Georgia Institute of Technology

Faculty Profile

Min-Feng Yu


Office: SST/Weber 212
Phone: 404-894-8166
Fax: 404-894-2760


  • Ph.D, Physics, Washington University in St. Louis, 2000.
  • M.S., Physics, Fudan University, Shanghai, China, 1997.
  • B.S., Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, 1992.



Min-Feng Yu joined the School of Aerospace Engineering in the Georgia Institute of Technology as a Full Professor in July 2012. Prior to that, he had been an Associate Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering since 2008 and an Assistant Professor since 2002 in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests span from understanding basic mechanics and physics of materials to the nanomanufacturing of related microscale/nanoscale devices and systems. Prof. Yu pioneered the development of nanoscale mechanical measurement methods in electron microscope that accelerated the fundamental study of nanomaterials, and the introduction of novel concepts in nanomanufacturing that enabled practical freeform 3-D fabrication of electronic nanostructures. He has published extensively in those research areas in scientific journals, such as Science, Physical Review Letters, Advanced Materials, Nano Letters and many others, which have been featured in mass media such as New York Times, The Economist, Chicago Tribune, New Scientist, MIT Technology Review and highlighted as scientific advances in Science, Nature, Nature Nanotechnology and C&EN of ACS. His studies have been widely cited over 5000 times by peers in scientific journals by year 2012 and he has over 13 issued and pending patent applications. He is a member of ASME, APS, MRS and IEEE, and serves as a reviewer for many scientific journals including Nature journals, Physical Review Letters, Advanced Materials and Nano Letters. 


Study of mechanics and electromechanics of materials and systems at the micro/nanoscale with the purpose of discovering fundamental mechanisms and the application of such new mechanisms in developing new engineering systems related to:

  • Nanomanufacturing and the mesoscale integration of nanoscale systems
  • Functional smart materials with tunable mechanical and electronic properties
  • Nanoscale nonlinear mechanical dynamic systems for high sensitivity sensing and high resolution microscopy
  • Methods and tools for nanobiotechnology


Honors and Distinctions

  • K.C. Wong Education Foundation Fellowship, 2012
  • Guest Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering, 2011-present
  • Xerox Award for Faculty Research, 2008
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent for Fluid Mechanics Course, UIUC, Fall-2007
  • Grainger Emerging Technology Award, 2007
  • TRECC Accelerator Award, 2007

Selected Publications

  • Jie Hu and Min-Feng Yu, “Meniscus confined three dimensional electrodeposition for direct-writing of wire bonds”, Science, 329, 313-316(2010).
  • Hanna Cho, Min-Feng Yu, and Alexander F. Vakakis, Lawrence A. Bergman, and D. Michael McFarland, “Tunable and broadband nonlinear nanomechanical resonator”, Nano Letters, 10, 1793-1798(2010).
  • Majid Minary-Jolandan and Min-Feng Yu, “Uncovering nanoscale electromechanical heterogeneity in the subfibrillar structure of collagen fibrils responsible for the piezoelectricity of one”, ACS Nano, 3, 1859-1863(2009).
  • Kyungsuk Yum, Sungsoo Na, Yang Xiang, Ning Wang and Min-Feng Yu, “Mechanochemical delivery and dynamic tracking of single fluorescent quantum dots in the cytoplasm and nucleus of living cells”, Nano Letters, 9, 2193-2198(2009).
  • Zhaoyu Wang, Jie Hu, A. P. Suryavanshi, Kyungsuk Yum and Min-Feng Yu, “Voltage generation from individual BaTiO3 nanowires under periodic tensile mechanical load”, Nano Letters, 7, 2966(2007).
  • Kyungsuk Yum and Min-Feng Yu, “Surface-mediated liquid transport through molecularly thin liquid films on nanotubes”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 186102(2005).
  • Min-Feng Yu, Oleg Louire, Mark J. Dyer, Katerina Moloni, Thomas F. Kelly, Rodney S. Ruoff, “The strength and breaking mechanism of multiwalled carbon nanotubes under tensile load”, Science, 287, 637-640(2000).

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Prof. Mitchell Walker in the High-Power Electric Propulsion Lab