Shu Yang Receives Heilmeier Research Award

Shu Yang, Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering with a secondary appointment in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has been named the 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."

The Heilmeier Award honors a Penn Engineering faculty member whose work is scientifically meritorious and has high technological impact and visibility. It is named for George H. Heilmeier, a Penn Engineering alumnus and overseer whose technological contributions include the development of liquid crystal displays and whose honors include the National Medal of Science and Kyoto Prize.

Yang holds a Bachelor of Science from Fudan University in China and M.S. and Ph.D degrees, both from Cornell University in Chemistry and Chemical Biology.

Yang has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards including the Unilever Award in Polymer Science and Engineering and the ICI Award in Applied Polymer Science, both from the American Chemical Society, the TR100 (now TR 35) as one of the world’s top young innovators under age of 35 selected by MIT Technology Review, election as a National Academy of Inventors Fellow and the NSF Career Award.

Her research interests focus on developing new methodologies for the controlled synthesis, fabrication and characterization of materials with specific and unique structures and functionalities inspired by biology. Special interests include preparation of functional (co)polymers and investigation of their self-assembled nanostructures; understanding the self-organization process at surfaces and interfaces; development of novel responsive materials and non-conventional approaches for nano- and micropatterning of complex 2-D and 3-D structures; controlling wetting, adhesion and biofouling on polymer thin films.

To learn more about Yang and her research, visit her faculty research profile.