Guoyong Mao

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Soft Materials Lab, Linz Institute of Technology, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Altenberger Strasse 69, 4040 Linz, Austria.

Working experience

  • University Assistant, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria. Martin Kaltenbrunner Group, 2019.12-current
  • Post-doc, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria. Martin Kaltenbrunner Group,2018.10-2019.11
  • Research Assitant, Zhejiang University, China, Shaoxing Qu Group,2018.6-2018.10


  • Ph.D. Solid Mechanics, Zhejiang University, China. Shaoxing Qu Group,2013.09-2018.06
  • Visiting Student, Harvard University, USA. Zhigang Suo Group,2015.10-2016.10
  • B.Eng. Engineering Mechanics, Zhejiang University, China,2009.09-2013.06

Honors and Rewards

  • Outstanding Graduates of Zhejiang University (2018)
  • National Scholarship for Doctoral Students (2015)
  • Outstanding Graduates of Zhejiang University & Zhejiang Province(2013)
  • National Scholarship (2011)


  • IEEE RobotSoft 2020 X3
  • IEEE RobotSoft 2021 X2
  • IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics X2
  • International Journal of Mechanical Sciences X1
  • Journal of Applied Mechanics X2
  • Soft matter X1

Services: Academic society

Committee Board of the Engineering and Applied Science Forum (EASF) (2020.10.1-2021.12.30) 


