Yang group member Room Phone Email
Principal investigator
Shu Yang 203 LRSM 215-898-9645
PhD Students
Hye-Na Kim 216 LRSM 215-898-5276
Elaine Lee 204 LRSM 215-898-5138
Zhiwei Liao 216 LRSM 215-898-5276
Gaoxiang (Andrew) Wu 204 LRSM 215-898-5138
Yu Xia 204 LRSM 215-898-5138
Master Students    
Huseyin Kaya      
Kaiyang Yin 216 LRSM 215-898-5276
Postdoc Fellows      
Yigil Cho 324 LRSM
Dengteng Ge 220 LRSM 215-898-5276
Francesca Serra 364 Towne
Younghyun Cho 216 LRSM 215-898-5276
Visiting Scholars      
Xiaoming Yang 216 LRSM 215-898-5276
Go to Alumni      


Labs: LRSM 212, 214 (215-898-5053), 217, 234 (215-898-6254)

Offices: LRSM 204 (215-898-5138), 216 and 220 (215-898-5276)



Professor Shu Yang

Shu Yang

Contact Information


203 LRSM, 3231 Walnut Street

University of Pennsylvania

Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Tel: 215-898-9645
Fax: 215-573-2128



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


Yigil Cho (with R. Kamien and D. Srolovitz)

Chantal Bardre

I graduated from Seoul National University, (B.S.-2005 and Ph.D.-2012), South Korea. After working at Korea Institute of Science and Technology as a post-doc, I've joined this group in May 2013. The most important tool in my research is a computer simulation, so called Finite Element Method. In the field of materials science, I apply this tool to analyze various nano-/micro-structured materials, focusing on the mechanics with related functionalities.





Younghyun Cho

Chantal BardreI received my B.S. degree (2006) in Polymer Science and Engineering from Sungkyunkwan university and M.S. (2008) and Ph. D. degree (2012) in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Seoul National University under the supervision of Prof. Kookheon Char.
After working as a postdoctoral researcher in Seoul National University (2012-2013) and Georgia Institute of Technology (2013-2014), I joined the Yang group in February 2014. The main research topics are the preparation of polymeric nanostructures based on the cylindrical nanoporous templates and realizing functional polymer thin films and modulating their surface/interface properties.


Dengteng Ge

Chantal Bardre

I received my B. S (2005), M.S. (2007) and Ph.D degree (2011) in Materials Science and Engineering from the Centre for Composite Materials and Structure in Harbin Institute of Technology, China. I joined Prof. Yang’s group in May 2012 to create responsive materials from colloidal assembly and elastic instability, and investigate their hydrophobic and electrical properties.





Hye-Na Kim

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.




Elaine Lee

ElaineI received my B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2009, where I subsequently worked on morpohological studies of biomineralized exoskeletal systems. I recently joined the group to work on designing and fabricating active soft materials that will interface with human cells in a 4-D setting (spatially and temporally). The insights as to how cells can modify their immediate microenvironment with minimal energy and maximal effect will lead to the biomimetic design and engineering of highly aesthetic, passive materials for creating responsive building skins at the architectural scale.


Zhiwei Liao (with D. Lee)

ElaineI 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.




Francesca Serra (with K. Stebe and R. Kamien)

Su YeonI 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).




Gaoxiang Wu

GaoxiangI 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.





Yu Xia


Yu XiaI 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.


Xiaoming Yang

Yu XiaI received my B.S. degree (2000) and M.S. degree (2003) in Polymer Science and Engineering from Sichuan university and Ph. D. degree (2006) in Polymer Physics and Chemistry from Nanjing University. I joined Soochow University at 2006. I worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2008-2010). Now, I am an associated professor of Soochow University. I joined the Yang group in February 2015 as a visiting scholar.

The main research topics are to sythesize polymer modified nanoparticles and polymeric nanoparticles and study their self-assembly for angle-independent structural colors.



PhD degree awarded
Name Date Current Position Contact
Jie Li 8/2013 Intel  
Chi-Mon Chen 8/2013 Intel  
Apiradee Honglawan 12/2012    
Xuelian Zhu 5/2011 Principal Engineer, Global Foundries
Yongan Xu 11/2009 Advisory Engineer/Scientist-Dev, IBM
Dinesh Chandra 8/2009 Scientist, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co  
Marla McConnell 8/2009 US Patent Office  
Jamie Ford 3/2009 Staff, UPenn
Ying Zhang 9/2008 Sr. Research Scientist, Organic and Biochemical Technologies, Corning Inc.
Master degree awarded      
Name Date Current Position Contact
Bo Cao 5/2015 PhD student, University of Washington  
Sachin Deshpande 5/2015    
Minquan Wang 5/2015    
Yubo Zhao 5/2015    
Qiyi Chen 5/2014 PhD student at Case Western Reserve  
Kyudong (Ryan) Noh 5/2014    
Chenbo Wang 5/2014 PhD student at University of Texas A & M  
Yongwei Zheng 5/2014 Engineer at TE Connectivity  
John Farrell 5/2011 Associate Product Development Engineer, Acushnet Company  
Chang-Lung (John) Chiang 5/2011 Penn  
Chien-Lin (Johnny) Lai 5/2011 photolithography manufacturing engineer, TDK  
Cheng-Hsin Lu 5/2010 PhD student, Materials Sci & Eng., Drexel Univ.
Shih-Chieh Cheng 5/2009    
Yung-Ta Sung 5/2009 PhD student, Electr. & Computer Eng, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Chia-Tai Lin 12/2008 TSMC R&D, Taiwan  
Feng-Mei Huang 12/2008    
Yu Yang 12/2008    
Miriam Berdichevsky 9/2007    
Jin Seok Seo 8/2007 Kum-Gang Korea Chemical Company
Yu-Tun Shen 5/2007    
Chi-Wei Lo 5/2006 Applied Materials  
Kuang-Sheng Hong 5/2005    
Postdoc Fellows      
Name Date Current Position Contact
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 University  
Rong Dong 1/2010 Senior scientist, L ’Oreal  
Krishnacharya 9/2009 Assist. Prof., Dept of Physics, IIT Kanpur, India
Yue Cui 10/2008 Assist. Prof. Biological Engineering, Utah State Univ.
Murat Guvendiren 6/2008 Assist. Research Prof., New Jersey Center for Biomaterials
Pei-Chun Lin 7/2007 Assoc. Prof., Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Tongxin Wang 3/2007 Assist. Prof., Howard Univ.
Jun Hyuk Moon 1/2007 Assoc. Prof., Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Sogang University, Korea
Shuhui Qin 4/2006 Sr. Development Chemist, Henkel Adhesives
Visiting Scientists      
Name Date Current Position Contact
Chantal Badre 8/2009 CNRS/Rhodia
Hanjie Wang 7/2012 Lecturer, Tianjian Univ., China
Liping Zhu 2/2013 Assoc Prof., Zhejiang Univ. China
Lili Yang 2/2014 Assoc. Prof., Harbin Institute of Technology
Youfa Zhang 2/2014 Assoc. Prof., Southeast Univ of China
Undergraduate Students (REU)    
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
Kelvin Wong 6/-8/2010 UPenn  
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