Z.L. Wang is the master of a very tiny domain.
Wang's groundbreaking research in the emerging science of nanotechnology is helping develop ways to manufacture matter molecularly and has made him one of the world's leading experts on nanotechnology.
Nanotechnology, research that deals with objects measured in nanometers (one nanometer is one billionth of a meter), is expected to spur quantum leaps in medicine, electronics, and materials that will change life as we know it.
Wang, who joined Tech's faculty in 1995, is working to manipulate and study a variety of nano-sized materials and shapes that will be used to create nano devices, robots and sensors. He has created nanobelts, which serve as the basis for very small sensors, flat-panel display components and electronic and optoelectronic nanodevices, and more recently, nanorings, which can be used for nanometer-scale sensors, resonators and transducers.
Dr. Wang has filed 8 patents, authored and co-authored 4 textbooks, edited 12 books, written 45 review articles and book chapters, and been published in over 340 peer reviewed journal publications. His research papers have been cited over 5,760 times and climbing.
Science Watch, published by the Institute of Scientific Information (ISI), listed the world's top 25 researchers and institutions in nanotechnology from 1992-2002. Wang ranked No. 5 internationally with 121 papers on the subject.