Faculty Directory
Muzhou Wang

Associate 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 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.

Selected Publications

  • Heyl, Tyler R.; Beebe, Jeremy M.; Mangold, Shane; Silvaroli, Anthony J.; Ahn, Dongchan; Shull, Kenneth R.; Wang, Muzhou, Correlating Nanomechanical Mapping and Single-Molecule Localization Microscopy for Local Properties in Interpenetrating Network Elastomers, Macromolecules (2023).
  • Silvaroli, Anthony J.; Heyl, Tyler R.; Chyasnavichyus, Marius; Beebe, Jeremy M.; Ahn, Dongchan; Mangold, Shane; Chen, Qihua; Wang, Muzhou; Shull, Kenneth R., Role of Nanoscale Heterogeneity in the Mechanical Performance of Hybrid Elastomers, Macromolecules (2023).
  • Griffith, Justin E.; Chen, Yusu; Liu, Qingsong; Wang, Qifeng; Richards, Jeffrey J.; Tullman-Ercek, Danielle; Shull, Kenneth R.; Wang, Muzhou, Quantitative high-throughput measurement of bulk mechanical properties using commonly available equipment, Materials Horizons (2022).
  • Landfield, Harrison; Wang, Muzhou, Determination of Hydrophobic Polymer Clustering in Concentrated Aqueous Solutions through Single-Particle Tracking Diffusion Studies, Macromolecules (2022).
  • Beebe, Jeremy M.; Ahn, Dongchan; Eldred, Donald V.; Fielitz, Alyssa J.; Heyl, Tyler R.; Lee, Myoungbae; Mangold, Shane; Pearce, Eric Z.; Reinhardt, Carl W.; Roggenbuck, Cheryl; Scherzer, Justin M.; Shull, Kenneth R.; Silvaroli, Anthony J.; Tan, Yu Jing; Wang, Muzhou, Photocured Simultaneous and Sequential PDMS/PMMA Interpenetrating Polymer Networks, Macromolecules (2022).
  • Berger, Or; Battistella, Claudia; Chen, Yusu; Oktawiec, Julia; Siwicka, Zofia E.; Tullman-Ercek, Danielle; Wang, Muzhou; Gianneschi, Nathan C., Mussel Adhesive-Inspired Proteomimetic Polymer, Journal of the American Chemical Society (2022).
  • Davis, Chelsea S.; Rencheck, Mitchell L.; Woodcock, Jeremiah W.; Beams, Ryan; Wang, Muzhou; Stranick, Stephan; Forster, Aaron M.; Gilman, Jeffrey W., Activation of Mechanophores in a Thermoset Matrix by Instrumented Scratch, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces (2021).
  • Chan, Jonathan M.; Kordon, Avram C.; Zhang, Ruimeng; Wang, Muzhou, Direct visualization of bottlebrush polymer conformations in the solid state, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2021).