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Research interests

My research interests mainly span from computational mechanics and structural optimisation to their applications in biomedical engineering such as tissue scaffolds, vascular stents, dental implants and drug delivery systems, particularly in optimally designing the microstructures of  biomedical devices in order to achieve desired mechanical and biochemical requirements. My research is highly interdisciplinary and at the interface of engineering, materials science and biomedicine.

•    Design of microstructural porous materials for biomedical engineering

•    Solid and fluidic characterizations for porous microstructures of cellular materials

•    Release mechanism and microstructural modeling/design of biodegradable systems

•    Meta-properties and their design optimization in engineering materials

•    Structural optimization: size, shape and topology

•    Mechanobiology; Cell mechanics; Computational tissue engineering


Yuhang Chen received his B.Eng. in Mechanics (2007) from Tongji University, China and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Sydney (USyd) (2011). He then completed a Postdoctoral Research  Fellowship at USyd during 2011-2012 and also worked as a visiting scholar in civil engineering at the Johns Hopkins University, USA in 2012. Yuhang joined the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Heriot-watt University, UK as a Lecturer in Computational Mechanics since March 2012. [Find more...]

Research Group Contact Details


  • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
  • Engineering & Product Design
  • Human Health
  • Functional Materials
  • Tissue Mechanics
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Bioengineering

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Research Output

  • 23 Article
  • 2 Chapter
  • 2 Conference contribution
  • 1 Literature review
Open Access
  • 10 Downloads (Pure)

    Effects of contusion load on cervical spinal cord: A finite element study

    Zhu, R., Chen, Y., Yu, Q., Liu, S., Wang, J., Zeng, Z. & Cheng, L., 16 Jan 2020, In : Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering. 17, 3, p. 2272-2283 12 p.

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    Identification of Tumor Nodule in Soft Tissue - An Inverse Finite-element Framework based on Mechanical Characterization

    Candito, A., Palacio-Torralba, J., Jiménez-Aguilar, E., Good, D. W., McNeill, S. A., Reuben, R. L. & Chen, Y., Aug 2020, In : International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering. 36, 8, e3369.

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    A Novel Method for Rapid and Quantitative Mechanical Assessment of Soft Tissue for Diagnostic Purposes: A Computational Study

    Palacio Torralba, J., Good, D. W., Stewart, G. D., McNeilly, A. S., Reuben, R. L. & Chen, Y., 23 Aug 2017, In : International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering. p. 1-12 12 p.

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  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    69 Downloads (Pure)

    Computational Design for Scaffold Tissue Engineering

    Chang, C-C., Chen, Y., Zhou, S. & Li, Q., 2017, Biomaterials for Implants and Scaffolds. Li, Q. & Mai, Y-W. (eds.). Springer, p. 349-369 21 p. (Springer Series in Biomaterials Science and Engineering; vol. 8).

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