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Yonggang Huang

Walter P. Murphy Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering


2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

847-467-3165Email Yonggang Huang


Civil and Environmental Engineering

Mechanical Engineering


Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Graduate Program


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 Walter P. Murphy Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University.  He is interested in mechanics of stretchable and flexible electronics, and 3D fabrication of complex materials and structures.  He has published 2 books and more than 480 journal papers, including multi-disciplinary journals Science (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) and Nature (2008, 2013, 2016).  His recent research awards include the Larson Award in 2003, Melville Medal in 2004, Richards Award in 2010, Drucker Medal in 2013, and Nadai Medal in 2016, all from American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME); Young Investigator Medal in 2006 and Prager Medal in 2017 from the Society of Engineering Sciences; International Journal of Plasticity Medal in 2007; Guggenheim Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation in 2008; and ISI Highly Cited Researcher in Engineering in 2009 and ISI Highly Cited Researcher in Materials Science in 2014 and 2015.  His recognitions for undergraduate teaching and advising include the Most Supportive Junior Faculty Member from the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Arizona in 1993; Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising from the College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007; and Cole-Higgins Award for Excellence in Teaching, McCormick School of Engineering, Northwestern University in 2016.  He is the Editor of Journal of Applied Mechanics (Transactions of ASME), a member of the Executive Committee of the ASME Applied Mechanics Division (Chair, 2019-2020), members of the Awards Committee and Nomination Committee of the Engineering Mechanics Institute of American Society of Civil Engineers, and was the President of the Society of Engineering Science in 2014.

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).
    10. Xu S, Zhang YH, Jia L, Mathewson KE, Jang K-I, Kim JH, Fu HR, Huang X, Chava P, Wang RH, Bhole S, Wang LZ, Na YJ, Guan Y, Flavin M, Han ZS, Huang Y, and Rogers JA, “Soft microfluidic assemblies of sensors, circuits and radios for the skin,” Science, v 344, pp 70-74, 2014.
    11. Xu S, Yan Z, Jang KI, Huang W, Fu HR, Kim JH, Wei ZJ, Flavin M, McCracken J, Wang RH, Badea A, Liu Y, Xiao DQ, Zhou GY, Lee JW, Chung HU, Cheng HY, Ren W, Banks A, Li XL, Paik U, Nuzzo RG, Huang Y, Zhang YH, and Rogers JA, “Assembly of micro/nanomaterials into complex, three-dimensional architectures by compressive buckling,” Science, v 347, pp 154-159, 2015. (cover feature article)
    12. Kang S-K, Murphy RKJ, Hwang S-W, Lee SM, Harburg DV, Krueger NA, Shin JH, Gamble P, Cheng HY, Yu SY, Liu ZJ, McCall JG, Stephen M, Ying HZ, Kim JH, Park G, Webb RC, Lee CH, Chung SJ, Wie DS, Gujar AD, Vemulapalli B, Kim AH, Lee K-M, Cheng JJ, Huang Y, Lee SH, Braun PV, Ray WZ, and Rogers JA, “Bioresorbable silicon sensors for the brain,” Nature, v 530, pp 71-76, 2016.