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Jun Wang

Postdoctoral Researcher

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About Jun Wang

In 2011, Jun Wang earned her BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Donghua University. Following this, she was awarded a postgraduate recommendation and scholarship from Donghua university and decided to pursue her Ph.D. study at Department of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology. There, she conducted her Ph.D. research in functional textile and flexible supercapacitor, advised by Professor Zaisheng Cai.


After graduation, she joined the Esser-Kahn Lab as a postdoc in March 2018.


Ph.D in Textile Chemistry and Engineering

Donghua University, Shanghai, 2017

B.S. in Chemical Engineering

Donghua University, Shanghai, 2011

Favorite Quote

"There must be something you can learn from others."


Scientific Hero

Marie Curie

Favorite Paper

"The next one"

If you could be a piece of lab equipment, what would you be?

"People in the lab would guess me as the electrodynamic shaker but no, I would be the -80 degC freezer."

Jun Wang's Research

In nature, living organisms such as elephants and sea cucumbers possess the ability to soften or stiffen their bodies to adapt to environmental changes with specific functionality. Jun has been working on finding ways to develop a smart material which can be activated and controlled in response to externally applied stimuli. The material can be easily triggered and stiffened on-demand by an electric device. In the future, it has potential to be used in adhesive industry, soft robotics, and tissue engineering.

Lab Publications 

Chao-Wei Huang, Jun Wang, Zhao Wang, Jorge Ayarza, and Aaron P. Esser-Kahn

Enhancing the Piezoelectric Voltage Output in a Gel Composite through the Tuning of the Matrix Dielectric Constant ACS Applied Engineering Materials 2022

Bio-Inspired Mechanically Adaptive Materials Through Vibration-Induced Crosslinking

Wang, Z., Wang, J., Ayarza, J. et al. Bio-inspired mechanically adaptive materials through vibration-induced crosslinking. Nat. Mater. (2021). doi: 10.1038/s41563-021-00932-5

Mechanically Promoted Synthesis of Polymer Organogels via Disulfide Bond Cross-Linking

J Ayarza, Z Wang, J Wang, AP Esser-Kahn - ACS Macro Letters, 2021. doi:10.1021/acsmacrolett.1c00337

Maiti, S.; Manna, S.; Banahene, N.; Pham, L.; Liang, Z.; Wang, J.; Xu, Y.; Bettinger, R.; Zientko, J.; Esser‐Kahn, A. P.; Du, W. From Glucose to Polymers: A Continuous Chemoenzymatic Process. Angewandte Chemie 2020, 132 (43), 19105–19109.

100th Anniversary of Macromolecular Science Viewpoint: Piezoelectrically Mediated Mechanochemical Reactions for Adaptive Materials

Jorge Ayarza, Zhao Wang, Jun Wang, Chao-Wei Huang, and Aaron P. Esser-Kahn. ACS Macro Lett. 2020, 9, 9, 1237–1248 Aug. 17, 2020. doi: 10.1021/acsmacrolett.0c00477

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