Author IDs

Willing to take PhD students: yes





Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Rice University (USA)



Materials Engineering

New Mexico Tech (USA)




Nanjing University (China)

Working Experience

2021 - present

Full Professor

Mechanical EngineeringCityU (Hong Kong)

2017 – 2021

Associate Professor

Mechanical EngineeringCityU (Hong Kong)

2012 – 2017

Assistant Professor

Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering

CityU (Hong Kong)

2011 – 2012


Materials Science and Engineering



Selected Awards

2019Outstanding Research Award (for Junior Faculty) 2019, City University of Hong Kong
2018The President’s Awards 2017, City University of Hong Kong
2017Outstanding Supervisor Award , City University of Hong Kong
2016Best Poster Paper Award, The 9th International Workshop on Advanced Materials (IWAM9) – in honor of C.T. Liu's life-time contributions to the material advancements
2014Best Poster Award, the 11th Cross-Strait Workshop on "Nano Science and Technology" (CSWNST11)
2013UGC (Hong Kong) Early Career Award 2013/2014
2012Fellowship for NSF Summer Institute on "Materiomics"
2010Franz R. and Frances Brotzen Fellowship award, Rice University
2009NSF Research Fellow for NSF-Sandia National Institute of Nano Engineering (NINE)
2009Best Poster Award, the CONTACT (Consortium for Nanomaterials for Aerospace Commerce and Technology) program annual review meeting
2008Jack F. Pollard endowed fellowship in engineering, Rice University
2005Best Poster Presentation Award, the 7th LANSCE (Los Alamos Neutron Scattering Center) User Group Meeting, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Research Interests/Areas

  • Experimental Mechanics of Low-Dimensional (1D and 2D) Nanostructures
  • Biomechanics of Structural Biomaterials at Multi-Scale
  • in situ Electron Microscopy (SEM, TEM) and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)
  • Micro-/Nano-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS and NEMS) and Nanotechnology


  • Y Lu “Composite Material Based Panel” US Patent # US9976304B2 2018
  • J Lou, Y Ganesan, Y Lu, C Peng “Novel Micromechanical Devices for In Situ Characterizations of One Dimensional Nanomaterials” US patent # US 8,058,613 B2 2011