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Dr. WANG, Zuankai

BS(JLU), MS(CAS), PhD(RPI), Postdoc(Columbia)

Associate Professor

Contact Information

Office: AC1-P6418
Phone: +(852)-3442-2170
Email: zuanwang@cityu.edu.hk
Web: Personal Homepage

Research Interests

  • Thermal-fluid
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Nature-inspired engineering
  • Soft matter


  • Postdoc in Biomedical Engineering—Columbia University, US, 2009
  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering -- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, US, 2008
  • M.S. in Microelectronics -- Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, 2003
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering -- Jilin University, China, 2000

Awards & Honours

  • OSA Young Scientist Award, 2016
  • Outstanding Youth Award, International Society of Bionic Engineering, 2016
  • Hiwin Doctoral Dissertation Award (To Dr. Wang and his Ph.D. graduate), 2016
  • President’s Award, City University of Hong Kong, 2015
  • Hong Kong Young Scientist Award (Ph.D. graduate, Dr. Yahua Liu), 2015
  • MRS Graduate Student Silver Award (Ph.D. student, Yahua Liu), 2015
  • Selected among Young Scientists to participate in the Science and Technology in Society Forum held in Japan, 2013
  • Best Paper Award, International Symposium on Optofluidics, 2013
  • Best Paper Award, International Symposium on Optofluidics, 2012
  • MRS Graduate Student Silver Award, 2007
  • Chinese Government Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad Award, 2007

Professional Activities

  • Editorial Board Member, Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group, since 08/2014)
  • Advisory Board Member, Advanced Engineering Materials (Wiley), since 09/2014
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Colloid Science and Biotechnology, since 2013

Selected Publications

  1. Jing Li, Youmin Hou, Yahua Liu, Chonglei Hao, Minfei Li, Manoj Chaudhury, Shuhuai Yao, Zuankai Wang. Directional transport of high temperature Janus droplet mediated by structural topography. Nature Physics, 12, 606-612 (2016).
  2. William S.Y. Wong, Minfei Li, Vincent S. J. Craig, David R. Nisbet, Zuankai Wang, Antonio Tricoli. Mimosa origami: a nanostructure-enabled directional self-organization regime of materials. Science Advances, 2, e1600417 (2016) - Highlighted by Nature and Nature Physics.
  3. Yahua Liu, Matthew Andrew, Jing Li, Julia M Yeomans, Zuankai Wang. Symmetry-breaking in drop bouncing on curved surfaces, Nature Communications, 6, 10034, (2015).
  4. Chonglei Hao, Jing Li, Yuan Liu, Xiaofeng Zhou, Yahua Liu, Lufeng Che, Wenzhong Zhou, Dong Sun, Lawrence Li, Lei Xu, Zuankai Wang. Superhydrophobic-like tunable droplet bouncing on slippery liquid interfaces. Nature Communications, 6, 7986 (2015).
  5. Yahua Liu, Lisa Moevius, Xinpeng Xu, Tiezheng Qian, Julia M Yeomans, Zuankai Wang. Pancake bouncing on superhydrophobic surfaces. Nature Physics, 10,515 (2014) - Highlighted by the News & Views in Nature Physics.
  6. Youmin Hou, Miao Yu, Xuemei Chen, Zuankai Wang, Shuhuai Yao. Recurrent filmwise and dropwise condensation on a beetle mimetic surface. ACS Nano, 9, 71-81 (2015) (Front Cover).
  7. Xiaowen Huang, Wenli Hui, Chonglei Hao, Wanqing Yue, Mengsu Yang, Yali Cui, Zuankai Wang. “On-site formation of emulsions by controlled air plugs”. Small, 10, 621 (2014) (Front Cover).
  8. Xuemei Chen, Ruiyuan Ma, Jintao Li, Chonglei Hao, Wei Guo, B.L.Luk, Shuaicheng Li, Shuhuai Yao, Zuankai Wang. Evaporation of droplets on superhydrophobic surfaces: Surface roughness and small droplet size effects. Physical Review Letters, 109, 116101 (2012).
  9. Xuemei Chen, Jun Wu, Ruiyuan Ma, Meng Hua, Nikhil Koratkar, Shuhuai Yao, Zuankai Wang. Nanograssed micropyramidal architectures for continuous dropwise condensation. Advanced Functional Materials, 21, 4617 (2011) (Front Cover, Cited Times: 142).
  10. Chen Li, Zuankai Wang, Pei-I Wang, Yoav Peles, Nikhil Koratkar, George Peterson. Nanostructured copper interfaces for enhanced boiling. Small, 4, 1084 (2008) (Cited Times: 200).
  11. Zuankai Wang, Carlos Lopez, Amir Hirsa, Nikhil Koratkar. Impact dynamics and pulsation of water on superhydrophobic carbon nanotube arrays. Applied Physics Letters, 91, 023105 (2007) (Cited Times: 86).
  12. Zuankai Wang, Lijie Ci, Li Chen, Saroj Nayak, Pulickel M. Ajayan, Nikhil Koratkar. Polarity-dependent electrochemically controlled transport of water through carbon nanotube membranes. Nano Letters, 7, 697 (2007) (Cited Times: 101).

