Yang group members Room Phone Email
Principal investigator
Shu Yang 203 LRSM 215-898-9645 shuyang@seas.upenn.edu
PhD Students
Yuchong (Arden) Gao 216 LRSM 215-898-5276 yuchongg@seas.upenn.edu
Hye-Na Kim 204 LRSM 215-898-5276 hykim@seas.upenn.edu
Jason Christopher Jolly 216 LRSM 215-898-5276 chrjason@seas.upenn.edu
Heesuk Jung     heesukj@seas.upenn.edu
Zhiwei Liao 216 LRSM 215-898-5276 liaozh@seas.upenn.edu
Jiaqi Liu 222 LRSM 215-898-5276 jiaqiliu@seas.upenn.edu
Yuchen Wang 216 LRSM 215-898-5276 yuchenwa@seas.upenn.edu
Songnan Zhang (visiting) 216 LRSM 215-898-5276 songnanz@seas.upenn.edu
Master Students    
Sam Burns     burnssam@wharton.upenn.edu
Vidyanand Wagh 216 LRSM 215-898-5276 vidwagh@seas.upenn.edu
Rui Yin 216 LRSM 215-898-5276 yinrui@seas.upenn.edu
Postdoc Fellows      
Hyesung Cho 204 LRSM 215-898-5276 hyesungc@seas.upenn.edu
Se-Um Kim 216 LRSM 215-898-5276 seumkim@sas.upenn.edu
Yu Xia 204 LRSM 215-898-5138 xiayu@seas.upenn.edu
Weerapha Panatdasirisuk 216 LRSM 215-898-5276 weerapha@seas.upenn.edu
Saihua Jiang 216 LRSM 215-898-5276 saihua@seas.upenn.edu
Xu Zhang     zhangxu1@seas.upenn.edu
Visiting Professors      
Bi Xu 216 LRSM   xubi@seas.upenn.edu
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Labs: LRSM 212, 214 (215-898-5053), 215, 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
Email: shuyang@seas.upenn.edu



Ph.D., Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Cornell University, 1999 (Academic tree: Chemistry)
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


2018, Fellow, Division of Polymeric Materials Science & Engineering (PMSE), American Chemical Society (ACS), “For dedicated service to the Division of Polymeric Materials: Science & Engineering and pioneering the synthesis and fabrication of responsive nano- and micro structured soft materials”

2017, Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC)

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 (NAI).

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 (NAE) as one of the top 100 young engineers

2001, Unilever Student Award in Polymer Science and Engineering from American Chemical Society (ACS)

1999, ICI Student Award in Applied Polymer Science from American Chemical Society (ACS)


Hyesung Cho

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.




Yuchong (Arden) Gao

I graduated from Beihang University, Beijing, China with a B.E. degree majored in Materials Science and Engineering in 2016. I joined Professor Yang's group as a Master student in February 2017 and continue as a Ph.D. student after receiving my M.S. degree from University of Pennsylvania. Taking advantage of varies of fabrication techniques I've learned here, my researches mainly focuses on the fabrication of complex micro/nanostructures using different functional soft materials (UV-crosslinkable polymers, hydrogels, liquid crystal elastomers), study their structure-property relationship, and their actuation behaviors for applications such as soft robots, biomimetic materials, and biomedical sensing.


Saihua Jiang

I received B.E. (June. 2009) in Materials Science and Engineering from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA) and Ph.D (June. 2014) from State Key Laboratory of Fire Science, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC). From 2012 to 2013, I worked with Prof. Siuming Lo as a joint Ph.D student of City University of Hong Kong. I am currently an Associate Professor in South China University of Technology (SCUT). I joined Prof. Yang’s group as a visiting post-doctoral researcher in December 2017. My research interests here include design and fabrication of heat management fabrics, modification and self-assembly of functional nanoparticle/fibers and their uses in energy storage, and surface science.


Jason Christopher Jolly

I received my B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Anna University, India in 2015 and an M.S.E. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017. I joined the Shu Yang Group in late 2015. Taking design cues from nature, art philosophies such as Origami and Kirigami and drawing from my undergraduate mechanical engineering training, I work towards realizing multi-scale, functional material-structure-property systems and architectures with applications in adhesion, drug delivery, cosmetics, radiative cooling and EMI shielding.


Heesuk Jung

HeesukI received my B.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Yonsei University in 2010 and M.S. degree from Seoul National University in 2012. After graduation, I have worked as a research scientist in Photo-electronic Hybrids Research Center at Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Republic of Korea. I joined Prof. Shu Yang’s group in August 2017. My research interest is synthesis of inorganic nanomaterials and their application for optoelectronic devices.





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.




Se-Um Kim (with Randall Kamien)

I received my B.S. and Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering degrees from Seoul National University, South Korea in 2010 and 2016, respectively. From 2016 to 2018, I was a postdoctoral researcher in the same institute. I joined Prof. Shu Yang's group in January 2018. My main interest is programmable deformation and coloration of liquid crystalline materials. My cross-disciplinary research activities include organic electronics and photonics.




Zhiwei Liao (with Daeyeon Lee)

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.





Jiaqi Liu

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.







Yuchen Wang

I  received B.E. in Materials Science and Engineering from Central South University(CSU) in China (2016) and M.S.E in Materials Science and Engineering from University of Pennsylvania (2018). I joined Prof. Yang’s group in December 2016. My research interests are the synthesis of metallic nanoparticles, control of their assemblies, the resulting optical properties and potential applications in wearable and biomedical sensors. 




