Emergent Materials and Intelligent TEM (EMIT) Lab aims to advance the construction and characterization of chemically assembled materials with sophisticated structures and emergent properties. Our research interests revolve around three intertwined directions:
1. Chemically Assembled Emergent Materials: we design mesoscale hybrid / hierarchical materials with specific motifs and electronic structures, construct them through controllable self-assembly, and explore their applications in energy and quantum technologies.
2. Intelligent Characterization: we develop intelligent TEM (transmission electron microscopy) techniques, such as the combination of in situ liquid-cell TEM and computer vision analysis, to reveal the governing rule for hierarchical chemical assembly.
3. Artificial Intelligence: we employ AI techniques to help the design of hierarchical materials, predict their structures and properties, and develop intelligent structural recognition methods for analyzing complex characterization data (especially for in situ experiments).
Dr. Yu Wang 王宇 |
Professor, School of Emergent Soft Matter, South China University of Technology
GuangZhou International Campus of South China University of TechnologyGallery of Lab
 Y. Wang,# Z. Song,# J. Wan, S. Betzler, Y. Xie, C. Ophus, K. Bustillo, P. Ercius, L. Wang, and H. Zheng∗
Strong structural and electronic coupling in metavalent PbS moiré superlattices.
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2022, 144, 23474.
 Z. Song,# Y. Wang,# H. Zheng, P. Narang,* and L. Wang*
Deep quantum-dot arrays in moiré superlattices of non-van der Waals materials.
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2022, 144, 14657.
 Q. Zhang,# Z. Song,# Y. Wang,# Y. Nie, J. Wan, K. Bustillo, P. Ercius, L. Wang, L. Sun, and H. Zheng*
Swap motion–directed twinning of nanocrystals.
Sci. Adv., 2022, 8, eabp9970.
 Y. Liu, Tong Liu, X. Yan, Q. Guo, H. Lei, Z. Huang, R. Zhang, Y. Wang, J. Wang, F. Liu, F. Bian, E.W. Meijer, T. Aida, M. Huang*, and Stephen Z.D. Cheng*
Expanding quasiperiodicity in soft matter: Supramolecular decagonal quasicrystals by binary giant molecule blends.
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 2022, 119, e2115304119.
Prior to joining SCUT (2021.08)
 J. Jiang, Y. Wang, L. Jin, C-H Hsu, S. Zhang, J. Mao, W. Yin, T. Li, B. Ni, Z. Su, J. Huang, C. Wesdemiotis, K. Yue, W. Zhang*, and S. Z. D. Cheng*.
Modularly constructed polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane-based giant molecules for unconventional nanostructure fabrication.
ACS Appl. Nano Mater., 2020, 3, 2952.
 Y. Wang,† X. Peng,† A. Abelson, P. Xiao, C. Qian, L. Yu, C. Ophus, P. Ercius, L-W. Wang, M. Law, and H. Zheng*.
Dynamic deformability of individual PbSe nanocrystals during superlattice phase transitions.
Sci. Adv., 2019, 5, eaaw5623
Highlighted by Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.
 H. L. Zhang,† Y. Wang,† H. Zhang,† X. Liu,† A. Lee, Q. Huang, F. Wang J. Chao, H. Liu, J. Li, J. Shi, X. Zuo, L. Wang, L. Wang, X. Y. Cao, C. Bustamante, Z. Q. Tian*, and C. H. Fan*.
Programming chain-growth co-polymerization of DNA hairpin tiles for in-vitro hierarchical supramolecular organization.
Nat. Commun., 2019, 10, 1006
 Y. Wang,† Y. Sun,† P. Shi, X. Lin, P. Zhang, H. Fang, P. Peng, Z. Q. Tian, and X. Cao*.
Chaperone-like chiral cages for catalyzing enantioselective supramolecular polymerization.
Chem. Sci., 2019, 10, 8076
Selected as Front Cover, Editor’s Pick of the Week, and 2019 Chemical Science HOT Article Collection.
Highlighted by RSC news as “Coaching catalysis”.
 Y. Wang, X. Peng, A. Abelson, B. Zhang, P. Ercius, L-W. Wang, M. Law, and H. Zheng*.
Atomic-resolution in situ observation of the necking phenomenon during oriented attachment of PbSe nanocrystals
Nano Res., 2019, 12, 2549
 Z. Su, C. Hsu, Z. Gong, X. Feng, J. Huang, R. Zhang, Y. Wang, J. Mao, C. Wesdemiotis, T. Li, S. Seifert, W. Zhang, T. Aida, M. Huang*, and S. Z.D. Cheng*.
Identification of a Frank–Kasper Z phase from shape amphiphile self-assembly.
Nat. Chem., 2019, 11, 899.
 R. Lu, X. Yan, L. Zhu, L. Yang, H. Qu, X. Wang, M. Luo, Y. Wang, R. Chen, X. Wang, Y. Lan, J. Pei, W. Weng, H. Xia, and X. Cao*.
Unveiling how intramolecular stacking modes of covalently linked dimers dictate photoswitching properties.
Nat. Commun., 2019, 10, 5480.
 Q. Zhang, G. Gao, Y. Shen, X. Peng, J. Shangguan, Y. Wang, H. Dong, K. Bustillo, L. Wang, L. Sun, and H. Zheng*.
Anomalous shape evolution of Ag2O2 nanocrystals modulated by surface adsorbates during electron beam etching.
