Assistant Professor

Jihong Ma joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UVM in August 2020. Dr. Ma obtained her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2017, and her B.Eng. in Engineering Mechanics from Xi'an Jiaotong University (China) in 2012. Her Ph.D. thesis focused on computational heat transport in nanomaterials. She then worked as a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department
of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, studying topological metamaterials from 2017 to 2019. Before joining UVM, she worked at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a Postdoctoral Research Associate, working on soft matter simulations. Dr. Ma has published her work in many top journals in her field, including Physical Review Letters, Small, Carbon, and Physical Review Applied. She also serves as a reviewer for several journals, including the Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, Scientific Reports, and the Journal of Nano Research. At UVM, Dr. Ma is working on the structure-property relationship of materials at multiple scales (from nano- to macro-) via a combination of theoretical analysis, numerical simulations, and experimental characterizations. Her research goal is to uncover or enhance material performance characteristics for industrial, medical, and aerospace applications.



J. Ma, T. Dumitrica, Nano-scale Heat Transfer in Nanostructures, Springer Briefs in Applied Sciences and Technology (2018)


J. Ma, J.Y. Carrillo, C. Do, W-R Chen, P. Falus, Z. Shen, K. Hong, B.G. Sumpter, Y. Wang, Spatial Correlations of Entangled Polymer Dynamics, Physical Review E 104 (2), 024503 (2021)

Z. Shen, J. Ma, J.Y. Carrillo, W-R Chen, B.G. Sumpter, Y. Wang, Spatiotemporal mapping of mesoscopic liquid dynamics, Physical Review E 103 (2), 022609 (2021)

D. Zhou, J. Ma, K. Sun, S. Gonella, X. Mao, Switchable phonon diodes using nonlinear topological Maxwell lattices, Physical Review B 101 (10), 104106 (2020)

J. Ma, K. Sun, S. Gonella, Valley-Hall In-Plane Edge States as Building Blocks for Elastodynamic Logic Circuits, Physical Review Applied 12 (4), 044015 (2019)

J. Ma, D. Zhou, K. Sun, X. Mao, S. Gonella, Influence of hinge stiffness on the asymmetric wave transport in topological lattices: a parametric study, Health Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems XIII. Vol. 10972. International Society for Optics and Photonics (2019)

J. Ma, D. Zhou, K. Sun, X. Mao, S. Gonella, Edge Modes and Asymmetric Wave Transport in Topological Lattices: Experimental Characterization at Finite Frequencies, Physical Review Letters 121 (9), 094301 (2018)

H. Xu, J. Ma, T. Dumitrica, Smooth sliding and superlubricity in the nanofriction of collapsed carbon nanotubes, Carbon 134, 531-535 (2018)

J. Ma, H. Xu, T. Dumitrica, Collapsed carbon nanotubes as building blocks for high-performance thermal materials, Physical Review Materials 1 (5), 056001 (2017)

J. Ma, A. Dasmahapatra, P. Kroll, E. Meletis, T. Dumitrica, Compositional and structural atomistic study of amorphous Si–B–N networks of interest for high-performance coatings, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 120 (42), 24346-24353 (2016)

J. Ma, Y. Ni, T. Dumitrica, Nanowires with Dislocations for Ultralow Lattice Thermal Conductivity, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (Communication), 18(15), 9888-9892 (2016)

C.G. Wang, Y.P. Liu, J. Ma, T. Dumitrică, M.K. Wadee, H.F. Tan, Buckling behavior of carbon nanotubes under bending: from ripple to kink, Carbon 102, 224-235 (2016)

J. Ma, Y. Ni, S. Volz, T. Dumitrica, Thermal transport in single-walled carbon nanotubes under pure bending, Physical Review Applied 3 (2), 024014 (2015)

J. Ma, Y. Ni, T. Dumitrica, Thermal conductivity and phonon scattering in severely bent carbon nanotubes and bi-layer graphene, Materials Today: Proceedings 2 (6), 3819-3823 (2015)

S. Xiong, J. Ma, S. Volz, T. Dumitrica, Thermally‐Active Screw Dislocations in Si Nanowires and Nanotubes, Small (Communication) 10 (9), 1756-1760 (2014)

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Nanomaterials, Metamaterials, and Polymers


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • B.Sc., Engineering Mechanics, Xi'an Jiaotong University


Office Location:

201B Votey Hall

  1. Jihong's Group

Courses Taught

  • ME 101 Materials Engineering
  • ME 245 Advance Heat Transfer