Qing Wang

Qing Wang
  • Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
N-322 Millennium Science Complex
(814) 863-0042

Bio

Dr. Qing Wang received his B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from East China University of Science and Technology (Shanghai, China), M.S. in Chemistry from Wuhan University (Wuhan, China) and Ph.D. in Chemistry from The University of Chicago. He was a postdoctoral associate in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Cornell University from 2000 – 2002, and joined the Pennsylvania State University in 2002.  He received the Rustum and Della Roy Innovation in Materials Research Award in 2007, NSF CAREER Award in 2006, and Virginia S. and Philip L. Walker Faculty Fellow in 2004. His current research interests are the development of multifunctional polymers and polymer nanocomposites for applications in energy storage and conversion.

Academic Training

Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Chicago

Awards and Accomplishments

Rustum and Della Roy Innovation in Materials Research Award (2007)
NSF CAREER Award (2006)
Virginia S. and Philip L. Walker Faculty Fellow (2004)

Research

The research programs in Dr. Wang’s laboratory are centered on using chemical and material engineering approaches towards the development of novel functional polymers and polymer nanocomposites with unique physical properties. The projects aim to improve fundamental understanding of polymers and polymer nanocomposites by investigating how molecular, macromolecular and multiple-scale assembled structures influence macroscopic physical properties. The research is highly multidisciplinary at the interface of several fields, including polymer and materials chemistry, structural characterization, materials processing, physical property measurement, and device engineering.

Electrical energy storage plays an essential role in advanced electronics and electrical power systems such as portable electronics, electric vehicles and smart grids. Our current efforts in capacitive energy storage involve the synthesis and characterization of nanostructured ferroelectric polymers with tunable dielectric properties and development of polymer nanocomposites with high energy densities and large breakdown strengths. Our battery research program includes the synthesis and characterization of polymer based nonflammable electrolytes for next-generation lithium ion batteries.

Our interests in energy harvesting and conversion and multifunctional materials include the development of new ferroelectric polymers and polymer nanocomposites for piezoelectric energy harvesting, development of the multiferroic nanocomposites composed of ferroelectric polymer matrix and ferromagnetic nanoparticles for investigation of the coupling of the magnetic and electric properties, development of ferroelectric polymer nanocomposites exhibiting giant electrocaloric effect for solid-state cooling, and synthesis of conjugated block polymers for photovoltaics.

Research Interests: 

Functional polymers

Semiconducting polymers

Metal-containing polymers

Nanocomposites

Dielectric polymers

Organic thin films

Self-assembly

Molecular recognition

Supramolecular chemistry

Micro/nano-patterning

Optoelectronics

Molecular electronics

Sensors

 

Technology Impacted By Research: 

capacitors, photovoltaic cells, fuel cells, actuators, coatings, sensors, organic electronics, and polymer synthesis.

 

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