Majid Minary

Associate Professor - Mechanical Engineering
majid.minary@utdallas.edu
972-883-4641
RL1710
Tags: Mechanical Engineering

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Mechanical Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - 2010
M.S. - Biomechanical Engineering
University of Virginia - 2005
B.S. - Mechanical Engineering
Sharif University of Technology, Iran - 2003

Research Areas

Research Interests
Nanobiomechanics, scanning Probe microscopy, bioinspired and biomimetic nanomaterials, nanomechanics of living cells and biological systems, nanomanufacturing and microfabrication

Publications

M. Minary, A. Tajik, Ning Wang, and Min-Feng Yu, Intrinsically high-Q dynamic AFM imaging in liquid with a significantly extended needle tip Nanotechnology, 23,235704 (2012). - Featured in: NSF.gov, Materials Today, Phys.org, Nanotechnology Now. 2012 - Publication
M. Minary and M.-F. Yu, "Mechanical and Electromechanical Characterization of One-dimensional Piezoelectric Nanomaterials", in Piezoelectric Nanomaterials for Biomedical Applications, Springer 2012 2012 - Publication
M. Minary, R. A. Bernal, I. Kuljanishvili, V. Parpoil, and Horacio Espinosa, “Individual GaN Nanowires Exhibit Strong Piezoelectricity in 3D”, NANO Letters 12 (2), pp 970-976 (2012). - Featured in: Science Daily, Physorg, Bio-Medicine.org, Materials Today, Semi Conductor today, Energy Harvesting Research, Nanowerk, EurekAlert, Science Newsline, Science CoDex, i-micronews, Labmate online, Nanotechnology Now, Azom, Laser Focus World, brightsurf, Compound Semiconductor, EE times Asia, and LabSpaces. 2012 - Publication
Horacio Espinosa, Rodrigo Bernal, and Majid Minary, A Review of Mechanical and Electromechanical Properties of Piezoelectric Nanowires Advanced Materials (2012). 2012 - Publication
M. Minary, "Trolling-Mode Atomic Force Microscopy: High-resolution Imaging of Single Cells", Imaging & Microscopy 14, 2012,52-53 2012 - Publication
M. Minary and M.-F. Yu, "Mechanical and Electromechanical Characterization of One-dimensional Piezoelectric Nanomaterials", in Piezoelectric Nanomaterials for Biomedical Applications, Springer 2012 2012 - Publication
M. Minary, R. Bernal, and H. Espinosa, "Strong Piezoelectricity in Individual GaN Nanowires", MRS Communications, 2011, DOI: 10.1557/mrc.2011.14. 2011 - Publication
M. Minary and M.-F. Yu, "Nanoscale Characterization of Isolated Individual Collagen Type I Fibrils: Polarization and Piezoelectricity", Nanotechnology 20, 085706(2009). - Featured: Collagen Fibrils Receive Smart Material Status Nanotechweb.org, 4 March 2009,http://nanotechweb.org/cws/article/lab/38085- Featured in Editorial: Nanodevices come to life, Nanotechnology 22, 090201 (2011).- Featured in Editorial: High performance under pressure, Nanotechnology 22, 460201 (2011). 2011 - Publication
J. Hu, K. Yum, A. Tajik, M. Minary, J. Bang, and M.-F. Yu, "Diffusion Limited Current in Very High Aspect Ratio Pt Needle Electrodes", Applied Physics Letters 99, 053113(2011). 2011 - Publication
M. Minary and M.-F. Yu, "Shear Piezoelectricity in Bone at the Nanoscale", Applied Physics Letters 97, 153127 (2010) - Selected for: Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science and Technology 22, 2010 -Selected for: Virtual Journal of Biological Physics Research, October 15,2010. 2010 - Publication

Additional Information

Awards and Honors
  • Mavis Memorial Fund Scholarship Award- College of Engineering University of Illinois, 2008.
  • Best Student Paper Award Finalist, Society of Engineering Science, 2010.
  • NSF travel Award, Society of Engineering Science, 2010.
  • Listed as teachers, ranked excellent by students, University of Illinois, 2006.

News Articles

Professor Receives Funding to Design Materials Inspired by Bone
Dr. Majid Minary, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at UT Dallas, has received funding to design high-performance materials inspired by bone.

The Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) could eventually lead to the creation of a material that can reinforce itself at points of high stress for use in airplanes and other defense applications. The YIP program provides $360,000 over three years.

The YIP is open to scientists and engineers at research institutions across the United States who received their PhD in the last five years and who show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research. 
Engineers Create Structures Tougher Than Bulletproof Vests
Researchers at UT Dallas have created new structures that exploit the electromechanical properties of specific nanofibers to stretch to up to seven times their length, while remaining tougher than Kevlar.

These structures absorb up to 98 joules per gram. Kevlar, often used to make bulletproof vests, can absorb up to 80 joules per gram. Researchers hope the structures will one day form material that can reinforce itself at points of high stress and could potentially be used in military airplanes or other defense applications.