Prof. WANG Zuankai (王鑽開)

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

Visiting address
Phone: +852 34422170

Author IDs



  • 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


Awards & Honours

  • CityU Outstanding Research Award, 2017
  • Changjiang Chair Professor, Ministry of Education, China, 2017
  • MRS Graduate Student Gold Award (Ph.D. student, Jing Li), 2016
  • OSA Young Scientist Award, 2016
  • Outstanding Youth Award, International Society of Bionic Engineering, 2016
  • Hiwin Doctoral Dissertation Award (To Dr. Wang and his Ph.D. graduate), 2016
  • President’s Award, City University of Hong Kong, 2016
  • Hong Kong Young Scientist Award (Ph.D. graduate, Dr. Yahua Liu), 2015
  • MRS Graduate Student Silver Award (Ph.D. student, Yahua Liu), 2015
  • Selected among Young Scientists to participate in the Science and Technology in Society Forum held in Japan, 2013
  • Best Paper Award, International Symposium on Optofluidics, 2013
  • Best Paper Award, International Symposium on Optofluidics, 2012
  • MRS Graduate Student Silver Award, 2007
  • Chinese Government Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad Award, 2007


  • “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.


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~