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Dr. Joseph Wang


Department of Nanoengineering

University of California, San Diego

Catalytic Nanomachines: Design and Applications

Joseph Wang is Professor in Department of Nanoengineering at University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He received Ph.D. from the Technion in 1978.  He held Regents Professorship and a Manasse Chair positions at NMSU, and served as the director of Center for Bioelectronics and Biosensors of Arizona State University (ASU).  Prof. Wang has published more than 840 papers (H Index=94, with more than 38,000 citations), 10 books and he holds 12 patents. He became the most cited electrochemist in the world and received the 4th place in the ISI’s list of ‘Most Cited Researchers in Chemistry’ in 1996-2006.

Prof. Wang is Editor-in-Chief of Electroanalysis (Wiley).  He is a well-regarded and popular member of the international electrochemical community. Prof. Wang has presented more than 225 invited and plenary lectures in 40 countries. He was awarded a Honorary Professor from National University (Cordoba, Argentina) in 2004, an Honorary Doctor Causa from Complutense University (Madrid, Spain) in 2007, a Honorary Member of the Slovenia National Institute of Chemistry, Honorary Professor from University of Science Technology Beijing (China), in 2011, Honorary Doctor Causa of Alcala University (Spain) in 2011, a Nanyang Professor from NTU (Singapore) in 2008, and served as a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineers (AIMBE) and of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science in 2000. Professor Wang is also the awardee of the 1994 Heyrovsky Memorial Medal (of the Czech Republic) for his contributions to voltammetry and of a Special Creativity Award from NSF in 2008. He also received the ASU Faculty Achievement Award in 2007 and the NMSU Westhafer Top Faculty Award in 1990.

Prof. Wang’s research focuses on field of nanobioelectronics in which nanomaterials are applied to the analysis of biomolecules. Nanobioelectronics is a rapidly developing field aimed at integrating nano- and biomaterials with electronic transducers. Wang’s interests include nanomotors and nanoactuators, nanoscale barcodes, nanomedicine, wearable on body sensors and biofuel cells, bioelectronic detection of proteins and nucleic acids, microfabrication, self-assembly of nanostructures, microfluidic devices (Lab-on-a-chip), nanoparticle-based bioassays, bionanomaterials, management of diabetes, point-of-care clinical development of electrochemical sensing devices for clinical and environmental monitoring, implementable in-vivo glucose biosensors, development and characterization of new surfaces and interfaces, sensor/recognition coatings, remote sensing, the development of technieues for ultra trace measurements and the design of on-line flow detectors. Prof. Wang’s contributions in these directions have been of major importance in the growing popularity of electroanalytical techniques.