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Yonggang Huang

Joseph Cummings Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering

2145 Sheridan Road


Evanston, IL 60208-3109

+ 1 847 467 3165
y-huang( at )


Ph.D. Engineering Science Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

M.S. Engineering Science Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

B.S. Mechanics Peking University, Beijing, China

Research Interests

Yonggang Huang is the Joseph Cumming Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northwestern University.  He has broad interests in many branches of Engineering Science and is interested in establishing mechanics models for advanced technology, such as stretchable and flexible electronics, inorganic solar cell, LEDs, cardiac and neutral electro-physiological sensors, multifunctional catheters, epidermal electronics and transient electronics.  Mechanics provides the scientific and engineering foundations and design guidelines for these stretchable and flexible devices.  He has published 1 book and more than 400 journal papers and book chapters, including multi-disciplinary journals Science (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) and its sister journal Science Translational Medicine (2010), Nature (2008, 2013) and its sister journals Nature Materials (2006, 2008, 2010a,b, 2011, 2013), Nature Nanotechnology (2006, 2013), Nature Neuroscience (2011) and Nature Communications (2012, 2013a,b), and PNAS (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011a,b, 2012); and journals in physics (e.g., PRL), materials (e.g., Advanced Materials), nanotechnology (e.g., Nano Letters), biology (e.g., PLoS One), 40 papers in the top mechanics JMPS.  His recent work has been reported by many popular media such as ABC, BBC, Boston Globe, Business Week, CBS, Chicago Tribune, CNN, Discover Magazine, Discovery Channel, FOX, MSNBC, New York Times, Newsweek, Reuters, Scientific American, United Press International, and US News & World Report.

His recent awards include the Larson Memorial Award in 2003, Melville Medal in 2004, and Richards Memorial Award in 2010, Drucker Medal in 2013, all from ASME; Young Investigator Medal from the Society of Engineering Sciences in 2006; International Journal of Plasticity Medal in 2007; Guggenheim Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation in 2008; ISI Highly Cited Researcher (Engineering) in 2009; and SPIE Green Photonics Award in 2011.  He is a member of European Academy of Sciences and Arts.  He held the Grayce Wicall Gauthier Professorship (2003-04), Shao Lee Soo Professorship (2004-07) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Visiting Clark Millikan Professorship (2005-06) at Caltech, and Honorary Professor at Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications.  He is the Editor-in-Chief of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Letters, Editor of Journal of Applied Mechanics (Transactions of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers), and Vice President of the Society of Engineering Sciences.



Significant Recognition

  • Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award, American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Pi Tau Sigma (National Mechanical Engineering Honor Society), 2010
  • Guggenheim Fellowship, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 2008
  • On the "Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students," University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Spring 2003, Spring 2004, Fall 2004, Spring 2005, Fall 2006, Spring 2007
  • Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising, College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007
  • International Journal of Plasticity Medal, 2007
  • Young Investigator Medal, Society of Engineering Science, 2006
  • George W. Melville Medal, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2004
  • Gustus L. Larson Memorial Award, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2003
  • Associate, Center for Advanced Study, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2002
  • Research Award for US Scientists and Scholars, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany, 2001
  • Outstanding Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation of China, 2000

Significant Professional Service

  • Technical Editor, Journal of Applied Mechanics (ASME Transactions), 2012-
  • Editor in Chief, Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Letters, 2011-

Selected Publications

    1. Khang D-Y, Jiang HQ, Huang Y, and Rogers JA, “A stretchable form of single crystal silicon for high performance electronics on rubber substrates,” Science, v 311, pp 208-212, 2006.
    2. Kim D-H, Ahn J-H, Choi W-M, Kim H-S, Kim T-H, Song JZ, Huang Y, Liu ZJ, Lu C, and Rogers JA, "Stretchable and foldable silicon integrated circuits," Science, v 320, pp 507-511, 2008 (Inner cover feature article).
    3. Ko HC, Stoykovich MP, Song JZ, Malyarchuk V, Choi WM, Yu C-J, Geddes JB III, Xiao JL, Wang SD, Huang Y, and Rogers JA, "A hemispherical electronic eye camera based on compressible silicon optoelectronics," Nature, v 454, pp 748-753, 2008 (cover feature article).
    4. Park S-I, Xiong Y, Kim R-H, Elvikis P, Meitl M, Kim D-H, Wu J, Yoon J, Yu C-J, Liu ZJ, Huang Y, Hwang K-C, Ferreira P, Li X, Choquette K, and Rogers JA, "Printed assemblies of inorganic light-emitting diodes for deformable and semitransparent displays," Science, v 325, pp 977-981, 2009.
    5. Rogers JA, Someya T, and Huang Y, "Materials and mechanics for stretchable electronics," Science, v 327, pp 1603-1607, 2010 (review article).
    6. Kim D-H, Lu NS, Ma R, Kim Y-S, Kim R-H, Wang SD, Wu J, Won SM, Tao H, Islam A, Yu KJ, Kim T-I, Chowdhury R, Ying M, Xu LZ, Li M, Chung H-J, Keum H, McCormick M, Liu P, Zhang YW, Omenetto FG, Huang Y, Coleman T, and Rogers JA, "Epidermal electronics," Science, v 333, pp 838-843, 2011.
    7. Hwang S-W, Tao H, Kim D-H, Cheng HY, Song J-K, Rill E, Brenckle MA, Panilaitis B, Won SM, Kim Y-S, Song YM, Yu KJ, Ameen A, Li R, Su YW, Yang MM, Kaplan DL, Zakin MR, Slepian MJ, Huang Y, Omenetto FG, and Rogers JA, “A physically transient form of silicon electronics,” Science, v 337, pp 1640-1644, 2012 (cover feature article).
    8. Kim T-I, McCall JG, Jung YH, Huang X, Siuda ER, Li YH, Song JZ, Song YM, Pao HA, Kim R-H, Lu CF, Lee SD, Song I-S, Shin GC, Al-Hasani R, Kim S, Tan MP, Huang Y, Omenetto FG, Rogers JA, and Bruchas MR, “Injectable, cellular-scale optoelectronics with applications for wireless optogenetics,” Science, v 340, pp 211-216, 2013.
    9. Song YM, Xie YZ, Malyarchuk V, Xiao JL, Jung IH, Choi K-J, Liu ZJ, Park HS, Lu CF, Kim R-H, Li R, Crozier KB, Huang Y, and Rogers JA, “Digital cameras with designs inspired by the arthropod eye,” Nature, v 497, pp 95-99, 2013 (cover feature article).

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