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Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, National Tsing-Hua University, Taiwan, 2003
B.S., Electrical Engineering, National Tsing-Hua University, Taiwan, 1995


Dr. Mark Cheng joined The University of Alabama in Fall 2019 as a professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering. Cheng received his bachelor’s and doctorate in electrical engineering from National Tsing-Hua University, Taiwan.

He was among the first NIH postdoc trainees in Nanomedicine at the National Cancer Institute and the Ohio State University, where he developed proteomic nanochip and multistage drug delivery systems. Between 2008-2019, Cheng was assistant, associate and then full professor at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. At WSU, he and other faculty members initiated several programs, including Brain@Wayne, Nanoengineering and Cyber-Physical System.

Cheng’s research interests include sensor design, internet-of-things (IoT), brain machine interfaces, biomedical devices, and new materials. Cheng received the prestigious NSF CAREER Award and ONR Summer Research Faculty Award. At UA, he and his students are applying state-of-the-art technologies to emerging challenges in our society, including water population and aging population.

Examples of on-going projects include:

  1. NSF Parity-Time Symmetric Wireless Telemetry Systems for Implantable Microsensors (NSF ECCS)
  2. NSF MRI: Acquisition of an UV-Vis and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (UPS/XPS) for Research and Education in Electronics and Advanced Materials (NSF ECCS)
  3. Smart Management of Microplastic Pollution in the Great Lakes (GLPF)

Honors and Awards

  • CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 2011

Areas of Research

Latest Publications

  • Yoon HJ, JunDH, YangJH, ZhouZX, YangSS, Cheng MMC “A carbon dioxide gas sensor using a graphene sheet.”Sensors and Actuators B-Chemical 157:p310-32011
  • Q Cui, M Sakhdar, B Chamlagain, HJ Chuang, Y Liu, MMC Cheng, Z Zhou, PY Chen, “Ultrathin and Atomically Flat Transition-Metal Oxide: Promising Building Blocks for Metal–Insulator Electronics” ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2016, 8(50), pp 34552–34558 
  • Tian, P., Chen, C.Y., Hu, J., Qi, J., Wang, Q.H., Chen, J.C.M., Cavanaugh, J., Peng, Y.H., and Cheng, M.M.C. ‘A novel fabrication method of carbon electrodes using 3D printing and chemical modification process’, Biomedical Microdevices, 2018, 20, (1), pp. 9
  •  Wenduo Zeng, Junheng Xing, Jimmy Chin-Ming Chen, KY Simon Ng, Kenzo Oshihara, Mark Ming-Cheng Cheng “Design of advanced thick anode for Li-ion battery by inserting a graphite/polymer buffer layer: An in-situ mechanical study” Electrochimica Acta vol281 10 p282-291 August 2018 
  • Pai-Yen Chen, Maryam Sakhdari, Mehdi Hajizadegan, Qingsong Cui, Mark Ming-Cheng Cheng, Ramy El-Ganainy, Andrea Alù, Generalized parity–time symmetry condition for enhanced sensor telemetry Nature Electronics 1 (5) p297 2018/5 2018