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WANG Liqiu 王立秋 (Prof.)
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WANG Liqiu 王立秋 (Prof.)

Otto Poon Charitable Foundation Professor in Smart and Sustainable Energy, Chair Professor of Thermal-Fluid and Energy Engineering

Area of Specialization: Nature-inspired and microfluidics-enabled engineering; Soft and smart manufacturing; Soft materials; Thermal-fluids; Energy


PhD (UA); MEng (SDU); BEng (SDU)

Short Description


Prof. L. Q. “Rick” Wang received his PhD from University of Alberta (UA; Canada), and his MEng and BEng from Shandong University (SDU; China). He joined Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in December 2022 as Chair Professor of Thermal-Fluid and Energy Engineering. Prior to this, he was Chair Professor of Thermal-Fluid Sciences and Engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Biomedical Engineering Programme at the University of Hong Kong. In addition to 11 scholarly monographs/books, five book chapters, 80+ plenary/keynote lectures at international conferences, and over 180 invited lectures in universities/industries/organizations, Prof. Wang has published 260+ papers in various prestigious journals including Science, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Communications, Science Advances, Advanced Materials, PNAS, Physical Review Letters, Chemical Reviews, Progress in Materials Science, Physics Reports, and Materials Today, many of which have been widely used by researchers all over the world. Prof. Wang has also filed 40+ 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, and the 2017 OSA Innovation Award, among others.

Prof. Wang’s current research centres on the nature-inspired and microfluidics-enabled engineering, joining biotechnology, energy technology, information technology and nano-/micro-technology. His work takes full advantage of nature-inspired structures, functions and mechanisms, and capabilities of microfluidics in terms of scalability and precise handling of small fluid volumes to develop innovative tools, and smart/functional materials via precisely engineering their micro-/nanostructures. Examples of innovative technologies and materials his team has developed include artificial blood vessels, bio-printing inks, chemoembolization microparticles, colloidosomes for smart drug-delivery, contamination-free fluidic processors, liquid-repellent materials, micro-actuators/motors/robots/sensors, multifunctional microfibers, scald-proof coatings, smart non-wetting liquid grippers, super anti-pathogen coatings, and super thermal conductors.

Selected Publications

(15 recent representative monographs/articles from 530+ publications:)
  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 SystemsNonlinear Science and Complexity 5, Elsevier, London, 718p, ISBN 978-0-444-53110-0.

  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. Hou Y., Yuan S. A., Zhu G. D., You B. H., Xu Y., Jiang W. X., Shum H. C., Pong P. W. T., Chen C. H. and Wang L. Q. 2022, Photonic crystal-Integrated optoelectronic devices with naked-eye visualization and digital readout for high-resolution detection of ultratrace analytes, Advanced Materials 2022, 2209004.

  6. 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.

  7. Tang X., Li W. and Wang L. Q2021, Furcated droplet motility on crystalline surfaces, Nature Nanotechnology 16, 1106-1112 (cover featured).

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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).

  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.

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