Wong Laboratory for Nature Inspired Engineering

 

In the News

 

11.3.2017 - 11.7.2017

Our work on synthetic brochosomes has been featured in Penn State News and Science News, as well as selected as the Top Story of the Day by Science360 of the National Science Foundation!

 

3.18.2017

Our work has been featured by the National Science Foundation as one of the 8 ways to secure national defense. See here for the news.

 

 

 

 

5.9.2016

Our research has been featured in a short film produced by Science Nation of the National Science Foundation. Special thanks to Marsha Walton, Laurie Howell, Miles O'Brien for producing the film! Please check out the video here.

3.29.2016 - 4.5.2016

Our work on a cross-species bioinspired thermal repairable slippery coating (X-SLIPS) has been featured in Chemistry in Pictures by Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) and Gizmodo!! Please check it out!

1.11.2016

Our work on SLIPSERS has been featured in the front page of the National Science Foundation and as a headline story of the National Science Foundation 360! The research has also been featured in a number of news outlet including Penn State News, Science Daily, Phys.Org, Nanowerk, R&D Magazine, Futurism, and KurzweilAI.

11.16.2015

Our work on slippery rough surfaces has been featured in a short video invited by the American Chemical Society! Special thanks to Kate Myers, Shea Winton, and Hai Nguyen in making the video!

 

9.19.2015

Our work on slippery rough surfaces has been featured in the NSF Multimedia Galley, as well as the latest NSF Science360 Super Science Video!!  Please check them out!!

 

 

SLIPS blitz biofilms”, Nature 2012, 488:133, August 9, 2012.

 

"Super slippery surfaces prevent biofilms", PNAS, August 6, 2012.

 

Bacteria cities cannot form on a super-slippery surface, inspired by meat-eating plants ”, Discover, July 31, 2012.

Awards / Honors

 

"SLIPS" receives 2012 R&D 100 Award", Wyss Institute at Harvard, June 20, 2012; "Giving the SLIP to all liquids", R&D Magazine, August 21, 2012.

 

"14 Best Inventions Using Biomimicry 2011", Treehugger (A Discovery Company), December 6, 2011.

 

Academic Journals/Magazines

 

Slippery when wetted”, Nature 2011, 447:412 – 413, September 22, 2011.

 

"Pitcher plant perfect”, Nature Chemistry 2011, 3:834, October 24, 2011.

 

Pitcher Plant Inspires Super Slippery Surface”, Chemical & Engineering News (US), September 21, 2011; in printed version, Vol. 89, No. 39. p.5, September 26, 2011.

 

 

Popular Scientific Online / Printed Magazines

 

Flesh-eating plant inspires super-slippery material that repels everything”, Discover, September 21, 2011.

 

Copied from pitcher plants; destined for ketchup bottles”, Popular Science, November 14, 2011.

 

Carnivorous plant inspires super-slippery material”, New Scientist, September 21, 2011.

 

"万物皆滑", Technology Review (Chinese), 2011, vol. 12, pp. 44 - 46.

 

 

International Newspaper/Media

 

SLIPS liquid repeller is inspired by carnivorous plants, enemy to insects and graffiti artists alike”, Engadget, August 3, 2012.

 

"Deadly pitcher-plant inspires super slippery nano-surface", Reuters, Feburary 6, 2012.

 

"Insect-eating plant inspires water repellent material", NBCNEWS, by John Roach, November 15, 2011.

 

Carnivorous plant shows its slippery side”, Financial Times (UK), September 30, 2011.

 

Slippery customer from nature inspires ultimate non-stick pan”, The Times (UK), Biology and Evolution Section, September 22, 2011.

 

"A great non-friction story: Researchers create 'world's most slippery surface' which could help create 'the ultimate non-stick frying pan'", Daily Mail, by Chris Parsons, September 22, 2011.

 

Super-slippery material could mean end to having to wait for ketchup”, The Telegraph, by Richard Gray, November 13, 2011.

 

Pitcher plant inspires slippery surface”, ABC, Science Section (Australia), September 22, 2011.

 

University News

 

"Scientists Develop SLIPS”, The Harvard Crimson, p.A3, September 26, 2011.

 

Plant offers slick strategy”, Harvard Gazette, September 21, 2011.

 

Iceophobic Airplane Wing”, The Wall Street Journal, June 22, 2012.

 

"No scrapper required: Ice rolls off metal", Discovery News, June 16, 2012.

 

"Ultra anti-freeze prevents ice from even forming", Smithsonian, June 12, 2012

 

Slippery coating keeps metal frost-free”, Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), June 15, 2012.

“Kuriose Wissenschaft: Ringen um Ringe”, No. 4/12, GEO Magazine (in German), April 2012.

 

Coffee-Ring Effect Separates Particles”, Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), vol. 89, issue 7, pp. 4, February 14, 2011.

 

How World’s Smallest ‘Coffee Ring’ May Help Biosensors Detect Disease”, UCLA Newsroom, May 5, 2010.

SLIPS

SLIPS for anti-biofouling

SLIPS for anti-icing

Coffee-rings

6.30.2014

Dr. Wong has been selected to participate the National Academy of Engineering U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium!  See press release here and here.

12.20.2013

Dr. Wong and the team have been selected for the CAREER award from the National Science Foundation!  Announcements can be found here and here.

4.9.2014

Dr. Wong has been selected as one of the 20 Outstanding Alumni in the Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering at The Chinese University of Hong Kong since its establishment in 1994.

8.19.2014

Dr. Wong has been named as one of the world's top 35 Innovators Under 35 by MIT Technology Review!  Congratulations!!!  Dr. Wong would like to express his gratitude to his mentors, collaborators, and the Wong Research Group for the support of the research activities!! See press release here and here.

9.17.2014

Dr. Wong and the team were featured in the front page of Centre Daily Times!! Congratulations!

 

9.23.2014

Dr. Wong was invited to present at EmTech 2014 at MIT.  Please check out the video of his research talk here.

 

4.8.2015

Birgitt Boschitsch has been selected for the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship!  Congratulations!! See press release here and here.

 

 

9.1.2015 - 9.14.2015

Our work on slippery rough surfaces has been featured as the top story of the day in the National Science Foundation 360!!  The research has also been featured in a number of internatinal online media, including Penn State News, Science Daily, Phys.Org, Tech Times, China Daily, People's Daily, XinHua Net, and CCTV!! Congratulations!!

 

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Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Materials Research Institute

Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802

 

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