Welcome to the Dynamic Smart Structures and Energy Harvesting Laboratory in the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at UNSW Sydney.
The lab is led by Dr Liya Zhao and focuses on investigating dynamic, smart structures and intelligent systems with a comprehensive combination of both theoretical and experimental methodologies.
Liya Zhao, PhD
Senior Lecturer, ARC DECRA Fellow
School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
University of New South Wales
Ainsworth Building J17, 301B
Sydney 2052 NSW Australia
Dr Liya Zhao is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney). She is the recipient of the ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) for 2021-2024. She received her BEng in Civil Engineering from Tongji University in 2009, and her PhD in Structures and Mechanics from Nanyang Technological University Singapore in Dec 2015. After that, she worked as a Research Fellow at Nanyang Technological University Singapore. She moved to the University of Technology Sydney in 2017 as a Lecturer and became a Senior Lecturer in 2021. She joined UNSW Sydney as a Senior Lecturer in 2022.
Her research interests include nonlinear dynamics, kinetic energy harvesting, smart materials and structures, vibration suppression, electromechanical modelling, aerodynamics, and piezoelectric devices.
Dec. 2015 Ph.D. in Structures & Mechanics, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Jun. 2009 B.Eng. in Civil Engineering, Tongji University, China
03/2022-Present Senior Lecturer, University of New South Wales, Australia
07/2021-03/2022 Senior Lecturer, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
10/2017-06/2021 Lecturer (Assistant Professor), University of Technology Sydney, Australia
02/2016-09/2017 Research Fellow, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
08/2015-01/2016 Project Officer, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
08/2011-05/2015 Research Assistant, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
- Nonlinear Dynamics, Vibration Suppression
Multifunctional systems for energy harvesting and vibration suppression
- Kinetic Energy Harvesting
Nonlinear adaptive structures for 1) small-scale wind energy harvesting with aeroelastic instabilities 2) broadband vibration energy harvesting
Advanced power extraction interfaces for energy conversion enhancement
Human motion energy harvesting; biosensing
Wave energy harvesting
- Smart Materials and Structures
Adaptive devices for energy harvesting, vibration suppression, actuating and sensing
Electromechanically coupled adaptive structures with smart materials (piezoelectric / flexoelectric / triboelectric / electret mechanisms)
- Integrated Self-Powered Wireless Sensor Networks/Active Tags
Sustainable physiological monitoring with self-powered body sensor networks
Sustainable smart environmental/structural health monitoring
Sustainable object tracking
Sole CI: "Low-frequency vibration test platform", UNSW MME RIS, 2022, AUD 25,000
Sole CI: UNSW Start-Up Grant, 2022, AUD 30,000
Sole CI: “Metastructures for Simultaneous Vibration Suppression and Energy Harvesting”, ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA), Liya Zhao, 2022-2024, AUD 425,775
Lead CI: “Generating Electricity during Sound Absorption: Novel Acoustic Metastructures for Simultaneous Structure-borne Noise Attenuation and Energy Harvesting”, Blue Sky Grant, University of Technology Sydney, 2019, AUD 15,000
Sole CI: “Small-scale energy harvesting with smart materials and structures”, Seed Grant, University of Technology Sydney, 2018, AUD 20,000
Co-CI: Defence Innovation Network PhD Scholarship, 2021-2023, AUD 100,500
Co-CI: Teaching Grant “Integrating online assessments for mechanical and mechatronic engineering”, University of Technology Sydney, FEIT, 2018, AUD 5,000
Nanyang Engineering Doctoral Scholarship (NEDS) Award, Nanyang Technological University, 2011-2012, SGD 6,000
“Broadband energy harvesting optimized for shipboard intelligent wireless sensor and actuator networks”, Office of Naval Research Global, USA, Aug 2013 – Jul 2015, SGD 47,040. Principal Investigator: Prof Yaowen Yang, Nanyang Technological University Singapore.
“Small scale energy harvesting” (M4081328), NTU Research Initiative, Aug 2013 – Jul 2016, SGD 180,000. Principal Investigator: Prof Yaowen Yang, Nanyang Technological University Singapore.