Min Wang

BSc (SJTU), PhD (Lond), CSci, CEng, FIMMM, FIMechE, FRSC, FHKIE, FBSE, FAIMBE, WAC Academician

Department of Mechanical Engineering,

The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong

Email: memwang@hku.hk
Tel: (852) 3917 7903, Fax: (852) 2858 5415


Research Interests:

Biomedical materials (ceramics, metals, polymers, and composites, including nano-biomaterials); In vitro and in vivo evaluation of biomaterials; Tissue engineering; Materials and systems for the controlled release of drugs / biomolecules / genes; Theranostics; Composite materials; Surface engineering; Nanotechnologies; Electrospinning; Additive manufacturing ("3D printing").

Dr. Min Wang has been a full professor (tenured) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of The University of Hong Kong (HKU) since 2008. As Programme Director, he led HKU's inter-faculty Medical Engineering (MedE) Programme in 2013-2018; and in 2017/18, he led the efforts in retitling the programme to "Biomedical Engineering Programme". Dr. Wang has worked in universities in the U.K. (1991-1997), Singapore (1997-2002) and Hong Kong (2002-Present). He has served in the departmental, faculty and university committees/panels in these universities and in 2021, he was elected a member of HKU's Senate. Since 2001, he has also been a Guest Professor or Adjunct Professor of several universities in mainland China (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Zhejiang University, Southwest Jiaotong University, South China University of Technology, etc.). Owing to his contributions and achievements, Dr. Wang has been elected a fellow (FIMMM, 2001) of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, U.K., a fellow (FIMechE, 2007) of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, U.K., a fellow (FHKIE, 2010) of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, Fellow of Biomaterials Science and Engineering (FBSE, 2011) by the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering (IUS-BSE), a fellow (FAIMBE, 2012) of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, U.S.A., a member (WAC Academician, 2013) of the World Academy of Ceramics (http://www.waceramics.org/) and a fellow (FRSC, 2020) of the Royal Society of Chemistry, U.K. He earned his BSc (1985) and PhD (1991) degrees, both in Materials Science and Engineering, at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China, and University of London, U.K., respectively. He was honored in 1985 for "Direct Entrance for Postgraduate Study" (i.e., exemption of entrance exams) in SJTU. In 1986, he was among the first awardees of the Sino-British Friendship Scholarship Scheme Award (SBFSS, PhD Scholarship) which supported him for his PhD study (1987-1991) in the University of London. For professional qualifications, he is a Chartered Engineer (CEng, 1995, U.K.) and Chartered Scientist (CSci, 2005, U.K.). Dr. Wang started his research on biomedical materials in 1991 and began his work in tissue engineering in 1999. He has been developing new biomaterials using the composite / hybridization approach. Since 1997, he has been involved in biomedical engineering education and training. He was a founding member of UK's Interdisciplinary Research Centre (IRC) in Biomedical Materials at the University of London and worked on various projects in the IRC (at Queen Mary College, University of London) between 1991 and 1997. Before joining HKU in June 2003, he had conducted teaching and research in Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU) (1997-2002) and in Hong Kong's Polytechnic University (PolyU) (2002-2003). At NTU, he set up and led the Biomaterials Strategic Research Programme and the Tissue Engineering Laboratory. At PolyU, he set up facilities and led the Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Laboratories. At HKU, he has played a key role in the administration and development of the Medical Engineering (MedE) Programme / Biomedical Engineering (BME) Programme and in setting up Faculty of Engineering's Medical Engineering Laboratory (now the "Biomedical Engineering Laboratory"). As Programme Director, he took HKU's MedE Programme through two successful accreditations (provisional accreditation, in 2013/14; full accreditation, in 2016/17) by Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE, a signatory of the Washington Accord). At different universities, he set up and taught/teach course at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as teaching in professional courses and workshops for engineers and clinicians. Since 1991, Dr. Wang and his co-workers have investigated and developed various biomaterials (e.g., HAPEXTM) for medical applications. His research covers metals, polymers, ceramics and composites and includes surface engineering/modification of non-porous and prous structures. Among his achievements, he has conducted seminal research on non-porous bioactive composites for human hard tissue repair, performed pioneering research on 3D printing of novel tissue engineering scaffolds, and made important contributions to the research of advanced bioceramics, bioactive and protective coatings, multifunctional scaffolds for tissue regeneration, theranostics, and combination devices. His group has extensively investigated electrospinning, as well as electrospray, and its medical applications and developed novel electrospinning technologies. His group has also focused on 3D printing technologies [selective laser sintering (SLS), extrusion-based 3D printing, bioprinting, etc.] and their applications in tissue engineering. He is a leading researcher internationally on biomedical composites, has given keynote talks at the World Biomaterials Congress and International