Academic Profile

Dr. Wang is a Nanyang Assistant Professor at the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His research interests focus on design and manufacturing new classes of robotic materials with unprecedented capabilities of sensing, responding to and communicating with their surrounding environment, by incorporating soft matter building blocks such as granular particles, colloids and nanoparticles. The applications of Dr. Wang’s research extend from smart fabrics for exoskeleton and haptic perception, microscale shape-changing robots, to active phononic metamaterials. Dr. Wang obtained his bachelor’s degree in physics from Peking University, China in 2011, and PhD degree in physics from the University of Chicago, USA in 2016. Dr. Wang worked as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, California Institute of Technology, USA from 2017 to 2020. He joined NTU MAE in December, 2020 as Nanyang Assistant Professor.

He has published papers in top research journals including Nature Materials, Physical Review Letters, Nano Letters, ACS Nano, Advanced Materials, Extreme Mechanics Letters, etc. He has won numerous awards such as Grainger Foundation Fellowship in Experimental Physics, and Gold Medal Winner for Asian Physics Olympiad. His work has been covered by media including Phys. Org News and Argonne National Laboratory News.
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Asst Prof Wang Yifan
Nanyang Assistant Professor, School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Soft robotics and soft matter
Mechanics of materials
Nanoscale materials and technology
Additive manufacturing
  • Developing Soft Robotic Materials from Engineered Particles

  • Tunable structured fabrics for wearable assistive applications
  • Y. Wang, B. Ramirez, K. Carpenter, C. Naify, D. C. Hofmann, C. Daraio, “Architected lattices with adaptive energy absorption.”
    Extreme Mechanics Letters, 33, 100557 (2019).

  • Y. Wang, B. Yousefzadeh, H. Chen, H. Nassar, G. Huang and C. Daraio, “Observation of nonreciprocal wave propagation in a dynamic phononic lattice.”
    Physical Review Letters, 121, 194301 (2018).

  • Y. Wang, H. Chan, B. Narayanan, S.P. McBride, S. K.R.S. Sankaranarayanan, X.M. Lin, and H.M. Jaeger, “Thermomechanical Response of Self-Assembled Nanoparticle Membranes.”
    ACS Nano, 11, 8026 (2017)

  • Y. Wang, J. Liao, S.P. McBride, E. Efrati, X.M. Lin, and H.M. Jaeger, “Strong Resistance to Bending Observed for Nanoparticle Membranes.”
    Nano Letters, 15, 6732-6737 (2015)

  • Y. Wang, P. Kanjanaboos, E. Barry, S.P. McBride, X.M. Lin, and H.M. Jaeger, “Fracture and Failure of Nanoparticle Monolayers and Multilayers.”
    Nano Letters, 14, 826-830 (2014)

  • J. Kim, Y. Wang, H. Park, M. C. Park, S. E. Moon, S. M. Hong, C. M. Koo, K.Y. Suh, S. Yang, and H. Cho, “Soft, Ultrathin Frameworks Nonlinearly Organized in Tandem for Reversible and Pluripotent Wetting on Topographic Surfaces.”
    Advanced Materials, 29, 1605078 (2017)

  • Z. Jiang, J. He, S.A. Deshmukh, P. Kanjanaboos, G. Kamath, Y. Wang, S.K.R.S. Sankaranarayanan, J. Wang, H.M. Jaeger, and X.M. Lin, “Subnanometre Ligand-shell Asymmetry Leads to Janus-like Nanoparticle Membranes.”
    Nature Materials, 14, 912-917 (2015)