Faculty Directory
Muzhou Wang

Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering


2145 Sheridan Road
Tech E174
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

847-491-3549Email Muzhou Wang


Wang Lab


Chemical and Biological Engineering


Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

B.S. Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA

Research Interests

Polymers are in many applications ranging from everyday household items to organic electronic devices and functional biomaterials. In every application, it is very important to understand the nanoscale structure and the optimal method of achieving that final structure. Our group seeks to understand the processes and mechanisms 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. This opens 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 apply these tools to explore various bottlenecks in our understanding of polymer physics, opening avenues for developing new polymeric materials with excellent nanoscale control and superior performance. 

Selected Publications

    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.