University of Louisiana, Lafayette, USA
Yu Wang is an Assistant Professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, USA. He received his PhD degree in 2013 in polymer chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA. His current research interest is on design of polymer materials with well-defined molecular structures and investigation of their applications in nano diagnostics and therapeutics, stimuli responsive materials, etc.
Controlled polymerization methods enable the synthesis of block copolymers via chain extension from macroinitiators and dramatic advances in the last couple of decades allow synthesis of progressively more complicated macromolecular structures. Those novel polymers with well-defined molecular structures showed entirely new properties compared to conventional polymers, and significantly extended the potential applications of polymeric materials. However, a critical look reveals the products of controlled polymerizations, compared to biomacromolecules, are far from perfect. My research focuses on pursuing higher level perfection in design of polymer architectures via controlled polymerization methods, e.g. controlled radical polymerization, living ring opening polymerization, etc. and study of applications of polymeric materials with well-defined structures in organic electronics, nano diagnostics and therapeutics, etc.