Hongyu Yu received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electronics Engineering from Tsinghua University, China, in 1997 and 2000, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, USA, in 2005.  He was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Southern California from 2005-207. He joined Arizona State University (ASU), USA, in 2008 holding as assistant professor (2008-2014) and associate professor (2014-2017) in both School of Earth and Space Exploration and School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering. During the tenure at ASU, he was the principal investigator for several projects from NASA, NSF and Intel. He has joined UST since new year day of 2018. His interest is providing engineering solutions for scientific studies and real-life demands. His research focuses on smart structures, sensors and sensing platforms, and miniature instrumentation with applications for cube satellites, aerial vehicles and consumer electronics.  His research is to seek the excellence and impact to both academics society and application demands. 


Postdocs: with background of MEMS and/or display manufacturing
PG students: with background of mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, electrical engineering, materials, optics, and physics. 
Research assistants: with background of PCB design or automation 

Teaching Activities

MECH 3680  Avionics Systems
MECH 4810 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles 

Research Interests

  • Explore new frontier of micro devices and miniature instruments for aerospace engineering, such as ultrasound transducers for icing and deicing study for air flights.
  • Employ the unique advantages of “origami” concept to develop novel deformable electronics and systems with integrated functionalities and scalability, adaptive to broad applications including CubeSatellites, UAV, robotics and wearable electronics.
  • Integrate state-of-art technologies including nano/microfabrication, additive manufacturing, and roll-to-roll process for multiscale 3D manufacturing. Applications include sensor and sensing system for biomedical diagnosis, 3D tactile display for visually-impaired people, and lithium ion battery of high energy density.

Selected Publications

  • Xu, Y.; Lin, W. J.; Gliege, M.; Gunckel, R.; Zhao, Z.; Yu, H.; Dai, L. L., A Dual Ionic Liquid-Based Low-Temperature Electrolyte System. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 2018.
  •  Hou, Y.; Shang, Y.; Yu, M.; Feng, C.; Yu, H.; Yao, S., Tunable Water Harvesting Surfaces Consisting of Biphilic Nanoscale Topography. ACS Nano 2018, 12 (11), 11022-11030.
  • Y. Xu; O. Ghag; M. Reimann; P. Sitterle; P. Chatterjee; E. Nofen; H. Jiang; H. Yu; L. Dai, “Development of visible-light responsive and mechanically enhanced “smart” UCST interpenetrating network hydrogels” soft matter, 2018,14, 151-16.
  • M. Liang, H. Huang and H. Yu, “Molecular Electronic Transducer Based Planetary Seismometer with New Fabrication Process,” Micro Electroc Mechnaical System (MEMS), 2016 IEEE 20th International Conference on, Shanghai, pp 986-989, 2016
  • Z. Song, X. Wang, C. Lv, Y. An, M. Liang, T. Ma, D. He, Y. J. Zheng, S.Q. Huang, H. Yu, and H. Jiang, “Kirigami-Based Stretchable Lithium-Ion Batteries,” Scientific Reports, Volume: 5, Article number: 10988, 2015
  • C. Lv, D. Krishnaraju, G. Konjevod, H. Yu, and H. Jiang, 2014, “Origami based Mechanical Metamaterials,” Scientific Reports, Volume: 4, Article number; 5979, 2014
  • Z. Song, T. Ma, R. Tang, Q. Cheng, X. Wang, D. Krishnaraju, R. Panat, C. K. Chan, H. Yu, and H.Jiang, “Origami Lithium-ion Batteries,” Nature Communications, Volume: 5 Article Number: 3140, 2014
  • R. Tang, H. Tu, Y. Xu, H. Jiang and H. Yu, “ Micro Origami Solar Panel,” Applied Physics Letters, Volume: 104 Issue: 8 Article Number: 083501, 2014
  • Q. Cheng, Z. Song, T. Ma, B. Smith, R. Tang, H. Yu, H. Jiang and C. Chan, “3D Paper-based Lithium-ion Batteries using Folding,” Nano Letters, Volume: 13, Issue: 10, pp 4969-4974, 2013
  • R. Tang, H. Huang, J. Oiler, M. Liang and H. Yu, “Three Dimensional Flexible Thermal Sensor for Intravascular Flow Monitoring,” IEEE sensors journal, Volume: 13, Issue: 10, pp 3991-3998, 2013
  • H. Huang, M. Liang, R. Tang, J. Oiler, T. Ma and H. Yu “Molecular Electronic Transducer-Based Low Frequency Accelerometer Fabricated With Post-CMOS Compatible Process Using Droplet as Hongyu Yu Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Sensing Body,” IEEE Electron Device Letters, Volume: 34 , Issue: 10, pp 1304 – 1306, 2013
  • H. Huang, B. Carande, R. Tang, J. Oiler, D. Zuitsev, V. Agafonov and H. Yu, “A Micro Seismometer based on Molecular Electronic Transducer Technology for Planetary Exploration,” Applied Physics Letters, Volume: 102 Issue: 19 Article Number: 193512, 2013
  • Z. Wang, X. Qiu, S. Chen, W. Pang, H. Zhang, J. Shi, and H. Yu, “ZnO based Film Bulk Acoustic Resonator as Infrared Sensor,” Thin Solid Films, Volume: 519, Issue: 18, pp 6144-6147, 2011
  • X. Qiu, J. Zhu, J. Oiler, C. Yu, Z. Wang, and H. Yu, “Film Bulk Acoustic-wave Resonator Based Ultraviolet Sensor,” Applied Physics Letter, Volume: 94, Issue: 15, Article Number: 151917, 2009
  • C. Yu, Z. Wang, H. Yu, and H. Jiang, “A Stretchable Temperature Sensor Based on Elastically Buckled Thin Film Devices on Elastomeric Substrates,” Applied Physics Letter, Volume: 95, Issue: 14, Article Number: 141912, 2009
  • H. Yu, L. Ai, M. Rouhanizadeh, D. Patel, E. Kim, and T. Hsiai, “Flexible Polymer Sensors for In Vivo Intravascular Shear Stress Analysis,” Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, Volume: 17, Issue: 5, pp 1178-1186, 2008