Current Group Members

PhD Students

Yuchong (Arden) Gao

Yuchong (Arden) Gao

I graduated from Beihang University, Beijing, China with a B.E. degree majored in Materials Science and Engineering in 2016. I joined the Yang group as a Master student in February 2017 and continue as a Ph.D. student after receiving my M.S. degree from University of Pennsylvania. Taking advantage of varies of fabrication techniques I've learned here, my researches mainly focuses on the fabrication of complex micro/nanostructures using different functional soft materials (UV-crosslinkable polymers, hydrogels, liquid crystal elastomers), study their structure-property relationship, and their actuation behaviors for applications such as soft robots, biomimetic materials, and biomedical sensing.

Jason Christopher Jolly

Jason Christopher Jolly

I received my B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Anna University, India in 2015 and an M.S.E. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017. I joined the Shu Yang Group in late 2015. Taking design cues from nature, art philosophies such as Origami and Kirigami and drawing from my undergraduate mechanical engineering training, I work towards realizing multi-scale, functional material-structure-property systems and architectures with applications in adhesion, drug delivery, cosmetics, radiative cooling and EMI shielding.

Heesuk Jung

I received my B.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Yonsei University in 2010 and M.S. degree from Seoul National University in 2012. After graduation, I have worked as a research scientist in Photo-electronic Hybrids Research Center at Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Republic of Korea. I joined Prof. Shu Yang’s group in August 2017. My research interest is synthesis of inorganic nanomaterials and their application for optoelectronic devices.

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Antonio Proctor Martinez

I received my B.S. in Fiber Science from Cornell University in 2021. I joined the Yang group in July 2021 as a PhD student in Materials Science and Engineering. During my undergraduate, I was able to take a number of apparel design courses that have supplemented my research perspective and interests. Combined with my background in polymers, it has allowed me to comprehend the use of materials through the eyes of a designer and inform my developments in the laboratory as a scientist. My research interests are within the fields of functional fibers, yarns, and textiles as well as utilizing textile technology/structures for soft and autonomous robotics.

So Hee Nah

So Hee Nah

I received my B.S. degree in Physics Education from Seoul National University, South Korea in 2019. My research interest focuses on synthesis and assembly of colloidal nanoparticles, molecularly imprinted polymers, photonic crystals, and their potential applications in biosensors, soft actuators, and drug delivery.

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Alicia Ng

I received my BS and MS in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 2018. I then worked as a technology consultant at Accenture for a few years and joined the Yang group in August 2021. My research experience includes synthesizing colloids at NYU and formulating UV cure coatings at Axalta. I am interested in the synthesis, application, and sustainability of polymers.

Yuchen Wang

Yuchen Wang

I received B.E. in Materials Science and Engineering from Central South University(CSU) in China (2016) and M.S.E in Materials Science and Engineering from University of Pennsylvania (2018). I joined Prof. Yang’s group in December 2016. My research interests are the synthesis of metallic nanoparticles, control of their assemblies, the resulting optical properties and potential applications in wearable and biomedical sensors.

Master Students

Lingfeng Chen

Linfeng Chen

I received my B.S. degree in Chemistry from Sichuan University (SCU) in China (2019). I joined the Shu Yang Group in January 2022 as a Master student in both Materials Science and Engineering and Nanotechnology. My previous research experience includes the synthesis of supramolecular cross-linked hydrogels and the fabrication of biofuel from cellulosic biomass. My current research interests are the synthesis of bioadhesive conductive hydrogels and their potential applications.
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Jiemin Fu

I received my B.E. in Polymer Science and Engineering from Sichuan University (SCU) in China (2020). Then I joined Prof. Yang's group in September 2021. My research experience includes synthesizing heteroatomic doping fluorinated graphene and fiber reinforced rubber. My research interest now focuses on synthesis of liquid crystal elastomer (LCE) shells and their potential applications in actuators, soft robotics, adaptive and self-cleaning surfaces and so on.

Mohit Patel

I have completed my B.Tech in Polymer Science and Engineering from MIT World Peace University, India in 2021. Currently, I am working towards my master's degree in Nanotechnology at University of Pennsylvania. I joined Prof. Yang's group in 2022. My research interests are polymer processing, biopolymers and polymer nanocomposite.

Ziyun Zhang

Ziyun Zhang

I received my B.S. degree in Textile Engineering from Donghua University, China in 2021. I joined the Yang group in 2022 as a Master student in Materials Science and Engineering. My previous research experience includes modification of fibers, air filtration, functional yarns’ design and membranes. I am currently interested in soft actuators, fibers and e-wearable devices.

Postdoc Fellows

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Baohong Chen

I received my B.E. in Aircraft Design and Engineering and M.E. in Solid Mechanics at Xi’an Jiaotong University in 2013 and 2016. My past research topic was designing soft electric actuators. I received my M.E. and Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences at Harvard University in 2018 and 2021. My research focus of the Ph.D. program was on mechanical and electrical properties of polymer interfaces and their applications. I joined Prof. Shu Yang’s lab at UPenn in 2022 as a postdoctoral researcher. My current research interests are bio-adhesives, functional polymers, and tissue engineering. My general research interests are mechanics, electronics, polymers, and neuroscience.

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Lishuai Jin

I received my B.S. degree in Applied Mechanics and Ph. D. degree in Solid Mechanics from Tianjin University, China in 2014 and 2020, respectively. Before I joined Prof. Yang's group in September 2020, I was a visiting student in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard, from 2017 to 2020. My research interest focuses on the instability of soft materials and architected structures as well as the design and fabrication of mechanical metamaterials and soft robots.

Mingzhu Liu

Mingzhu Liu

I received my B.S. degree in Polymer Physics from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), P.R. China in 2015, and Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from New York University in 2020. My dissertation was about customizing the polymeric colloidal particles (diameter around one micrometer) as the building units for assembly of colloidal superstructures in a programmable manner under the supervision by Professor Marcus Weck. I joined the Yang group as a Postdoctoral Researcher in October 2020. My current research focuses on developing new colloidal materials from liquid crystal elastomer composites towards applications in biosensors, actuators, optical materials, safety coatings, and more. You can find more about my work here.