Wong Laboratory for Nature Inspired Engineering
Nature Inspirations | Materials Innovation | Improving Life
Wong Research Group
We are a group of nature-inspired scientists and engineers
Liquid-Entrenched Smooth Surface (LESS)
A liquid and viscoelastic-solid repellent coating that can repel human waste and bacteria for global sanitation
Self-healing Liquid Membrane as Reverse Particle Filter
Free-standing, self-healing liquid membranes allow large particles to pass while retaining small particles.
Water Harvesting from Air
Hydrophilic directional slippery rough surfaces outperform conventional surfaces in water harvesting.
Ultra-antireflective Synthetic Brochosomes
Microscale soccer-ball-like particles that prevent reflection of light from all directions.
Switchable Cross-Species Liquid Repellent Surface
A liquid repellent surface that can reversibly switch between slippery and superhydrophobic states.
An ultrasensitive detection platform capable of detecting single molecules
Slippery Rough Surfaces (SRS)
A cross-species, bio-inspired surface that can repel fluids in any wetting state
Nature Inspiration: Nepenthes Pitcher Plant
Nature's super slippery surface
Slippery Liquid-Infused Porous Surfaces (SLIPS)
A pitcher-plant inspired omniphobic surface
Team Wong @ Science and Engineering Outreach
USA Science and Engineering Festival 2016, Washington DC
Engineering Technologies Inspired by Nature
SciCafe, American Museum of Natural History (11.7.2018)
Engineering Slick Solutions for Sticky Problems
Science Nation, National Science Foundation (5.9.2016)
Our work on slippery viscoelastic solid repellent coating for global sanitation has been featured worldwide in many prominent international media. See for example: BBC, BBC Radio 5 (1:55:00), The Economist (17:07), CBC Radio, The Guardian, The Times, Scientific American, NPR, Fast Company, the Verge, Le Monde, Daily Mail, XinHua, Gizmodo, Popular Mechanics, C|NET, and more.
Our work on slippery viscoelastic solid repellent coating for global sanitation is now published on Nature Sustainability!! Congratulations Jing, Lin, Nan and our collaborators! See also Penn State News!!
Dr. Tak-Sing Wong has been honored by the White House for the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for his contributions in nanotechnology and bio-inspired engineering! Congratulations! See the White House Announcement and Penn State News!
Our team won big in the Rice Business Plan Competition! Our team, spotLESS Materials, has won the 3rd place out of >300 competing teams, and have received over $360k investment prize from the competition. Congratulations to Birgitt, Jing, and Nan! See Penn State news.
Our work on the use of slippery rough surface for water harvesting has been featured by Nature Materials. Please check it out here.
8.24.2018 - 9.18.2018
Our work on liquid membranes as reverse filters has been featured in a number of newspapers and websites worldwide! See for example: The Times, Daily Mail, Le Monde, Der Speigel, Die Welt, SZ, Gizmodo (Japan), XinHua, Vice, Chemistry World, GE, Seeker and Science Channel, C&EN, Sciences et Avenir, Science & Vie, Daily Beast, and more.
Our work on liquid membranes as unusual particle filters is now published on Science Advances and is featured in Science!! Congratulations Birgitt, Luke, Hannah, Houston and Jing! See also Penn State News!
Dr. Wong and his collaborators at Harvard University (Joanna Aizenberg's group) and Max Planck Institute (Wendong Wang)'s research on adaptive ferrofluid-infused surface has been published in Nature!
3.30.2018 - 4.22.2018
Our work on directional slippery rough surfaces has been published in Science Advances! This work has been featured in Penn State News, C&EN, and New Scientist! Congratulations Simon (now@UT Dallas), Nan, Steve (UTDallas), Birgitt, Jing and Shikuan (now@Zhejiang University)!
Our work on synthetic brochosomes has been selected as the Top Story of the Day by Science360 of the National Science Foundation!
Birgitt Boschitsch, Jing Wang, Nan Sun, and Tak Sing Wong have been selected as MRS iMatSci Innovators! Congratulations!
Our work has been featured by the National Science Foundation as one of the 8 ways to secure the national defense. See here for the news.
Dr. Wong has been selected for the Distinguished Alumni Award from The Faculty of Engineering of The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Congratulations! See a short video of the award ceremony here.