Nano Lett., 2019, 19, 591.
 X. X. Peng, A. Abelson, Y. Wang, C. Qian, J. Shangguan, Q. Zhang, L. Yu, Z. W. Yin, W. Zheng, K. C. Bustillo, X. Guo, H. G. Liao, S. G. Sun, M. Law, and H. M. Zheng*.
In situ TEM study of the degradation of PbSe nanocrystals in air.
Chem. Mater., 2019, 31, 190.
 Y. Wang,† H. X. Fang,† I. Tranca, H. Qu, X. C. Wang, A. J. Markvoort*, Z. Q. Tian, and X. Y. Cao*.
Elucidation of the origin of chiral amplification in discrete molecular polyhedra.
Nat. Commun., 2018, 9, 488
 Z. A. Nan, Y. Wang*, Z. X. Chen, S. F. Yuan, Z. Q. Tian, and Q. M. Wang*.
Catalyzed assembly of hollow silver-sulfide cluster through self-releasable anion template.
Commun. Chem. 2018, 1, 99.
 X. C. Wang, P. X. Peng, W. Xuan, Y. Wang, Y. B. Zhuang, Z. Q. Tian, and X. C. Cao*.
Narcissistic chiral self-sorting of molecular face-rotating polyhedra.
Org. Biomol. Chem., 2018, 16, 34.
 H. Qu, Y. Wang*, Z. H. Li, X. C. Wang, H. X. Fang, Z. Q. Tian, and X. Y. Cao*.
Molecular face-rotating cube with emergent chiral and fluorescence properties.
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2017, 139, 18142.
 Y. Wang, H. X. Fang, W. Zhang, Y. B. Zhuang, Z. Q. Tian, and X. Y. Cao*.
Interconversion of molecular face-rotating polyhedra through turning inside out.
Chem. Commun., 2017, 53, 8956
 Y. Wang, Y. B. Sun, X. B. Ding, J. H. Liang, X. Y. Cao, and Z. Q. Tian*.
A combined electro- and photo-chemical approach to repeatedly fabricate 2D molecular assemblies.
Electrochim. Acta., 2017, 246, 823.
 Z. W. Lin, J. Sun, Y.B. Zhou, Y. Wang, H. Xu, X. Yang, H. Su, H.G. Cui, T. Aida, W. Zhang*, and S. Z.D. Cheng*.
A noncrystallization approach toward uniform thylakoids-like 2D “nano-coins” and their grana-like 3D suprastructures.
J. Am. Soc. Chem., 2017, 139, 5883.
 X. C. Wang,† Y. Wang,† H. Y. Yang, H. X. Fang, R. X. Chen, Y. B. Sun, N. F. Zheng, K. Tan, X. Lu, Z. Q. Tian, and X. Y. Cao*.
Assembled molecular face-rotating polyhedra to transfer chirality from two to three dimensions.
Nat. Commun., 2016, 7, 12469.
 L. Q. Xie, T. Y. Zhang, L. Chen, N. Guo, Y. Wang, G. K. Liu, J. R. Wang, J. Z. Zhou, J. W. Yan, Y. X. Zhao, B. W. Mao*, and Z. Q. Tian.
Organic–inorganic interactions of single crystalline organolead halide perovskites studied by Raman spectroscopy.
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016, 18, 18112.
 H. X. Lin, L. Chen, D. Y. Liu, Z. C. Lei, Y. Wang, X. S. Zheng, B. Ren, Z. X. Xie, Galen D. Stucky*, and Z. Q. Tian*.
Constructing two-dimensional nanoparticle arrays on layered materials inspired by atomic epitaxial growth.
J. Am. Soc. Chem., 2015, 137, 2828.
 Y. Wang, H. X. Lin, L. Chen, S. Y. Ding, Z. C. Lei, D. Y. Liu, X. Y. Cao*, H. J. Liang, Y. B. Jiang, and Z. Q. Tian*.
What molecular assembly can learn from catalytic chemistry.
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2014, 43, 399.
 Y. Wang, H. X. Lin, S. Y. Ding, D. Y. Liu, L. Chen, Z. C. Lei, F. R. Fan, and Z. Q. Tian*.
Some thoughts about controllable assembly (I) — From catalysis to catassembly.
Sci. Sin. Chim., 2012, 4, 525; 中国科学:化学, 2012, 4, 525.
Prof. Wang is currently lecturing three courses:
1. Introduction of Smart Materials (undergraduate)
2. Scientific Writing and Illustration (undergraduate)
3. Scientific Writing and Academic Intgrety (graduate)
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We are always looking for talented postdoctoral fellows interested in our integrated research field. All postdocs receive internationally competitive financial support packages and superior benefits from local governments. Please contact EMIT Lab PI with your cover letter, CV, and representative publications.
We have vacancies for both Ph.D. students and Master students. You can contact EMIT Lab PI even before getting your postgraduate recommendation or entrance examination.
Undergraduates are welcome to join our group meeting, and we have some interesting projects suitable for you! Just shoot us an email or come to the office directly!
We'd love to hear from you. If you have questions about our research, want to join us, or consider possible collaborations, feel free to contact us.
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