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.
"Introduction to Wave Scattering, Localization, and Mesoscopic Phenomena", 2nd Edition, Ping Sheng (Springer, Heidelberger, 2006) 340 pages.
" Large-scale Mesoscopic Transport in Nanostructured Graphene", H. J. Zhang, J. M. Lu, W.
Shi, Z. Wang, T. Zhang, M .Y Sun, Y. Zheng, Q. H. Chen, N. Wang, J. J. Lin, Ping
Sheng, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 066805 (2013).
"Dimensional Crossover Transition in a System of Weakly Coupled Superconducting Nanowires", M. Y. Sun, Z. L. Hou, T. Zhang, Z. WANG, W. Shi, R. Lortz and Ping Sheng, New Journal of Physics 14, 103018 (2012).
"Superconductivity in Bundles of Double-Wall Carbon Nanotubes", W.
Shi, Z. Wang, Q. Zhang, Y. Zheng, C. Ieong, M. Q. He, R. Lortz, , Y.
Cai, N. Wang, T. Zhang, H. J. Zhang, Z. K. Tang, Ping Sheng, H. Muramatsu, Y. A. Kim, M. Endo, P. T. Araujo, and M. S. Dresselhaus, Scientific Reports 2, 625 (2012).
"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).
"Electrorheological Fluids: Mechanisms, Dynamics, and Microfluidics Applications", Ping Sheng and W. Wen, Annu. Rev. Fluid Mech 44, 143-174 (2012).
"Superconductivity in 4-Angstrom Carbon Nanotube Arrays--A Short Review", Z. Wang, W. Shi, R. Lortz and Ping Sheng, Nanoscale 4, 21-41 (2012).
"Crossover from Peierls distortion to one-dimensional superconductivity in arrays of (5,0) carbon nanotubes", T. Zhang, M. Sun, Z. Wang, W. Shi and Ping Sheng, Phys. Rev. B 84, 245449 (2011).
"Hybrid Elastic Solids", Y. Lai, Y. Wu, Ping Sheng and Z. Zhang, Nature Materials 10, 620-624 (2011).
"Graphene Magnetoresistance Device in van der Pauw Geometry", J. Lu, H. Zhang, W. Shi, Z. Wang, Y. Zheng, T. Zhang, N. Wang, Z. Tang and Ping Sheng, Nano Lett., 11, (7), 2973-2977 (2011).
"Maximum efficiency of the electro-osmotic pump", Z. Xu, J. Miao, N. Wang, W. Wen and Ping Sheng, Phys. Rev. E 83, 066303 (2011).
"Observation of the Meissner state in superconducting arrays of 4- Å carbon nanotubes", C. Ieong, Z. Wang, W. Shi, Y. Wang, N. Wang, Z. Tang, Ping Sheng and R. Lortz, Phys. Rev. B 83, 184512 (2011).
"1D goes 2D: A Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless transition in superconducting arrays of 4-Angstrom carbon nanotubes", Z. Wang, W. Shi, H. Xie, T. Zhang, N. Wang, Z.K. Tang, X. Zhang, R. Lortz and Ping Sheng, Phys. Status Solidi B, 247, Nos. 11-12, 2968-2973 (2010).
"Giant Electrorheological Effect: A Microscopic Mechanism", S. Chen, X. Huang, N. F. A. van der Vegt, W. Wen and Ping Sheng, Phys. Rev. Lett, 105, 046001 (2010).
"Superconducting Resistive Transition in Coupled Arrays of 4 Å Carbon Nanotubes", Z. Wang, W. Shi, H. Xie, T. Zhang, N. Wang, Z. Tang, X. Zhang, R. Lortz, Ping Sheng, I. Sheikin and A. Demuer, Phys. Rev. B 81, 174530 (2010).
"Nanoscale Interfacial Phenomena in Complex Fluids", Ping Sheng, C. Liu, T. Qian and X. Wang, Solid State Communications 150, 967-1039 (2010).
"Transformation Optics and Metamaterials", H. Chen, C.T. Chan and Ping Sheng, Nature Materials 9, 387-396 (2010).
"Superconducting Characteristics of 4-Å Carbon Nanotube-zeolite Composite", R. Lortz, Q. Zhang, W. Shi, J. T. Ye, C. Qiu, Z. Wang, H. He, T. Qian, Z. Tang, N. Wang, X. Zhang, J. Wang, C. T. Chan and Ping Sheng, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 106, 7299-7303 (2009).
"Membrane-Type Acoustic Metamaterial with Negative Dynamic Mass", Z. Yang, J. Mei, M. Yang, N. H. Chan and Ping Sheng, Phys. Rev. Lett, 101, 204301 (2008).
"Electrorheological Fluid Dynamics", J. Zhang, X. Gong, C. Liu, W. Wen and Ping Sheng, Phys. Rev. Lett, 101, 194503 (2008).
"Three-dimensional Metallic Fractals and Their Photonic Crystal Characteristics", H. Bou, W. Wen, X. Huang and Ping Sheng, Phys. Rev. B, 77, 125113 (2008).
"Electrorheological Fluids: Structures and Mechanisms", W. Wen, X. Huang and Ping Sheng, Soft Matter 4, 200-210 (2008).
"Waves on the Horizon", Ping Sheng, Science 313, 1399-1400 (2006).
"A Variational Approach to Moving Contact Line Hydrodynamics", T. Qian, X.P. Wang and Ping Sheng, Journal of Fluid Mechanics 564, 333-360 (2006).
