Zhong Lin Wang Ph.D.

Wang, Zhong Lin
Position Department / Business Unit
Director, Center for Nanostructure Characterization (CNC), Georgia Tech Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Institution Disciplines
Georgia Institute of Technology Nanostructures
City State / Provence
Atlanta Georgia
Country Website
U.S.A. link

Dr. Wang is currently the Director of the Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech).

After a year of post-doctoral in the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1988, Dr. Wang was awarded a Research Fellowship by the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, England. He received a U.S. Department of Energy Research Fellowship at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1989, and one year later he was appointed as a Research Associate Professor by the University of Tennessee. In 1993, he moved to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to set up the microscopy facility. He joined Georgia Tech in 1995.

Research Experience

Dr. Wang has been focused on the atomic dimension microstructures of materials of technological importance and their relationship with measured physical properties. The materials that he has been working on are functional and smart thin oxide films, nanoparticles and self-assembly, carbon nanotubes, nanowires and nanobelts of semiconductive materials, and magnetic nanophase materials.
Dr. Wang has had extensive research experience on: applications of high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, nano-probe electron energy-loss spectroscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy for quantitative structure determination of crystals and interfaces; electron holography and its applications for studying nanophase and catalysis materials; synthesis and characterization of monodispersive nanoparticles; thin oxide films for microelectronics applications; surface structure and its influence on thin film growth; dynamical diffraction and imaging theories of inelastically scattered electrons; and reflection electron microscopy and spectroscopy for surface analysis.

Dr. Wang’s current research focuses on discovery, controlled synthesis, characterization, fundamental understanding and applications of one-dimensional nanostructures in microsystems and biomedical science. His recent research is on semiconducting and piezoelectric oxide nanobelts for electromechanical-coupled nano-scale devices and self-assembly technology.


Dr. Wang received his Ph.D in Physics from Arizona State University in 1987.

Career Highlights

* The July/August issue of the Science Watch published by the Institute of Scientific Information (ISI) lists the world's top 25 researchers and institutions in nanotechnology from 1992-2002. Z.L. Wang ranks number 5 internationally with 121 papers on the subject! His papers have been cited 2348 times placing him on the list of the top 25 most cited authors in the world. He has published 38% of the 6150 citations to Georgia Tech papersthat places Tech number 12 worldwide. The report has also highlighted Wang's research on nanobelt.
* Discovered the world’s first piezoelectric nanospring, which has been reported by Business Week and e-Time.
* Discovered the nanobelt in 2001, which was considered to be a ground breaking work and was reported by over 20 media including USA Today, Science News, BBC News, and Frankfutter Allgemeine Zeitung. The discoverery of the nanobelt is being considered in the same category as the discovery of nanotubes.
* The paper on nanobelt was the most cited paper in chemistry in 2001-2003 (ISI, Science Watch).
* Discovered the perfect seamless nanoring of semiconducting and piezoelectric ZnO.
* Discovered the world’s smallest balance, nanobalance, in 1999, which was selected as the breakthrough in nanotechnology by the America Physical Society in 2000. This discovery was covered by over 10 different media including Physics Today and People’s Daily
* Discovered a novel technique for producing hydrogen from methane and water with the potential of using solar energy, which was covered by Business Week.


Dr. Wang has received the 1999 Burton Medal from Microscopy Society of America, 1998 NSF CAREER award, 1998 China-NSF Oversea Outstanding Young Scientists Award, 2000 and 2005 Georgia Tech outstanding research award, 2005 Sigma Xi Sustained Research Award, 2001 S.T. Li prize for outstanding contribution in nanotechnology, and has also received three best paper awards. His research papers have been cited for over 16,000 times. The h-index of his publications is 60. He is the world’s top 25 most cited authors in nanotechnology for the last decade (ISI). He has also received research fellowships from Univ. Cambridge, US Department of Energy and ORISE. He is a member of the editorial boards of over 10 major journals. He is an honorable and guest professor of over 10 universities. Two symposiums (May 7, 2003; Oct. 12, 2005) organized by the University of Pierre & Marie Curie (Paris) and sponsored by the L'Institut Universitaire de France (IUF) in the honor of Prof. Wang for his outstanding contribution in nanotechnology. Dr. Wang is a member for the European Academy of Sciences (http://www.eurasc.org; http://www.euacademy.org), fellow of APS, fellow of AAAS, and a fellow of the World Innovation Foundation (www.thewif.org.uk).

Dr. Wang discovered the nanobelt in 2001, which is considered to be a ground-breaking work. The paper on nanobelt was the second most cited paper in chemistry in 2001-2003 world-wide. His paper on piezoelectric nanosprings was one of the most cited papers in materials science in 2004 world-wide. His recent invention of world’s first nanogenerator will have profound impacts to implantable biosensors and molecular machines/robotics. In 1999, he and his colleagues discovered the world’s smallest balance, nanobalance, which was selected as the breakthrough in nanotechnology by the America Physical Society. He was elected to the European Academy of Science (www.eurasc.org ) in 2002, fellow of the World Innovation Foundation (www.thewif.org.uk) in 2004, fellow of American Physical Society in 2005, has received the 2001 S.T. Li prize for Outstanding Contribution in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, the 2000 and 2005 Georgia Tech Outstanding Faculty Research Author Awards, Sigma Xi 2005 sustain research awards, Sigma Xi 1998 and 2002 best paper awards, the 1999 Burton Medal from Microscopy Society of America, and 1998 China-NSF Oversea Outstanding Young Scientists Award. His most recent research focuses on oxide nanobelts and nanowires, in-situ techniques for nano-scale measurements, self-assembly nanostructures, fabrication of nano devices and nanosensors for biomedical applications.

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