Thanh Duc Nguyen

Thanh D. NguyenThanh Duc Nguyen
Assistant Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Office: room 312, Engineering II (temporary) The University of Connecticut
191 Auditorium Road, Unit 3139
Storrs, CT 06269-3139
Phone: (860) 486-2415
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  • 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


Current Publications

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).