A complete list of publications by Dr. Wanliang Shan is available here on his google scholar page. These can be broken into three categories as follows:

Peer Reviewed Publications

* denotes Corresponding Author

  1. S. Sharifi, Z. Zhou, A. Mohammadi Nasab, A. Sanyal, Y. Gu*, H. Xu*, W.L. Shan*,Actively Morphing Drone Wing Design Enabled by Smart Materials for Green Unmanned Aerial Vehicles; Advanced Intelligent Systems, 2020 (In submission).
  2. A. Luo, A. Mohammadi Nasab, M. Tatari, S. Chen,  W.L. Shan*, K.T. Turner*, Enhanced adhesion of pillars with non-circular cross-sectionsACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 2020. (In submission)
  3. A. Mohammadi Nasab, A. Luo, S. Sharifi, K.T. Turner*, W.L. Shan*, Switchable Adhesion via Subsurface Pressure ModulationACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 2020. (Accepted)
  4. A. Kesireddy, W.L. Shan*, H. Xu*, Global Optimal Path Planning for Multi-agent Flocking: A Multi- Objective Optimization Approach with NSGA-III. IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence (SSCI), Xiamen, China, Dec. 6-9, 2019.
  5. X. Huang, K. Kumar, M.K. Jawed, A. Mohammadi Nasab, Z. Ye, W.L. Shan, C. Majidi*, Highly Dynamic Shape Memory Alloy Actuator for Fast Moving Soft Robots, Advanced Materials Technologies, 1800540, 2019.
  6. D. Wang, N. Hu, S. Huang, A. Mohammadi Nasab, K. Yang, M.C. Abate, X. Yu, L. Tan, W.L. Shan, Z. Chen*, , Buckling and Post-buckling of an Elastic Rod Embedded in a Bilayer MatrixExtreme Mechanics Letters, 25:1-6, 2018.
  7. X. Huang, K. Kumar, M.K. Jawed, A. Mohammadi Nasab, Z. Ye, W.L. Shan, C. Majidi*, Chasing biomimetic locomotion speeds: Creating untethered soft robots with shape memory alloy actuators, Science Robotics, 3, eaau7557, 2018.
  8. M. Tatari, A. Mohammadi Nasab, K.T. Turner*, W.L. Shan*, Dynamically Tunable Dry Adhesion via Sub-Surface Stiffness ModulationAdvanced Materials Interfaces, 5:1800321, 2018.
  9. A. Mohammadi Nasab, D. Wang, Z. Chen, W.L. Shan*Buckling Shape Transition of an Embedded Thin Elastic Rod after Failure of Surrounding Elastic MediumExtreme Mechanics Letters, 15:51-56, 2017.
  10. A. Mohammadi Nasab, A. Sabzehzar, M. Tatari, C. Majidi, W.L. Shan*A Soft Gripper with Rigidity Tunable Elastomer Strips as LigamentsSoft Robotics, 4(4):411-420, 2017.
  11. A. Tutcuoglu, C. Majidi*, W.L. Shan*Nonlinear Thermal Parameter Estimation for Embedded Internal Joule HeatersInternational Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 97:412–421, 2016.
  12. A. Sabzehzar*, W.L. Shan, M. Shariat Panahi, O. Saremi, An Improved Extended Classifier System for the Real-Input Real-Output (XCSRR) Stability Control of a Biped RobotProcedia Computer Science, 61:492-499, 2015.
  13. W.L. Shan, S. Diller, A. Tutcuoglu, C. Majidi*, Rigidity-Tuning Conductive ElastomerSmart Materials and Structures, 24(6):065001, 2015.
  14. W.L. Shan*, T. Lu, Z.H. Wang, C. Majidi, Thermal Analysis and Design of a Multi-layered Rigidity Tunable CompositeInternational Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 66:271-278, 2013.
  15. W.L. Shan, T. Lu, C. Majidi*, Soft Matter Composites with Electrically Tunable Elastic RigiditySmart Materials and Structures, 22:085005, 2013.
  16. P. Roberts, D. Damian, W.L. Shan, T. Lu, C. Majidi*, Soft-Matter Capacitive Sensor for Measuring Shear and Pressure DeformationIEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Karlsruhe, GERMANY, May 2013.
  17. W.L. Shan*, Z. Chen*, Mechanical Instability of Thin Elastic Rods, Invited Review, Journal of Postdoctoral Research, 1(2):1-8, 2013. DOI:
  18. W.L. Shan*, Y. Yang, T. Hillie, W. Jordaan and W.O. Soboyejo*, Role of Oxide Thickening in Fatigue Crack Initiation in LIGA Nickel MEMS Thin FilmsMaterials Science and Engineering A, 561:434-440, 2013.
  19. W.L. Shan, Z. Chen, C.P. Broedersz, A.A. Gumaste, W.O. Soboyejo, C.P. Brangwynne*, Attenuated Short Wavelength Buckling and Force Propagation in a Biopolymer-reinforced RodSoft Matter, 9:194-199, 2013.
  20. J. Du, E.P. Hampp, W.L. Shan, H. Li, G. Papandreou, C. Maryanoff and W.O. Soboyejo*, Adhesion between a Suspended Polymeric Film and a Metallic Substrate: Experiments and ModelsJournal of Materials Research, 27(14):1797-1805, 2012.
  21. W.L. Shan*, J. Du, E.P. Hampp, H. Li, M. Johnson, G. Papandreou, C. Maryanoff and W.O. Soboyejo,Degradation and Adhesive/Cohesive Strengths of a Reservoir-Based Drug Eluting StentJournal of Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 14:208-215, Oct. 2012.
  22. W.L. Shan, J. Du, E.P. Hampp, H. Li, G. Papandreou, C. Maryanoff and W.O. Soboyejo*, Adhesion and Cohesion in Structures Containing Suspended Microscopic Polymeric FilmsActa Biomaterialia, 8(4):1469- 1480, 2012.
  23. Y. Yang*, H.H. Ruan, J. Lu, N. Yao, W.L. Shan and W.O. Soboyejo, Development of a Micro-beam Method to Investigate the Fatigue Crack Growth Mechanisms of Submicron-scale CracksExperimental Mechanics, 49(5):731-742, Oct. 2009.
  24. P. Hu*, W.L. Shan, F. Yu, Z.S. Chen, Thermal Conductivity of AlN-Ethanol NanofluidInternational Journal of Thermophysics, 29(6):1968-1973, 2008.


  1. Composite with Tunable Properties. W.L. Shan. F patent filed in Jan. 2020
  2. Methods for Fast and Reversible Dry Adhesion Tuning between Composite Structures and Substrates Using Dynamically Tunable Stiffness. Wanliang Shan and Kevin Turner. Full patent filed in Jan. 2018
  3. Composition, System, and Method for Rigidity Tuning with Conductive Thermoplastic Elastomer. Carmel Majidi and Wanliang Shan. Full patent filed in Feb. 2017

Book Chapter

  1. W.L. Shan and Y. Shen. Biomimetic and Soft Robotics: Materials, Mechanics and Mechanisms, for Aerospace Bio-inspired Structures and Engineering, Cambridge University Press, edited by L. Daniel and W. Soboyejo, 2020.

Other Works

  1. W.L. Shan, Fatigue and Fracture of Small Structures, Ph.D. Dissertation, Jun. 2012.
  2. W.L. Shan, Y. Yang and W.O. Soboyejo. Fatigue of AISI 4340 Steel – Short and Long Crack Growth. Technical Report to Walt Disney World Engineering, Orlando FL, Mar. 2010.