Dr. Kin Liao

Dr. Kin Liao

Dr. Kin LiaoProfessor, Department of Aerospace Engineering/Department of Mechanical Engineering

Address: P.O.Box: 127788, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Telephone: +971-(0)2-5018583


Prof. Kin Liao graduated with B.S. (Engineering Mechanics), M.S. (Engineering Mechanics), and Ph.D. (Materials Engineering Science), all from Virginia Tech.  He had spent two years at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Northwestern University as a visiting scientist before joining Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore as a Lee Kuan Yew Fellow where he had served for 13 years.  He was the founding faculty of NTU’s Bioengineering Division and has served as the Director for NTU’s BioInformatics Research Center from 2004-2006.

Prof. Liao is currently a professor holding joint appointments with the Aerospace Engineering Department and Mechanical Engineering Department.  Prof. Liao’s research encompasses advanced materials for energy applications and aerospace applications, nano-materials and nano-mechanics, mechanics of cells and tissues, and durability of composite materials.  His current research interests are in two-dimensional heterogeneous materials, and novel composites for aerospace applications.  He has authored and coauthored more than 130 technical papers in leading international journals.

  • B.S.,     Engineering Science & Mechanics, Virginia Tech (1987)
  • M.S.,    Engineering Science & Mechanics, Virginia Tech (1991)
  • Ph.D.,   Materials Engineering Science, Virginia Tech (1995)
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Composite Materials
  • Nanomaterials and Nanomechanics
  • Biomechanics
  • Two-dimensional heterogeneous materials
  • Advanced materials for energy and aerospace applications
  • Nano-materials and nano-mechanics
  • Mechanics of cells and tissues
  • Mechanics and durability of composite materials
  1. Sun, YM, Luo, SH, Sun, HL, et al., “Engineering closed-cell structure in lightweight and flexible carbon foam composite for high-efficient electromagnetic interference shielding,” Carbon, Vol. 136, pp. 299-308 (2018)
  2. Samad, YA, Komatsu, K, Yamashita, D, et al., “From sewing thread to sensor: Nylon (R) fiber strain and pressure sensors,” SENSORS AND ACTUATORS B-CHEMICAL, Vol. 240, pp. 1083-1090 (2017)
  3. Li, YQ, Samad, YA, Taha, T, et al. “Highly Flexible Strain Sensor from Tissue Paper for Wearable Electronics,” ACS SUSTAINABLE CHEMISTRY & ENGINEERING, Vol. 4 (8), pp.4288-4295, Aug 2016.
  4. Samad, YA, Li, YQ, Schiffer, A et al., "Graphene foam developed with a novel two-step technique for low and high strains and pressure sensing applications", Small, 11(20), pp. 2380 (2015).
  5. Li, YQ, Samad, YA, Polychronopoulou, K, et al., "From Biomass to High Performance Solar-Thermal and Electric-Thermal Energy Conversion and Storage Materials" Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2, 7759 (2014).
  6. Zhou, ZR and Liao, K, “Effects of interacting Stone-Wales defects on the fatigue behavior of single-walled carbon nanotubes” Journal of Applied Mechanics, Vol. 80, 051005 (2013).
  7. Li, YQ,Yu, T, Yang, TY et al., “Bio-inspired graphene based nacre-like composite films with superior mechanical, electrical and biocompatible properties,” Advanced Materials, Vol. 24(25), pp.3426-3431 (2012).
  8. Tan, CWS, Yang, TY, Gong, YX, et al., “Fracture of plasma membrane under tension,” Journal of Biomechanics,Vol. 44(7), pp. 1361-1366 (2011).   
  9. Tan, SCW, Pan, WX, Cai, N et al., “Viscoelastic Behavior of Human Mesenchymal stem cells,” BMM Cell Biology, Vol. 9, article no. 40 (2008).
  10. Ma, G, Ren, Y, Zhou, ZR, et al., “How long Can Single-walled carbon nanotube ropes last under static and dynamic fatigue?” Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 92, 083105 (2008).