Faculty

HU Chengzhi
Associate Professor
hucz@sustech.edu.cn

Dr. Chengzhi Hu is an Associate Professor (Tenure Track) in the Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering at SUSTech. His primary research goals are directed toward the development of micro-/nano- robots, microfluidic chips, micro-/nano- tools, and other bioMEMS devices for use in biological analysis and biomedical applications. He has been working in the field of micro-/nano- systems and automation and developed various miniaturized tools for analyzing or characterization of cells, and targeted drug delivery. The researches have resulted in many publications on top journals, more than 30 journal papers including Adv. Mater., ACS Nano, Lab Chip, Biofabrication, Electrochem. Commun. etc. and 30 conference papers including ICRA, IROS, EMBC. He was the guest editor of J. of Robotics, and J. of Healthcare Eng.

Research Areas:
◆ Magnetically/Light driven microrobots
◆ BioMEMS for single cell analysis
◆ Magnetically-driven medical robots

Employment:
◆ 12/2020 - till now Associate Professor, Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China
◆ 06/2018 – 12/2020 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 – 06/201 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

Education:
◆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

Awards:
12/2020 Class B of Overseas High-level Talents in Shenzhen
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

Research Proposals:
◆ C. Hu, Micro-nano robots for targeted drug delivery in posterior eye segment, STIC, 2020-2022
◆ C. Hu, The interface characteristics between micro-nano robot and biological tissue, GDSTC, 2021-2023
◆ C. Hu, SUSTech(SIR)-Jifu Joint laboratory for Medical Robotics, 2020-2024
◆ C. Hu, Selective control of multiple Motion Modes of Micro- and Nanorobots Hybrid-actuated by Light and Magnetic Field for targeted therapy, NFSC, 2020-2022
◆ 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.

