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 Dr William M W Mong Chair Professor of Nanoscience


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Professor Ping Sheng received his B.S. in physics from the California Institute of Technology and Ph.D. in physics from Princeton University.  He served as the Head of Department of Physics at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology from 1999 to 2008 and is currently the Dr William M W Mong Chair Professor of Nanoscience, a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and a Member of the Asia Pacific Academy of Materials.  In 2002, he was awarded Technology Leader of the Year by the Sing Tao Group.  Professor Sheng has published over 350 papers and presented over 100 keynote or invited talks at international meetings and conferences.  He also has 18 US patents and is the author of a monograph on Wave Scattering, Localization, and Mesoscopic Phenomena (Springer, 2006).

Professor Sheng's research is in the area of condensed matter physics.  He has pioneered the study of liquid crystal-substrate interaction while at the RCA David Sarnoff Research Laboratory, and established the mechanisms of charging-energy correlated hopping and fluctuation-induced tunneling conduction in disordered materials.  While at Exxon Corporate Research Center from 1979-1994, Professor Sheng's interest broadened into wave interaction and scattering in disordered systems, and porous media.  The study of nanotechnology became his main focus after joining the HKUST in 1994, where he led the efforts in the discovery of superconducting behavior in ultrathin carbon nanotubes, and the giant electrorheological effect in suspensions of nanoparticles.  He is also the inventor of locally resonant sonic materials that can break the mass density law in shielding low frequency sound.  More recently, Professor Sheng and his colleagues resolved the classical problem of moving contact line in two phase immiscible flows, by applying Onsager's principle of minimum energy dissipation to the derivation of hydrodynamic boundary conditions.

The Institute of Nano Science and Technology (INST), established in 2001 with Professor Sheng as the founding Director, is the first such research institute in Hong Kong.  Its mission is to carry out fundamental research and innovation in nano science and technology.  Besides the accomplishments in carbon nanotubes and electrorheological fluids, which were reported world-wide in Washington Post, New Scientist, Science Now, Nanotechweb, PhysicsWeb, etc., INST also boasts as its achievements the discovery of room temperature UV lasing from zinc oxide nanocrystals, the discovery of the giant Hall effect in granular metal films, and the commercialization of the visible-blind UV detector based on semiconductor heterostructures.

Professor Sheng is a member of the Executive Editorial Board, Solid State Communications; an editor of the SIAM journal Multiscale Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation.  He is also an advisor to the department of Physics at Tsinghua University, the School of Physics and Technology, Wuhan University, as well as a consulting professor of Fudan University and South China University of Technology and an advisor to the School of Science, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan.

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"Dark acoustic metamaterials as super absorbers for low-frequency sound", J. Mei, G. Ma, M. Yang, Z. Yang, W. Wen and Ping Sheng, Nat. Commun. 3, 756 (2012).


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