Welcome to the research group website of Professor Ruike Zhao at The Ohio State University. The research focus of Zhao’s lab is on the fundamental understanding and development of soft intelligent material systems. By utilizing analytical, numerical and experimental tools, we study the functional structural responses of the intelligent materials that are subject to external stimuli such as stress, temperature, chemical, electric or magnetic fields. Applications include soft actuators, soft robotics, flexible electronics, tissue engineering, biomedical engineering, decarbonize and sustainable energy.
The Zhao group has specialized expertise in finite element analysis, mechanics-guided material and structural design, and advanced manufacturing of functional soft composites. The objective of the research is to provide guidance to develop advanced materials and structures, aiming for the design of innovative functional devices and systems.