Prof. Wang Zuankai

Prof. Wang Zuankai is currently a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Associate Dean (Internationalization & Industry Engagement) of College of Engineering at the City University of Hong Kong. His work on the invention of the most water repellent surface has been included in the Guinness Book of World Records.


Postdoc in Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University, US (2009)
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, US (2008)
M.S. in Microelectronics, Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China (2003)
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Jilin University, China (2000)

Research Interests

Fluid dynamics
Nature-inspired engineering
Soft matter

Awards and Honours

Fellow of International Society of Bionic Engineering (2019)
Top 10 Research Achievement Award in China Robot Society (No.1), 2019 Annual Conference of China Robot Industry (2019)
The 35th World Cultural Council Special Recognition Award (2018)
President Lectureship, City University of Hong Kong (2018)
Founding Member of Young Academy of Science of Hong Kong (2017)
Changjiang Chair Professor, Ministry of Education, China (2017)
Outstanding Research Award (Senior Category), City University of Hong Kong (2017)
President’s Award, City University of Hong Kong (2017)
Outstanding Youth Award, International Society of Bionic Engineering (two awardees worldwide every three years) (2016)
OSA Young Scientist Award (2016)
President’s Award, City University of Hong Kong (2016)
“Future Leaders” selected by the New York Academy of Sciences and Science and Technology in Society Forum (2013)



“CityU PhD student wins prestigious materials science award”, CityU NewsCentre, December 2016.

“Bio-inspired materials: Drop and fold”, Nature Physics News & Views, August 2016.

“Self-folding mimosa mimic”, Nature, June 2016.

“Origami tubes curl up with water”, Chemistry World, June 2016

“Mimosa nanostructure spontaneously self-folds”, Nanotechweb, June 2016

“Mimosa-inspired material folds up like origami when wet”. Asian Scientist Magazine, June 2016

“One drop of water makes this wonder material roll itself up”, Popular Mechanics, June 2016.

“Bio-inspired engineering research at CityU receives local and international recognition”, City University of Hong Kong News Center and Wenweipo, January 2016

“A droplet's pancake bounce”, featured in numerous media including American Institute of Physics, Asian Scientist, Materials World, Science Daily, August 2015.


Selected publications

Wanghuai Xu, Huanxi Zheng, Yuan Liu, Xiaofeng Zhou, Chao Zhang, Yuxin Song, Xu Deng, Michael Leung, Zhengbao Yang, Ronald X. Xu, Zhonglin Wang, Xiao Cheng Zeng, Zuankai Wang. A droplet-based electricity generator with high instantaneous power density. Nature, 578, 392 (2020).
Highlighted as the Headline of Physics World, featured as The Paper of the Month by the Latest Science, and reported by over 50 news outlets.

Qiangqiang Sun, Dehui Wang, Yanan Li, Jiahui Zhang, Shuji Ye, Jiaxi Cui, Longquan Chen, Zuankai Wang, Hans-Jürgen Butt, Vollmer Doris, Xu Deng. Surface charge printing for programmed droplet transport. Nature Materials, (Corresponding author).
Highlighted by Nature.

Wanbo Li, Miao Yu, Jing Sun, Kentaro Mochizuki, Siyu Chen, Huanxi Zheng, Jiaqian Li, Shuhuai Yao, Hongkai Wu, Satoshi Kawata, Beng S. Ong, Zuankai Wang, Kangning Ren. Crack engineering for the construction of arbitrary hierarchical architectures. Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, 116,23909 (2019) (co-corresponding author).

Haojian Lu, Mei Zhang, Yuanyuan Yang, Qiang Huang, Toshio Fukuda, Zuankai Wang, Yajing Shen. A bio-inspired multi-legged millirobot that functions in both dry and wet conditions. Nature Communications, 9, 3944 (2018).

Yanhua Zhao, Yang Wu, Liang Wang, Manman Zhang, Xuan Chen, Minjie Liu, Jun Fan, Junqiu Liu, Feng Zhou, Zuankai Wang. Bio-inspired reversible underwater adhesive. Nature Communications, 8, 2218 (2017)

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