Thanh Duc Nguyen

Assistant Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering


  • Postdoctoral Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015
  • Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, 2013

Research Focus

  • Nanotechnology
  • BioMEMs
  • Microfluidics
  • Nanopiezoelectrics
  • Bionanointerface
  • Cell/Neuronal Mechanics
  • Biomaterials
  • Drug Delivery
  • Regenerative Engineering


  • Max Plank Postdoctoral Fellowship, USA, 2014
  • Gordon Y.S. Wu prize (from Princeton University, School of Engineering) for Excellence, awarded to engineering graduate student who have performed at the highest level as scholars and researchers, USA, 2012


Cung, K., Han, B. J., Nguyen, T. D., Mao, S., Yeh, Y. W., Xu, S., Naik, R. R., Poirier, G., Yao, N., Purohit, P. K. & McAlpine, M. C. Biotemplated synthesis of PZT nanowires. Nano Lett. 13, 6197-6202, (2013).

Nguyen, T. D., Mao, S., Yeh, Y. W., Purohit, P. K. & McAlpine, M. C. Nanoscale Flexoelectricity. Adv. Mater. 25, 946-974, (2013).

Nguyen, T. D., Hogue, I. B., Cung, K., Purohit, P. K. & McAlpine, M. C. Tension-induced neurite growth in microfluidic channels. Lab Chip 13, 3735-3740, (2013).

Nguyen, T. D., Deshmukh, N., Nagarah, J. M., Kramer, T., Purohit, P. K., Berry, M. J. & McAlpine, M. C. Piezoelectric nanoribbons for monitoring cellular deformations. Nat. Nanotech. 7, 587-593, (2012).

Qi, Y., Nguyen, T. D., Purohit, P. K., McAlpine, M. C. & Someya, T. Stretchable Piezoelectric Nanoribbons for Biocompatible Energy Harvesting. Stretchable Electronics, 111-139, (2012).

Qi, Y., Kim, J., Nguyen, T. D., Lisko, B., Purohit, P. K. & McAlpine, M. C. Enhanced piezoelectricity and stretchability in energy harvesting devices fabricated from buckled PZT ribbons. Nano Lett. 11, 1331-1336, (2011).

Nguyen, T. D., Nagarah, J. M., Qi, Y., Nonnenmann, S. S., Morozov, A. V., Li, S., Arnold, C. B. & McAlpine, M. C. Wafer-scale nanopatterning and translation into high-performance piezoelectric nanowires. Nano Lett. 10, 4595-4599, (2010).

Thanh Nguyen
Contact Information
Mailing Address191 Auditorium Road, Unit 3139, Storrs, CT 06269-3139
Office LocationUTEB