Yu Xia


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.



Bi Xu


I received my B.E. in Textile Chemistry from Jiangnan University (2004) and Ph.D. in Textile Chemistry from Donghua University (2010). I worked with Dr. Jackie Cai as a joint Ph.D student at the Divsion of Materials Science and Engineering, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (2008-2009). I am currently an associate professor in College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at Donghua University. I joined Prof. Yang’s group as a visiting scholar in November 2017. My research interests here include efficient solar-driven steam generation, sufficient water collection and multifunctional textile.



Xu Zhang (with Kate Stebe and Daeyeon Lee)


I received my B.S. degree (2011) in Mechanical Engineering from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), and M.S. (2015) and Ph.D. (2016) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University (NCSU). After working as a postdoctoral researcher at University of Maryland, I joined Penn in Oct 2017, co-advised by Prof. Kathleen Stebe, Prof. Daeyeon Lee and Prof. Yang. Here, I will explore the scalable manufacturing of nanostructured membranes for wastewater treatment. My other interests are novel nanolithography techniques, and optical properties of nanostructured materials.


Songnan Zhang


I received my B. S in Textile Engineering from Hebei University of Science & Technology in China (2013). I am currently a Ph.D student in the College of Textile and Clothing Engineering at the Soochow University and joined Prof. Yang’s group since December 2017 as a visiting student. My research focuses on nanomaterial fabrication and its corresponding application of superwettability in energy and environment fields.




PhD degree awarded
Name Date Current Position Contact
Gaoxiang Wu 12/2016 Dow Chemical  
Yu Xia 5/2016 Postdoc, University of Pennsylvania xiayu@seas.upenn.edu
Elaine Lee 6/2015 Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory lee1040@llnl.gov
Jie Li 8/2013 Thin Film Electronics jie.li@thinfilm.no
Chi-Mon Chen 8/2013 Intel  
Apiradee Honglawan 12/2012    
Xuelian Zhu 5/2011 Principal Engineer, Global Foundries xuelian.zhu@globalfoundries.com
Yongan Xu 11/2009 Advisory Engineer/Scientist-Dev, IBM xuy@us.ibm.com
Dinesh Chandra 8/2009 Scientist, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co  
Marla McConnell 8/2009 US Patent Office  
Jamie Ford 3/2009 Staff, UPenn tjford@seas.upenn.edu
Ying Zhang 9/2008 Sr. Research Scientist, Organic and Biochemical Technologies, Corning Inc. zhangy6@corning.com
Master degree awarded      
Name Date Current Position Contact
Evan Dolling 6/2018    
Xinyue Zhang 5/2017 PhD student, Cornell Univ.  
Xinghan Sheng 5/2017 PhD student, Boston Univ.  
Philip Nega 5/2017    
Huseyin Kaya 12/2016 PhD student, Penn State Univ.  
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. chlu@drexel.edu
Shih-Chieh Cheng 5/2009    
Yung-Ta Sung 5/2009 PhD student, Electr. & Computer Eng, University of Wisconsin, Madison ysung2@wisc.edu
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 sijs30@kccworld.co.kr
Yu-Tun Shen 5/2007    
Chi-Wei Lo 5/2006 Applied Materials  
Kuang-Sheng Hong 5/2005    
Postdoc Fellows      
Name Date Current Position Contact
Weerapha Panatdasirisuk 6/2018    
Alei Dang 4/2018 Assist. Research Fellow, Northwestern Polytechnical University  
Francesca Serra 10/2016 Assist. Prof., Dept of Physics, Johns Hopkins Univ.  
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 Assist Prof., Dept. of Physics, UMass Boston mohamed.gharbi@umb.edu
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 Staff, University of Pittsburgh  
Rong Dong 1/2010 Senior scientist, Colgate-Palmolive rong_dong@colpal.com
Krishnacharya Khare 9/2009 Assoc. Prof., Dept of Physics, IIT Kanpur, India kcharya@iitk.ac.in
Yue Cui 10/2008 Assist. Prof. Peking Univ.  
Murat Guvendiren 6/2008 Assist. Prof., New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) murat.guvendiren@njit.edu
Pei-Chun Lin 7/2007 Prof., Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taiwan peichunlin@ntu.edu.tw
Tongxin Wang 3/2007 Assoc. Prof., Howard Univ. twang@howard.edu
Jun Hyuk Moon 1/2007 Prof., Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Sogang University, Korea junhyuk@sogang.ac.kr
Shuhui Qin 4/2006 Sr. Development Chemist, Henkel Adhesives Shuhui.Qin@us.henkel.com
Visiting Scientists      
Name Date Current Position Contact
Chantal Badre 8/2009 CNRS/Rhodia Chantal.Badre-contractor@us.rhodia.com
Hanjie Wang 7/2012 Lecturer, Tianjian Univ., China wanghj@tju.edu.cn
Liping Zhu 2/2013 Assoc Prof., Zhejiang Univ. China lpzhu@zju.edu.cn
Lili Yang 2/2014 Assoc. Prof., Harbin Institute of Technology liliyang@hit.edu.cn
Youfa Zhang 2/2014 Assoc. Prof., Southeast Univ of China yfzhang@seu.edu.cn
Xiaoming Yang 1/2016 Assoc. Prof., Soochow Univ. yangxiaoming@suda.edu.cn
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