Congress on Ceramics, and has written on biomedical composites for authoritative books. In recent years, his research has focused on nano-biomaterials, materials and scaffolds for tissue engineering, materials and systems for drug / biomolecule / gene delivery, and combination devices. Dr. Wang has authored a large number of peer-reviewed publications in books, journals and conference proceedings. His research has been widely cited by others around the world. He and his research staff / students have won many awards for research. For his R & D work, he has given many presentations, including more than 180 invited talks, at various international conferences. He has also given more than 110 seminars in universities, research institutes or hospitals in Western Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. Since 1999, Dr. Wang has served as Chairman and/or Organizer (or Co-Chair / Co-organizer) of 29 international conferences/symposia/workshops, including The 2nd International Symposium on Surface and Interface of Biomaterials (ISSIB-II, Hong Kong, 2010) and symposium/workshop in four World Biomaterials Congresses. He has also served in committees of nearly 80 international conferences. Dr. Wang is the Founding Series Editor of Springer Nature's books series Springer Series in Biomaterials Science and Engineering (http://www.springer.com/series/10955), which was launched in 2012 at the 9th World Biomaterials Congress, and Section Editor (Biomaterials) of Elsevier's Encyclopedia of Biomedical Engineering published in 2019. He has also been an Editor / Associate Editor / Regional Editor of several international journals (Materials Letters, Nano LIFE, Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing, etc.) and has served as an Editorial Board member of 21 international printed journals and several open access (OA) journals, including (1) Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine (Springer, Germany), (2) Biomedical Materials: Materials for Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine (IOP, UK), (3) IET Nanobiotechnology (IET, UK), (4) Journal of Orthopaedic Translation (Elsevier, the Netherlands), (5) Biomaterials Research (Korean Society for Biomaterials, Korea), (6) Composites Science and Technology (Elsevier, the Netherlands), (7) Surface and Coatings Technology (Elsevier, the Netherlands), (8) Journal of the Royal Society Interface (The Royal Society, London, UK), (9) International Materials Reviews (IOM3, UK), and (10) Ceramics International (Elsevier, the Netherlands). Since 1990, he has acted as a referee for more than 140 international journals in the fields of materials science and engineering, biomaterials and tissue engineering, physics, chemistry, dentistry, medicine, medical devices, biofabrication, surface engineering, nanoscience, nanotechnology and 3D printing. Dr. Wang has been an Overseas Expert Member (2003-2007) in the Project Selection/Awarding Panel for Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), a member in the Engineering Panel (2016-2021) of Hong Kong's Research Grants Council (RGC), and a member of the Enterprise Support Scheme (ESS) Assessment Panel (2021-Present) of Hong Kong's Innovation and Technology Commission. He has also reviewed research grant applications for national research councils / funding agencies of many countries/regions (U.S.A., European Union, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic, mainland China, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, etc.). He has served in three Technical Committees (TCs) of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). For service to industry, Dr. Wang has been a member of Hong Kong's Engineers Registration Board (ERB), a member of the Admission Panel for Incubation Programmes in the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) and an Honorary Advisor of Hong Kong Medical and Healthcare Device Industries Association (HKMHDIA). He has provided consultancy on biomaterials and biomedical engineering to multinational companies headquartered in the U.K., U.S.A. or Hong Kong. For service in education and training, Dr. Wang has served in HKIE's visiting teams for the accreditation of biomedical engineering programmes in universities and also in HKIE's Training Committee, Education and Examinations Committee, and the Biomedical Discipline Advisory Panel. In his profession, Dr. Wang has provided leadership at the local, national and international levels and has served in various roles in professional societies. He served as Chairman of HKIE's Biomedical Division. He has been elected into the Nomination Committee of World Academy of Ceramics (WAC) and the Steering Committee of the International College of Fellows (ICF-BSE), International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering (IUS-BSE). He has been an elected Council Member of Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, China's Chinese Society for Biomaterials (CSBM), Asian Biomaterials Federation, World Association for Chinese Biomedical Engineers (WACBE), and Administrative Council of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE). For teaching in the university, Dr. Wang has taught courses in materials science and engineering, biomaterials and tissue engineering, biomechanics, and biomedical engineering at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels. To promote the engineering profession in general and both materials science and engineering and biomedical engineering in particular, Dr. Wang has also gone to local schools (in Singapore and Hong Kong, respectively) to give talks of various topics to high school students. (Updated: Feb. 2022)

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