Danny Sánchez



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PhD, Materials Science and Engineering (2021)
The University of Texas at Austin
Dissertation: “The Mechanics and Chemistry of 2D Material Bubbles”
Advisor: Prof. Nanshu Lu

BSc, Mechanical Engineering (2015)
The University of Texas at Austin


I study the mechanics, surface science, and interfacial properties of 2D materials. I’m especially interested in spontaneously-formed structures of 2D materials, such as bubbles, tents, and pleats.

Selected Publications

  1. Daniel A. Sanchez, Zhaohe Dai, Nanshu Lu, “2D Material Bubbles: Fabrication, Characterization, and Applications”, Trends in Chemistry, 2021.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.trechm.2020.12.011
  2. Zhaohe Dai, Daniel A. Sanchez, Christopher J. Brennan, Nanshu Lu, “Radial buckle delamination around 2D material tents”, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 2020.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jmps.2019.103843
  3. Kha Tran, Galan Moody, Fengcheng Wu, Xiaobo Lu, Junho Choi, Kyounghwan Kim, Amritesh Rai, Daniel A. Sanchez, Jiamin Quan, Akshay Singh, Jacob Embley, André Zepeda, Marshall Campbell, Travis Autry, Takashi Taniguchi, Kenji Watanabe, Nanshu Lu, Sanjay K Banerjee, Kevin L Silverman, Suenne Kim, Emanuel Tutuc, Li Yang, Allan H MacDonald, Xiaoqin Li, “Evidence for moiré excitons in van der Waals heterostructures”, Nature, 2019.
    DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-0975-z
  4. Zhaohe Dai, Yuan Hou, Daniel A. Sanchez, Guorui Wang, Christopher J. Brennan, Zhong Zhang, Luqi Liu, and Nanshu Lu, “Interface-Governed Deformation of Nanobubbles and Nanotents Formed by Two-Dimensional Materials”, Physical Review Letters, 2018.
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.121.266101
    Editor’s Suggestion and cover image article
  5. Daniel A. Sanchez, Zhaohe Dai, Peng Wang, Arturo Cantu-Chavez, Christopher J. Brennan, Rui Huang, Nanshu Lu, “Mechanics of spontaneously formed nanoblisters trapped by transferred 2D crystals”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2018.
    DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1801551115

Selected Honors

  • Engineering Postdoctoral Fellowship (eFellows), 2021
    American Society for Engineering Education
  • Penn Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2021
    University of Pennsylvania
  • Graduate Archer Fellowship in Policy, 2021
    The University of Texas System
  • Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, 2020
    National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine
  • GLUE (Graduates Linked with Undergraduates in Engineering) Mentor Award, 2020
    Women in Engineering Program, Cockrell School of Engineering
  • Best Graduate Poster Award, 2017
    7th Annual oSTEM Conference
  • Graduate Research Fellowship Program, 2017
    National Science Foundation
  • GEM PhD Fellowship, 2016
    National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science
  • T. W. Whaley, Jr. Friends of Alec Endowed Fellowship, 2015
    NASCENT NSF ERC, The University of Texas at Austin