Tianhong Cui

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Tianhong Cui

Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Mechanical Engineering


Mechanical Engineering
Room 2106
111 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Ph.D. 1995, Mechanical Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences
B.S. 1991, Mechanical Engineering, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Professional Background

Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2017-present
Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2010-2017
Nelson Associate Professor, University of Minnesota, 2013-2010
Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering, Louisiana Tech University, 1999-2003
STA Fellow, National Laboratory of Metrology, Japan, 1998-1999
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Electrical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 1997-1998
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Tsinghua University, 1995-1997

Scientific & Professional Societies
Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Senior member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Tianhong Cui is a leading expert on MEMS/NEMS and advanced manufacturing. His group investigates micro and nano devices using nanomaterials and polymers for new sensors and actuators for medical and environmental applications. He is the founding Executive Editor-in-Chief for a Nature journal, Microsystems & Nanoengineering. He is also the founding Editor-in-Chief for the first AAAS/Science Partner Journal titled Research.

Technology Integration & Advanced Nano/Microsystems Lab (TIAN lab) - ME 4128

ME Research Areas
Biosystems & Bioengineering
Materials & Mechanics

ME Impact Areas
Environment & Sustainability
Human Health

Research Interests
  • Micro/Nano Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS/NEMS).
  • Fundamental mechanical & electrical principles of new materials for MEMS/ NEMS and advanced manufacturing approaches.
  • MEMS/ NEMS including devices and systems using graphene, nanotubes, nanoparticles, nanocomposites, and polymers for new actuators, sensors, microfluidic devices, and photovoltaics for various applications to medical devices, renewable energy, and electronics cooling.

Selected Publications
  • Taiho Yeom, Terrence Simon, Mark North, and Tianhong Cui, “High-Frequency Translational Agitation with Micro Pin-Fin Surfaces for Enhancing Heat Transfer of Forced Convection”, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer (Accepted)
  • Taiho Yeom, Terrence Simon, Tao Zhang, Min Zhang, Mark North, and Tianhong Cui, “Enhanced Heat Transfer of Heat Sink Channels with Micro Pin Fin Roughened Walls”, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol. 92, 2016: 617-627.
  • Peng Li, Bo Zhang, and Tianhong Cui, “Towards Intrinsic Graphene Biosensor: A Label-Free, Suspended Single Crystalline Graphene Sensor for Multiplex Lung Cancer Tumor Markers Detection”, Biosensors and Bioelectronics, Vol. 72, 2015: 168–174
  • Peng Li, Bo Zhang, and Tianhong Cui, “TiO2 and Shrink Induced Tunable Nano Self-Assembled Graphene Composites for Label Free Biosensors”, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, Vol. 216, 2015: 337-342.
  • Peng Li and Tianhong Cui, “Single Crystalline Graphene Radio Frequency Nano Switches”, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, Vol. 25, 2015: 075022.