Aeree Kim has joined us as a visiting graduate student from Pohang University of Science and Technology in Korea! Welcome!
Dr. Xianming Dai (Simon) will begin his tenure-track assistant professorship at the Department of Mechanical Engineering in UT Dallas! Congratulations!!
Dr. Shikuan Yang will begin his professorship at the School of Materials Science and Engineering in Zhejiang University, China through the highly competitive 1000 Young Talents Plan!!! Congratulations!!
Ryan Sikorski has successfully defended his Masters thesis and he will be starting a new research engineer position at Ford Motor Company!!! Congratulations!!
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.
4.15.2016 - 4.17.2016
Team Wong has hosted an exhibition booth at the USA Science and Engineering Festival at Washington DC and we have shared our knowledge in nature inspired engineering to >2000 attendees in a 2 and a half day event!!!
3.29.2016 - 4.5.2016
Our work on X-SLIPS has been featured in Chemistry in Pictures by Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) and Gizmodo!! Please check it out!
Our work on a cross-species bioinspired thermal repairable slippery coating (X-SLIPS) has been published in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces! Congratulations Jing, Keiko and Alex!!
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.
Our work on SLIPSERS has been published in PNAS! Congratulations Shikuan, Simon and Birgitt!!
Wong's research group has been featured on International Innovation!! Please check it out.
Dr. Wong has shared his experiences as a starting faculty member in recent articles in Naturejobs. Please check it out:
Dr. Wong has been selected for the inaugural Wormley Family Early Career Professorship in Engineering! Congratulations!!
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 international online media, including Penn State News, Science Daily, Phys.Org, Tech Times, China Daily, People's Daily, XinHua Net, and CCTV!! Congratulations!!
Our work on slippery rough surfaces has been published on ACS Nano! Congratulations Simon, Birgitt and Shikuan!!
Birgitt has been awarded the Gabron Fellowship from the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering! Congratulations!!
Jing and Birgitt have won the 3rd place in the Inaugural PPG Industries Research Pitch Competition!! Congratulations!!
Luke Gockowski has won the 2nd place of 2015 Undergraduate Exhibition Award!! Congratulations!! See press release here.
Dr. Wong and the team have been selected for the DARPA Young Faculty Award! Congratulations! See press release here.
Dr. Wong and the team were featured in the front page of Centre Daily Times!! Congratulations!
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.
We welcome our newest group members who join us in the Fall 2014: Lin Wang and Victor Acero!!
We welcome our newest group members who join us in the Summer 2014: Dr. Yu Huang, Luke Gockowski, and Kaylyn Hannon!! Welcome!!
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. Congratulations!!!
We welcome our newest group members who join us in the Spring 2014: Houston Claure and Ashlee Palm!! Welcome!!
We welcome our newest group members who join us in the Fall 2013: Dr. Shikuan Yang , Jon Wang, and Lisa Meier! Welcome!!
Dr. Wong and colleagues at Harvard University (Joanna Aizenberg's group)'s work on robust optical transparent slippery surfaces is now published in Nature Communications!
We welcome our new team members who will be joining in the Fall 2013: Dr. Xianming Dai, Dr. Yu Huang, Ryan Sikorski and Birgitt Boschitsch!! Welcome!
We welcome undergraduate researcher, Nathan M. Custodio, to join our group!
Dr Wong's co-edited MRS Bulletin special issue on Interfacial Materials with Special Wettability is now online! Please check it out!
We welcome our first group of undergraduate researchers, Keiko Kato (UIUC, REU 2013) and Alexandre Blois, to join our laboratory!!
Dr. Wong and colleagues at Harvard University (Joanna Aizenberg's group)'s work on mechanical switchable slippery surfaces is now published in Nature Materials!
Dr. Wong is giving an invited lecture on nature-inspired liquid repellent materials at Michigan State University.
Dr. Wong's interview on coffee ring research has been featured in Clinical Chemistry!
Dr. Wong discusses about his work on bioinspired slippery surfaces at the Mechanical Engineering Seminar at Penn State.
Our laboratory is now housed at the Materials Research Institute at the state-of-the-art Millennium Science Complex!
Welcome Jing Wang and Nan Sun to join the Wong Laboratory!
Copyright by Tak-Sing Wong 2013. All rights reserved.
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Materials Research Institute
Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences
The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802