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Tak Sing Wong

Wormley Early Career Professor


  • Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering

N330 Millennium Science Complex


Personal or Departmental Website

Research Areas:

Biomechanics and Bioengineering, Design & Manufacturing, Thermal/Fluid Sciences

Interest Areas:

Bioinspired engineering, Interfacial engineering, Micro- and Nano-manufacturing.




  • BEng, Automation and Computer-Aided Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2003
  • Ph D, Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, 2009


Book, Chapters

Journal Articles

  • Yu Huang, Birgitt Boschitsch, Nan Sun, Jing Wang, Shikuan Yang and Tak Sing Wong, 2017, "A Switchable Cross-Species Liquid Repellent Surface", Advanced Materials, 29, pp. 1604641
  • Jing Wang, Keiko Kato, Alex P. Blois and Tak Sing Wong, 2016, "Bioinspired omniphobic coatings with a thermal self-repair function on industrial materials", ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 8, pp. 8265–8271
  • Shikuan Yang, Xianming Dai, Birgitt Boschitsch Stogin and Tak Sing Wong, 2016, "Ultrasensitive surface-enhanced Raman scattering detection in general liquids", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 113, (2), pp. 268–273
  • Xianming Dai, Birgitt Boschitsch Stogin, Shikuan Yang and Tak-Sing Wong, 2015, "Slippery Wenzel state", ACS Nano, 9, pp. 9260 - 9267
  • Noah MacCallum, Caitlin Howell, Philseok Kim, Derek Sun, Ronn Friedlander, Jonathan Ranisau, Onye Ahanotu, Jennifer J. Lin, Alex Vena, Benjamin D Hatton, Tak Sing Wong and Joanna Aizenberg, 2015, "Liquid-infused silicone as a biofouling-free medical material", ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering, 1, pp. 43 - 51
  • Cicely Shillingford, Noah MacCallum, Tak Sing Wong, Philseok Kim and Joanna Aizenberg, 2014, "Fabrics coated with lubricated nanostructures display robust omniphobicity", Nanotechnology, 25, pp. 14019
  • Nicolas Vogel, Rebecca Belisle, Benjamin Hatton, Tak Sing Wong and Joanna Aizenberg, 2013, "Fully transparent, omniphobic surfaces based on inverse colloidal monolayers", Nature Communications, 4, pp. 2167
  • Daniel Daniel, Max N. Mankin, Rebecca A. Belisle, Tak Sing Wong and Joanna Aizenberg, 2013, "Liquid-infused micro/nano-structured surfaces with tunable dynamic omniphobicity at high temperatures", Applied Physics Letters, 102, pp. 231603
  • Tak Sing Wong, Taolei Sun, Lin Feng and Joanna Aizenberg, 2013, "Interfacial materials with special wettability", MRS Bulletin, 38, pp. 366-371
  • Yao Xi, Yuhang Hu, Alison Grinthal, Tak Sing Wong, L. Mahadevan and Joanna Aizenberg, 2013, "Adaptive fluid-infused porous films with tunable transparency and wettability", Nature Materials, 12, pp. 529-534
  • Alex Esptein, Tak Sing Wong, Rebecca Belisle, Emily Marie Boggs and Joanna Aizenberg, 2012, "Liquid-infused structured surfaces with exceptional anti-biofouling performance", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 109, pp. 13182-13187
  • Philseok Kim, Tak Sing Wong, Jack Alvarenga, Wilmer Adorno and Joanna Aizenberg, 2012, "Liquid-infused nanostructured surfaces with extreme anti-ice and anti-frost performance", ACS Nano, 6, pp. 6569-6577
  • Tak Sing Wong, Sung Hoon Kang, Sindy K.Y. Tang, Elizabeth J. Smythe, Benjamin D. Hatton, Alison Grinthal and Joanna Aizenberg, 2011, "Bioinspired self-repairing slippery surfaces with pressure-stable omniphobicity", Nature, 477, pp. 443-447
  • Tak Sing Wong, Ting-Hsuan Chen, Xiaoying Shen and Chih-Ming Ho, 2011, "Nano-chromatography driven by the coffee ring effect", Analytical Chemistry, 83, pp. 1871-1873
  • Xiaoying Shen, Chih-Ming Ho and Tak Sing Wong, 2010, "Minimal size of coffee ring structure", The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 114, pp. 5269-5274
  • Tak Sing Wong and Chih-Ming Ho, 2009, "Dependence of macroscopic wetting on nanoscopic surface textures", Langmuir, 25, pp. 12851-12854
  • Tak Sing Wong, Adam Huang and Chih-Ming Ho, 2009, "Wetting behaviors of individual nanostructures", Langmuir, 25, pp. 6599-6603
  • Tak Sing Wong, Braden Brough and Chih-Ming Ho, 2009, "Creation of functional micro and nanosystems through top-down and bottom-up approaches", Molecular and Cellular Biomechanics, 6, pp. 1-55
  • Yuh Adam Lin, Tak Sing Wong, Urvashi Bhardwaj, Jia-Ming Chen, Chih-Ming Ho and Edward McCabe, 2007, "Formation of high electromagnetic gradient through particle-based microfluidic approach", Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, 17, pp. 1299-1306
  • Branden Brough, Karen L. Christman, Tak Sing Wong, Christopher M. Kolodziej, Jeff G. Forbes, Kuan Wang, Heather D. Maynard and Chih-Ming Ho, 2007, "Surface initiated actin polymerization from top-down manufactured nanopatterns", Soft Matter, 3, pp. 541-546
  • Adam Huang, Tak Sing Wong and Chih-Ming Ho, 2006, "Silicone polymer chemical vapor sensors fabricated by direct polymer patterning on substrate technique (DDPOST)", Sensors and Actuators B, Chemical, 116, pp. 2-10
  • King W.C. Lai, Carmen K.M. Fung, Tak Sing Wong, Mandy L.Y. Sin, Wen J. Li and C.P. Kwong, 2006, "Development of an automated microspotting system for rapid dielectrophoretic fabrication of bundled carbon nanotube sensors", IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, 3, pp. 218-227
  • Carmen K.M. Fung, Tak Sing Wong, Rosa H.M. Chan and Wen J. Li, 2004, "Dielectrophoretic batch fabrication of bundled carbon nanotube thermal sensors", IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, 3, pp. 395-403
  • Tak Sing Wong and Wen J. Li, 2002, "Dependence of AC electrophoresis carbon nanotube manipulation on microelectrode geometry", Journal of Non-linear Sciences and Numerical Simulation, 3, pp. 769-774

