In the News
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.
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! Special thanks to the National Science Foundation for the nomination! See the White House Announcement and Penn State News!
8.24.2018 - 9.18.2018
Our work on liquid membranes as reverse particle 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 self-healing liquid membranes as unusual particle filters was featured as a cover image on Science Advances homepage and as a feature research on Science Magazine homepage!
Our work on directional slippery rough surfaces has been featured on C&EN! Check out the video below:
Birgitt has won the MRS Graduate Student Gold Award for outstanding research, as well as the MRS Authur Nowick Gradaute Student Award for outstanding teaching and mentorship! Congratulations Birgitt!! See here for the news.
11.3.2017 - 11.7.2017
Our work on synthetic brochosomes has been featured in Penn State News, MRS Bulletin, and Science News, as well as selected as the Top Story of the Day by Science360 of the National Science Foundation!
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.
Our work on SLIPS has been featured by the World Economic Forum as one of the 5 ways cutting-edge technology copies nature.
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!
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 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!
9.1.2015 - 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!!
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.
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.
Awards / Honors
"14 Best Inventions Using Biomimicry 2011", Treehugger (A Discovery Company), December 6, 2011.
“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.
“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.
"Scientists Develop SLIPS”, The Harvard Crimson, p.A3, September 26, 2011.
“Plant offers slick strategy”, Harvard Gazette, September 21, 2011.
SLIPS for anti-biofouling
“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.
SLIPS for anti-icing
“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.
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Department of Mechanical Engineering
Materials Research Institute
Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences
The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802