Xueju “Sophie” Wang

Xueju "Sophie" Wang
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (2016)

Department of Materials Science and Engineering
25 King Hill Road, Storrs, CT 06269-3136
Office: 1020
Phone: (860) 486-9288
Email: xueju.wang@uconn.edu
Research Site: https://www.wangresearchlab.com


Research Topics

  • Soft, stimuli-responsive materials and multifunctional structures
  • Multistability of reconfigurable, magnetically responsive structures
  • Flexible/pressure-tolerant/bio-integrated electronics
  • Soft robotics and intelligent systems

Awards & Honors


2023 Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Award
2023 Soft Matter Emerging Investigator
2023 Journal of Materials Chemistry B Emerging Investigator
2022 Extreme Mechanics Letters (EML) Young Investigator Award
2022 National Institute of Health (NIH) Trailblazer Award
2022 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award
2022 ACS Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) Young Investigator Award
2021 ASME ORR Early Career Award
2021 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) Award
2019 ASME Haythornthwaite Foundation Research Initiation Award
2019 Richard Wallace Faculty Incentive Grant Award, University of Missouri
2019 1907 Women in Engineering Faculty Award, University of Missouri
2019 Richard Wallace Faculty Incentive Grant Award, University of Missouri
2019 Coulter Program Award, Coulter Biomedical Accelerator, University of Missouri
2019 Gary L. Cloud Scholarship Award, Society for Experimental Mechanics
2014 Society of Experimental Mechanics International Student Paper Competition Finalist

Recent Publications

For a full list of publications, please see Google Scholar Profile: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=fjXceLIAAAAJ&hl=en

Li, A. Villada, S.H. Lu, H. Sun, J.L. Xiao*, X.J. Wang*, “Soft, Flexible Pressure Sensors for Pressure Monitoring Under Large Hydrostatic Pressure and Harsh Ocean Environments”, Soft Matter, 19, 5772-5780 (2023). (Invited paper for the Soft Matter Emerging Investigators Series; selected as the inside front cover)

S.H. Lu, Y. Li, X.J. Wang*, Soft, flexible conductivity sensors for monitoring ocean salinity, Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 11, 7334-7343 (2023). (Invited paper for the 2023 Emerging Investigators Themed Issue)

Li, G. Parlato, F.K. Masese, R.M. Kasi, T. Zhang*, X.J. Wang*, “Morphing of Stiffness-Heterogeneous Liquid Crystal Elastomer Structures Via Mechanical Training and Locally Controlled Photopolymerization”, Matter, 5(12), 4332-4346 (2022)

Li, G.F. Wu, G. Song, S.H. Lu, Z.Z. Wang, H. Sun, Y. Zhang, X.J. Wang*, “Soft, Pressure-Tolerant, Flexible Electronic Sensors for Sensing Under Harsh Environments”, ACS Sensors, 7(8), 2400-2409 (2022).

Li, S. Avis, J. Chen, G.F. Wu, T. Zhang*, H. Kusumaatmajab*, X.J. Wang*.Tailoring the Multistability of Origami-Inspired, Buckled Magnetic Structures via Compression and Creasing”, Materials Horizons, 8, 3324-3333 (2021).

Li, H.B. Yu, K. Yu, X. Guo*, X.J. Wang*. “Reconfigurable 3D Mesotructures of Spatially Programmed Liquid Crystal Elastomers and their Ferromagnetic Composites”, Advanced Functional Materials, 2100338 (2021).

Li, S. Avis, J. Chen, G.F. Wu, T. Zhang*, H. Kusumaatmajab*, X.J. Wang*. “Reconfiguration of multistable 3D ferromagnetic mesostructures guided by energy landscape surveys”, Extreme Mechanics Letters, 48, 101428 (2021). (Selected for the EML Young Investigator Award).

Liu, X.J. Wang, Y.M. Xu, Z.G. Xu, Y. Zhang, X. Ning, X. Cheng, Y.G Xue, D. Lu, Q.H. Zhang, F. Zhang, J.X. Liu, X.G. Guo, K.C. Hwang, Y.G. Huang, J.A. Rogers, Y.H. Zhang. “Harnessing the interface mechanics of hard films and soft substrates for 3D assembly by controlled buckling”, Proceedings of National Academy Science (PNAS), 116 (31), 15368-15377 (2019).

X.J. Wang, X.G. Guo, J.L. Ye, N. Zheng, P. Kohli, Y. Zhang, Z.Q. Xie, H.W. Luan, D. Choi, K.W. Nan, Q.H. Zhang, Y.M. Xu, X.W. Shan, W.B. Bai, Z.Z. Wang, B.H. Kim, H. Jang, F. Zhang, Y.J. Ma, Z. Xu, X. Feng, T. Xie, Y.G. Huang, Y.H. Zhang, J.A. Rogers. “Freestanding 3D Mesostructures, Functional Devices and Shape-Programmable Systems based on Mechanically

Induced Assembly with Shape Memory Polymers,” Advanced Materials, 1805615 (2019).

X.J. Wang, F.F. Fan, J.W. Wang, H.R. Wang, S.Y. Tao, A. Yang, Y. Liu, H.B. Chew, S.X. Mao, T. Zhu, S.M. Xia. “High Damage Tolerance of Electrochemically Lithiated Silicon,” Nature Communications, 6: 8417 (2015).