Designing material properties and structures at micron-scale to realize
functionalities such as grasping, sorting, and swimming.
Developing strategies to actuate and control one or two micro-device(s) using
a single global magnetic field.
Creating feedback controllers to automatically manipulate micro-devices in
tasks such as cargo delivery and trajectory following with optical feedback.
Devising and verifying procedures to fabricate micro-devices, utilizing
techniques including mold-casing and photolithography.
Worked on projects of (1) Microgripper for cargo grasping and transportation; (2) Undulatory microswimmer for novel locomotion methods for microdevices.
Collaborated with Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. on a novel cell sorter for on-chip cell classification and diagnosis.
Publications and Patents
J. Zhang, and E. Diller,
"Untethered miniature soft robots: Modeling and design of a millimeter-scale swimming magnetic sheet",
J. Zhang, M. Salehizadeh, and E. Diller,
"Grasping Using Two Independent Untethered Mobile Magnetic
Microgrippers for Parallel Pick and Place",
IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 2018 (submitted)
J. Zhang, O. Onaizah, K. Middleton, L. You,
and E. Diller,
"Reliable grasping of three-dimensional untethered mobile magnetic
microgripper for autonomous pick-and-place",
IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, vol. 2(2), pp. 835-840, 2017.
J. Zhang, O. Onaizah, A. Sadri, and E. Diller,
"A generic label-free microuidic microobject sorter using a
magnetic elastic diverter",
Biomedical Microdevices, vol. 19(2), pp. 43, 2017.
J. Zhang and E. Diller,
"Tetherless mobile micrograsping using a magnetic elastic composite material,"
Smart Materials and Structures, vol. 25(11), 11LT03, 2016.
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4. Zhang et al., Biomed. Microdevices 2017, 19:43, ref
J. Zhang, P. Jain, and E. Diller,
"Independent control of two millimeter-scale soft-bodied magnetic robotic swimmers,"
IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 2016.
J. Zhang and E. Diller,
"Millimeter-scale magnetic swimmers using elastomeric undulations,"
IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, 2015.
J. Zhang and Z. Hou,
"Application of articial immune system in structural health monitoring,"
Journal of Structures, pp. 709127, 2014
E. Diller, and J. Zhang
"Tetherless mobile magnetic microgripper",
Filed on June, 2017
E. Diller, J. Zhang, A. Sadri, and N. Kircanski,
"Microuidic particle sorter", United States Patent Application 20170259265,
Filed on March 8, 2016
1st place oral presentation in MIE Symposium 2017, University of Toronto, Canada
Co-supervisor of undergraduate students in Microrobotics Laboratory
Managed tasks and schedules of the students and evaluated their outcomes periodically, such that the students were constantly motivated and encouraged to maintain their maximum performance.
Trained the students to use laboratory instruments, including laser cutters, gaussmeters, microscopes, and high-speed cameras, which enable them to work independently and efficiently in the laboratory.
Taught the students of magnetics, electromagnetic coil system principles, C/C++ programming, and softwares including SolidWorks and AutoCAD, using which the students finsihed projects of designing and fabricating a 3D electromagnetic coil system and exploring the parallel operations of two microswimmers.
Oral research presentation in IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, 2015
Teaching Assistant for 2 years (2012-2014) in Engineering Experimentation
(ME3901, junior-level course) in Worcester Polytechnic Institute, U.S.A.
Trained students to program in LabVIEW and perform engineering experiemnts.
Organized the course tutorials, homework, and exams, and provided prompt feedback to students.
Volunteered as a coordinator and translator in The 34th Annual ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals,