Rui Wang


(510) 642-4398
110B Gilman Hall

Lab: Pitzer Center for Theoretical Chemistry

Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • 2005, B.S., Zhejiang University, Chemical Engineering
  • 2008, M.S., Zhejiang University, Chemical Engineering
  • 2014, Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, Chemical Engineering
  • 2015-2018, Postdoctoral Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2009, First Prize in Natural Science Award, Ministry of Education, China
  • 2010, Constantin G. Economou Memorial Prize, Caltech
  • 2013, Frank J. Padden Award Finalist, American Physical Society

Theoretical Polymer and Soft Materials

We are interested in theoretically understanding the complex structural and dynamic behaviors of soft matter systems. Soft matters constitute the basic components of living systems and are critical for materials that meet the emergent requests in environment, energy and health. Modeling complex soft matter systems with multiple components, interactions and length/time scales possesses great challenges. We seek to develop simple molecular theories to elucidate the physical insights behind the complex behaviors. With the fundamental advances, we build detailed computational tools as a low-cost, high-throughput platform and collaborate closely with experimentalists for the rational design of new materials such as antifouling membranes, batteries, stimuli-responsive gels and biomedical materials. Current research projects include:

  • Electrostatics at Interfaces
  • Structure and Dynamics of Ion-Containing Polymers
  • Complex Polymer Networks towards the Design of Smart Materials

To solve these problems, we develop simple coarse-grained models at the molecular level, which will then be incorporated into the framework of statistical mechanics, and further solved by using modern analytical and numerical methods, such as field theoretical techniques, network theories, liquid-state integral equations and computer simulations.