Faculty DirectoryMuzhou Wang
Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering (starting on January 1, 2017)
Contact2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-3109
Email Muzhou Wang
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
B.S. Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
Polymers are ubiquitous in applications ranging from everyday household items to organic electronic devices and functional biomaterials. Key to the end-use application are the nanoscale structure and the processing pathways required to attain that final structure.
Our group seeks to understand the fundamental processes that govern the self-assembly of nanostructured polymers and other soft materials. We use recent innovations in advanced optical microscopy techniques to observe materials below the optical resolution limit, opening polymer science to the advantages of optical characterization even at the relevant nanometer length scales. For example, these techniques can directly monitor the dynamic evolution of polymer morphology in situ in real time.
Our group will use these methods for developing new polymeric materials, with a particular emphasis on biomaterials and biohybrid molecules.
Tang S, Wang M, Olsen BD. “Anomalous self-diffusion and sticky rouse dynamics in associative protein hydrogels.” Journal of the American Chemical Society. 2015:137:3946-3957.
Wang M, Likhtman AE, Olsen BD. “Tube curvature slows motion of rod-coil block copolymers through activated reptation.” ACS Macro Letters. 2015:4:242-246.
Wang M, Timachova K, Olsen BD. “Experimental measurement of coil-rod-coil block copolymer tracer diffusion through entangled coil homopolymers.” Macromolecules. 2013:46:1651-1658.
Zhou H, Woo J, Cok AM, Wang M, Olsen BD, Johnson JA. “Counting primary loops in polymer gels.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA. 2012:109:19119-19124.
Wang M, Alexander-Katz A, Olsen BD. “Diffusion of entangled rod-coil block copolymers.” ACS Macro Letters. 2012:1:676-680.