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Jian Zhou

Postdoctoral Appointee


Jian Zhou obtained his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Advised by Dr. Ronald Miles, his dissertation work was on bioinspired acoustic flow sensing, a new scheme to sense sound which contributed to a company: Soundskrit. In the Nanofabrication and Devices Group, his research focuses on creating micro/nanoelectromechanical systems (M/NEMS) to 1) explore the anomalous nanomechanics in atomically thin materials induced by quench disorder, and 2) control picosecond timing of X-ray delivery to facilitate experiments currently not possible at X-ray synchrotrons. 

Research Interests

nano/microelectromechanical systems (NEMS/MEMS), acoustics

Selected Publications

*corresponding author; equal contribution

♦      Jian Zhou*, Junpeng Lai, Gil Menda, Jay A. Stafstrom, Carol I. Miles, Ronald R. Hoy*, Ronald N. Miles*. Outsourced hearing in an orb-weaving spider that uses its web as an auditory sensor.” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 119, e2122789119 (2022).

        •  Highlighted by PNAS: Spider webs as auditory sensors”.

        •  Featured by Cornell newsBupipedream, Science News for StudentsNature World News,  The Scientist Magazine, Yahoo, etc

♦      Jian Zhou*, Nicolaie Moldovan, Liliana Stan, Haogang Cai, David A. Czaplewski, and Daniel López*. ​“Approaching the strain-free limit in ultrathin nanomechanical resonators.” Nano Lett. 20, 5693–5698 (2020).

♦      Jian Zhou, Boxiao Li, Jian Liu, Wayne E. Jones Jr, and Ronald N. Miles. ​“Highly-damped nanofiber mesh for ultrasensitive broadband acoustic flow detection.” J. Micromech. Microeng. 28, 095003 (2018).

♦      Jian Zhou, and Ronald N. Miles. ​“Directional sound detection by sensing acoustic flow.” IEEE Sens. Lett. 2, 1501204 (2018).

♦      Jian Zhou, and Ronald N. Miles. ​“Sensing fluctuating airflow with spider silk.” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 114, 12120-12125 (2017). 

        •  Contribute to a company: Soundskrit

        •  Highlighted by Nat. Phys. 13, 1147 (2017): Spidey sense”.

        •  Featured in Science Daily, MSN, Yahoo, BingUNews, UFHealth, etc.

♦      Jian Zhou, Ronald N. Miles, Shahrzad Towfighian, A novel capacitive sensing principle for microdevices”, ASME 2015 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Boston, MA, 08/2015.

♦      Jian Zhou, Tao Jiang, Jiwei Jiao, Ming Wu. Design and fabrication of a micromachined gyroscope with high shock resistance.Microsyst. Technol. 20, 137-144 (2013).

Selected Patents

♦      Ronald N. Miles, and Jian Zhou. ​“Fiber microphone.” US Patent 11,006,219 (2021).

♦      Sahil K. Gupta, Stephane Leahy, Iman Moazzen, Ronald N. Miles, and Jian Zhou. ​“Directional microphone and system and method for capturing and processing sound.” US Patent App. 16/960,673 (2020).