My research revolves the application of bio-inspiration to solve engineering challenging. The primary focus of my research interests involves development of new generation of soft actuation technologies for medical robots practices such as electro-active materials and smart structures, which shows comparable characteristics to biological ones. 

Research Areas

Nonlinear dynamics of soft actuators;

Mechanisms of soft end-effectors;

Development of new generation of bioinspired soft adhesion;

Soft actuation technologies for medical robots.


2007~2011, BEng in Mechanical Design, Manufacturing & Automation, Huazhong University of Science and Technolgy, Wuhan China;

2011~2012, MSc in Mechanical Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK;

2012~2016, PhD in Mechanics of Hydrogels, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK.


2016~2017, Post-doc in biomechanics of bone-implant interface, Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), Paris, France;

2018~2019, Research Associate in soft robotics, Bristol Robotics Laboratory, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK;

2019~current, Associate Professor in soft medical robots, Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenzhen, China.


(1) Super Elastic, Sensitive and Low Hysteresis Flexible Strain Sensor Based on Wavy-Patterned Liquid Metal for Human Activities Monitoring, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2020
(2) Mechanical modification of bacterial cellulose hydrogel under biaxial cyclic tension, Mechanics of Materials, 2020
(3) Nonlinear dynamics of a conical dielectric elastomer oscillator with switchable mono to bi-stability, International Journal of Solids and Structures, 2020
(4) Power optimization of a conical dielectric elastomer actuator for resonant robotic systems, Extreme Mechanics Letters, 2020
(5) Nonlinear dynamics of a magnetically coupled dielectric elastomer actuator, Physical Review Applied, 2019
(6) Towards efficient elastic actuation in bio-inspired robotics using dielectric elastomer artificial muscles, Smart Materials and Structures, 2019
(7) A Magnetically Coupled Dielectric Elastomer Pump for Soft Robotics, Advanced Materials Technologies, 2019
(8) Biomechanical behaviours of the bone–implant interface: a review, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 2019
(9) Contactless coupling of dielectric elastomer membranes with magnetic repulsion, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) XXI, 2019
(10) A compliantly coupled dielectric elastomer actuator using magnetic repulsion, Applied Physics Letters, 2019
(11) De-Electroadhesion of Flexible and Lightweight Materials: An Experimental Study, Applied Sciences, 2019
(12) Elastic electroadhesion with rapid release by integrated resonant vibration, Advanced Materials Technologies, 2019
(13) Assessing stiffness of nanofibres in bacterial cellulose hydrogels: Numerical-experimental framework, Materials Science and Engineering: C, 2017
(14) Electroconductive natural polymer-based hydrogels, Biomaterials, 2016
(15) Effects of surface‐functionalized aluminum nitride on thermal, electrical, and mechanical behaviors of polyarylene ether nitrile‐based composites, Polymer Composites, 2016
(16) Through-thickness stress relaxation in bacterial cellulose hydrogel, Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 2016
(17) Effect of microstructure on anomalous strain-rate-dependent behaviour of bacterial cellulose hydrogel, Materials Science and Engineering: C, 2016
(18) Connection between elastic and electrical properties of cortical bone, Journal of Biomechanics, 2016
(19) Fracture behaviour of bacterial cellulose hydrogel: Microstructural effect, Procedia Structural Integrity, 2016
(20) Time-dependent rheological behaviour of bacterial cellulose hydrogel, Materials Science and Engineering: C, 2016
(21) Inelastic behaviour of bacterial cellulose hydrogel: in aqua cyclic tests, Polymer Testing, 2015
(22) Properties and application of polyimide‐based composites by blending surface functionalized boron nitride nanoplates, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 2015
(23) Effect of random microstructure on crack propagation in cortical bone tissue under dynamic loading, Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 2013