Ken Gall


Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

<p>Professor Gall&rsquo;s research aims to develop a fundamental understanding of the relationship between the processing, structure, and mechanical properties of materials.&nbsp; His scientific contributions range from the creation and understanding of shape memory metals and polymers to the discovery of a new phase transformation in metal nanowires.&nbsp; His current research interests are 3D printed metals and polymers, soft synthetic biomaterials, and biopolymers with structured surface porous networks.&nbsp;</p>
<p>In addition to his research he has consulted for industry, the US Military and the US Intelligence Community, and served as an expert witness in multiple patent and product litigations.&nbsp; Finally, he is a passionate entrepreneur who uses fundamental scientific knowledge to hasten the commercialization of new materials and improve the effectiveness of existing materials.&nbsp;&nbsp; He founded two medical device start-up companies, MedShape and Vertera who have commercialized university based technologies in the orthopedic medical device space.</p>

Appointments and Affiliations

<ul><li>Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science</li><li>Associate Director in the Pratt School of Engineering, MEDx Inititative</li><li>Associate Dean for Entrepreneurship in the Pratt School of Engineering</li><li>Professor of Biomedical Engineering</li><li>Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery</li><li>Core Faculty in Innovation & Entrepreneurship</li></ul>

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 144 Hudson Hall, Box 90300, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-5430
  • Email Address:
  • Websites:

    <ul><li><a href=""> Gall Group</a></li></ul>


<ul><li>Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1998</li><li>M.S. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1996</li><li>B.S. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1995</li></ul>

Research Interests

Materials science, mechanical properties, metals and polymers. Specialties: Shape memory materials, biomaterials, 3D printing.

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

<ul><li>ASEE Curtis McGraw Award. ASEE. 2012</li><li>TMS Robert Lansing Hardy Award. The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society. 2008</li><li>ASM Bradley Stoughton Award. ASM International. 2005</li><li>ASME Gold Medal. ASME. 2004</li><li>Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineering (PECASE). Department of Energy - NNSA. 2002</li></ul>

Courses Taught

<ul><li>BME 394: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)</li><li>BME 493: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)</li><li>BME 494: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)</li><li>BME 791: Graduate Independent Study</li><li>BME 792: Continuation of Graduate Independent Study</li><li>COMPSCI 391: Independent Study</li><li>EGR 101L: Engineering Design and Communication</li><li>EGR 391: Projects in Engineering</li><li>EGR 393: Research Projects in Engineering</li><li>EGRMGMT 590: Advanced Topics in Engineering Management</li><li>ME 391: Undergraduate Projects in Mechanical Engineering</li><li>ME 392: Undergraduate Projects in Mechanical Engineering</li><li>ME 421L: Mechanical Design</li><li>ME 491: Special Projects in Mechanical Engineering</li><li>ME 492: Special Projects in Mechanical Engineering</li><li>ME 555: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering</li><li>ME 591: Research Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering or Material Science</li><li>ME 592: Research Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering or Material Science</li><li>ME 758S: Curricular Practical Training</li></ul>

In the News

<ul><li><a href=" From the Lab, the First Cartilage-Mimicking Gel That’s Strong Enough for Knees</a> (<span class="date">Jun 26, 2020</span>)</li><li><a href=" Duke Creates Open-Source Protective Respirator</a> (<span class="date">Apr 13, 2020</span>)</li><li><a href=" Solving Pressing Challenges: 3D Printing of Medical Grade Face Shields</a> (<span class="date">Apr 2, 2020</span>)</li><li><a href=""> Duke-Georgia Tech Spinal Implant Start-UP Acquired by NuVasive</a> (<span class="date">Sep 19, 2017</span> | <span class="source">Pratt School of Engineering</span>)</li><li><a href=" Students, Doctors Develop Next-Generation Surgical Implants</a> (<span class="date">May 1, 2017</span>)</li><li><a href=""> Ken Gall Named Chair of Duke’s MEMS Department</a> (<span class="date">Apr 24, 2015</span> | <span class="source">Pratt School of Engineering</span>)</li></ul>

Representative Publications

<ul><li>Allen, B; Moore, C; Seyler, T; Gall, K, <em>Modulating antibiotic release from reservoirs in 3D-printed orthopedic devices to treat periprosthetic joint infection.</em>, J Orthop Res, vol 38 no. 10 (2020), pp. 2239-2249 [<a href="" >10.1002/jor.24640</a>] [<a href="" >abs</a>].</li><li>Zhao, J; Kirillova, A; Kelly, CN; Xu, H; Koshut, WJ; Yang, F; Gall, K; Wiley, BJ, <em>High-Strength Hydrogel Attachment through Nanofibrous Reinforcement.</em>, Advanced Healthcare Materials (2020) [<a href="" >10.1002/adhm.202001119</a>] [<a href="" >abs</a>].</li><li>Yang, F; Zhao, J; Koshut, WJ; Watt, J; Riboh, JC; Gall, K; Wiley, BJ, <em>A Synthetic Hydrogel Composite with the Mechanical Behavior and Durability of Cartilage</em>, Advanced Functional Materials, vol 30 no. 36 (2020) [<a href="" >10.1002/adfm.202003451</a>] [<a href="" >abs</a>].</li><li>Safranski, D; Dupont, K; Gall, K, <em>Pseudoelastic NiTiNOL in Orthopaedic Applications</em>, Shape Memory and Superelasticity, vol 6 no. 3 (2020), pp. 332-341 [<a href="" >10.1007/s40830-020-00294-y</a>] [<a href="" >abs</a>].</li><li>Erickson, MM; Richardson, ES; Hernandez, NM; Bobbert, DW; Gall, K; Fearis, P, <em>Helmet Modification to PPE With 3D Printing During the COVID-19 Pandemic at Duke University Medical Center: A Novel Technique.</em>, J Arthroplasty, vol 35 no. 7S (2020), pp. S23-S27 [<a href="" >10.1016/j.arth.2020.04.035</a>] [<a href="" >abs</a>].</li></ul>