Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

Research Associate



zhengchu.tan11 CV




564City and Guilds BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Zhengchu received her MEng in Mechanical with Nuclear Engineering at Imperial College with 1st Class Honours. The Master's project focused on the simulation of needle insertions with novel motion profiles. She is now pursuing a PhD in the Tribology group at Imperial College.

PhD Research Title: Numerical and Experimental Fracture Mechanic Approach to Needle Insertion Crack Growth of Soft Tissue

The focus of this project is the development of a composite hydrogel (CH) constituting of poly(vinyl) alcohol (PVA) and phytagel that is able to match the complex viscoelastic behaviour of brain. Cell viability of the CH substrate is also investigated, therefore extending the research to include mechanobiology and regenerative medicine studies.



Blaszczak W, Tan Z, Swietach P, 2021, Cost-effective real-time metabolic profiling of cancer cell lines for plate-based assays, Chemosensors, Vol:9, ISSN:2227-9040, Pages:1-16

Yap KK, Murali M, Tan Z, et al., 2021, Wax-oil lubricants to reduce the shear between skin and PPE, Scientific Reports, Vol:11, ISSN:2045-2322, Pages:1-11

Dine A, Bentley E, PoulmarcK L, et al., 2021, A dual nozzle 3D printing system for super soft composite hydrogels, Hardwarex, Vol:9, ISSN:2468-0672

Masen MA, Chung A, Dawczyk JU, et al., 2020, Evaluating lubricant performance to reduce COVID-19 PPE-related skin injury, Plos One, Vol:15, ISSN:1932-6203, Pages:e0239363-e0239363

Tan Z, Ewen J, Galvan S, et al., 2020, What does a brain feel like?, Journal of Chemical Education, Vol:97, ISSN:0021-9584, Pages:4078-4083

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