Esser-Kahn Group

Zhao Wang

Zhao Wang was born and raised in LiYang, China. He earned his BS degree in the Department of Material Science and Engineering at East China University of Science and Technology and his MS degree in the Department of Polymer Science at the University of Akron, working with Professor Stephen Z. D. Cheng. In 2013, he moved to the University of California, San Diego for his PhD study, working with Professor Nathan Gianneschi mainly on bio-related polymeric materials. In July 2017, he moved to Northwestern University as a visiting predoctoral fellow. Following this, he joined the Esser-Kahn Lab as a postdoc.



University of California, San Diego, California; 2018

Advisor: Professor Nathan Gianneschi

Artificial Melanin: From Synthesis to Chemical Properties and Applications


University of Akron, Ohio; 2013

Advisor: Professor Stephen Z. D. Cheng

Synthesis and Self-Assembly of Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane Materials


East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China; 2012



"Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me." —Carol Burnett

Piezo-mediated organic transformation for material adaptation

Bio-Inspired Mechanically Adaptive Materials Through Vibration-Induced Crosslinking

Wang, Z., Wang, J., Ayarza, J. et al. Bio-inspired mechanically adaptive materials through vibration-induced crosslinking. Nat. Mater. (2021). doi: 10.1038/s41563-021-00932-5

100th Anniversary of Macromolecular Science Viewpoint: Piezoelectrically Mediated Mechanochemical Reactions for Adaptive Materials

Jorge Ayarza, Zhao Wang, Jun Wang, Chao-Wei Huang, and Aaron P. Esser-Kahn. ACS Macro Lett. 2020, 9, 9, 1237–1248 Aug. 17, 2020. doi: 10.1021/acsmacrolett.0c00477

Mechanically Initiated Bulk-Scale Free-Radical Polymerization

Wang, Z, Ayarza, J, Esser-Kahn, AP, Mechanically Initiated Bulk-Scale Free-Radical Polymerization. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2019,58, 12023-12026. doi: