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Yujie Meng PhD.

Application Scientist

Yujie Meng enrolled in College of Materials Sciences and Technology at Nanjing Forestry University, Jiangsu, China in 2003 and obtained her BS in 2007. She moved to the States and joined Center for Renewable Carbon at University of Tennessee to pursue her M.S. degree in 2008. She worked on nanoindentation characterization on soft material and polymer composite interphase projects using various techniques (nano DMA, modulus mapping, testing at elevated temperature, testing in liquid and micro compression testing etc.). She continued her education by obtained a Ph.D. in Natural Resources with a concentration in Bio-based Products and Wood Science & Technology and a dual MS in Statistics from University of Tennessee in 2015. During the pursue of her PhD, she visited Oak Ridge National Laboratory and worked as research assistant in Material Science and Technology Division from 2013 to 2015, where she was involved in the carbon nanostructure and nanoporous carbons research.

Yujie has research experience on multi-materials including fiber-reinforced polymer composites, lignocellulose material, nano reinforced adhesive, bio nanocomposites, aerogel, bio-based carbon material and biomass-based films. She also has extensive hands-on experiences on small scale mechanical characterization (Nanoindentation, AFM etc.) She is a member of Forest Products Society and Society of Wood Science & Technology. Yujie joined Nanomechanics, Inc. in Oct 2015 as an Application Scientist.


  • 1. Meng, Y., Young, T.M., Liu. P, Contescu C.I., Huang, B., Wang, S., Ultralight carbon aerogel from microfibril cellulose as highly selective oil absorption materials. Cellulose, 22 (1) 435-447, 2015 Featured article on front cover
  • 2. Meng, Y., Wu. Q., Wang, S., Young. T.M., Huang, B., Analyzing three-dimensional structure and geometrical shape of individual cellulose nanocrystal. Polymer Composites. 2015
  • 3. Meng, Y., Xia, Y., Wang, S., Cai, Z., Young. T.M., Viscoelasticity of wood cell wall affected by moisture content via nanoindentation. RSC Advances, 04, 2015
  • 4. Meng, Y., Wang, X., Wu, Z., Young. T.M., Wang, S., Optimization of cellulose nanofibrils carbon aerogel fabrication using response surface methodology. European Polymer Journal, 73, 137-148, 2015
  • 5. Ma, L., Zhang Y., Meng, Y., Wang, S., Preparing cellulose nanocrystal/acrylonitrile- butadiene- styrene nanocomposites using the master-batch method. Carbohydrate polymer, 125, 352-359, 2015
  • 6. Li, X., Du. Guan., Wang. S., Meng, Y., Influence of gender on the mechanical and physical properties of hemp shiv fiber cell wall in dioecious hemp plant. BioResources, 10(2), 2281-2288, 2015
  • 7. Zhang, Y., Liu, C., Wang, S., Wu, Y., Meng Y., The influence of nanocellulose and silicon dioxide on the mechanical properties of the cell wall with relation to the bond interface between wood and ureaformaldehyde resin. Wood and Fiber Science, 47(3), 2015
  • 8. Li, Y., Yin, L., Huang, C., Meng, Y., Wang, S., and Wu, Q., Quasi-static and dynamic nanoindentation to determine influence of thermal treatment on mechanical properties of bamboo cell walls. Holzforschung, 69 (7), 909-914, 2015
  • 9. Xu, D., Zhang, Y., Zhou, H., Meng, Y., Wang, S., Characterization of adhesive penetration in wood bondlines by means of scanning thermal microscopy (SThM) Holzforschung, 2015
  • 10. Liu, C., Zhang, Y., Wang, S., Meng, Y., Hosseinaei, O., Micromechanical properties of the interphase in cellulose nanofiber-reinforced phenol formaldehyde bondlines. BioResources, 9(3), 2014
  • 11. Wu. Q., Meng, Y., Wang, S., Li. Y., Rheological behavior of cellulose nanocrystal suspension: Influence of concentration and aspect ratio. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 131 (15), 2014
  • 12. Wang. X., Deng. Y., Wang, S., Min. C., Meng, Y., Pham. T., Ying. Y., Evaluation of the effects of compression combined with heat treatment by nanoindentation (NI) of poplar cell walls. Holzforschung. 68(2), 167–173, 2013
  • 13. Wu. Q., Meng, Y., Concha. K., Wang, S., Li. Y., Influence of temperature and humidity on nano-mechanical properties of cellulose nanocrystal films made from Switchgrass and Cotton. Industrial Crops and Products, 48, 28–35, 2013
  • 14. Wang. X., Deng. Y., Wang, S., Liao. C., Meng, Y., Pham. T., Nanoscale Characterization of Reed Stalk Fiber Cell Walls. BioResources, 8(2), 2013
  • 15. Li. X., Wang, S., Du, G., Wu. Z., Meng, Y., Variation in Physical and Mechanical Properties of Hemp Stalks Fibers along Height of Stem. Industrial Crops and Products, 42, 344-348, 2013
  • 16. Meng, Y., Wang, S., Cai, Z., Young, T.M., Du, G. and Li. Y., A Novel Sample Preparation Method to Avoid Influence of Embedding Medium During Nano-Indentation. Applied Physics A 110(2), 361-369, 2013
  • 17. Zhang. Y., Meng, Y., Wu, Y., Wang, S., Effect of Enzyme Treatment on the Mechanical Properties of Wood Cell Walls by Nanoindentation. BioResources, 7(2), 2012
  • 18. Liao. C., Deng. Y., Wang, S., Meng, Y., Wang. X., Wang. N., Microstructure and mechanical properties of Silvergrass fibers cell evaluated by nanoindentation. Wood and Fiber Science, 44(1), 2012
  • 19. Meng, Y., Li, D., Research of Macro Crack Growth Pattern on the Wood Packaging Composites Material [J]. Packaging Engineering 29(4), 2008