Postdoctoral Researcher in Nanomechanics Laboratory
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Ave Room 8-139, Cambridge, MA 02139
E-mail: yanglu@mit.edu


  • PhD       Rice University, Houston, TX           Major: Materials Science          Aug 2006-Dec 2010
       Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

  • MS         New Mexico Tech, Socorro, NM      Major: Materials Engineering   Aug 2004-Aug 2006
       Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering

  • BS          Nanjing University, Nanjing, China     Major: Physics/Microelectronics    Sept 2000-July 2004
       Department of Physics


  • Jan 2011-current
       Postdoctoral Associate              MIT, Cambridge, MA  
       Department of Materials Science and Engineering (DMSE)

  • Aug 2006-Dec 2010
       Research Assistant                   Rice University, Houston, TX                          
       Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science (MEMS)

  • Jun 2008-Oct 2009
       NSF-NINE Research Fellow    Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM
       Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT)

  • Mar-Sept 2005
       Visiting Researcher          Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM
       Los Alamos Neutron Scattering Center (LANSCE)

Publication: (selected)

  • Lu, Y., Lou, J. “Quantitative In Situ Nanomechanical Characterization of Metallic Nanowires” JOM, 63 (9), 35-42, 2011

  • Lu, Y., Song, J., Huang, J.Y., Lou, J “Surface Dislocation Nucleation Mediated Deformation and Ultrahigh Strength in Sub-10-nm Gold Nanowires” Nano Research, 4 (12), 1261–1267, 2011

  • Lu, Y., Song, J., Huang, J.Y., Lou, J “Fracture of Sub-20nm Ultrathin Gold Nanowires” Advanced Functional Materials, 21 (20), 3982-3989, 2011

  • Lu, Y., Peng, C., Ganesan, Y., Huang, J.Y., Lou, J.  “Quantitative In Situ TEM Tensile Testing of an Individual Nickel Nanowire” Nanotechnology, 22, 355702, 2011

  • Lu, Y., Ganesan, Y., Lou, J.  “A Multi-step Method for In Situ Mechanical Characterization of 1-D Nanostructures Using a Novel Micromechanical Device” Experimental Mechanics, 50, 47-54, 2010

  • Lu, Y., Huang, J.Y., Wang, C., Sun, S., Lou, J.  “Cold Welding of Ultrathin Gold Nanowires” Nature Nanotechnology, 5, 218-224, 2010