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Chengzhi Hu

Assistant Professor

Research Direction:
Microrobotics, BioMEMS, Bioinstrumentation
Chengzhi Hu
Research Interest:
• Magnetically/Chemically driven bioinspired microrobots
• BioMEMS/NEMS for cell analysis and controlled growth
• Microfluidic chips and microrobotics for high throughput assays or micromanipulation
Curriculum Vitae:
Chengzhi Hu, born in Harbin, China, is researching microrobotics and microsystems for biomedical engineering and Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) at Southern University of Science and Technology. His primary research goals are directed toward the development of micro-/nano- robots, microfluidic chips, micro-/nano- tools and bioMEMS devices, and their applications in single cell analysis. He has been working in the field of micro-/nano- systems and automation and developed various miniaturized tools for analyzing or characterization of cell mechanics, controlled growth, cellular scaffolding and signaling, and targeted drug delivery. The research directions are unique and have resulted in many publications on top journals, 23 journal papers including Adv. Mater., ACS Nano, Lab Chip, Electrochem. Commun. Etc. and 24 conference papers including ICRA, IROS, EMBC. He is now the guest editor on J. of Robotics, and J. of Healthcare Eng. He has been working with international famous scholars in this field, have accumulated a profound understanding to hot spots of the relevant research field. His lab will leverage his experience to develop more highly integrated and functional miniaturized devices and use them for applications in the basic and applied biomedical and biological sciences.
◆ 06/2018 till now         Assistant Professor, Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China
◆ 05/2014 - 06/2018     Postdoctoral associate in Multi-Scale Robotics Lab (PI: Prof. Bradley J. Nelson), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland 
◆ 02/2015 – 06/2018    Associate Fellow in Max Planck ETH Center for Learning Systems, Zurich, Switzerland
◆ 03/2011 – 03/2012    Research Assistant of GCOE Center at Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan
◆ 10/2010 - 03/2014        Ph.D. in Micro-Nano Systems Engineering, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan.
◆ 09/2008-06/2010          M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Huazhong University of Science & Technology (HUST), Wuhan, China.
◆ 09/2004-06/2008          B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Huazhong University of Science & Technology, Wuhan, China.
05/2015 Winner of Mobile Microrobotics Challenge on Microassembly (ICRA 2015)
10/2013 Best paper award (IEEE MHS 2013)
03/2011 Outstanding Graduate Student Award of Nagoya University   
10/2010-10/2014 China government Scholarship
10/2009&11/2005&12/2006 Excellent Student of HUST                
11/2008&12/2004 Excellent Student Leader of HUST                      
03/2008 Excellent Graduate Student of HUST                 
11/2007 National Scholarship                               
12/2005 “Xinxin Pei” Scholarship                            
10/2005&12/2006 Self-renewal scholarship of HUST                 
09/2005&09/2006 Excellent Academic Performance Scholarship of HUST   
Research Proposals:
◆ Soft Microrobotics, ERC Advanced Grant, 2016. Participated
◆ Physics-based Models of Growing Plant Cells using Multi-scale Sensor Feedback, SNF, 2014-2016, Participated
C. Hu, “Manipulation of Magnetic Sugar Particles for Fabricating Flow Diverter Stent in Cerebral Aneurism Treatment”, funded by Hori Financial Group of Japan, 2012.
◆ C. Hu, “3D Cell Assembly and Fabrication of Vascular Scaffolds for Regenerative Medicine”, funded by Young Researcher Budget of Nagoya Unviersity, 2010-2013. 1M JPY
◆ C. Hu, “3D Manipulation of Magnetic Particle Used for Structured Porogen-based Fabrication of Vascular Scaffolds”, funded by Young Researcher Budget of Nagoya Unviersity, 2011.
◆ M. Gao, C. Hu, J. E, K. Wang and Y. Wu, “Magnetic Control Platform for Capsule Endoscope”, funded by Science Innovation Funding of HUST. 2009.
Selected Publications:
1. X Wang, C Hu, L Schurz, C De Marco, X Chen, S Pané, BJ Nelson, “Surface Chemistry-Mediated Control of Individual Magnetic Helical Microswimmers in a Swarm”, DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.8b02907,ACS Nano, 2018. Corresponding author.
2. C. Hu, S. Pane, and B.J. Nelson, “Soft micro and nano robotics“, Annual Review of Control, Robotics, and Autonomous Systems, Vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 53-75, 2018.
3. C. Hu, F. Aeschlimann, G. Chatzipirpirdis, J. Pokki, X. Chen, J. Puigmarti-Luisb, B. J. Nelson, S. Pané, “Spatiotemporally Controlled Electrodeposition of Magnetically Driven Micromachines Based on the Inverse Opal Architecture”, Electrochemistry Communications, Vol. 81, pp. 97–101, 2017.
