Dr. Shu-Wei Chang received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from National Taiwan University and his Ph.D. degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the supervision of Prof. Markus J. Buehler. He is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at National Taiwan University (NTU), Taiwan. Prior to joining NTU, Dr. Chang had worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research interests are associated with the employment of atomistic and multiscale computational modeling to understand the mechanics of materials, including biomaterials and synthetic materials at the nano- and micro- scales, with an aim to integrate nanoscale approaches to engineering problems.
  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, USA, 2014
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, 2008
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Mathematics, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, 2006
Honors and awards
  • 2011 NSF Fellowship for Cancer Nanotechnology Summer Institute
  • 2010 Presidential Graduate Fellowship, MIT
  • 2007 Scholarship of Schoolfellow Association, NTU
  • 2007 Scholarship of Sinotech Engineering Consultants Inc
  • 2004 Scholarship of Schoolfellow Association, NTU
  • 2002 Award of Outstanding Student, NTU
Research interests
  • Computational Mechanics
  • Computational Materials
  • Biomechanics; Collagen; Mechanobiology
  • Atomic Scale Modeling
  • Multi-scale/Multi-physics Modeling
Selected publications
  1. A. Masic, L. Bertinetti, R. Schuetz, S.W. Chang, T. H. Metzger, M.J. Buehler, and P. Fratzl, Osmotic pressure induced tensile forces in tendon collagen, Nature Communication. 6,5942 doi:10.1038/ncomms6942, 2015 (MIT’s homepage spotlight, January, 2015)
  2. S.W. Chang, M.J. Buehler, 2014, Molecular biomechanics of collagen molecules. Materials Today, Vol. 17, pp. 70-76
  3. A. Nair , A. Gautieri, S.W. Chang, M.J. Buehler, Molecular mechanics of mineralized collagen fibrils in bone. Nature Communication. 4, 1724 doi:10.1038/ncomms2720, 2013. (MIT’s homepage spotlight, April, 2013)
  4. S.W. Chang, A. Nair, M.J. Buehler, Nanoindentation study of size effects in nickel–graphene nanocomposites. Philosophical Magazine Letters, 2013: p. 1-8.
  5. S.W. Chang, A. Nair, M.J. Buehler, “Geometry and temperature effects of the interfacial thermal conductance in copper- and nickel-graphene nanocomposites,” J. Phys. Condens. Matter, Vol. 24, article # 245301, 2012
  6. S.W. Chang, B. Flynn, J. Ruberti, M.J. Buehler, “Molecular mechanism of force induced stabilization of collagen against enzymatic breakdown,” Biomaterials, Vol. 33(15), pp. 3852-3859, 2012
  7. S.W. Chang, S.J. Shefelbine, M.J. Buehler, “Structural and mechanical differences between collagen homo- and heterotrimers: General insight and relevance for brittle bone disease,“ Biophysical Journal, Vol. 102(3), pp. 640-648, 2012