"Hybrid Approach to High-Frequency Microfluidic Mixing", X. Niu, L. Liu, W. Wen and Ping Sheng, Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 044501-044504 (2006).
"Effective Mass Density of Fluid-Solid Composites", J. Mei, Z. Liu, W. Wen and Ping Sheng, Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 024301-024304 (2006).
"Power-Law Slip Profile of the Moving Contact Line in Two-Phase Immiscible Flows", T. Qian, X. P. Wang and Ping Sheng, Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 094501-094504 (2004).
"Focusing of Sound in a 3D Phononic Crystal", S. Yang, J. H. Page, Z. Liu, M. L. Cowan, C. T. Chan and Ping Sheng, Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 024301-024304 (2004).
"Dielectric Electrorheological Fluids: Theory and Experiment", H. Ma, W. Wen, W. Y. Tam and Ping Sheng, Adv. Phys. 52, 343-383 (2003).
"Liquid Crystal Orientation Transition on Microtextured Substrates", B. Zhang, F.K. Lee, O.K.C. Tsui and Ping Sheng, Phys. Rev. Lett., 91, 215501-215504 (2003).
"Molecular Scale Contact Line Hydrodynamics of Immiscible Flows", T. Qian, X.P. Wang and Ping Sheng, Phys. Rev. E, 68, 016306 (2003).
"The Giant Electrorheological Effect in Suspensions of Nanoparticles", W. Wen, X. Huang, S. Yang, K. Lu and Ping Sheng, Nature Materials, 2, 727-730 (2003).
"Subwavelength Photonic Band Gaps from Planar Fractals", W. Wen, L. Zhou, J. Li, W. Ge, C. T. Chan and Ping Sheng, Phys. Rev. Lett. 89, 223901-223904 (2002).
"Ultrasound Tunneling through 3D Phononic Crystals", S. Yang, J. H Page, Z. Liu, M. L. Cowan, C. T. Chan and Ping Sheng, Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 104301-104304 (2002).
"Superconductivity in 4 Angstrom Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes", Z. K. Tang, L. Zhang, N. Wang, X. X. Zhang, G. H. Wen, G. D. Li, J. N. Wang, C. T. Chan and Ping Sheng, Science 292, 2462-2465 (2001).
"Locally Resonant Sonic Materials", Z. Liu, X. Zhang, Y. Mao, Y. Y. Zhu, Z. Yang, C. T. Chan and Ping Sheng, Science 289, 1734-1736 (2000).
"Field Induced Structural Transition in Mesocrystallites", W. Wen, N. Wang, H. Ma, Z. Lin, W. Y. Tam, C. T. Chan, and Ping Sheng, Phys. Rev. Lett. 82, 4248-4251 (1999).
"New Electrorheological Fluid: Theory and Experiment", Wing Yim Tam, Guang Hua Yi, Weijia Wen, Hongru Ma, M. M. Loy, and Ping Sheng, Phys. Rev. Lett. 78, 2987 (1997).
"Group Velocity in Strongly Scattering Media", J. Page, Ping Sheng, H. Schriemer, I. Jones, X. Jing and D. Weitz, Science 271, 634 (1996).
"Frequency Dependent Electrorheological Properties: Origin and Bounds", H. Ma, W. Wen, W. Y. Tam and Ping Sheng, Phys. Rev. Lett. 77, 2499 (1996).
"Nematic-Isotropic Phase Transition: An Extended Mean Field Theory", R. Tao, Ping Sheng and Z. F. Lin, Phys. Rev. Lett. 70, 1271 (1993).
"Heat Conductivity of Amorphous Solids: Simulation Results on Model Structures", Ping Sheng and M. Y. Zhou, Science 253, 539 (1991).
"Theory of Acoustic Excitations in Colloidal Suspensions", X. D. Jing, Ping Sheng and M. Y. Zhou, Phys. Rev. Lett. 66, 1240 (1991).
"Effective-Medium Theory of Sedimentary Rocks", Ping Sheng, Phys. Rev. B 41, 4507 (1990).
"Minimum Wave Localization Length in a One-Dimensional Random Medium", Ping Sheng, B. White, Z. Q. Zhang and G. Papanicolaou, Phys. Rev. B 34, 4757 (1986).
"Scalar-Wave Localization in a Two-Component Composite", Ping Sheng and Z. Q. Zhang, Phys. Rev. Lett. 57, 1879 (1986).
"Boundary-Layer Phase Transition in Nematic Liquid Crystals", Ping Sheng, Phys. Rev. A 26, 1610 (1982).
"Fluctuation-Induced Tunneling Conduction in Disordered Materials", Ping Sheng, Phys. Rev. B 21, 2180 (1980).
"Theory for the Dielectric Function of Granular Composite Media", Ping Sheng, Phys. Rev. Lett. 45, 60-63 (1980).
"Fluctuation-Induced Tunneling Conduction in Carbon-Polyvinylchloride Composites", Ping Sheng, E. K. Sichel and J. Gittleman, Phys. Rev. Lett. 40, 1197 (1978).
"Phase Transition in Surface-Aligned Nematic Films", Ping Sheng, Phys. Rev. Lett. 37, 1509 (1976).
"Structural and Electrical Properties of Granular Metal Films", B. Abeles, Ping Sheng, M. Coutts and Y. Arie, Adv. in Phys. 24, 407 (1975).
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