Yang group members Room Phone Email
Principal investigator
Shu Yang 203 LRSM 215-898-9645
PhD Students
Shenglan Chen 216 LRSM 215-898-5276
Evan Dolling
Hye-Na Kim 204 LRSM 215-898-5276
Zhiwei Liao 216 LRSM 215-898-5276
Jiaqi Liu 216 LRSM 215-898-5276
Weerapha Panatdasirisuk (visiting) 216 LRSM 215-898-5276
Gaoxiang (Andrew) Wu 204 LRSM 215-898-5138
Ming Zhang (visiting)      
Eusun Yu (visiting) 216 LRSM 215-898-5138
Zehang Zhou (visiting) 216 LRSM 215-898-5276
Master Students    
Jason Christopher Jolly 216 LRSM 215-898-5276
Huseyin Kaya 216 LRSM 215-898-5276
Philip Nega
Xinhang Shen 216 LRSM 215-898-5276
Xinyue Zhang 216 LRSM 215-898-5276
Postdoc Fellows      
Hyesung Cho 204 LRSM 215-898-5276
Alei Dong 216 LRSM 215-898-5276
Hong Suk Kang 216 LRSM 215-898-5276
Francesca Serra 364 Towne
Yu Xia 204 LRSM 215-898-5138
Visiting Professors      
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


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


Shenglan Chen

Chantal BardreI 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.







Hyesung Cho

Chantal BardreI 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.





Alei Dang

Chantal Bardre

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.




Evan Dolling

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.




Hong Suk Kang

Chantal Bardre

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.





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.




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.





Jiaqi Liu

Chantal BardreI 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.







Weerapha Panatdasirisuk

Chantal BardreI 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.








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.


Zehang Zhou

Yu Xia

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
Name Date Current Position Contact
Yu Xia 5/2016 Postdoc, University of Pennsylvania
Elaine Lee 6/2015 Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
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
Kaiyang Yin 5/2016 PhD student, Dartmouth College  
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, 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.
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
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 University
Rong Dong 1/2010 Senior scientist, Colgate-Palmolive
Krishnacharya 9/2009 Assist. Prof., Dept of Physics, IIT Kanpur, India
Yue Cui 10/2008 Assist. Prof. Peking 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
Xiaoming Yang 1/2016 Assoc. Prof., Soochow Univ.
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