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YANG Canhui
Research Associate Scientist


Ph.D. Mechanics, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China, June 2017
Supervisor: Prof. Zhigang Suo
BS, Engineering Mechanics, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China July 2012


Southern University of Science and Technology Shenzhen, Guangdong, PR China
Assistant Professor 2019.7 –

Harvard University Cambridge, MA, USA
Teaching Assistant 2018.9 – 2019.1

Harvard University Cambridge, MA, USA
Postdoctoral Fellow March 2017 – June 2019

Journal Peer Reviewer

Advanced Materials, ACS Applied Nano Materials, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Extreme Mechanics Letters

News and report

1.   Hydrogel ionotronics: http://www.polymer.cn/sci/kjxw14163.html

2.  A new way to combine soft materials: https://www.seas.harvard.edu/news/2018/02/new-way-to-combine-soft-materials



3.  Stretchable liquid crystal devices: http://www.polymer.cn/sci/kjxw13216.html

Research Interest

Mechanics of soft materials

Stretchable devices, Hydrogel ionotronics

Adhesion & Coating



  1. Canhui Yang, Tenghao Yin, Zhigang Suo*, Rupture of polyacrylamide hydrogel I. Network imperfection. JMPS, 131, 43-55.

  2. Jiawei Yang, Ruobing Bai, Jianyu Li, Canhui Yang, Xi Yao, Qihan Liu, Joost J. Vlassak, David J. Mooney, Zhigang Suo*, Design Molecular Topology for Wet–Dry Adhesion. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2019.

  3. Canhui Yang, Zhigang Suo*, Hydrogel ionotronics, Nature Reviews Materials, 2018, 3, 125-142.

  4. Qihan Liu#, Guodong Nian#, Canhui Yang#, Shaoxing Qu, Zhigang Suo*, Bonding dissimilar polymer networks in various manufacturing processes, Nat. Commun., 2018, 9:846.

  5. Ruobing Bai, Jiawei Yang, Xavier P. Morelle, Canhui Yang, Zhigang Suo*, Fatigue fracture of self-recovery hydrogels, ACS Macro Lett., 2018, 7: 312-317.

  6. Canhui Yang, Shuang Zhou, Samuel Shian, David R. Clarke, Zhigang Suo*, Organic liquid-crystal devices based on ionic conductors, Mater. Horiz., 2017, 4(6): 1102-1109.

  7. Charles Hamilton, Kevin Tian, Jinhye Bae, Canhui Yang, Gursel Alici, Geoffrey M. Spinks, Zhigang Suo, Joost J. Vlassak, Marc in het Panhuis, A soft stretchable sensor: Towards peripheral nerve signal sensing, MRS Advances, 2018, 2, 1-6 (Conference).

  8. Kevin Tian, Jinhye Bae, Shannon E. Bakarich, Canhui Yang, Reece D. Gately, Geoffrey M. Spinks, Marc in het Panhuis, Zhigang Suo*, Joost J. Vlassak*, 3D Printing of transparent and conductive heterogeneous hydrogel–elastomer systems, Adv. Mater., 2017, 29(10): 1604827.

  9. Canhui Yang, Baohong Chen, Jinxiong Zhou, Yong Mei Chen, Zhigang Suo*, Electroluminescence of giant stretchability, Adv. Mater., 2016, 28(22): 4480-4484.

  10. Canhui Yang, Baohong Chen, Jing Jiang Lu, Jian Hai Yang, Jinxiong Zhou, Yong Mei Chen*, Zhigang Suo*, Ionic cable, Extreme Mechanics Letters, 2015, 3: 59-65.

  11. Hussain Haider#, Canhui Yang#, Wen Jiang Zheng, Jian Hai Yang, Mei Xiang Wang, Sen Yang, Miklos Zrinyi, Yoshihito Osada, Zhigang Suo, Qiqing Zhang, Jinxiong Zhou*, Yong Mei Chen*, Exceptionally tough and notch-insensitive magnetic hydrogels, Soft Matter, 2015, 11(42): 8253-8261.

  12. Mei Xiang Wang, Canhui Yang, Zhen Qi Liu, Jinxiong Zhou, Feng Xu, Zhigang Suo, Jian Hai Yang*, Yong Mei Chen*, Tough photoluminescent hydrogels doped with lanthanide, Macromol. Rapid Commun., 2015, 36(5): 465-471.

  13. Baohong Chen, Jing Jing Lu, Canhui Yang, Jian Hai Yang, Jinxiong Zhou, Yong Mei Chen*, Zhigang Suo*, Highly stretchable and transparent ionogels as nonvolatile conductors for dielectric elastomer transducers, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2014, 6(10): 7840-7845.

  14. Canhui Yang, Mei Xiang Wang, Hussain Haider, Jian Hai Yang, Jeong-Yun Sun, Yong Mei Chen*, Jinxiong Zhou*, Zhigang Suo, Strengthening alginate/polyacrylamide hydrogels using various multivalent cations, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2013, 5(21): 10418-10422.