng Dong (Feb. 2014 - Apr. 2014), Now: Research Fellow, Kuang-Chi Institute of Advanced Technology
  • Mr. Nicolas James Ho (Mar. 2015 - Dec. 2016; PT), Now: Research Assistant, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Mr. Yonglong Hu (Jul. 2013 - Apr. 2016), Now: Technical Engineer, Dunton Environmental
  • Mr. Ken Lau (Feb. 2015 - May 2015; PT)
  • Mr. Sin Yat Leung (Aug. 2016 - May 2017; PT)
  • Ms. Wing Tung Leung (Aug. 2017 -  Aug. 2018; PT)
  • Dr. Xuanming Liang (Jun. 2021 - Dec. 2021), Now: Postdoctoral Researcher, Xi'an Jiaotong University
  • Dr. Zong-Yuan Liu (Jul. 2021 - Dec. 2021), Now: Research Fellow, Medical School, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2200, USA
  • Mr. Zheming Luo (Aug. 2017 - Aug. 2018; PT)
  • Dr. Yihui Pan (Nov. 2014 - Jan. 2015), Now: Postdoctoral Associate, Shenzhen Graduate School of Harbin Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Zhiyong Ren (Dec. 2014 - Jan. 2015, FT; Jun. 2021 - Dec. 2021 PT), Now: Consulting Engineer, PERA Global Co. Ltd.
  • Ms. Adelina Tjokronegoro (Oct. 2016 - Jan. 2017; PT), Now: Research Assistant, NISI (HK) Ltd.
  • Ms. See Chai Tse (May 2018 - Aug. 2018; PT)
  • Dr. Yangyong Wang (Jul. 2013 - Jun. 2015; PT), Now: Founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Advanpro (安润普科技), Zhuhai, Guangdong, China
  • Mr. Anran Wei (Jun. 2021 - Sep. 2022), Now: Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, China
  • Mr. Shiqi Wu (Aug. 2016 - Feb. 2017), Now: Wuhan, China
  • Mr. Bo XU (Apr. 2018 - Jan. 2023), Now: Wuhan, China
  • Ms. Su Yang (Sep. 2017 - Jan 2018)
  • Dr. Weike Yuan (Oct. 2021 - Dec. 2021), Now: Postdoctoral Researcher, Xi'an Jiaotong University
  • Ms. Qing Zhang (Sep. 2014 - May 2015), Now: Shanghai, China
  • Professor Fenglin Guo, Associate Professor,  Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Summer 2013 & Summer 2015 
  • Professor Gangfeng Wang, Professor and principal investigator of The National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars (国家杰出青年科学基金), Xi'an Jiaotong University, Summer 2014
  • Professor Liyuan Zhang, Associate Professor, University of Science and Technology Beijing, January-July 2018” 


Graduate Students

Dr. Xinrui Niu

Associate Professor 

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Princeton University
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame
M.S. in Solid Mechanics, Tsinghua University
B.S. in Engineering Mechanics, Tsinghua University

​Office: AC1-P6420

Phone: (852)-3442-8432

Email: xinrui.niu at

Principle Investigator

Niu Research Group

Kunyao Zheng

Ph.D. student

Research direction: Bioinspired multilayers

M.S., Instrument and Meter Engineering, University of Chinese Academy of Science 

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Fuzhou University

Email: kunyzheng5-c at