Seminar: From Nano to Macro — Manufacturing Next-Generation Intelligent and Resilient Materials and Structures, March 22

Learn about manufacturing next-generation materials and structures from Missouri University of Science and Technology faculty member Chenglin Wu at the next School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment Seminar.

From Nano to Macro: Manufacturing Next-Generation Intelligent and Resilient Materials and Structures
Presented by Chenglin Wu, Missouri University of Science and Technology

Tuesday, March 22, 2022
1:30–2:30 p.m.
College Avenue Commons (CAVC) 335, Tempe campus [map]


The rapid growth of the modern world demands next-generation intelligent materials and structures to be smart, self-reliable, efficient and durable. In the past decade, nanomaterials, including 1D and 2D materials, have become the most prominent candidates since they often exhibit superior electro-chemo-mechanical properties in comparison with their bulk counterparts. In addition, with the help of advanced electron imaging technologies, we can investigate their structural-to-property relationships at atomic scale and engineer them through bottom-up approaches. These advantages allow us to manufacture multi-functional composite materials for superior mechanical strength, energy storage, electro-chemical, bio-sensing, self-actuated robots, and lightweight structures.

In this talk, Chenglin Wu will present his team’s recent work in the following areas:

  1. Synthesis and characterization of low-dimensional functional materials including graphene, MXene and nanowires. His team utilized the AFM, nanoindentation, push-to-pull MEMS device, and laser-induced projectile impact test to conduct nanomechanics investigations to understand the fundamental structure-to-property relationship of low-dimensional functional materials and their composites.
  2. Advanced electro-chemical-optical sensors and intelligent systems. Wu’s team has developed advanced transfer method to fabricate nanoscale fiber-optic corrosion sensors, wireless long-range strain sensors as well as on-mask SARS-CoV-2 and influenza virus sensors utilizing the functional low-dimensional materials.
  3. Multi-scale and multi-physics modeling. To understand some fundamental physical problems, Wu’s team of researchers has also developed the phase-field methods to investigate multi-scale and multi-physical fracture problems.
  4. Machine learning material discovery and system design. To satisfy the design needs, Wu’s team has built a robotic mechanism to perform material characterization and computationally aided design approaches.
  5. 3D printing infrastructure. Wu’s team has developed unique printing approaches that can print soft robots and reinforced concrete structures, where the interfacial mechanisms are critical to the performance of the printed robots and structures.

About the speaker

Chenglin Wu is an assistant professor in the Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Tongji University in 2006 and his doctoral degree in civil, architectural and environmental engineering from Missouri S&T in 2014. He obtained his second doctoral degree in engineering mechanics in 2016 from the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at UT-Austin. Wu joined the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at Missouri S&T in spring 2017. Wu received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2021.

Wu’s research interests focus on nanomaterials, mechanics and advanced manufacturing with a particular emphasis on materials and structures at different dimensions (from macro to nano scales) and having multi-physics-related problems. His research is motivated by practical applications in civil, mechanical, geo-mechanical, microelectronics, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), emerging nano- and biotechnologies and robotics.