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Xiaodu Wang, Ph.D.

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Xiaodu Wang, Ph.D. is a professor in The University of Texas at San Antonio's Department of Mechanical Engineering. Professor Wang specializes in the study of hard tissue nanomechanics and prediction/prevention of aging and skeletal disorder induced bone fragility fractures.

Selected Publications

Xiaodu Wang, Haoran Xu, Yehong Huang, Sumin Gu, and Jean Jiang: Coupling effect of water and proteoglycan on the in situ toughness of bone, JBMR, (2016) 31(5): 1026-1029.

Liqiang Lin, Jitin Samuel, Xiaodu Wang, and Xiaowei Zeng: Contribution of extrafibrillar matrix to the mechanical behavior of bone using a novel cohesive finite element model, Journal of Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, (2016) 65: 224-235.

Xiao Yang, Ahmed Jenan Mostafa, Mark Appleford, Lian-Wen Sun, and Xiaodu Wang: Bone formation is affected by matrix advanced glycation end products (AGEs) in vivo, Calcified Tissue International, (2016) 99(4): 373-383

X. Dong, H. Leng, Q. Ran, X. Wang: Finding of microdamage morphology differences in mice femoral bones with distinct mineralization levels, Journal of Mechanics in Medicine and Biology (2010) accepted.

Silva, M. J., Brodt, M. D., Lynch, M. A., McKenzie, J. A., Tanouye, K. M., Nyman, J. S., Wang, X: Type 1 diabetes in young rats leads to progressive trabecular bone loss, cessation of cortical bone growth, and diminished whole bone strength and fatigue life, Journal of bone and mineral research, 24 (2009) 1618-27

X. Dong, T. Guda, H.R. Millwater, X. Wang: Probabilistic prediction of microdamage progression in bone using a finite element model of mineral-collagen composites, J. Biomech. 42 (2009) 202-209.

Y. Yang, S. Park, Y. Liu, K. Lee, H. Kim, J. Koh, X. Meng, K. Kim, H. Ji, X. Wang, J. Ong: Development of sputtered nanoscale titanium oxide coating on osseointegrated implant devices and their biological evaluation, Vacuum 83 (2009) 569-574.

H. Leng, X. Dong, and X. Wang: Progressive post-yield behavior of human cortical bone in compression for middle-aged and elderly groups, J. Biomech. 42 (2009) 491-497

J.S. Nyman, H. Leng, X. Dong, X. Wang: Differences in the mechanical behavior of cortical bone between compression and tension when subjected to progressive loading, Journal of Mechanical Behavior of Biomaterials, 2 (2009) 613-619

J.S. Nyman; Q. Ni, D.P. Nicollela, X. Wang: Measurements of mobile and bound water by nuclear magnetic resonance correlate with mechanical properties of bone, Bone 42 (2008) 193–199.

X. Wang, J.S. Nyman: A novel approach to assess post-yield energy dissipation of bone in tension, J. Biomech. 40 (2007) 674-7.

X. Wang, Y.J. Yoon, & H. Ji: A novel scratching approach for measuring age-related changes in the in situ toughness of bone, J. Biomech. 40 (2007) 1401-4.

S. Parachuru, A Jain, and X. Wang: Size requirements of compact sandwich specimen for testing of bone, J. Mechanics in Medicine and Biology 7 (2007) 419-431

J.S. Hyman, A. Roy, J.H. Tyler, R. Acuna, H.J. Gayle, and X. Wang: Age-related factors affecting the post-yield energy dissipation of human cortical bone. J. Orhtop. Res. 25 (2007) 646-655.

Q. Ni, J. S. Nyman, X. Wang, A. De Los Santos, and D.P. Nicolella: Assessment of water distribution changes in human cortical bone by nuclear magnetic resonance,Meas. Sci. Technol. 18 (2007) 1–9.

J.S. Nyman, A. Roy, R.L. Acuna, H.J. Gayle, M.J. R eyes, J.H. Tyler, D.D. Dean, and X. Wang: Age-related effect on the concentration of collagen crosslinks in human osteonal and interstitial bone tissue, Bone, 39 (2006) 1210-1217.

J.G. Fleischli, T.J. Laughlin, K.A. Athanasiou, D.R. Lanctot, L. Lavery, X. Wang, and C.M. Mauli: Effect of diabetes mellitus on the material properties of the distal tibia. Journal of the American Podiatric Association, (2006) 96(2) 91-95.

J. Nyman, A. Roy, X. Shen, and X. Wang: The influence of water distribution on the strength and toughness of cortical bone, J. Biomech. (2006) 39(5) 931–938.

Professor, Materials Engineering and Biomechanics, UTSA


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Yokohama National University, 1990

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1985

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1982



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