A. Archive Journals (# Equal contribution, * corresponding author)

  1. G. Mao, W. Hong, M. Kaltenbrunner, S. Qu, TBD, In submission.
  2. F. Hartmann, M.  Jakešová, G. Mao, M. Nikic, M. Kaltenbrunner*, V. Derek*, E. Głowacki*, Advanced Electronic Materials, accepted, 2021.
  3. G. Li#, X. Chen#, F. Zhou#, Y. Liang, Y. Xiao, X. Cao, Z. Zhang, M. Zhang, B. Wu, S. Yin, Y. Xu, H. Fan, Z. Chen, W. Song, W. Yang, B. Pan, J. Hou, W. Zou, S. He, X. Yang, G. Mao, Z. Jia, H. Zhou, T. Li*, S. Qu, Z. Xu, Z. Huang, Y. Luo, T. Xie, J. Gu, S. Zhu, W. Yang, Nature, accepted, 2021.
  4. F. Greibich, R. Schwödiauer, G. Mao, D. Wirthl, M. Drack, R. Baumgartner, A. Kogler, J. Stadlbauer, S. Bauer, N. Arnold, and M. Kaltenbrunner, Nature Energy, 2021.
  5. X. Wang#, G. Mao#, J. Ge , M. Drack , G. S. C. Bermúdez , D. Wirthl , R. Illing , T. Kosub , L. Bischoff , C. Wang , J. Fassbender , M. Kaltenbrunner, D. Makarov, Communications materials, 2020, [Press Report, Nature Review Materials, 科学网, 科技日报中新网Nature Aisa, APA-science]
  6. Z. Yu#, W. Bin# Ying, D. Pravarthana, Y. Li, G. Mao, Y. Liu, C. Hu, W. Zhang, P. He, Z. Zhong, S. Qu, R. Zhang,* J. Shang,* J. Zhu, and R. Li*, Stretchable Tactile Sensor with High Sensitivity and Dynamic Stability Based on Vertically Aligned Urchin-shaped Nanoparticles, Material Today Physics, 2020, DOI:
  7. G. Mao*, M Drack#, M. Karami-Mosammam#, D. Wirthl, T. Stockinger, R. Schwödiauer, M. Kaltenbrunner*, Science Advances, (2020), DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.abc0251. [Press report: APA-Science]
  8. M. Baumgartner , F. Hartmann , M. Drack , D. Preninger , D. Wirthl , R. Gerstmayr , L. Lehner , G. Mao , R. Pruckner , S. Demchyshyn , L. Reiter , M. Strobel , T. Stockinger , D. Schiller , F. Greibich , G. Buchberger , E. Bradt , S. Hild , M. Kaltenbrunner*, S. Bauer, Nature Material, 2020,
  9. G. Kettlgruber, D. Danninger, R. Moser, M. Drack, C. M. Siket, D. Wirthl, F. Hartmann, G. Mao, M. Kaltenbrunner*, S. Bauer. Stretch‐Safe: Magnetic Connectors for Modular Stretchable Electronics. Advanced Intelligent System, doi:10.1002/aisy.202000065.
  10. Y. Zheng#, Z. Yu#, G. Mao, Y. Li, W. Asghar, Y. Liu, S. Qu, J. Shang,* and R. Li*, A Wearable Capacitive Sensor Based on Ring/Disk‐Shaped Electrode and Porous Dielectric for Noncontact Healthcare Monitoring, Global Challenges, 2020, 4, 1900079
  11. Z. Han, P. Wang, G. Mao, T. Yin, D. Zhong, Y. Burebi, X. Hu, G. Nian,*,S. Qu,*, W. Yang, Dual pH-Responsive Hydrogel Actuator for Lipophilic Drug Delivery, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces., 2020,
  12. R. Baumgartner, A. Kogler, J. M. Stadlbauer, C. Foo, R. Kaltseis, M. Baumgartner, G. Mao, C. Keplinger, S. Adrian Koh, N. Arnold, Z. Suo, M. Kaltenbrunner*, and S. Bauer, A Lesson from Plants: High‐Speed Soft Robotic Actuators, Adv. Sci., 2020, doi:10.1002/advs.201903391.
  13. Y. Wang, Z. Yu, G. Mao, Y. Liu, G. Liu, J. Shang, S. Qu, Q. Chen and R.-W. Li, Printable Liquid-Metal@PDMS Stretchable Heater with High Stretchability and Dynamic Stability for Wearable Thermotherapy. Adv. Mater. Technol., 4 (2019), 1800435.
  14. X. Yi, Z. Yu, X. Niu, J. Shang, G. Mao, T. Yin, H. Yang, W. Xue, P. Dhanapal, S. Qu, G. Liu and R.-W. Li, Intrinsically Stretchable Resistive Switching Memory Enabled by Combining a Liquid Metal–Based Soft Electrode and a Metal–Organic Framework Insulator. Adv. Electron. Mater., 5 (2019), 1800655.
  15. T. Yin, L. Wu, T. Wu, G. Mao, G. Nian, Z. Chen, X. Hu, P. Wang, Y. Xiang, H. Yu, S. Qu and W. Yang, Ultrastretchable and conductive core/sheath hydrogel fibers with multifunctionality, J. Polym. Sci., Part B: Polym. Phys, 57 (2019), 272-280.
  16. J. Liu, Z. Chen, X. Liang, X. Huang, G. Mao, W. Hong, H. Yu, S. Qu, Puncture mechanics of soft elastomeric membrane with large deformation by rigid cylindrical indenter, J. Mech. Phys. Solids, 112 (2018) 458-471.
  17. Y. Xiang, D. Zhong, P. Wang, G. Mao, H. Yu, S. Qu, A general constitutive model of soft elastomers, J. Mech. Phys. Solids, 117 (2018) 110-122.
  18. G. Mao, L. Wu, Y. Fu, J. Liu, S. Qu, Voltage-controlled radial wrinkles of a trumpet-like dielectric elastomer structure, AIP Adv., 8 (2018) 035314.
  19. G. Mao, L. Wu, Y. Fu, Z. Chen, S. Natani, Z. Gou, X. Ruan, S. Qu, Design and Characterization of a Soft Dielectric Elastomer Peristaltic Pump Driven by Electromechanical Load, IEEE-ASME Trans. Mechatron., 5 (2018) 2132-2143.
  20. G. Mao, Y. Xiang, X. Huang, W. Hong, T. Lu, S. Qu, Viscoelastic effect on the wrinkling of an inflated dielectric elastomer balloon, J. Appl. Mech.-Trans. ASME, 85 (2018) 071003.
  21. L. Wu, G. Mao, G. Nian, Y. Xiang, J. Qian, S. Qu, Mechanical Characterization and Modeling of Sponge-Reinforced Hydrogel Composites under Compression, Soft Matter, 14 (2018) 4355-4363.
  22. T. Li, Z. Zou, G. Mao, X. Yang, Y. Liang, C. Li, S. Qu, Z. Suo, W. Yang, Agile and resilient insect-scale robot, Soft Robotics, (2018), 6 (2018) 133-141.
  23. G. Mao, S. Qu, Review on the instability of dielectric elastomer structures and devices subjected to electromechanical loading, SCIENTIA SINICA Physica, Mechanica & Astronomica, 9 (2018), 094607 (In Chinese).
  24. G. Mao, L. Wu, X. Liang, S. Qu, Morphology of Voltage-Triggered Ordered Wrinkles of a Dielectric Elastomer Sheet, J. Appl. Mech.-Trans. ASME, 84 (2017) 111005-111001-111005.
  25. G. Mao, X. Huang, M. Diab, J. Liu, S. Qu, Controlling wrinkles on the surface of a dielectric elastomer balloon, Extreme Mech. Lett., 9 (2016) 139-146.
  26. J. Liu, G. Mao, X. Huang, Z. Zou, S. Qu, Enhanced Compressive Sensing of Dielectric Elastomer Sensor Using a Novel Structure, J. Appl. Mech.-Trans. ASME, 82 (2015) 101004.
  27. G. Mao, X. Huang, M. Diab, T. Li, S. Qu, W. Yang, Nucleation and Propagation of Voltage-driven Wrinkles in an Inflated Dielectric Elastomer Balloon, Soft Matter, 11 (2015) 6569-6575.
  28. G. Mao, X. Huang, J. Liu, T. Li, S. Qu, W. Yang, Dielectric elastomer peristaltic pump module with finite deformation, Smart Mater. Struct., 24 (2015) 075026.
  29. G. Mao, T. Li, Z. Zou, S. Qu, M. Shi, Prestretch effect on snap-through instability of short-length tubular elastomeric balloons under inflation, Int. J. Solids Struct., 51 (2014) 2109-2115.
  30. G. Mao, D. Liu, W. Chen, Thermo-elastic analysis of micro- and nano-scaled bilayer beams with weak interface, Chinese Quarterly of Mechanics, 55 (2014) 71-82 (in Chinese).
  31. T. Li, Z. Zou, G. Mao, S. Qu, Electromechanical bi-stable behavior of a novel dielectric elastomer actuator, J. Appl. Mech.-Trans. ASME, 81 (2013) 041019.