Research Proposals:
◆ C. Hu, Micro-nano robots for targeted drug delivery in posterior eye segment, STIC, 2020-2022
◆ C. Hu, The interface characteristics between micro-nano robot and biological tissue, GDSTC, 2021-2023
◆ C. Hu, SUSTech(SIR)-Jifu Joint laboratory for Medical Robotics, 2020-2024
◆ C. Hu, Selective control of multiple Motion Modes of Micro- and Nanorobots Hybrid-actuated by Light and Magnetic Field for targeted therapy, NFSC, 2020-2022
◆ 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. H. Jiang; X. He; Y. Ma; B. Fu; X. Xu; Subramanian, B; C. Hu*. Isotropic Hedgehog-Shaped-TiO2/Functional-Multiwall-Carbon-Nanotube Micromotors with Phototactic Motility in Fuel-Free Environments. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2021, 1.
2. Liu, Z.; Zhang, H.; Zhan, Z.; Nan, H.; Huang, N.; Xu, T.; Gong, X.; C. Hu*. Mild formation of core-shell hydrogel microcapsules for cell encapsulation. Biofabrication 2020.
3. Subramanian, B.; Veerappan, M.; Rajan, K.; Chen, Z.; C. Hu*; Wang, F.; Wang, F.; Yang, M. Fabrication of Hierarchical Indium Vanadate Materials for Supercapacitor Application. Global Challenges 2020, 4.
4. X. Wang, C. Hu*, L. Schurz, C. De Marco, X. Z. Chen, S. Pane and B. J. Nelson. "Surface-Chemistry-Mediated Control of Individual Magnetic Helical Microswimmers in a Swarm." Acs Nano 12(6): 6210-6217. 2018.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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 Outside Cover
8. 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.
9. C. Hu, Q. Shi, L. Liu, U. Wejinya, Y. Hasegawa, Y. Shen,"Robotics in Biomedical and Healthcare Engineering", Journal of Healthcare Engineering, 2017: 1610372,2017.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. Z. Yang, C. Y. Gu, T. Chen, C. Hu*, and L. N. Sun, "Kink and Delta Self-Actuating Platinum Micro-Robot," Ieee Transactions on Nanotechnology, vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 603-606, 2018.
15. 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.
16. X.-Z. Chen, J.-H. Liu, M. Dong, L. Müller, G. Chatzipirpiridis, C. Hu, A. Terzopoulou, H. Torlakcik, X. Wang, F. Mushtaq, J. Puigmartí-Luis, Q.-D. Shen, B. J. Nelson, and S. Pané, "Magnetically driven piezoelectric soft microswimmers for neuron-like cell delivery and neuronal differentiation," Materials Horizons, 10.1039/C9MH00279K 2019.
17. X. Wang, X.-Z. Chen, C. C. J. Alcântara, S. Sevim, M. Hoop, A. Terzopoulou, C. de Marco, C. Hu, A. J. de Mello, P. Falcaro, S. Furukawa, B. J. Nelson, J. Puigmartí-Luis, and S. Pané, "MOFBOTS: Metal–Organic-Framework-Based Biomedical Microrobots," Advanced Materials, vol. 0, no. 0, p. 1901592. 2019.
18. J. T. Burri, H. Vogler, N. F. Laubli, C. Hu, U. Grossniklaus, and B. J. Nelson, "Feeling the force: how pollen tubes deal with obstacles," New Phytologist, vol. 220, no. 1, pp. 187-195, 2018.
19. X. Wang, X.-H. Qin, C. Hu, A. Terzopoulou, X.-Z. Chen, T.-Y. Huang, K. Maniura-Weber, S. Pané and B. J. Nelson. "3D Printed Enzymatically Biodegradable Soft Helical Microswimmers." Advanced Functional Materials 28(45): 1804107. 2018.
20. X. Chen, B. Jang, D. Ahmed, C. Hu, C. De Marco, M. Hoop, F. Mushtaq, B. J. Nelson, S. Pane, “Small-scale machines driven by external power sources,” Advanced Materials, 2018.
21. T. Sun, Q. Shi, Q. Huang, H. Wang, X. Xiong, C. Hu, and T. Fukuda, "Magnetic alginate microfibers as scaffolding elements for the fabrication of microvascular-like structures," Acta Biomaterialia. doi.org/10.1016/j.actbio.2017.11.038, 2017.
22. 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.
23. 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, 2017.
24. 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.
25. 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.
26. T. Sun, Q. Huang, Q. Shi, H. P. Wang, C. Hu, P. Y. Li, M. Nakajima, and T. Fukuda, "Assembly of alginate microfibers to form a helical structure using micromanipulation with a magnetic field," Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, vol. 26, 105017, Oct 2016.
27. 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.
28. 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.
29. A. Bakar, M. Nakajima, C. Hu, H. Tajima, S. Maruyama, and T. Fukuda, " Fabrication of 3D Photoresist Structure for Artificial Capillary Blood Vessel", Journal of Robotics and Mechatronics, Vol.25, No.4, pp. 673-681, 2013
30. M. Gao, C. Hu, Z. Chen, S. Liu, and H. Zhang, "Finite-Difference Modeling of Micromachine for Use in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy," IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, vol. 56, pp. 2413-2419, 2009.
31. H Nan, Z Liu, C. Hu, Electrosynthesis of Janus Alginate Hydrogel Microcapsules with Programmable Shapes for Cell Encapsulation, 2019 IEEE 19th International Conference on Nanotechnology (IEEE-NANO), 412-416
32. Niu, J.; Liu, Z.; Zhang, H.; C. Hu.; Ieee, Electrodeposition of Magnetic Alginate-poly-L-lysine Microcapsules for Targeted Drug Delivery. In 2019 14th Annual Ieee International Conference on Nano/Micro Engineered and Molecular Systems, 2019; pp 403-408.
33. Zhang, H.; Liu, Z.; Nan, H.; C. Hu.; Ieee, Development of Retina Cell-laden Alginate Microbeads for Study of Glaucoma. In 2019 14th Annual Ieee International Conference on Nano/Micro Engineered and Molecular Systems, 2019; pp 143-148.

Additional information:
◆ Our lab has built micro/nano manipulation lab, chemistry lab and biolab. In the Materials Characterization and Preparation Center at SUSTech, it provides 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.