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Chao ZHANG (张超)

Principal Investigator

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Professor Zuankai Wang is currently Kuok Group Professor in the Nature-Inspired Engineering and Chair Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and concurrently serves as the Associate Vice President (Research & Innovation). He received his B.S. degree from Jilin University in 2000, M.S. degree from Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, in 2003, and Ph. D. degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2008. After one-year postdoc training at Columbia University, he joined the City University of Hong Kong (CityU) in September 2009 and became  Chair Professor in July 2021. He was the Associate Dean in the College of Engineering (2019-2022) and the founding Deputy Director of Research Center for Nature-inspired Engineering (2021-2022) at CityU. He serves as the Executive Editor-in-Chief of Droplet journal (Wiley), associate editor and advisory board member  for 10 journals (Langmuir, iScience, Advanced Engineering Materials and others). He is recognized as a  Highly Cited Researcher (Cross-field, 2022, 2023)  by Clarivate. 


He is a fellow of Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences(HKAES) and Hong Kong Young Academy of Sciences, International Society of Bionic Engineering (ISBE) and Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). His work has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records and his innovations have won the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva Gold Medal with Congratulations of Jury and Gold Medal. He has received many awards including the Falling Walls Science Breakthroughs of the Year 2023 (Engineering & Technology)Croucher Senior Research Fellow (2023),  BOCHK Science and Technology Innovation Prize (2022), RGC Senior Research Fellow (2022), Green Tech Award (2021), Xplorer Prize (2020), Hall of Fame (Advanced Engineering Materials, 2019), 35th World Cultural Council Special Recognition Award (2018), President's Lectureship (2020, 2018), Outstanding Research Award (Senior, 2017), President's Award at CityU (2017, 2016), Changjiang Chair Professor by Ministry of Education of China (2016), Outstanding Youth Award conferred by ISBE (2016), OSA Young Scientist Award (2016), Chinese Government Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad Award (2007), and Materials Research Society (MRS) Graduate Student Silver Award (2007). The Ph.D. students he supervised have won a number of prestigious awards including MRS Graduate Student Gold Award (2016) and Silver Award (2015, 2021), Hiwin Doctoral Dissertation Award (2016, 2019, and 2021, Silver), Hong Kong Young Scientist Award (2015, 2019, 2022), First Prize and Grand Prize in The 8th Hong Kong University Student Innovation & Entrepreneurship Competition (2022).


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