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Selected Publications

† indicates students supervised or mentored by Wenzhong Yan; # represents equal contribution;  * indicates corresponding authors. 

Journal Articles


Wenzhong Yan*, Shuguang Li, Mauricio Deguchi†, Zhaoliang Zheng†, Daniela Rus, and Ankur Mehta. “Origami-based integration of robots that sense, decide, and respond”. Nature Communications, 14(1),2023 (Featured by the editors in a Collection).


Mrunmayi Mungekar#, Leixin Ma#*, Wenzhong Yan#, Vishal Kackar, Shyan Shokrazadeh, and Moham-mad K. Jawed*. “Design of bistable soft deployable structures via a Kirigami-inspired planar fabrication approach”. Advanced Materials Technologies, 2023 (Invited paper).


Jan Zavodnik#, Yunbo Wang#, Wenzhong Yan, Miha Brojan, and Khalid Jawed*. “Soft kirigami composites for form-finding of fully flexible deployables”. Advanced Materials Technologies, 2023.



Ruoda Zheng, Victor Estrada, Nishanth Virushabadoss, Alexandria Will-Cole, Adrian Acosta, Jinzhao Hu, Wenzhong Yan, Jane P. Chang, Nian-Xiang Sun, Rashaunda Henderson, Gregory Carman, and Abdon Sepulveda*. “A Lamb Wave Magnetoelectric Antenna Design for Implantable Devices”. Applied Physics Letters, 2023.



Luyang Zhao†, Yijia Wu, Wenzhong Yan, Weishu Zhan, Xiaonan Huang, Joran Booth, Ankur Mehta, Kostas Bekris, Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio, and Devin Balkcom*. “StarBlocks: Soft Actuated Self-connecting Blocks for Building Deformable Lattice Structures”. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 2023.


Wenzhong Yan*, and Ankur Mehta. “A Cut-and-Fold Self-Sustained Oscillator for Autonomous Actuation of Origami-Inspired Robots”. Soft Robotics, 9 (5), 2022.


Shuyu Lin#, Xuanbing Cheng#, Jialun Zhu#, Bo Wang, David Jelinek, Yichao Zhao, Tsung-Yu Wu, Abraham Horrillo, Jiawei Tan, Justin Yeung, Wenzhong Yan, Sarah Forman, Hilary A. Coller, Carlos Milla, and Sam Emaminejad*. “Wearable microneedle-based electrochemical aptamer biosensing for precision dosing of drugs with narrow therapeutic windows”. Science Advances, 2022.



Wenzhong Yan*, Dawei Zhao†, and Ankur Mehta. “Fabrication-Aware Design for Furniture with Planar Pieces”. Robotica, 41 (1), 2022.



Wenzhong Yan*, and Ankur Mehta. “Towards One-Dollar Robots: An Integrated Design and Fabrication Strategy for Electromechanical Systems”. Robotica, 1-17, 2020.


Wenzhong Yan*, Yunchen Yu†, and Ankur Mehta. “Analytical Modeling for Rapid Design of Bistable Buckled Beams”. Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Letters, 9(4), 264-272, 2019.



Jie Hong, Wenzhong Yan, Yanhong Ma*, Dayi Zhang, and Xin Yang. “Experimental investigation on the vibration tuning of a shell with a shape memory alloy ring”. Smart Materials and Structures, 24(10), 105007, 2015.



Wenzhong Yan, Dayi Zhang, Pingchao Yu and Jie Hong*. “Experimental Investigation on Dynamic Characteristics of Rotor System Subject to Foundation Vibration”. Journal of Propulsion Technology, 37(11), 2157-2164, 2015. (In Chinese)


Wenzhong Yan, Xin Liao, Chong Cao, and Jie Hong. “Structure and Dynamics Analysis of Low-pressure Rotor in Geared Turbofan. Journal of Aerospace Power, 30(12), 2863-2869, 2015 (In Chinese)

Conference Proceedings


Wenzhong Yan*, and Ankur Mehta. “A crawling robot driven by a folded self-sustained oscillator”. IEEE International Conference on Soft Robotics, pp. 455-460, Edinburgh, U.K., 2022.


Wenzhong Yan*, Chang Liu, and Ankur Mehta. “Origami Logic Gates for Printable Robots”. IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, pp. 6084-6089, Prague, Czech Republic, 2021.


Chang Liu*#, Wenzhong Yan#, and Ankur Mehta. “Computational Design and Fabrication of Corrugated Mechanisms from Behavioral Specifications”. IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automa-tion. Xi’an, China, 2021.


Wenzhong Yan*#, Yunchen Yu† #, and Ankur Mehta. “Rapid Design of Mechanical Logic Based on Quasi-Static Electromechanical Modeling”. IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, pp. 5820-5825, Macau, China, 2019.



Wenzhong Yan*, Angela L. Gao†, Yunchen Yu†, and Ankur Mehta. “Towards Autonomous Printable Robotics: Design and Prototyping of the Mechanical Logic”. International Symposium on Experimental Robotics, pp. 631-644, Buenos Aires, 2018.


Konstantin Shaposhnikov*, Dayi Zhang, Wenzhong Yan and Jie Hong. “Investigation on the Dynamic Characteristics of a Rotor Suffering Impact Foundation External Excitation”. International Conference on Rotor Dynamics, pp. 442-459, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2018.



Wenzhong Yan, Konstantin Shaposhnikov, Pingchao Yu, Yanhong Ma*, and Jie Hong. “Experimental investigation and numerical analysis on influence of foundation excitation on the dynamics of the rotor system”. ASME Turbo Expo: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition, Vol. 56765, p. V07AT30A008, Montréal, Canada, 2015.



Yanhong Ma, Zhichao Liang, Dayi Zhang*, Wenzhong Yan, and Jie Hong. “Experimental Investigation on Dynamical Response of an Overhung Rotor due to Sudden Unbalance”. ASME Turbo Expo: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition, Vol. 56772, p. V07BT32A009, Montréal, Canada, 2015.



Wenzhong Yan, Ankur Mehta. “Autonomous origami robots and related methods.” U.S. Provisional Application, filed March 24, 2023.



Gregory P. Carman, Abdon E. Sepulveda, Jinzhao Hu, Wu Elmer, Zhi Yao, Joseph Devin Schneider, Wenzhong Yan, Sidhant Tiwari. “Extremely electrically small antenna based on multiferroic materials.” International Patent Application, PCT/US2019/045865, issued May 22, 2020.

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