Education Background

  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering (2003) Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering (2005) University of Virginia
  • PhD. Mechanical Engineering (2010) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research Interests

  • Nanomechanics:
    • Scanning probe microscopy
    • MEMS and NEMS
    • Mechanics of 1D nanostructures (nanowires and nanotubes)
    • Nanomanufacturing and microfabrication
  • Biomechanics
    • Nanobiomechanics
    • Bioinstrumentation
    • BioMEMS
    • Bioinspired and biomimetic nanomaterials
    • Nanomechanics of living cells and biological systems

Contact Information

Email: [email protected] Phone: 972-883-4641 Fax: 972-883-4659 Office: ECSN 3.212 Mail Stop: EC-38

Majid Minary

Majid Minary received his B.S. degree from Sharif University in Tehran, Iran (2003), and his M.S. degree from the University of Virginia (2005). He obtained his PhD degree under direction of Prof. Min-Feng Yu in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2010). He joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UT-Dallas after two years postdoc training in Espinosa Lab at Northwestern University.

Majid’s research interests are at the interface of nano and bioscience and technology. He uses and develops various nano-tools to study nanomechanics of materials at small scale. Of particular interest is applications of AFM in nanobiomechanics and characterization of mechanical and electromechanical properties of nanomaterials and nanostructures such as carbon nanotubes, semiconductor nanowires, and biological fibers.

Dr. Minary is the inventor of a new AFM method for high-resolution imaging of soft samples in liquid, “Trolling Mode” and has been active reviewer for several scientific journals including APL, JAP, and JMBBM.  


Selected Publications

A Review of Mechanical and Electromechanical Properties of Piezoelectric Nanowires. H.D. Espinosa, R. A.Bernal, and M. Minary, Advanced Materials, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201104810 (2012).

Individual GaN Nanowires Exhibit Strong Piezoelectricity in 3D. M. Minary, R. A. Bernal, I. Kuljanishvili, V. Parpoil, and H. D. Espinosa, Nano Letters (12), 970-976 (2012).

Intrinsically High-Q Dynamic AFM Imaging in Liquid with a Significantly Extended Needle Tip. M. Minary, A. Tajik, N. Wang, M.-F. Yu, Nanotechnology (23), 235704 (2012).

Nanomechanical Heterogeneity in the Gap and Overlap Regions of Type I Collagen Fibrils with Implications for Bone Heterogeneity. M. Minary and M.-F. Yu, Biomacromolecules (10), 2565 (2009).

Uncovering Nanoscale Electromechanical Heterogeneity in the Subfibrillar Structure of Collagen Fibrils Responsible for the Piezoelectricity of Bone. M. Minary and M.-F. Yu, ACS Nano (3), 1859 (2009).

Nanoscale Characterization of Isolated Individual Collagen Type I Fibrils: Polarization and Piezoelectricity.  M. Minary and M.-F. Yu, Nanotechnology (20), 085706 (2009).

Reversible Radial Deformation up to the Complete Flattening of Carbon Nanotubes in Nanoindentation. M. Minary and M.-F. Yu, Journal of Applied  Physics (103), 073516 (2008).

Updated: October 29, 2012

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