Book Chapters

  1. Zuankai Wang, Nikhil Koratkar. "Understanding and Controlling Wetting Phenomena at the Micro and Nanoscales", in "Nanostructured Thin Films and Surfaces", Wiley, pp 331-362, March 2010.
  2. Kweku Addae-Mensah, Zuankai Wang, Hesam Parsa, Sau Yin Chin, Tassaneewan Laksanasopin, Samuel Sia. "Fundamentals of Microfluidic Devices", in Microfluidic Devices in Nanotechnology: Fundamental Concepts", Wiley, pp 1-38, May 2010.


  1. Zuankai Wang, Sau Yin Chin, Samuel Sia. "CD4 cell counting device and method of manufacturing the same". US Patent, Pending.
  2. Nikhil Koratkar, Zuankai Wang, Yoav Peles. "Enhanced Boiling using Copper Nanorod Surfaces." US Patent, Pending.
  3. Zuankai Wang, Deren Lu, Quanping Huang. "A micromachined accelerometer with 200,000g range and high natural frequency." CN1425922.

Invited Presentations

  1. Zuankai Wang, "Point of care diagnostics: A brief examination". Department of Applied Physics, hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, August 10, 2010.
  2. Zuankai Wang, Sau Yin Chin, Samuel Sia. "Microfluidic Chip for Point of Care CD4+ T Cell Counting". International Symposium on Microchemistry and Microsystems, Hong Kong, May 30, 2010.
  3. Zuankai Wang. "Interfacial and transport phenomena at the micro/nansocale and its impact on point of care diagnostics". Department of Mechanical Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, April 16, 2009.
  4. Zuankai Wang. "Interfacial and transport phenomena at the micro/nansocale". Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stony Brook University, Long Island, July 29,2009.
  5. Zuankai Wang. "Interfacial and transport phenomena at the micro/nansocale". Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stony Brook University, Long Island, July 29,2009.
  6. Zuankai Wang. "Interfacial and transport phenomena at the micro/nansocale". Department of Biomedical Engineering (Professor Sia's group), Columbia University, New York City, May 5,2008.
  7. Zuankai Wang. "Interfacial and transport phenomena at the micro/nanoscale". Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, University of Rhode Island, April 28, 2008.
  8. Zuankai Wang. "Interfacial phenomena at the micro/nanoscale". Department of Chemical Engineering(Professor Langer's group), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, March 18, 2008.
  9. Zuankai Wang, Nikhil Koratkar. "Polarity dependent transport of water through carbon nanotube membranes". Materials Research Society Fall Meeting, Boston, MA, USA, November 26-30, 2007.
  10. Zuankai Wang, Deren Lu, Quanping Huang. "Analysis on the Micromachined Accelerometer with Plate-mass-plate Structure", Pacific Rim Workshop on Transducers and Micro/Nano Technologies, July 22-24, 2002.

Last modified on 11 October, 2016