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

My research goal is to develop a multidisciplinary program that advances nanobiotechnologies through three main research themes in advanced manufacturing, nanophotonics, and biomolecular sensing. My educational goal is to train students at different levels with fundamental engineering and physical concepts, provide them with opportunities to tackle complex real-world problems, and prepare them with the skills and mindset that allow them to strive in the ever-changing technology landscape. We explore science at nanometer scale and develop impactful biomedical technologies. I view multidisciplinary and integrative strategies an effective and necessary tool to build collaboration and solve problems at the interface of different disciplines and across dimensional scales. Working on technologies interfacing nanofabrication, photonics, electronics, chemistry, and molecular biology, my lab has prototyped 3D metal printing, on-chip integrated polarimetric imager, sapphire-supported nanopore sensor, and a portable, rapid, and accessible virus antigen test at ASU. 


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.