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About Us

We are affiliated with the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Our research interest lies in surface and interfacial science, with a focus on fundamental understanding of interfacial phenomena as well as development of novel functional surfaces. Particular areas of interest include liquid-repellent surfaces, omniphobic membranes, patterned surfaces, stimuli-responsive surfaces, and anti-/de-icing coatings. Our research is highly interdisciplinary and it addresses some of the key challenges in the areas of membrane separation, droplet manipulation, icephobicity, hemocompatibility and microfluidics.

Selected Publications

  • W. Wang, X. Du, H. Vahabi, Y. Yin, A. K. Kota, and T. Tong. “Trade-off in membrane distillation with monolithic omniphobic membranes”, Nature Communications, 10, 3220, 2019.
  • H. Vahabi, W. Wang, J. M. Mabry, and A. K. Kota. “Coalescence-Induced Jumping of Droplets on Superomniphobic Surfaces with Macrotexture”, Science Advances, 4, eaau3488, 2018.
  • W. Wang, J. Salazar, H. Vahabi, A. Joshi-Imre, W. E. Voit, and A. K. Kota. “Metamorphic Superomniphobic Surfaces”, Advanced Materials, 29, 1700295, 2017.
  • D. Beemer, W. Wang, and A. K. Kota. “Durable Gels with Ultra-low Adhesion to Ice”, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 4, 18253, 2016.
  • S. Movafaghi, V. Leszczak, W. Wang, J. A. Sorkin, L. P. Dasi, K. C. Popat, and A. K. Kota. “Hemocompatibility of Superhemophobic Titania Surfaces”, Advanced Healthcare Materials, 6, 1600717, 2016.

Recent Group News

August, 2020: Wang Research Group started in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.