Professor Department of Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering

Dr. Wei Hong received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Tsinghua University, and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2006. Before joining SUSTech in 2018, He was an Associate Professor at Iowa State University. Dr. Hong’s research interest spans over various areas of solid mechanics.

Personal Profile


Ph.D. 2006, Engineering Science, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, USA)

M.S. 2002, Solid Mechanics, Tsinghua University (Beijing, China)

Dual B.S. 2000, Engineering Mechanics, Computer Science, Tsinghua University (Beijing, China)

Academic Experience

May 2018 - Present       Professor, Department of Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China

June 2018 - Present      Professor (joint appointment), Global Station for Soft Matter, Global Institution for Collaborative Research and Education, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan

May 2018 - Present      Affiliate Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, USA

June 2014 - April 2018    Associate Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, USA

April 2016 - May 2018     Associate Professor (joint appointment), Global Station for Soft Matter, Global Institution for Collaborative Research and Education, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan

June 2015 - August 2015    Specially Appointed Associate Professor, Faculty of Advanced Life Science, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan

July 2008 - May 2014   Assistant Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, USA

June 2006 - June 2014   Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

Selected Publications

  • J. Wang, N. Z. Chao, W. Hong, and Z. L. Wu, Cooperative deformations of periodically patterned hydrogels, Science Advances3(9), e1700348 (2017).
  • Feng, Z. Ma, J. V. MacArthur, C. J. Giuffre, A. F. Bastawros, and W. Hong, Highly Stretchable Double-Network Composite. Soft Matter 12, 8999-9006 (2016).
  • Gao and W. Hong, Phase-field model for two-phase lithiation of silicon, J. Mech. Phys. Solids 94, 18-23 (2016).
  • Hong, A kinetic model for anisotropic reactions in amorphous solids” Extreme Mech. Lett., 2, 46-51 (2015).
  • C. Pitike and W. Hong Phase-field model for dielectric breakdown in solids. J. Appl. Phys. 115, 044101 (2014).
  • Huang, A. Mohla, W. Hong, A. F. Bastawros, and X.-Q. Feng, Magnetorheological brush - a soft structure with highly tuneable stiffness. Soft Matter 10, 1537 (2014).
  • Hong and X. Wang, A phase-field model for systems with coupled large deformation and mass transport. J. Mech. Phys. Solids 61, 1281-1294 (2013).
  • Wang and W. Hong, “Delayed fracture in gels”. Soft Matter 8, 8171-8178 (2012).
  • Wang and W. Hong, Pseudo-elasticity of double network gels, Soft Matter, 7, 8576-8581 (2011).
  • Hong, Modeling viscoelastic dielectrics. J. Mech. Phys. Solids, 59, 637-650 (2011).
  • Hong, X. Zhao, and Z. Suo, Large deformation and electrochemistry of polyelectrolyte gels. J. Mech. Phys. Solids 58, 558-577 (2010).
  • Hong, X. Zhao, and Z. Suo, Formation of creases on the surfaces of elastomers and gels. Appl. Phys. Lett. 95, 111901 (2009).
  • Hong, X. Zhao, J. Zhou, and Z. Suo, “A theory of coupled diffusion and large deformation in polymeric gels”, J. Mech. Phys. Solids, 56, 1779-1793 (2008).


Solid Mechancis, Fracture Mechanics, Mechanics of Soft Materials

Dielectric Breakdown


Computational Solid Mechanics (Undergraduate)、Advanced Elastic Mechanics(Graduate) 、Fracture Mechanics(Graduate) 、Theoretical Mechanics(Undergraduate)

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Professor HONG Wei graduated from Harvard University in May 2006, He is an outstanding young scholar in the field of solid mechanics, especially in the direction of soft matter mechanics. More than 80 academic papers published in internationally renowned journals such as Physical Review Letters、Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA、Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids、Science Advances、Polymers、Macromolecules、Journal of Materials Chemistry B、Extreme Mechanics Letters、Nanoscale、Applied Physics Letters、Soft Matter、Acta Materialia. More than 500 citations per year near the past five years. He is an adjunct professor at Xi’an Jiaotong University, Zhejiang University, Hokkaido University, Japan. Associate Editor, Editorial committee of 4 international academic journals, such as international Journal of Applied Mechanics.

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  • Mr Xiangchao Feng's paper apperas in Soft Matter

  • Prof.Wei Hong and Professor Jianping Gong of Hokkaido University in Japan jointly published a paper

  • Mr Yazhuo Liu's paper appears in Extreme Mechanics Letters


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Founded in December 2015, the Department of Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) is one of departments in the College of Engineering. It aims to establish a world-leading department in mechanics and aerospace engineering, covering various research areas such as fluid mechanics, aerodynamics, thermodynamics, aeroacoustics, mechanics, combustion, material, and system control. The Department will learn from the best practice of peer departments over the world in order to develop into an international research institution that attends to the national strategic needs in mechanics and aerospace, cultivates outstanding innovative talents, and conducts frontier fundamental research and applied research with social impact. 

The goal of the Department is to become a top-tier international leader through introducing an innovative education system which emphasizes IUR (Industry-University-Research) in close association with the Chinese aerospace industry. The specific objectives are: 1) to nurture innovative talents (learning); 2) to research and develop key technologies (research); and 3) to provide technical services (production) for the national aerospace industry.
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