MIE Professor Kai-tak Wan was awarded a patent for his "Equi-biaxial membrane stretcher".
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- Cellular biomechanics: Mechanical characterization and adhesion measurements of cancer cells, bacterial strains, drug delivery micro-capsules / liposomes, murine oocytes, biological tissues
- Water filtration: Adhesion, physisorption-chemisorption of pathogens to collector (sand) in the presence of intersurface forces and liquid flow through a porous medium
- Thin film adhesion and characterization: Mechanical reliability and lifespan of coated or encapsulated micro-/nano-devices, microelectronics parts, grapheme devices, photovoltaic panels, electrospun fiber meshes (armor protection fabrics), nano-structures
- Subsurface mechano-sensing: Mechanics of palpation to detect solid inclusion in soft tissues (e.g. breast cancer) in association with X-ray mammography, mechanical instability of lesion due to large elastic deformation and visco-rubber-elasticity
- Shell adhesion: Mechanical behavior and adhesion-detachment of natural (e.g. cornea) and artificial shells (e.g. contact lenses)
- Fundamental intersurface forces: Contact mechanics, adhesion mechanics, and colloidal science, fracture and delamination in the presence of long range surface forces and water meniscus, application in electronics and biomedical sciences
- Ph.D. (1993), Chemical Physics, University of Maryland at College Park
- B.Sc. (1st Hon), Physics, University of New South Wales, Australia
- 2014 COE Faculty Fellow
- 2006 Faculty Excellence Award, Missouri University of Science and Technology MST
- 2006 AMAE Faculty Excellence Award, Academy of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineers, MST
- National Science Foundation CAREER Award
- Mechanics of Cells and Tissues
- Fluid Mechanics
- American Society of Mechanical Engineers International
- American Society of Engineering Education
- Adhesion Society
- Y Li, X Wang, A Onnis-Hayden, KT Wan, AZ Gu, "Universal Quantifier Derived from AFM Analysis Links Cellular Mechanic Properties and Cell-Surface Integration Forces with Microbial Deposition and Transport Behavior", Environmental Science & Technology, in press, doi: 10.1021/es403511a (2014)
- L Sallaway, S Magee, J Shi, F Quivira, K Tgavalekos, DH Brooks, S Muftu, W Meleis, RH Moore, D Kopans, KT Wan, "Detecting Solid Masses in Phantom Breast Using Mechanical Indentation", Experimental Mechanics, in press, DOI: 10.1007/s11340-013-9786-6 (2014).
- G Li, KT Wan, "Adhesion Map for Thin Membranes", Journal of Applied Mechanics 81  021018, doi:10.1115/1.4025303 (2014).
- J Shi, S Müftü, AZ Gu, KT Wan, "Adhesion of a Cylindrical Shell in the Presence of DLVO Surface Potential", Journal of Applied Mechanics80  061007, doi:10.1115/1.4023960 (2013).
- G Li, C Yilmaz, X An, S Somu, S Kar, YJ Jung, A Busnaina, KT Wan, "Adhesion of Graphene Sheet on Nano-Patterned Substrates with Nano-Pillar Array", Journal of Applied Physics 113, 244303 DOI: 10.1063/1.4811718 (2013).
- M. Robitaille, N. Belisle, S. Dang, E. Faigle, C. Morck, P. Uth, K.-T. Wan, "An Optical Topographic Technique to Map the 3-D Deformed Profile of a Convex Lens under External Loading, Experimental Mechanics, 55, 2015, 641-646
- G. Li, C. Yilmaz, X. An, S. Somu, S. Kar, Y. Jung, A. Busnaina, K.-T. Wan, "Adhesion of Graphene Sheet on Nano-patterned Substrates with Nano-Pillar Array, Journal of Applied Physics, 113, 2013, 244303
- M. Robitaille, J. Shi, S. McBride, K.-T. Wan "Mechanical Performance of Hydrogel Contact Lenses with a Range of Power Under Parallel Plate Compression and Central Load", Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 22, 2013, 59-64
Some of the research interests Dr. Wan specializes in are:
Research & Scholarship Interests
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Honors & Awards
MIE Professor Kai-Tak Wan and Associate Professor Yung Joon Jung's research on "Printing Highly Controlled Suspended Carbon Nanotube Network on Micro-patterned Superhydrophobic Flexible Surface" was published in Scientific Reports.
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering associate professor Kai-tak Wan, professor Sinan Muftu, & Civil and Environmental Engineering assistant professor April Gu were awarded a $400K National...