Prof. WANG Zuankai (王鑽開)

BS(JLU), MS(CAS), PhD(RPI), Postdoc(Columbia)

Visiting address
YEUNG-P6418
Phone: +852 34422170

Author IDs

Qualifications/Experiences

Education

  • Postdoc in Biomedical Engineering—Columbia University, US, 2009
  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering -- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, US, 2008
  • M.S. in Microelectronics -- Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, 2003
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering -- Jilin University, China, 2000

Research Interests/Areas

  • Thermal-fluid
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Nature-inspired engineering
  • Soft matter

Prizes/Honours

Awards & Honours

    • Among the 15 favorite Nature Physics papers selected by editors over the past 15 years, 2020.
    • 2020 Premium Award for Best Paper in Biosurface and Biotribology, Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
    • https://inno.emsd.gov.hk/en/it-solutions/index_id_1047.html
    • Hong Kong Best Science News Reporting ( 2nd Runner-up,  2020香港最佳科學新聞報道(季军)
    • Top 10  Hong Kong Innovation and Technology News (Droplet-based energy generator), 2020. 2020年度香港十大創科新聞.
    • 2020 Xplorer Prize (3 winners from Hong Kong and Macau), 2020
    • President Lectureship, City University of Hong Kong, 2020
    • Fellow of International Society of Bionic Engineering, 2019 (only 10 fellows so far).
    • Hiwin Doctoral Dissertation Silver Medal Award (to Dr. Wang and his Ph.D. graduate),  Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society, 2019.
    • Hall of Fame, Advanced Engineering Materials, 2019.
    • Top 10 Research Achievement Award in China Robot Society (No.1), 2018 Annual Conference of China Robot Industry, 2018.  
    • Top 50 Nature Communications physics articles published in 2018.
    • Outstanding Reviewer Award, Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, 2018.
    • President’s Lectureship, City University of Hong Kong, 2018.
    • The 35th World Cultural Council Special Recognition Award, 2018.
    • Founding Member of Young Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong, 2018.
    • Outstanding Research Award (Senior, the first winner in the rank of associate/assistant professor), City University of Hong Kong, 2017.
    • Changjiang Chair Professorship, Ministry of Education, China, 2017.
    • President’s Award, City University of Hong Kong, 2016.
    • Outstanding Youth Award, International Society of Bionic Engineering (two awardees worldwide every three years), 2016.
    • OSA Young Scientist Award, Optical Society of America, 2016.
    • Hiwin Doctoral Dissertation Award (to Dr. Wang and his Ph.D. graduate), Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society, 2016.
    • President’s Award, City University of Hong Kong, 2015.
    • Changbai Mountain Chair Professor, Jilin University, 2015.
    •  “Future Leaders” selected by the New York Academy of Sciences and Science and Technology in Society Forum, 2013. 
    • Outstanding Overseas Students Award, Ministry of Education of China, 2007.

    For Training and Teaching

    • MSME Dissertation Award, 2021 (Jiaying Mo).
    • Materials Research Society (MRS) Graduate Student Silver Award (Wanghuai Xu, the sole winner outside U.S.), 2021 Spring Meeting.
    • Gold Award and Merit Award-The Best Engineering Solution Award in Chun Wo Innovation Student Awards 2020 (CWISA) for the innovation of Fog-based Self-powered System (FSS).
    • Outstanding Supervisor Award City University of Hong Kong, 2020.
    • HKIS-Towngas Young Scientist Award, Hong Kong Institution of Sciences (HKIS, Jing Li), 2020.
    • Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies Outstanding Doctoral Research Award (Dr. Wanghuai Xu), City University of Hong Kong, 2020 (The only one winner in the category of Engineering & Technology throughout the university).
    • Best Doctoral Thesis Award (Dr. Wanghuai Xu), City University of Hong Kong, 2020
    • Best Doctoral Thesis Award (Dr. Jiaqian Li), City University of Hong Kong, 2019
    • Best Poster Award ( Minjie Liu), 1st International Conference on Nature-inspired Surface Engineering, June 11-14, 2019. Stevens, NJ, US.
    • Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies Outstanding Doctoral Research Award (Jing Li), City University of Hong Kong, 2018 (The only one winner throughout the university).
    • Best Doctoral Thesis Award (Dr. Jing Li), City University of Hong Kong, 2018
    • Outstanding Supervisor Award, City University of Hong Kong, 2018.
    • First Prize, 1st Bionic Innovation Competition, International Society of Bionic Engineering (ISBE), 2018 (Ph.D. student, Jiaqian Li).
    • Outstanding Supervisor Award, City University of Hong Kong, 2017.
    • 1000 Young Talent Plan Award (Ph.D. graduates, Xuemei Chen and Yahua Liu), 2017.
    • Materials Research Society (MRS) Graduate Student Gold Award (Jing Li, the first Gold Award winner from Hong Kong since the establishment of this prestigious award in 2002), 2016.
    • Hong Kong Young Scientist Award, Hong Kong Institution of Sciences (HKIS, Yahua Liu), 2015 (only one winner in the Engineering Catefory).
    • MRS Graduate Student Silver Award (Yahua Liu, the first awardee from Hong Kong since the establishment of this prestigious award in 2002), 2015.
    • Best Paper Award, International Symposium on Optofluidics, August 2013.
    • Best Paper Award, International Symposium on Optofluidics, September 2012.
    • 3rd Prize, Best Paper on Materials Record (Waitak Lau), Hong Kong Institution on Engineers, 2012.

