Zhong Lin Wang

Zhong Lin Wang

Zhong Lin Wang

Director

Center for Nanostructure Characterization

Zhong Lin Wang
The Hightower Chair in Materials Science and Engineering, Regents’ Professor; College of Engineering Distinguished Professor; Director, Center for Nanostructure Characterization
School of Materials Science and Engineering
Areas of Expertise: 
nanoscience, nanogenerator, piezotronics, nano energy, electron microscopy
“One of the keys to the Internet of Things is how to power billions to trillions of mobile and hugely distributed small sensors. Apparently, using billions of batteries would not be the best and feasible choice. We have developed the nanogenerator technologies at Georgia Tech to make these small sensors self-powered so that they can operate relying on the energy harvested from the environment. Such self-powered systems would be the foundation of sustainable Internet of Things.”

Dr. Zhong Lin (ZL) Wang is the Hightower Chair in Materials Science and Engineering, Regents'Professor, College of Engineering Distinguished Professor and Director, Center for Nanostructure Characterization, at Georgia Tech. Dr. Wang has made original and innovative contributions to the synthesis, discovery, characterization and understanding of fundamental physical properties of oxide nanobelts and nanowires, as well as applications of nanowires in energy sciences, electronics,optoelectronics and biological science. He invented and pioneered the in-situ technique for measuring the mechanical and electrical properties of a single nanotube/nanowire inside a transmission electron microscope (TEM). He is the world leader in ZnO nanostructure research in the last decade. His discovery and breakthroughs in developing nanogenerators establish the principle and technological road map for harvesting mechanical energy from environment and biological systems for powering a personal electronics. The field created by him on self-powered nanosystems inspired the worldwide effort in academia and industry for studying energy for micro-nano-systems, which is now a distinct disciplinary in energy research and future sensor networks. He coined and pioneered the field of piezotronics and piezo-phototronics by introducing piezoelectric potential gated charge transport process in fabricating new electronic and optoelectronic devices, which have potential applications in MEMS/NEMS, nanorobotics, human-electronics interface, sensors, medical diagnosis and photovoltaic.

Dr. Wang is a pioneer and world leader in nanoscience and nanotechnology for his outstanding creativity and productivity. He has authored and co-authored four scientific reference and textbooks and over 660 peer reviewed journal articles (14 in Nature and Science, 6 in Nature sister journals), 45 review papers and book chapters, edited and co-edited 14 volumes of books on nanotechnology, and held 25 patents. Dr. Wang is the world’s top 5 most cited authors in nanotechnology. His entire publications have been cited for over 38,000 times. The H-index of his publications is 93.

Dr. Wang was elected as a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2009, member of European Academy of Sciences in 2002, fellow of American Physical Society in 2005, fellow of AAAS in 2006, fellow of Materials Research Society in 2008, fellow of Microscopy Society of America in 2010. He is an honorable professor of over 10 universities in China and Europe. He received 1999 Burton Medal from Microscopy Society of America, 2001 S.T. Li prize for Outstanding Contribution in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, the 2000 and 2005 Georgia Tech Outstanding Faculty Research Author Awards, Sigma Xi 2005 sustain research awards, Sigma Xi 1998 and 2002 best paper awards, and the 2009 Purdy Award from American Ceramic Society. His breakthrough researches in the last 15 years have been featured by over 50 media world wide including CNN, BBC, FOX News, New York Times, Washington Post, NPR radio, Time Magazine, National Geography Magazine, Discovery Magazine, New Scientists, and Scientific America.