Tak Sing Wong 黃得勝

  • Fellowship in 2010 at Harvard University

Dr. Tak-Sing Wong is currently Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering and was the inaugural holder of Wormley Family Early Career Professorship in Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Wong’s research focuses on surface and interfacial engineering, micro- and nanomanufacturing, as well as bio-inspired materials design with applications in health, water, and environmental sustainability. Dr. Wong is a pioneer of a new class of pitcher-plant-inspired liquid-infused slippery surfaces including slippery liquid-infused porous surfaces (SLIPS) and liquid-entrenched smooth surface (LESS). Dr. Wong has published over 40 peer-reviewed publications including papers in Nature (2), Nature Materials (1), Nature Sustainability (1), Nature Communications (2), Science Advances (4), and PNAS (2). Six of these papers are listed as top 1% highly cited papers in the fields of Chemistry, Materials Science, and Multidisciplinary Sciences accordingly to Clarivate Analytics. Dr. Wong’s original paper on SLIPS published in Nature is the most cited paper out of 59,747 published papers in the field of wetting, antifouling, and superhydrophobic surfaces from 2010 – 2019 according to the Clarivate Analytics Web of Science. Dr. Wong is ranked among the top 2% most-cited researchers in the world by Elsevier based on his citation impact (PLoS Biology 18: e3000918, 2020). 

Dr. Wong currently holds over 60 issued and pending US and international patents. His work on bio-inspired materials has been recognized with a number of national and international awards including a R&D 100 Award, a NSF CAREER Award, a DARPA Young Faculty Award, a NAE Frontier of Engineering Invitee, the IEEE Nanotechnology Council Early Career Award, the IEEE NANOMED Innovator Award, and the ASME Sia Nemat-Nasser Early Career Award. In 2014, Dr. Wong was named by the Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering of his alma mater, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), as one of the 20 Outstanding Alumni during the department's 20th anniversary of establishment. In 2017, Dr. Wong was selected by the Faculty of Engineering of CUHK as one of 25 Distinguished Alumni during the Faculty's 25th anniversary of establishment. Dr. Wong has been honored by the White House with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), which is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding early career scientists and engineers, as well as named one of the world’s top 35 innovators under 35 by MIT Technology Review for his contributions in nanotechnology, surface engineering, and bioinspired surface engineering. Dr. Wong is a cofounder, CTO, and board member of spotLESS Materials Inc, which commercializes easy-clean and easy-to-apply liquid-repellent and anti-fouling coatings for a range of medical, sanitation, automotive, and industrial applications.


Dr. Wong’s current research focuses on biologically inspired materials design with applications in materials science, medicine, energy and water sustainability. Through his research, education and entrepreneurship activities, Dr. Wong strives to improve life and make a global impact through his technology inventions and innovation.