Personal Profile

Ge Qi, Kevin

Assistant Professor

Pillar / Cluster: Science

Email: tr_dv@fhgq.rqh.ft


Dr. Kevin, Ge Qi’s research involves the use of continuum mechanics coupled with multiphysics to understand multifunctional behaviours of active materials, to develop computational tools to guide structure design, and develop advanced manufacturing system to enable the creation of complex multimaterial active structures exhibiting nonlinear, large deformation actuations.

The aim of his group is to develop new multifunctional advanced manufacturing approaches to designing and manufacturing active composites, structures, devices that are made of active materials, designed by the computational tools based on the fundamental understanding of multiphysics and nonlinear mechanics behaviors, and manufactured by advanced manufacturing technologies such as multimaterial 3D printing, micro/nanoscale 3D printing, 4D printing etc.
His primary areas of interest include: continuum mechanics, multiphysics, polymer synthesis, material science, 3D/4D printing, machine design, mechatronics.

Prior to his appointment at SUTD, Dr. Ge did his postdoctoral research at SUTD, MIT and CU boulder. Dr. Ge received his Ph.D. from University of Colorado at Boulder in 2012 on experiments and modeling of shape memory polymers and composites. Dr. Ge is recognized as one of the pioneers of the new 4D printing technology that has generated significant popular and scientific press (more than 100 reports) and helped to lead to various programmes supported in the United States by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) and the Army Research Office.

Research Areas

  • Soft materials
  • Shape memory polymers and composites
  • Active composites and devices by 3D printing


  • Outstanding Ph. D. Dissertation Award (2013)
  • Haythornthwaite Foundation Travel Award of ASME Applied Mechanics Division (2012)
  • Haythornthwaite Foundation Travel Award of ASME Applied Mechanics Division (2011)
  • Outstanding graduate of Zhejiang University (2008)


  1. Ge Q., Qi H. J., and Dunn M. L., “Active Materials by 4D Printing”, Applied Physics Letters, in press.
  2. Ge Q., Yu K., Dunn M. L., and Qi H. J., “Shape Memory Polymers: Mechanisms and Constitutive Models”, International Journal of Aerospace and Lightweight Structures, in press.
  3. Ge Q., Westbrook K. K., Mather P. T., Dunn M. L. and Qi H. J., “Thermomechanical behavior of a two-way shape memory composite actuator”, Smart Materials and Structures, 2013, 22: 055009.
  4. Ge Q., Luo, X., Iversen, C. B., Mather P., Dunn M. L. and Qi H. J., “Mechanisms of Triple-Shape Polymeric Composites Featuring Dual Thermal Transitions”, Soft Matter, 2013, 9, 2212–2223.
  5. Ge Q., Yu, K., Ding, Y. and Qi, H. J., “Prediction of Temperature Dependent Free Recovery Behaviors of Amorphous Shape Memory Polymers”, Soft Matter, 2012, 8: 11098–11105.
  6. Ge Q., Luo X., Rodriguez E. D., Zhang X., Mather P. T., Dunn M. L. and Qi H. J., “Thermo-mechanical Behaviors of Shape Memory Elastomer Composites”, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 2012, 60(1): 67-83.
  7. Wang Z. , Hansen C., Ge Q., Maruf S. H., Ahn D. U., Qi H. J. and Ding Y., “Programmable, Pattern-Memorizing Polymer Surface”, Advanced Materials, 2011, 23: 3669-3673.
  8. Westbrook K. K., Mather P. T., Parakh V., Dunn M. L., Ge Q., Lee B. M. and Qi H. J., “Two-way reversible shape memory effects in a free-standing polymer composite”, Smart Materials and Structures, 2011, 20: 065010.
  9. Chen L.Y., Ge Q., Qu S., and Jiang J. Z., “Stress-induced softening and hardening in a bulk metallic glass”, Scripta Materialia, 2008, 59: 1210-1213.
  10. Chen L. Y., Ge Q., Qu S., Jiang Q. K., Nie X. P. and J. Z. Jiang, “Achieving large macroscopic compressive plastic deformation and work-hardening-like behavior in a monolithic bulk metallic glass by tailoring stress distribution”, Applied Physics Letter 2008, 92: 211905.