Chair Professor of Thermal-Fluid Sciences and Engineering
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Prof. L. Q. “Rick” Wang received his Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, Canada, and is currently a chair professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Biomedical Engineering Programme at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). He also serves as the Director and the Chief Scientist for the Laboratory for Nanofluids and Thermal Engineering at the Zhejiang Institute of Research and Innovation (HKU-ZIRI), the University of Hong Kong. Prof. Wang has 26 years of HKU experience in transport phenomena, biomedical engineering, materials, nanotechnology, biotechnology, energy and environment, thermal and power engineering, and mathematics, and ~2 years of industry experience in technology and IP development, management, and transfer as a Chief Scientist and Global CTO. In addition to 11 scholarly monographs/books, five book chapters, 79 keynote lectures at international conferences, and over 170 invited lectures in universities/industries/organizations, Prof. Wang has published 256 papers in various prestigious journals including Science, Nature Nanotechnology,Nature Communications, Science Advances, Advanced Materials,PNAS, Physical Review Letters, Chemical Reviews, Physics Reports, and Materials Today, many of which have been widely used by researchers all over the world. Prof. Wang has also filed 39 patents and software copyrights, and developed, with an international team consisting of about 100 scientists and engineers, a state-of-the-art thermal control system for the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) on the International Space Station that ensures AMS and all its sub-detectors working at their designed temperatures ±1℃ for an environment temperature variation from -40℃ to 60℃ every 90 minutes. His work has been widely featured by local, national, and international media, journals, and magazines, and received recognition through a number of awards, including the 2021 Gold Medal of International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva, the 2018 TechConnect Global Innovation Award, the 2018 Silver Medal of International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva, the 2017 OSA Innovation Award, the 2016 First Outstanding Achievement Award of Hangzhou Oversea Scholars, the 2012 Qianren (Zhejiang) Chair Professorship, and the 2010 Taishan Chair Professorship, among others.
Droplet microfluidics & materials
Early diagnosis and prevention of infectious diseases
Engineering materials with designed micro-/nano-structures to confer new properties
Microfluidics-enabled soft and intelligent manufacturing
Soft and micro actuators/motors/robots/sensors
Heat and mass transfer
Ten recent representative RGC-GRF projects
1. 17205421: Photopyroelectric microfluidics: a contamination-free fluidic processor, HK$1139146.
2. 17204420: Asymmetric fibers for efficient fog harvesting, HK$ 873995.
3. 17210319: Engineering micromotors using droplet microfluidics, HK$695919.
4. 17204718: Liquid-repellent surfaces: microfluidic-droplet-based fabrication of springtail-cuticle-like porous surfaces, HK$632421.
5. 17237316: Chemoembolization microparticles: microfluidic fabrication and characterization, HK$482605.
6. 17211115: Engineering embolic microparticles with uniform shape and size, HK$871044.
7. 17207914: Microfluidic fabrication of thermally smart nanoparticle colloidosomes with single or multiple compartments, HK$875000.
8. 717613: Engineering water and oil with ultra-high thermal conductivity, HK$836450.
9. 718111: Smart and high-conductive nanofluids, HK$681195.
10. 718009: Microfluidic nanofluids: synthesis and characterization, HK$901271.
Refereed scholarly monographs
1. Zhu P. A. and Wang L. Q. 2022, Microfluidics-Enabled Soft Manufacture, Springer Nature, Cham, Switzerland, 325p, ISBN 978-3-030-96461-0.
2. Wang L. Q., Zhou X. S. and Wei X. H. 2008, Heat Conduction: Mathematical Models and Analytical Solutions, Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg, 515p, ISBN 978-3-540-74028-5.
3. Liao X. X., Wang L. Q. and Yu P. 2007, Stability of Dynamical Systems, Nonlinear Science and Complexity 5, Elsevier, London, 718p, ISBN 978-0-444-53110-0.
Refereed journal papers
4. Zhu P. A. and Wang L. Q. 2022, Microfluidics-enabled soft manufacture of materials with tailorable wettability, Chemical Reviews 122, 7010-7060 (cover featured).
5. Feng S. L., Zhu P. A., Zheng H. X., Zhan H. Y., Chen C., Li J. Q., Wang L. Q., Yao X., Liu Y. H. and Wang Z. K. 2021, Three-dimensional capillary ratchet-induced liquid directional steering, Science 373, 1344-1348.
6. Tang X., Li W. and Wang L. Q. 2021, Furcated droplet motility on crystalline surfaces, Nature Nanotechnology 16, 1106-1112 (cover featured).
7. Zhu P. A., Chen R. F., Zhou C. M., Aizenberg M., Aizenberg J. and Wang L. Q. 2021, Bioinspired soft microactuators, Advanced Materials 33, 2008558.
8. Han X., Li W., Zhao H. B., Li J. Q., Tang X. and Wang L. Q. 2021, Slippery damper of overlay for droplet arresting and manipulating on non-wetting surfaces, Nature Communications 12, 3154.
9. Tang X., Tian Y., Tian X. W., Li W., Han X., Kong T. T. and Wang L. Q. 2021, Design of multi-scale textured surfaces for unconventional liquid harnessing, Materials Today 43, 62-83 (cover featured).
10. Aguilar M., (…), Wang L. Q., (…) and AMS Collaboration 2021, The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) on the international space station: part II – results from the first seven years, Physics Reports 894, 1-116.
11. Li W., Tang X. and Wang L. Q.2020, Photopyroelectric microfluidics, Science Advances 6, eabc1693.
12. Zhou C. M., Zhu P. A., Tian Y., Xu M. and Wang L. Q. 2019, Engineering micromotors with droplet microfluidics, ACS Nano 13, 6319-6329.
13. Tian Y., Zhu P. A., Tang X., Zhou C. M., Wang J. M., Kong T. T., Xu M. and Wang L. Q. 2017, Large-scale water collection of bioinspired cavity-microfibers, Nature Communications 8, 1080.
14. Zhu P. A., Kong T. T., Tang X. and Wang L. Q.2017, Well-defined porous membranes for robust omniphobic surfaces via microfluidic emulsion templating, Nature Communications 8, 15823.
15. Tang X., Zhu P. A., Tian Y., Zhou X. C., Kong T. T. and Wang L. Q. 2017, Mechano-regulated surface for manipulating liquid droplets, Nature Communications 8, 14831.