Faculty

Sihong Wang

  • Assistant Professor of Molecular Engineering
  • Research and Scholarly Interests: Soft Electronic Materials and Devices, Bio-electronics, Organic Electronics, Functional Polymers, Energy Harvesting, Nanotechnology
  • Websites: Wang Group
  • Contact: sihongwang@uchicago.edu
    773.834.2630
  • Assistant: Misha Maxey
  • Office Location:
    Eckhardt Research Center
    Room 385
    5640 South Ellis Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60637

Sihong Wang’s research focuses on the development of biomimetic polymer electronics and bio-energy harvesting for biomedical application.

Prior to joining the University of Chicago in 2018, Wang was a postdoctoral fellow in chemical engineering at Stanford University from 2015 to 2018. He received his PhD in materials science and engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology in 2014, and his BS in materials science and engineering at Tsinghua University in 2009.

Prof. Wang has published 58 peer-reviewed publications in high-impact journals including Nature, Science, Nature Materials, Nature Electronics, Nature Communications, Science Advances, Advanced Materials, Energy & Environmental Science, etc., with >12,000 citations to his work and a Google Scholar H-index of 52. Wang is also a named inventor on 5 US patents.

Wang was named to MIT Technology Review 35 Innovators Under 35 (TR35) Global List in 2020. He was also awarded the Material Research Society Postdoc Travel Award, Material Research Society Graduate Student Award, Material Research Society Best Poster Award Nominee, Certificate of Merit for the oral presentation at ACS National Meeting, etc. His first-authored invention of “self-charging power cells” was selected as the one of the Top 10 Breakthroughs in Physics Science for the year of 2012, by the Institute of Physics magazine Physics World.

**Postdoc position available (as of Sept. 2020):

The Wang group has one postdoc position opening for candidates with the background in electrochemistry, biosensing, polymer electronics, electronic device physics, polymer synthesis, and/or polymer physics. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

Motivated graduate and undergraduate students are always welcomed to join the Wang group.

The Wang group focuses on the fundamental study and development of a new class of polymeric materials and devices for future generations electronics that can be merged with human bodies and other biological systems in both the mechanical properties and the energy flow. This class of materials and devices need to concurrently possess exceptional (opto)electronic and energy-harvesting functionalities, mechanical softness, and human/bio-compatibility. The research activities encompass the study of the interplay among semiconductor physics, solid mechanics and energy sciences; on this scientific basis, the development of design concepts and fabrication approaches for new types of tissue-like polymer materials and devices; and ultimately, the realization and applications of mechanically adaptive and self-powered bioelectronics for tackling biomedical challenges.

Positions available for graduate and undergraduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and visiting scholars.

Contact: sihongwang@uchicago.edu