(* denotes equal contribution; ^ denotes corresponding author)

Since joining Dartmouth


[38] Amir Mohammadi Nasab, Dong Wang, Zi Chen, and Wanliang Shan. Buckling shape transition of an embedded thin elastic rod after failure of surrounding elastic medium. Extreme Mechanics Letters, 15: 51-56, 2017.
[37] Kayla Duval*, Hannah Grover*, Li-Hsin Han*, Yongchao Mou, Adrian F. Pegoraro, Jeffery Fredberg, and Zi Chen^. Modeling Physiological Events in 2D vs. 3D Cell Culture. Physiology, 32(4):266-277, 2017.
[36] J. Fan*, S.H. Kim*^, Z. Chen, S.B. Zhou, E. Amstad, T. Lin, and D.A. Weitz^. Creation of faceted polyhedral microgels from compressed emulsions. Small, doi: 10.1002/smll.201701256.
[35] Xiaojiao Yu*, Lina Zhang*, Nan Hu, Hannah Grover, Shicheng Huang, Dong Wang, and Zi Chen^. Shape Formation of Helical Ribbons Induced by Material Anisotropy, Applied Physics Letters, 110: 091901, 2017 (featured on the cover).
[34] Valenzuela, Cristian; Wagner, Willi; Bennett, Robert; Ysasi, Alexandra; Belle, Janeil; Molter, Karin; Straub, Beate; Wang, Dong; Chen, Zi; Tsuda, Akira; Ackermann, Maximilian; Mentzer, Steven. Extracellular Assembly of the Elastin Cable Line Element in the Developing Lung, Anatomical Record, doi: 10.1002/ar.23603.
[33] Ziao Tian, Lina Zhang, Yangfu Fang, Borui Xu, Shiwei Tang, Nan Hu, Zhenghua An, Zi Chen^, and Yongfeng Mei^. Deterministic Self-Rolling of Ultra-thin Nanocrystalline Diamond Nanomembranes for Three-Dimensional Tubular/Helical Architecture, Advanced Materials, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201604572 [link].
[32] Nan Hu, Xiaomin Han, Shicheng Huang, Hannah Grover, Xiaojiao Yu, Lina Zhang, Ian Trase, John X.J. Zhang, Li Zhang^, Lixin Dong^, Zi Chen^. Edge Effect of Strained Bilayer Nanofilms for Tunable Multistability and Actuation, Nanoscale, 9:2958, 2017 [link] (Open Access).


[31] Z. Chen^, Q. Guo, E. Dai, N. Forsch, L.A. Taber. How the embryonic chick brain twists. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 13: 20160395 (2016) [link].
[30] Sun, H., Tang, J., Mou, Y., Zhou, J., Qu, L., Duval, K., Huang, Z., Lin, N., Dai, R., Liang, C., Chen, Z., Tang, L., Tian, F., Carbon nanotube-composite hydrogels promote intercalated disc assembly in engineered cardiac tissues through β1-integrin mediated FAK and RhoA pathway, Acta Biomaterialia (2016), doi:
[29] X. Huang*^, Z. Huang*, B. Xu*, Z. Chen, T.J. Re, Q. Zheng, Z. Tang, and X. Huang. Elevated MTSS1 Expression Associated with Metastasis and Poor Prognosis of Residual Hepatitis B-related Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research, in press.
[28] X. Yu*, I. Trase*, M. Ren, K. Duval, X. Guo, and Z. Chen^. Design of Nanoparticle-Based Carriers for Targeted Drug Delivery, Journal of Nanomaterials, 2016: 1087250 (2016).
[27] Z. Chen*^, G. Huang*, I. Trase*,  X. Han, and Y. Mei^, Mechanical self-assembly of a strain-engineered flexible layer: Wrinkling, rolling, and twisting, Physical Review Applied (, 5, 017001 (2016). 


[26] Q. Guo*, E. Dai*, X. Han*, S. Xie, E. Chao, and Z. Chen^, Fast nastic motion of plants and bio-inspired structures, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 12: 20150598 (2015). Featured on the cover.
[25] K. Gou^ and Z. Chen. Inverse Sturm-Liouville Problems and their Biomedical Engineering Applications. JSM Mathematics and Statistics, 2(1): 1008 (2015)
[24] A.M. Nasab, Z. Chen, and W. Shan^. Buckling profile of a thin rod embedded in a fractured biopolymer matrix. Journal of Postdoctoral Research, 3(6): 1 (2015).
[23] B. Zhang*, X. Tang*, X. Huang, L. Xia, X. Zhang, G. Wen^, and Z. Chen^, Metal–semiconductor Zn/ZnO core–shell nanocables: facile and large-scale fabrication, growth mechanism, oxidation behavior, and microwave absorption performance, CrystEngComm, 17: 2806 (2015) (link:!divAbstract).
[22] Z. Chen^, Xiaomin Han, Huang Zheng. Residual stresses and Poisson’s effect drive shape formation and transition of helical structures. Journal of Elasticity, 119 (1-2):321-333 (2015). DOI: 10.1007/s10659-015-9525-6 (link:

[21] Z. Chen^. Shape Transition and Multi-stability of Helical Ribbons: a Finite Element Method Study, Archive of Applied Mechanics, 85: 331-338 (2015).

