Zhenhua Tian, Ph.D.

Zhenhua Tian

Assistant Professor

Office: 316C Walker Engineering Building
P 662.325.7085
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Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 2015.
B.S., North China Electric Power University, 2008.

Dr. Tian received his Ph.D. in 2015 from the University of South Carolina. From 2016 to 2019, he worked as a Postdoctoral Associate in the Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Department at Duke University.

Research Interests

  • Acoustics & Vibrations
  • Acoustic Tweezers & Levitation
  • Structural Health Monitoring & Nondestructive Evaluation
  • Smart Materials & Structures

Taught Courses

Undergraduate Courses

  • ASE 3243 Aerospace Structural Analysis II

Graduate Courses

  • EM 8203 Applied Elasticity


  • Z. Tian, C. Shen, J. Li, E. Reit, H. Bachman, J. Socolar, S.A. Cummer, T.J. Huang, “Dispersion Tuning and Route Reconfiguration of Acoustic Waves in Valley Topological Phononic Crystals,” Nature Communications, 2020, 11, 762.
  • Tian, S. Yang, P.-H. Huang, Z. Wang, P. Zhang, Y. Gu, H. Bachman, C. Chen, M. Wu, Y. Xie, T.J. Huang, “Wavenumber-spiral acoustic tweezers for dynamic and reconfigurable manipulation of particles and cells,” Science Advances, 2019, 5: eaau6062.
  • N. Belling, L.K. Heidenreich, Z. Tian, A.M. Mendoza, T.-T. Chiou, Y. Gong, N.Y. Chen, T.D. Young, N. Wattanatorn, J.H. Park, L. Scarabelli, N. Chiang, J. Takahashi, S.G. Young, A.Z. Stieg, S. De Oliveira, T.J. Huang, P.S. Weiss, and S.J. Jonas, “Acoustofluidic Sonoporation for Gene Delivery to Human Hematopoietic Stem and Progenitor Cells,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), 2020,117(20): 10976-10982.
  • Tian, C. Shen, J. Li, E. Reit, Y. Gu, H. Fu, S.A. Cummer, T.J. Huang, “Programmable acoustic metasurfaces,” Advanced Functional Materials, 2019, 29: 1808489.
  • L. Zhang, Z. Tian, H. Bachman, P. Zhang, T.J. Huang, “A cell-phone-based acoustofluidic platform for quantitative point-of-care testing,” ACS Nano, 2020, 14: 3159-3169.
  • Kang, Z. Tian, S. Yang, W. Yu, H. Zhu, H. Bachman, S. Zhao, P. Zhang, Z. Wang, R. Zhong, T.J. Huang, “Acoustic tweezers based on circular, slanted-finger interdigital transducers for dynamic manipulation of micro-objects,” Lab on a Chip, 2020, 20: 987-994.
  • P. Zhang, J. Lata, C. Chen, J. Mai, F. Guo, Z. Tian, L. Ren, Z. Mao, P.-H. Huang, P. Li, S. Yang, T. J. Huang, “Digital acoustofluidics enables contactless and programmable liquid handling,” Nature Communications, 2018, 9, 2928.
  • Zhang, C. Chen, X. Su, J. Mai, Y. Gu, Z. Tian, H. Zhu, Z. Zhong, H. Fu, S. Yang, K. Chakrabarty, and T.J. Huang, “Acoustic Streaming Vortices Enable Contactless, Digital Control of Droplets,” Science Advances, 2020.
  • Z. Tian, L. Yu, “Elastic phased diffraction gratings for manipulation of ultrasonic guided waves in solids,” Physical Review Applied, 2019, 11: 024052.
  • Z. Tian, S. Howden, Z. Ma, W. Xiao, L. Yu, “Pulsed laser-scanning laser Doppler vibrometer (PL-SLDV) phased arrays for damage detection in aluminum plates,” Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, 2019, 121, 158-170.
  • Z. Tian, L. Yu, X. Sun, B. Lin, “Damage localization with fiber Bragg grating Lamb wave sensing through adaptive phased array imaging,” Structural Health Monitoring, 2019, 18: 334-344.
  • Z. Tian, L. Yu, “Wavefront modulation and controlling for Lamb waves using surface bonded slice lenses,” Journal of Applied Physics, 2017, 234902.
  • Z. Tian, L. Yu, C.A.C. Leckey, “Rapid guided wave delamination detection and quantification in composites using global-local sensing,” Smart Materials and Structures, 2016, 085042.
  • Z. Tian, L. Yu, C.A.C. Leckey, J. Seebo, “Guided wave imaging for detection and evaluation of impact induced delamination in composites,” Smart Materials and Structures, 2015, 24: 105019.
  • Z. Tian, L. Yu, C.A.C. Leckey, “Delamination detection and quantification on laminated composite structures with Lamb waves and wavenumber analysis,” Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, 2015, 26: 1726-1738.
  • Z. Tian, L. Yu, “Lamb wave frequency-wavenumber analysis and decomposition,” Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, 2014, 25: 1107-1123.

Professional Memberships

  • ASME