4. C. Hu, G. Munglani, H. Vogler, T. Ndinyanka Fabrice, N. Shamsudhin, F. K. Wittel, C. Ringli, U. Grossniklaus, H. J. Herrmann, and B. J. Nelson, “Characterization of size-dependent mechanical properties of tip-growing cells using a lab-on-chip device,” Lab on a Chip, vol. 17, pp. 82-90, 2017. (Front Cover)
5. C, Hu, H. Vogler, M. Aellen, N. Shamsudhin, B. Jang, U. Grossniklaus and B. J. Nelson, “High precision, localized proton gradients and fluxes generated by a microelectrode device induce differential growth behaviors of pollen tubes,” Lab on a Chip, vol. 17, pp. 671-680, 2017.
6. C. Hu, Q. Shi, L. Liu, U. Wejinya, Y. Hasegawa, Y. Shen,”Robotics in Biomedical and Healthcare Engineering”, Journal of Healthcare Engineering, 2017.
7. C. Hu, M. Nakajima, T. Yue, M. Takeuchi, M. Seki, Q. Huang and T. Fukuda, “On-chip Fabrication of Magnetic Alginate Hydrogel Microfibers by Multi-Layered Pneumatic Microvalves” Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, vol. 17, pp. 457-468, 2014.
8. C. Hu, C. Tercero, S. Ikeda, M. Nakajima, H. Tajima, Y. Shen, T. Fukuda, and F. Arai, “Biodegradable Porous Sheet-like Scaffolds for Soft-Tissue Engineering using a Combined Particulate Leaching of Salt Particles and Magnetic Sugar Particles, ” Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering, vol. 116, pp. 126-131, 2013.
9. C. Hu, T. Uchida, C. Tercero, S. Ikeda, K. Ooe, T. Fukuda, F. Arai, M. Negoro, and G. Kwon, “Development of biodegradable scaffolds based on magnetically guided assembly of magnetic sugar particles,” Journal of Biotechnology, vol. 159, pp. 90-98, 2012.
10. M. Gao, C. Hu, Z. Chen, H. Zhang, and S. Liu, “Design and Fabrication of a Magnetic Propulsion System for Self-propelled Capsule Endoscope,” IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, vol. 57, pp. 2891-2902, 2010. Co-first author. Front Cover.
11. Z Yang, C Gu, T Chen, C Hu, L Sun, “Kink and Delta Self-Actuating Platinum Micro-Robot”, IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, Vol. 17, pp. 603-606,  2018. Corresponding author.
12. N. Shamsudhin, N. Laeubli, H.B. Atakan, H. Vogler, C. Hu, W. Haeberle, A. Sebastian, U. Grossniklaus and B.J. Nelson, “Massively parallelized pollen tube guidance and mechanical measurements on a Lab-on-a-Chip platform,” PLoS ONE, 11(12): e0168138. 2016. Corresponding author.
13. XZ Chen, B Jang, D Ahmed, C Hu, C De Marco, M Hoop, F Mushtaq, “Small‐Scale Machines Driven by External Power Sources”, Advanced Materials 30 (15), 1705061, 2018.
14. XZ Chen, M Hoop, F Mushtaq, E Siringil, C Hu, BJ Nelson, S Pané, “Recent developments in magnetically driven micro-and nanorobots,” Applied Materials Today, vol. 9, pp. 37-48, 2017.
15. W. Shang, Y Liu, W Wan, C Hu, Z Liu, CT Wong, T Fukuda, Y Shen, “Hybrid 3D printing and electrodeposition approach for controllable 3D alginate hydrogel formation”,Biofabrication, vol. 9, p. 025032,
16. B.J. Jang, W. Wang, S. Wiget, A. J. Petruska, X. Z. Chen, C. Hu, A. Y. Hong, D. Folio, A. Ferreira, S. Pane, and B. J. Nelson, “Catalytic Locomotion of Core-Shell Nanowire Motors,” Acs Nano, vol. 10, pp. 9983-9991, Nov 2016.
17. Z. Liu, M. Takeuchi, M. Nakajima, C. Hu, Y. Hasegawa, Q. Huang, et al., “Three-dimensional hepatic lobule-like tissue constructs using cell-microcapsule technology,” Acta Biomaterialia, vol. 50, pp. 178-187, 2016.
18. T. Sun, C. Hu, M. Nakajima, M. Takeuchi, M. Seki, T. Yue, Q. Shi, T. Fukuda, and Q. Huang, “On-chip fabrication and magnetic force estimation of peapod-like hybrid microfibers using a microfluidic device,” Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, vol. 18, pp. 1177-1187, May 2015.
19. T. Yue, M. Nakajima, M. Takeuchi, C. Hu, Q. Huang, and T. Fukuda, “On-chip self-assembly of cell embedded microstructures to vascular-like microtubes,” Lab on a Chip, vol. 14, pp. 1151-1161, 2014.
Additional information:
◆ Our lab has built micro/nano manipulation lab, chemistry lab and shared biolab. In the Materials Characterization and Preparation Center at SUSTech, it can provide forefront facilities for material characterization, microscope and imaging, micro and nanofabrication, and life science.
◆ Now our lab has several open positions for highly motivated, talented postdoc, research assistant, PhD students and Master students. We also welcome visiting scholars from home or overseas.