Press/Media

  • “CityU PhD student wins prestigious materials science award”, CityU NewsCentre, December 2016.

  • “Bio-inspired materials: Drop and fold”, Nature Physics News & Views, August 2016.

  • “Self-folding mimosa mimic”, Nature, June 2016.

  • “Origami tubes curl up with water”, Chemistry World, June 2016

  • “Mimosa nanostructure spontaneously self-folds”, Nanotechweb, June 2016

  • “Mimosa-inspired material folds up like origami when wet”. Asian Scientist Magazine, June 2016

  • “One drop of water makes this wonder material roll itself up”, Popular Mechanics, June 2016.

  • “Bio-inspired engineering research at CityU receives local and international recognition”, City University of Hong Kong News Center and Wenweipo, January 2016

  •  “A droplet's pancake bounce”, featured in numerous media including American Institute of Physics, Asian Scientist, Materials World, Science Daily, August 2015.

  • “Science Image of the Week” by Tech Times, August 2015.

  •  “Superhydrophobic materials”, In “Foresight and Insight: Innovative Research in East Asia”. Nature, April 2015.

  • “Condensation inspired by beetle’s backs”. In Nano, ACS Nano, 2015.

  • “New discovery for water repellent materials”. CityU Today, March 2015.

  •  “Shaping drops” by Doris Vollmer and Hans-Jurgen Butt, Nature Physics, 10, 475-476, 2014.

  • “CityU develops the world's most superhydrophobic material”, CityU News, July 21, 2014.

  • “A journey of discovery”, CityU Today, March 2012.

Activities

Invited Presentations

  1. Zuankai Wang. Phase change based heat transfer. The 12th International Green Energy Conference. Xian, China. 31 July- 2 August, 2017 (Keynote Speech).
  1. Zuankai Wang. Bio-inspired directional surfaces. 1st International Conference on Biomedical Micro/nanotechnology. University of Science and Technology of China, China, July 3-4, 2017 (Keynote Speech)

  2. Zuankai Wang. “Directional superwetting surfaces: Learning from nature and beyond nature”. International Symposium on Superwetting. January 15~18, 2017, Guangzhou, China (Plenary Speech).

  3. Zuankai Wang. Bio-inspired interfacial materials: From fundamental understanding to practical applications. International Conference on Bionic Engineering, Ningbo, China, June 21-24, 2016 (Keynote speech)

  4. Zuankai Wang. “Bio-inspired Interfacial Materials: Repel Everything”. International Workshop on Engineering and Application of Nanocarbon Materials, Jinan, China, 30 January-2 February, 2015 (Keynote speech).

  5. Zuankai Wang, “Pancake bouncing on superhydrophobic surfaces”,  2014 International Symposium on Optofluidics, Guangzhou, China, 28 August-30 August, 2014 (Keynote speech)

  6. Zuankai Wang, “Biomimetic surfaces: Structure and functionality” 2014 International Symposium on Microchemistry and Microsystem, Singapore, 29 July-1 August, 2014 (Keynote speech).

  7. Chonglei Hao, K.Y. Li, Zuankai Wang. “Electrowetting on liquid-infused film (EWOLF): a new electrowetting paradigm with enhanced functionalities”. 3rd International Symposium on Optofluidics, Hong Kong, 15-17 August, 2013 (Best Paper Award).

  8. Xiaowen Huang, Wenli Hui, Zuankai Wang. “Air bubble-assisted droplet formation, Trapping, and droplet-to-droplet concentration gradient”. Optofluidics, Suzhou, China, 13-15 September, 2012 (First Place in Best Paper Award).

 

Editor or Editorial Membership

Editor, Journal of Bionic Engineering (Elsevier), since January 2017

Editorial Board Member, Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group, since 08/2014~

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Nanotechnology and Nano Medicine Research, since 10/2015

Editorial Board Member, Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology, since December 2015

Advisory Board Member, Advanced Engineering Materials (Wiley), since 09/2014~