B. Patents (Selected)

  1. G. Mao, L. Wu, X. Liang, and S. Qu, a smart window with tunable transparency, Zhejiang University, Jan 27, 2017: Under review by SIPO
  2. G. Mao, X. Huang, J. Liu, and S. Qu, an artificial human heart, Zhejiang University, Jan 27, 2016: Under review by SIPO
  3. G. Mao, S. Qu, X. Huang, J. Liu, and T. Li, Soft Peristaltic Pump, Zhejiang University, July 8, 2015: ZL145435137

C. Conference (Selected)

  1. G. Mao, L. Wu, X. Liang, and S. Qu, ” Analysis and application of voltage-triggered wrinkle of a dielectric elastomer membrane,” 54th Annual Technical Meeting of the Society of Engineering Science and ASME-AMD Joint Conference (SES 2017), July 25-28, 2017, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  2. G. Mao, T. Li, and S. Qu, ” Optimization of Tubular Dielectric Elastomer Peristaltic Pump,” The SPIE smart structures/NDE Symposium, March 8-12, 2015, San Diego, California, USA
  3. G. Mao, “Soft electromagnetic robots,” Engineering and applied science forum, August 16, 2020. Webinar

D. Book Chapter

  1. G. Mao, S. Qu, Mechanics and Control of Smart Flexible Structures: R. Li, G. Liu (Eds.) Flexible and Stretchable Electronics: Materials, Design, and Devices, Pan Stanford Publishing, 2019.

S. Supervision

  1. Klaus Grasserbauer, bachelor thesis: hydrogel-based tactile sensor, 2020.