Associate Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering
All of these structures found in nature are formed by the so-called “bottom up” method, which is a self assembly of nano-scale building blocks into functional macroscopic structures. Taking advantage of their best properties individually and putting them together in a synergistic way is, however, not always an easy task for humankind. Our goal is to study and understand the fundamental principles of self- and guided- assembly of nano-“building blocks”, such as polymers, nanoparticles, cells, biomolecules, etc. Based on our understandings, we will then develop economic routes (by integrating both bottom-up and top-down methods) to fabricate organic-inorganic hybrid materials with both hierarchical structures and multiple functionalities. Those revolutionary materials will have impacts on the development of more efficient photovoltaics, photonic crystals, multi-functional and environmentally adaptive nanomotors, as well as biomedical diagnostic/therapeutic systems.
- BS – National University of Singapore
- PhD – Princeton University
- Post-Doctoral Study – Harvard University
- N. Wu and Y.C. Chiew, Multidensity integral equation theory for short diblock hard sphere-sticky hard sphere chains, Phys. Rev. E. 81, 041809 (2010).
- N. Wu, M.E. Kavousanakis, and W.B. Russel, Coarsening in the electrohydrodynamic patterning of thin polymer films, Phys. Rev. E. 81, 026306 (2010).
- N. Wu and W. B. Russel, Micro- and nano-patterns created via electrohydrodynamic instabilities, Nano Today 4, 180-192 (2009), invited review.
- W. B. Russel, N. Wu, and W.N. Man, A generalized Hertzian model for the deformation and cracking of colloidal packings saturated with liquid, Langmuir 24, 1721-1730 (2008).
- N. Wu, L.F. Pease, and W.B. Russel, Toward large-scale alignment of electrohydrodynamic patterning of Thin Polymer Films, Adv. Funct. Mater. 16, 1992-1999 (2006), featured on the cover of the issue.
- N. Wu, L.F. Pease, and W.B. Russel, Electric-field induced thin polymer film patterns: weakly nonlinear and fully nonlinear evolution, Langmuir 21, 12290-12302 (2005).
Honors and Awards
- 2015 NSF CAREER Award