Conference Proceedings

Research Projects

  • May 2014 - April 2019, "CAREER: "Nature's Mix & Match: Designing Omniphobic Surfaces with Multi-functional Characteristics"," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  • October 2017 - March 2019, "NSF I-Corps: Slippery Surface Coating Technologies," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).

Honors and Awards

  • Wormley Family Early Career Professorship in Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, September 2015 - June 2018
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Faculty of Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, March 2017
  • IEEE Nanotechnology Council Early Career Award in Nanotechnology, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), August 2016
  • DARPA Young Faculty Award, Defense Advacned Research Projects Agency, June 2014
  • Innovators Under 35, MIT Technology Review, August 2014
  • Outstanding Alumnus, Dept. of Mechanical & Automation Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, April 2014 - April 2014
  • US Frontiers of Engineering Invitee, US National Academy of Engineering, June 2014
  • NSF CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, December 2013
  • R&D 100 Award, R&D Magazine, August 2012
  • Best Inventions Using Biomimicry of the Year, Treehuggers - A Discover Company, December 2011
  • Croucher Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, The Croucher Foundation, July 2010
  • Intel Foundation Ph.D. Fellowship, The Intel Foundation, May 2007
  • Best Poster Paper Award, IEEE 3rd International Conference on Nanotechnology, San Francisco, USA, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, August 2003
  • 1st Prize, Best Paper on Materials, Hong Kong Institute of Engineers, January 2003
  • 1st Prize, Best Student Paper, IEEE (Hong Kong) Student Paper Contest, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, April 2003
  • 2nd Prize, Best Student Paper, IEEE Region 10 Student Paper Contest, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, September 2003
  • Lucent Global Science Scholars Award, Lucent Technologies, May 2001


Service to Penn State:

  • Chairperson, Faculty Search, Emerging Area Search, September 2016 - March 2017
  • Member, Faculty Search, Dean's Frontier Faculty Search, September 2016 - March 2017
  • Chairperson, Faculty Search, Emerging Area Search, September 2015 - March 2016
  • Member, Faculty Search, Thermal/Fluid Science Faculty Search, September 2014 - May 2015
  • Member, Faculty Search, Dean's Frontier Faculty Search, September 2014 - May 2015
  • , Graduate Programs Recruiting Committee, January 2013 - September 2014
  • , ME and Distinguished Seminar Series Committee, September 2013 - September 2014
  • Reviewer, Grace Woodward Grant Program, April 2014 - May 2014

Service to External Organizations:

  • Organizing Co-chair, The 12th Annual IEEE International Conference on Nano/Micro Engineered and Molecular SystemsApril 2017 - April 2017
  • , USA Science and Engineering Festival, April 2016 - April 2016
  • Session OrganizerApril 2014 - April 2014
  • Topic Co-OrganizerNovember 2014 - November 2014
  • Guest EditorMRS Bulletin, January 2013 - May 2013
  • Topic Co-OrganizerNovember 2013 - November 2013
  • Chairperson, November 2013 - November 2013
  • Chairperson, October 2012 - October 2012
  • Associate EditorIEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, January 2015
  • Board Member, Scientific Reports, March 2015



The Department of Biomedical Engineering administers the undergraduate major in biomedical engineering, and is a part of the university-wide Intercollege Graduate Degree Program, offering both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Bioengineering. Our work combines traditional engineering principles with medicine and technology for the betterment of human health and society. 

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