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

Ph.D. Graduates:

  • 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: Senior Research Associate, City University of Hong Kong Shenzhen Research Institut

Bachelor Graduates:

  • 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), Now: Postdoctoral Researcher, 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)
  • 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), 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. Shiqi Wu (Aug. 2016 - Feb. 2017) , Now: Wuhan, China
  • Ms. Su Yang (Sep. 2017 - Jan 2018)
  • Ms. Qing Zhang (Sep. 2014 - May 2015), Now: Shanghai, China

Final Year Project (FYP):​​

Bo Xu

Ph.D. candidate

Research direction: Bioinspired interfaces

M.S., Civil Engineering, Tongji University

B.S., Engineering Structure Analysis, Wuhan University of Technology

Email: boxu32-c at

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LEUNG Oi Yan Fiona

NG Chak Fung



Niu Research Group

Undergraduate Students

A 3D printed robust hard-soft hybrid mimicking tendon-bone integration

WONG Siu Chun


Huanyun Ji

Ph.D. candidate

Research direction: Bioinspired Multilayer

B.S., Materials Processing & Control Engineering, Huazhong University of Science & Technology

Email: huanyunji2-c at

  • 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”