Labs: LRSM 212, 214 (215-898-5053), 217, 234 (215-898-6254)
Offices: LRSM 204 (215-898-5138), 216 and 220 (215-898-5276)
203 LRSM, 3231 Walnut Street
University of Pennsylvania
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Ph.D., Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Cornell University, 1999
M.S., Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Cornell University, 1997
B.S., Materials Science, Fudan University, China, 1992
Professor, Materials Science and Engineering; Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, UPenn
Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering; Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, UPenn
Skirkanich Assistant Professor of Materials Innovation, Materials Science and Engineering; Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, UPenn
Member of Technical Staff, Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies
2015, recipient of the 2015-16 George H. Heilmeier Faculty Award for Excellence in Research for "pioneering the synthesis and fabrication of responsive nano- and micro-structured soft materials."
2014, Fellow, National Academy of Inventors.
2012, Arthur K. Doolittle Award from the American Chemical Society, Division of Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering (PMSE) for the paper entitled "Understanding pattern transformation mechanisms in different responsive hydrogel membranes."
2011, Invited speaker at Japan-American Frontiers of Engineering Symposium (Japan).
2011, Invited speaker, Youth Leadership Forum, The 12th Fudan University World Alumni Conference
2005-2011, LRSM IRG-1 Thrust co-leader, “Filamentous Networks & Structured Gels”
2006, NSF/DMR CAREER award
2006-2008, 3M Non-tenured faculty award
2004, TR100 (now TR 35) as one of the world’s top young innovators under age of 35 selected by MIT Technology Review
2004, ACS Presidential Award for IUPAC 40th Anniversary Symposium on Macromolecules
2004, Selected to German-American Frontiers of Engineering Symposium (Germany) by National Academy of Engineering
2003, Bell Labs team for the Technical Insights’ Excellence in Research Award on “Microfluidics in Photonics” selected by Frost and Sullivan
2002, Selected to Frontiers of Engineering Symposium by National Academy of Engineering as one of the top 100 young engineers
2001, Unilever Award in Polymer Science and Engineering from American Chemical Society
1999, ICI Award in Applied Polymer Science from American Chemical Society
I graduated from Nanjing University, China with a B.S. in Chemistry. Currently, I am a PhD student in theDepartment of Chemistry (physical division). My research interests lie in the synthesis of small molecule liquid crystals, liquid crystal monomers, and control of topological defects for assembly and actuation.
I received my B.S. (2006), M.S. (2008) and Ph.D. degree (2012) in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Seoul National University (SNU), under the guidance of Prof. Kahp-Yang Suh. After working as a postdoctoral researcher in SNU and Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), I joined Prof. Yang's group in Nov 2015. Here, I will explore Kirigami architectures in soft materials, together with their engineering toward creative applications such as energy efficienty buildings, water harvesting, and optical devices.
I received B.E. (June. 2008) in Chemical Engineering from Xi' AN University of Architecture & Technology and M.S. (March. 2011) and Ph. D. (March. 2015) in Materials Science from Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU)?China. From 2011 to 2013, I worked with Prof. Michael Bockstaller as a joint Ph.D student at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). After serving as an assistant research fellow at NPU till April. 2016, I joined Prof. Yang's group in May, 2016. My research interests lie in synthesis and self-assembly of polymer grafted nanoparticles as tunable photonic crystals and smart windows, and their uses in energy storage.
I received my B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida. There I participated in research on hydroxyapatite and fluorapatite mineralization of collagen-based substrates via the polymer-induced liquid precursor (PILP) method. I joined Dr. Yang's group in September 2016, and my research interests include designing and fabricating coatings, fibers, and other nanoscale materials for applications in water harvesting.
I received B.S. (Jan. 2010) in Chemical Engineering from Hanyang University and M.S. (Aug. 2011) and Ph. D. (Aug. 2015) in Graduate School of EEWS from KAIST. After serving as a post-doctoral researcher at KAIST (Dec. 2015), I joined Prof. Yang's group in Jan. 2016. My research interests include stimuli-responsive and functional materials, self-assembly of soft matters, surface science, soft electronics, optoelectronics, and nanofabrication.
I received my B.S. degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (2011), and M.S. degree (2012) from Sogang University. I work on controlling structure of soft material and its surface characteristics, which can be a useful tool in the design of well-ordered structures. I am interested in liquid crystal elastomers (patterning into pillars and porous membranes) and patterning topological defects.
I graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering in 2014. I then joined the group and am co-advised by Dr. Daeyeon Lee in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. My research interest is wastewater treatment using nanostructured membranes.
I received my B.S. degree in Material Chemistry from Fudan University, China in 2016. My research interests are cholesteric liquid crystal microspheres and films with periodic microstructures, their optical properties and applications in photonic devices.
I received B.S. degree in Chemistry (2010) from Mahidol University, Thailand. I am currently a Ph.D student in Polymer Science and Technology, Mahidol University and joined Prof. Yang's group since October 2015 as a visiting student. My research focuses on fabrication and modification of nanofibers by electrospinning technique.
I received my B.S. and Master's degree from the University of Parma (Italy) and my Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge (UK) in 2010. From 2010 to 2013 I was a post-doc at the University of Milan. My research interests have spanned from photosensitive materials to liquid crystal polymers and elastomers, liquid crystals confined in porous media and topological defects.
I am now working also with Prof. Randall Kamien (Dept. Physics) and Prof. Kathleen Stebe (School of Engineering).
