Dr. Yufeng Wang was conferred the Croucher Innovation Award 2019 of HK$5m for the project “Low-symmetry patchy particles (LSPPs): precision in colloidal bonding, assembly, and locomotion”.
Dr Wang’s main area of research is colloidal assembly, the aim of which is to put together colloidal nanoparticles — the essential ingredient in food, paints, cosmetics and even electronics — to form 1D to 3D superstructures for emerging applications such as photonics, printing, nano-delivery and micro-machinery, etc. Currently, one of the team’s key strategies is to chemically synthesize anisotropic particles with low-symmetry shapes, which introduces specific and directional interactions between particles and yields complex yet well-defined structures via assembly. The reduced symmetry also encodes necessary information that programs the particle’s dynamics, making them significantly more useful toward active materials, that is, smart materials that move, adapt, reconfigure and evolve emulating those in the biological and living systems.
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For Dr Wang's group webpage, please visit http://wanghku.weebly.com/.