Min Wang

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

Professor
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

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Biomedical materials (ceramic, metals, polymers, and composites, including nano-biomaterials; in various forms: dense or porous, bulk or coating, particulate or fibrous, etc.); In vitro and in vivo evaluation of biomaterials; Tissue engineering; Materials and systems for controlled release of drugs / biomolecules / genes; Theranostics; Surface engineering; Composite materials; Nanotechnology; 3D printing.


Dr. Min Wang is a full professor (tenured) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of The University of Hong Kong (HKU). As Programme Director, he led HKU's inter-faculty Medical Engineering (MedE) Programme in 2013-2018. In 2017/18, he led the Programme's efforts to retitle it to be "Biomedical Engineering Programme" in HKU. Since 2001, Dr. Wang 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.). He earned his BSc (1985) and PhD (1991) degrees, both in materials science and engineering, at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, and University of London, U.K., respectively. For professional qualifications, he is a Chartered Engineer (CEng, 1995) and Chartered Scientist (CSci, 2005) in the U.K. 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., and a member (WAC Academician, 2013) of the World Academy of Ceramics (http://www.waceramics.org/). Since 1991, Dr. Wang has been conducting research in biomaterials and tissue engineering, 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, Dr. Wang 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 helped to set up facilities in the Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Laboratories. At HKU, he has played a key role in the administration and development of the Medical Engineering (MedE) / 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). In recent years, he has also served as a member of HKIE's Visiting Team for the accreditation of biomedical engineering programmes in universities in Hong Kong. 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. His research and teaching involve materials science and engineering, biomedical materials and tissue engineering, physics, chemistry, dentistry, medicine, biofabrication, nanotechnology and 3D printing. Over the years, Dr. Wang and his co-workers have investigated and developed various biomaterials for medical applications. The biomaterials that they have worked on include bioactive calcium phosphates [hydroxyapatite (HA), tricalcium phosphate (TCP), etc.], Bioglass, A-W glass-ceramic (Cerabone A-W), as well as nonporous composites (such as hydroxyapatite reinforced polyethylene (HAPEXTM), coatings and porous tissue engineering scaffolds containing these bioactive materials. The bioactive composites that they developed have been patented in the U.S.A. For developing tissue engineering scaffolds, his research group has investigated various fabrication techniques, including emulsion freezing and freeze-drying, selective laser sintering (SLS, also called "3D printing"), electrospinning and bioprinting. His current research interests include biomaterials, tissue engineering, materials and systems for drug / biomolecule / gene delivery, theranostics, surface engineering, nanotechnology and 3D printing. Dr. Wang has authored a large number of publications in books, journals and conference proceedings. His research has been widely cited by other researchers in many countries. He and his research staff / students have won many awards for their research. For his research work, he has given many presentations, including more than 170 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. He has provided consultancy on biomaterials and biomedical engineering to multinational companies headquartered in the U.K., U.S.A. or Hong Kong. Since 1990, Dr. Wang has served as a reviewer for more than 110 international scientific journals in the fields of materials science and engineering, biomaterials and tissue engineering, physics, chemistry, dentistry, medicine, medical devices, surface engineering, biofabrication, nanoscience, nanotechnology and 3D printing. He has been the Series Editor of SPRINGER NATURE's books series Springer Series in Biomaterials Science and Engineering (http://www.springer.com/series/10955) since the series was launched in 2012. He is the Section Editor for Biomaterials for Elsevier's Encyclopedia of Biomedical Engineering. 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 many international journals, including (1) Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine (Springer, Germany), (2) Biomedical Materials: Materials for Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine (2006 – 2012; IOP, UK), (3) IET Nanobiotechnology (2007 – 2019 ; IET, UK), (4) Journal of Orthopaedic Translation (Elsevier, the Netherlands), (5) Biomaterials Research (Korean Society for Biomaterials, Korea), (6) Medical Devices & Sensors (John Wiley & Sons, USA), (7) Composites Science and Technology (Elsevier, the Netherlands), (8) Surface and Coatings Technology (2004 – 2015; Elsevier, the Netherlands), (9) Frontiers of Materials Science (HEP, China, and Springer, Germany), (10) Journal of the Royal Society Interface (2010 – 2016; The Royal Society, London, UK), (11) International Materials Reviews (IOM3, UK), and (12) Ceramics International (Elsevier, the Netherlands). Since 2000, Dr. Wang has reviewed research grant applications for national research councils / funding agencies of different countries (U.S.A., European Union, Germany, Switzerland, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, etc.). He has served as an Overseas Expert Member (2003 - 2007) of the Project Selection/Awarding Panel for Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering of the National Natural Science Foundation of China and as a Member of the Engineering Panel (2016 - Present) of the Research Grants Council, Hong Kong. He has also served in three Technical Committees (TC) of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Since 1999, Dr. Wang has served as Chairman and/or Organizer (or Co-Chair / Co-organizer) of 24 international conferences / symposia / workshops, including the 2nd International Symposium on Surface and Interface of Biomaterials (ISSIB-II, Feb. 4-6, 2010, Hong Kong, http://web.hku.hk/~memwang/files/cm03/ISSIB-II.pdf) and symposia in World Biomaterials Congresses. He has also served in committees of more than 70 conferences. Dr. Wang actively participates in professional societies' activities and has served in various roles in these societies. He was Chairman of the Biomedical Division of Hong Kong Institution of Engineers. He has been an elected Council Member of China's Chinese Society for Biomaterials (CSBM), Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE), Asian Biomaterials Federation, World Association for Chinese Biomedical Engineers (WACBE), and the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE). He is also an elected member of the Steering Committee of the International College of Fellows in the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering (IUS-BSE). He is a member of Hong Kong's Engineers Registration Board and serves in the Admission Panel for Incubation Programmes in the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park. He teaches courses in materials science and engineering, biomaterials and tissue engineering, biomechanics, and biomedical engineering. 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: July 2019.)

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