ARC Nanotechnology Network

Prof E.G. Wang

Prof Wang received his PhD of physics from Peking University in 1990. He spent one year in Laboratoire d’Etude des Surface at Interfaces (CNRS, France) and four years in University of Houston (USA) as a postdoc and research staff. In 1995, he joined the Institute of Physics (CAS) as a professor and later on became the director. In early of 2004, he was appointed as the Co-Director of Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, one of the first five national laboratories in China. From 1995 to 2005, he was a visiting professor in Univ. of Oxford (UK), Univ. of Texas (USA), Univ. of Michigan (USA), Univ. of Muenster (Germany), Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark), Oak Ridge National Lab. (USA), Univ. of Genova (Italy), National Univ. of Singapore, Hong Kong Polytechnic Univ., Hong Kong Univ., McGill Univ. (Canada), Chalmers Univ. of Technology (Sweden), Harvard Univ. (USA) and Fritz-Haber Institute der MPG (Germany). He was a JSPS Professor in the Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University (Japan) (2001-2002). He is an International Advisor, National Institute for Materials Sciences (NIMS), Japan, since 2006 and an honorary professor of Hong Kong Univ., since 2000.

Research Interests

Prof Wang’s research focuses on surface science; the approach is a combination of atomistic simulations and experiments. One of the original contributions is the development of the Reaction-Limited-Aggregation (RLA) theory. Within this model, a fractal-to-compact island shape transition can be induced by either decreasing the growth temperature or increasing the deposition flux. This counterintuitive finding is just the opposite to the prediction of the classic Diffusion-Limited-Aggregation (DLA) model, and is in excellent qualitative agreement with experimental observations in the presence of surfactant. He and his coworkers also predicted a three-dimensional Ehrlich-Schwoebel barrier; attracted News and Views in Nature (June 2002). Another contribution is the model proposal and experimental validation of a true upward atomic diffusion; attracted Physics News Update in June 2003 and News and Views in Nature as well as Science Week in June 2004. His group experimentally realized tubular graphite cone and polymerized CN nanobells; attracted News reports of Materialstoday (June 2003) and Analytical Chemistry (July 2003). He also developed a method to synthesize single-walled boron-carbon-nitrogen nanotubes. He proposed a two-dimensional tessellation ice, which has attracted a lot of interest and has finally been observed in experiments. His work on the water-surface coupling and the strength of the hydrogen bonds at the interfaces provides a fundamental understanding of water on surface at molecular level. In this area, Wang has co-authored 190 papers in peer-reviewed journals (3 in Science, 18 in PRL, 2 JACS, 30 in APL, and 7 Invited review articles) and 6 patents, co-edited 1 MRS proceeding, and delivered more than 30 invited talks in international conference, including MRS (2000, 2002), APS (2001, 2004), ACerS (2001), and IUMRS (2000, 2002, 2003).

A video recoding on DVD of the seminar given at the Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering, ANU Canberra is now available.

If you would like a complimentary copy of the DVD, please email your name and postal address

Tour Details:

CANBERRA on Monday 5th Feb 2007
Location: Australian National University
Leonard Huxley Lecture Theatre, end of Mills Road
Time: 11:00 AM
Contact: Ilonka Krolikowska email:

BRISBANE on Wednesday 14th Feb 2007
Location: University of Queensland
AIBN Seminar Room, Level 1, AIBN Building 75
Time: 11:00 AM