Chao Wang

Asst Professor
Sch Elect Comptr & Energy Engr
BDI Associate Faculty
Biodesign MDB

Location: TEMPE

Contact Information
(480) 965-2056


  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Princeton University 2011
  • M.S. Institute of Microelectronics, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China 2006
  • B.E. Electronic Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China 2003

Research Interests

The Wang group aims to bridge the nanoscience and biotechnology in research.

A major focus of his research is developing scalable manufacturing methods by combining wafer-scale nanolithography and self-assembly to create functional yet inexpensive nanostructures and nanomaterials for energy, health and security-related applications. Another area is developing complex three-dimensional nanofluidic systems for controlled manipulation and high-sensitivity, high-specificity detection of disease-relevant biomolecules, including exosomes and DNA. We also study nanophotonic phenomena in engineered metamaterials for the purpose of generating and detecting light that can be used for sensing, information storage and quantum communication.


In 2016, Chao. Chao Wang was appointed as an assistant professor in the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering at Arizona State University. He is also affiliated with the Biodesign Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics at ASU. Previously, Wang was a research assistant professor at ASU starting from 2015. Prior to joining ASU, he was a research scientist at IBM T.J. Watson research center working on translational systems biology and nanobiotechnology. He studied nanotechnology at Princeton University, obtaining his doctorate in Jan. 2012.

Wang aims to bridge the nanoscience and biotechnology in research. His primary research interests have been in nanofabrication, nanoelectronics, nanofluidics, plasmonics and biosensing. The research goal is to develop a multidisciplinary research program that focuses on advancing nanomanufacturing technologies to address the grand challenges in biomedical, communication and energy applications. The three main research areas are scalable nanomanufacturing, quantum optics, and liquid biopsy. The teaching goal is to educate the students at ASU with fundamental engineering and physical concepts and introduce them the state-of-art technological in biomedicine, quantum physics, and energy applications.

Wang has 16 granted and two pending U.S. patents, and has published his research in prestigious journals including Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Communications, Materials Today, ACS Nano, Nano Letters, etc.