Chrisy Xiyu Du, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor at Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa


Honolulu, Hawai'i

I am interested in soft materials design for the next generation. Currently, I use a combination of theoretical and computational tools ranging from information theory to particle based simulations to design building blocks that self-assemble into intricate structures and perform functions just like in the movie Big Hero 6.

I will join the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa as an Assistant Professor starting Jan. 1st, 2023. Currently, I am a Research Associate working with Professor Michael Brenner at Harvard University. Before that, I earned my Ph.D. in physics from University of Michigan, working with Professor Sharon Glotzer and Professor Greg van Anders.

Selected Publications

  1. Programming interactions in magnetic handshake materials
    Chrisy Xiyu Du, Hanyu Alice Zhang, Tanner G Pearson, and 4 more authors
    Soft Matter 2022
  2. Inverse design of compression-induced solid–solid transitions in colloids
    Chrisy Xiyu Du, Greg Anders, Julia Dshemuchadse, and 2 more authors
    Molecular Simulation 2020
  3. Shape-driven solid–solid transitions in colloids
    Chrisy Xiyu Du, Greg Anders, Richmond S Newman, and 1 more author
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 2017