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Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Chemical and Biological Engineering Northwestern University
The Wang Lab develops new methods for characterizing polymers to address today’s challenges, with the philosophy that new methods for seeing and measuring often open completely new fields of application and fundamental study. As an example, we use single-molecule super-resolution microscopy to image samples in their native environments and watch them as they evolve. We have applied this to fundamental questions in polymer self-assembly, mechanics, and dynamics, enabling engineers to control where and when something happens in a polymeric material. For example, we have recently answered the question of what a polymer looks like in a solid material, for the first time. Separately, we are developing high-throughput characterization methods for mechanical properties in soft materials. These techniques can change the way materials are designed in the era of AI and machine learning.