A complete list of publications by Dr. Wanliang Shan is available here on his google scholar page. These can be broken into four 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; , 2024 (In submission).
  2. Y. Tang, G. Wan, W.L. Shan*, Pick-and-place of Small Lightweight Objects Using Miniaturized Un- tethered Buckli-Grippers with Low-Pressure Actuation; IEEE IROS, 2024 (Under Review).
  3. C. Zhao, K.T. Wan*, W.L. Shan*, Progressive Adhesion Mechanics of Elastomeric Shells against a Rigid Substrate: from Thin to Thick, Extreme Mechanics Letters, 68:102140, 2024.
  4. G. Wan, W.L. Shan*, Pneumatically Tunable Adherence of Elastomeric Soft Hollow Pillars with Non-Circular Contact, International Journal of Solids and Structures, 294:112736, 2024.
  5. G. Wan, Y. Tang, K.T. Turner, T. Zhang*, W.L. Shan*, Tunable Dry Adhesion of Soft Hollow Pillars through Sidewall Buckling under Low Pressure; Advanced Functional Materials, 33(2):2209905, 2023.
  6. Y. Xu, P.E. Chen, W. Xu, Y. Ren, W.L. Shan, Y. Jiao. Correlation-Function-Based Microstructure Design of Alloy-Polymer Composites for Dynamic Dry Adhesion Tuning in Soft Gripping; Journal of Applied Physics, 131(11): 115104, 2022.
  7. S. Sharifi, A. Mohammadi Nasab, P.E. Chen, Y. Liao, Y. Jiao, W.L. Shan*. Robust Bicontinuous Metal-Elastomer Foam Composites with Highly Tunable Stiffness ; Advanced Engineering Materials, 24(8):2101533, 2022.
  8. A. Mohammadi Nasab, P. Stampfli, S. Sharifi, A. Luo, K.T. Turner, W.L. Shan*, Dynamically Tunable Dry Adhesion Through a Subsurface Thin Layer with Tunable Stiffness; Advanced Materials Interfaces, 9(7):2102080, 2022.
  9. C. Zhao, X. Chen, W.L. Shan*, K.T. Wan*. Adherence of a Hyperelastic Shell on a Rigid Planar Substrate ; International Journal of Solids and Structures, 236:111351, 2022.
  10. S. Sharifi, C. Rux, N. Sparling, G. Wan, A. Mohammadi Nasab, A. Siddaiah, P. Menezes, T. Zhang, W.L. Shan*, Dynamically Tunable Friction via Subsurface Stiffness Modulation, Frontiers in Robotics and AI, 8:691789, 2021.
  11. A. Mohammadi Nasab, S. Sharifi, S. Chen, Y. Jiao, W.L. Shan*, Robust three-component elastomer-particle-fiber composites with tunable properties for soft robotics; Advanced Intelligent Systems, 2000166, 2020.
  12. A. Luo, A. Mohammadi Nasab, M. Tatari, S. Chen,  W.L. Shan*, K.T. Turner*, Adhesion of flat-ended pillars with non-circular contactsSoft Matter, 16(41):9534-9542, 2020.
  13. A. Mohammadi Nasab, A. Luo, S. Sharifi, K.T. Turner*, W.L. Shan*, Switchable Adhesion via Subsurface Pressure ModulationACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 12 (24):27717-27725, 2020.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. A. Tutcuoglu, C. Majidi*, W.L. Shan*Nonlinear Thermal Parameter Estimation for Embedded Internal Joule HeatersInternational Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 97:412ΓÇô421, 2016.
  22. 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.
  23. W.L. Shan, S. Diller, A. Tutcuoglu, C. Majidi*, Rigidity-Tuning Conductive ElastomerSmart Materials and Structures, 24(6):065001, 2015.
  24. 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.
  25. W.L. Shan, T. Lu, C. Majidi*, Soft Matter Composites with Electrically Tunable Elastic RigiditySmart Materials and Structures, 22:085005, 2013.
  26. 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.
  27. W.L. Shan*, Z. Chen*, Mechanical Instability of Thin Elastic Rods, Invited Review, Journal of Postdoctoral Research, 1(2):1-8, 2013. DOI:
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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. Polymer Matrix Composites with Tunable Properties. W.L. Shan. Full patent filed in Jan. 2020 (Application No. 16/733,462)
  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 (Application No. 16/482,601)
  3. Composition, System, and Method for Rigidity Tuning with Conductive Thermoplastic Elastomer. Carmel Majidi and Wanliang Shan. 2019 (US Patent No. 10,336,042)

Book Chapter

  1. W.L. Shan and Y. Shen. Biomimetic and Soft Robotics: Materials, Mechanics and Mechanisms, for Bio-inspired Structures and Design, 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 ΓÇô Short and Long Crack Growth. Technical Report to Walt Disney World Engineering, Orlando FL, Mar. 2010.