I received B.S. degree in Material Chemsistry program from University of Toronto, 2010. I currently research on soft materials and their directed assembly, instability and folding.
I received my B.S. and Master degree from Tsinghua University, China, majoring in Polymer Science. For my PhD research, I mainly focus on design, synthesis and fabrication of polymer microstructures and study cell responses to various geometic patterns and elasticity of the substrates.
I received my B.S. (2011) and Master degree (2014) from Sichuan University, China, majoring in Polymer Science. I joined the Yang group in November 2015 as a visiting student.
My research focuses on design, synthesis, and application of native cellulose-based composites.
|PhD degree awarded|
|Yu Xia||5/2016||Postdoc, University of Pennsylvaniafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Elaine Lee||6/2015||Lawrence Livermore National Laboratoryemail@example.com|
|Xuelian Zhu||5/2011||Principal Engineer, Global Foundriesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Yongan Xu||11/2009||Advisory Engineer/Scientist-Dev, IBMemail@example.com|
|Dinesh Chandra||8/2009||Scientist, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co|
|Marla McConnell||8/2009||US Patent Office|
|Jamie Ford||3/2009||Staff, UPennfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ying Zhang||9/2008||Sr. Research Scientist, Organic and Biochemical Technologies, Corning Inc.||email@example.com|
|Master degree awarded|
|Kaiyang Yin||5/2016||PhD student, Dartmouth College|
|Bo Cao||5/2015||PhD student, University of Washington|
|Qiyi Chen||5/2014||PhD student, Case Western Reserve|
|Kyudong (Ryan) Noh||5/2014|
|Chenbo Wang||5/2014||PhD student, University of Texas A & M|
|Yongwei Zheng||5/2014||PhD student, Materials Sci & Eng., Drexel University|
|John Farrell||5/2011||Associate Product Development Engineer, Acushnet Company|
|Chang-Lung (John) Chiang||5/2011|
|Chien-Lin (Johnny) Lai||5/2011||photolithography manufacturing engineer, TDK|
|Cheng-Hsin Lu||5/2010||PhD student, Materials Sci & Eng., Drexel Univ.||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Yung-Ta Sung||5/2009||PhD student, Electr. & Computer Eng, University of Wisconsin, Madisonemail@example.com|
|Chia-Tai Lin||12/2008||TSMC R&D, Taiwan|
|Jin Seok Seo||8/2007||Kum-Gang Korea Chemical Companyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Chi-Wei Lo||5/2006||Applied Materials|
|Younghyun Cho||2/2016||Senior scientist, Korea Institute of Energy Research.|
|Dengteng Ge||11/2015||Faculty, Dong Hua University|
|Yigil Cho||9/2015||Samsung Electronics|
|Mohamed Amine Gharbi||7/2014||postdoc, McGill University|
|Su Yeon Lee||9/2014||Senior scientist, Korean Research Institute of Chemical Technology|
|Yudi Rahmawan||8/2013||Professor, Surya University, Indonesia|
|Raghuraman G. Karunakaran||12/2010|
|Guan-quan Liang||5/2010||postdoc, Rice Universityemail@example.com|
|Rong Dong||1/2010||Senior scientist, Colgate-Palmolivefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Krishnacharya||9/2009||Assist. Prof., Dept of Physics, IIT Kanpur, Indiaemail@example.com|
|Yue Cui||10/2008||Assist. Prof. Peking Univ.|
|Murat Guvendiren||6/2008||Assist. Research Prof., New Jersey Center for Biomaterialsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Pei-Chun Lin||7/2007||Assoc. Prof., Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taiwanemail@example.com|
|Tongxin Wang||3/2007||Assist. Prof., Howard Univ.||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Jun Hyuk Moon||1/2007||Assoc. Prof., Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Sogang University, Koreaemail@example.com|
|Shuhui Qin||4/2006||Sr. Development Chemist, Henkel Adhesives||Shuhui.Qin@us.henkel.com|
|Hanjie Wang||7/2012||Lecturer, Tianjian Univ., Chinafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Liping Zhu||2/2013||Assoc Prof., Zhejiang Univ. Chinaemail@example.com|
|Lili Yang||2/2014||Assoc. Prof., Harbin Institute of Technologyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Youfa Zhang||2/2014||Assoc. Prof., Southeast Univ of Chinaemail@example.com|
|Xiaoming Yang||1/2016||Assoc. Prof., Soochow Univ.||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Name||Stay||School from||Notable mention|
|Alex Senko||6/-8/2012||Cornell Univ.|
|Yonghoon Choi||6/-8/2011||UNIST (S Korea)|
|Justin Deng||6/-8/2010||Cornell Univ.|
|Priya Balasubramanian||6/-8/2010||Duke Univ.||'best all-around' presentation in the NBIC/REU program|
|Stephanie Ezeoba||6/-8/2009||Bryn Mawr College|
|Tammer Ghaly||6/-8/2009||Johns Hopkins Univ.|
|Junhao Zhou||6/-8/2008||Bard College|
|Jason Reed||2007, 2008 & 2009||Cornell Univ.||E.W. Plummer award for best paper in Physics in LRSM/REU program|
|Billy Yau||6/-8/2006||Cornell Univ.|
|Joshua S. Moskowitz||6/-8/2005||Cornell Univ.||E.W. Plummer award for best paper in Engineering in LRSM/REU program|
|Zachary Samuels||6/-8/2004||Cornell Univ.||E.W. Plummer award for best paper in Engineering in LRSM/REU program|