Prior to joining Dartmouth


[20] Q. Guo*, A.K. Mehta, M.A. Grover, W. Chen, D.G. Lynn and Z. Chen*^. Shape selection and multiy-stability in helical ribbons. Applied Physics Letters, 14, 917-921 (2014). Featured on the cover of APL.

[19] Q. Guo*, Z. Chen*^, W. Li, P. Dai, K. Ren, J. Lin, L.A. Taber and W. Chen. Mechanics of tunable helices and geometric frustration in biomimetic seashells. Europhysics Letters, 105, 64005 (2014). EPL Highlights of 2014.

[18] Z. Chen^. Geometric nonlinearity and mechanical anisotropy in strained helical nanoribbons. Nanoscale, 6, 9443-9447 (2014).

[17] Q. Guo*, H. Zheng*, W. Chen and Z. Chen*^. Modelling bistable behaviors in morphing structures through finite element simulations. Bio-medical materials and Engineering, 24, 557-562 (2014).

[16] Q. Guo*, H. Zheng*, W. Chen and Z. Chen*^. Finite Element Simulations on Mechanical Self-Assembly of Biomimetic Helical Structures. Journal of Mechanics in Medicine and Biology, 13, 1340018 (2014).

2013 and before

[15] W. Shan^ and Z. Chen^. Mechanical instability of thin elastic rods.Journal of Postdoctoral Research, 1, 1-8 (2013).

[14] H. Zheng, Y. Liu and Z. Chen^. Fast Motion of Plants: from Biomechanics to Biomimetics. Journal of Postdoctoral Research, 40, 50 (2013).

[13] Z. Chen*^, C. Majidi, D.J. Srolovitz and M. Haataja. Continuum Elasticity Theory Approach for Spontaneous Bending and Twisting of Ribbons Induced by Mechanical Anisotropy. arXiv preprint arXiv:1209.3321 (2012).

[12] Z. Chen*^, Q. Guo, C. Majidi, W. Chen, D.J. Srolovitz and M. Haataja. Nonlinear geometric effects in mechanical bistable morphing structures. Physical Review Letters, 109, 114302 (2012).

[11] M.A. Wyczalkowski*, Z. Chen*^, B.A. Filas, V.D. Varner and L.A. Taber. Computational Models for Mechanics of Morphogenesis. Birth Defects Research Part C: Embryo Today: Reviews, 96, 132-152 (2012).

[10] W.L. Shan, Z. Chen, C.P. Broedersz, A.A. Gumaste, W.O. Soboyejo, and C.P. Brangwynne. Attenuated short wavelength buckling and force propagation in a biopolymer-reinforced rod. Soft Matter, 9, 194-199 (2012).

[9] Z. Chen, C. Majidi, D.J. Srolovitz and M. Haataja^. Tunable Helical Ribbons. Applied Physics Letters, 98, 011906 (2011).

[8] C. Majidi, Z. Chen, D.J. Srolovitz and M. Haataja^. Spontaneous Bending of Piezoelectric Nanoribbons: Mechanics, Polarization and Space Charge Coupling. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solid, 58, 73-85 (2010).

[7] Z. ChenK.T. Chu, DJ.J. Srolovitz, J.M. Rickman and M.P. Haataja^. Dislocation climb strengthening in Systems with Immobile Obstacles: Three-dimensional levels-set simulation study. Physical Review B, 81, 054104 (2010).

[6] Z. Chen, H. Zheng and Y. Rong^. On the Determination of Shear Angle in Martensitc Transformations. Materials Science and Engineering A, 457, 380-384 (2007).

[5] H. Zheng, Z. Chen and Y. Rong^. The Improvement of Calculating γ (fcc) ε (hcp) Martensitic Transformation Shear Angle. Journal of Shanghai Jiaotong University, 4, 017 (2007).

[4] C. Wen, B. Huang, Z. Chen and Y. Rong^. Martensite and its reverse transformation in nanocrystalline bulk Co. Materials Science and Engineering: A, 438, 420-426 (2006).

[3] C. Wen, Z. Chen, B. Huang and Y. Rong^. Nanocrystallization and magnetic properties of Fe-30 weight percent Ni alloy by surface mechanical attrition treatment. Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, 37, 1413-1421 (2006).

[2] Z. Chen, Q. Liu, Q. Meng and Y. Rong^. Structural evolution and stability of mechanically alloyed Fe-Ni nanocrystalline. Journal of Central South University of Technology, 12, 389-392 (2005).

[1] Z. Chen and Z. Guo^. Comments on shear-rotation mechanism for martensitic transformations. Progress in Natural Science, 14, 917-921 (2004).
(* denotes equal contribution;^ denotes corresponding author)