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 useful 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 assembly and dynamics of nanostructured polymers and other soft materials. We also develop and adapt techniques for controlling and characterizing these processes. For example, 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. These techniques can directly monitor the dynamic evolution of polymer morphology in situ in real time. Our group explores various bottlenecks in our understanding of polymer physics, opening avenues for developing new polymeric materials with excellent nanoscale control and superior performance.

Selected Publications

  • Zhang, Ruimeng; Qiang, Zhe; Wang, Muzhou, Integration of Polymer Synthesis and Self-Assembly for Controlled Periodicity and Photonic Properties, Advanced Functional Materials
  • Qiang, Zhe; Li, Lingqiao; Torkelson, John M.; Wang, Muzhou, Determining order-to-disorder transitions in block copolymer thin films using a self-referencing fluorescent probe, Molecular Systems Design and Engineering
  • Chan, Jonathan M.; Wang, Muzhou, Toward Artificial Tissues That Are Both Soft and Firm, ACS Central Science
  • Wang, Muzhou; Marr, James M.; Davanco, Marcelo; Gilman, Jeffrey W.; Liddle, J. Alexander, Nanoscale deformation in polymers revealed by single-molecule super-resolution localization-orientation microscopy, Materials Horizons
  • Qiang, Zhe; Akolawala, Sahil A.; Wang, Muzhou, Simultaneous In-Film Polymer Synthesis and Self-Assembly for Hierarchical Nanopatterns, ACS Macro Letters
  • Qiang, Zhe; Shebek, Kevin M.; Irie, Masahiro; Wang, Muzhou, A Polymerizable Photoswitchable Fluorophore for Super-Resolution Imaging of Polymer Self-Assembly and Dynamics, ACS Macro Letters
  • Lam, Christopher N.; Chang, Dongsook; Wang, Muzhou; Chen, Wei Ren; Olsen, Bradley D., The shape of protein-polymer conjugates in dilute solution, Journal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
  • Wang, Muzhou; Likhtman, Alexei E.; Olsen, Bradley D., Crossover between activated reptation and arm retraction mechanisms in entangled rod-coil block copolymers, Journal of Chemical Physics