Muzhou “Mitchell” Wang received his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Caltech in 2009, where he worked with Prof. Julia A. Kornfield on designing tissue adhesives for corneal wound repair. He then went to MIT for his graduate studies, joining Prof. Bradley D. Olsen as his first student. In the Olsen group, he used experiments and simulations to understand the dynamics of rod-coil block copolymers, a class of polymers that combines multiple functionalities into single self-assembled nanomaterial. His work helped uncover the impact of shape and geometry on the mechanisms of polymer motion in entangled systems. Other interests included polymer networks and gels, and protein-polymer biohybrid molecules. He finished his Ph.D. thesis in 2014 in Chemical Engineering. He continued his work as a National Research Council postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, where he worked on super-resolution optical microscopy of nanofabricated polymer materials with Dr. Jeffrey W. Gilman and Dr. J. Alexander Liddle.
He began his independent career in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Northwestern University as an assistant professor in December, 2016.
Selected Awards and Honors
- American Physical Society DPOLY/UKPPG Exchange Lectureship, 2019
- National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2014
- Padden Award Finalist at American Physical Society, 2014
- National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, 2010
- National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2010