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Nanoengineer Joseph Wang Named one of 100 Most Influential Analytical Scientists

San Diego, CA, November 1, 2013 -- UC San Diego NanoEngineering professor Joseph Wang has been named one of the 100 most influential analytical scientists in the world, according to the magazine the Analytical Scientist.

As the author of more than 900 peer-reviewed papers that have garnered more than 44,000 citations, Wang is no stranger to accolades reflecting his impact on scientific and engineering communities. For example, he received the ISI Citation Laureate Award for being the most cited scientist in engineering in the world from 1991 to 2001. He recently was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Links to recent publications, and some of the media coverage that research has generated, are available here.

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Joseph Wang isa professor in the Department of NanoEngineering at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering.

According to Analytical Scientist magazine, “analytical science is the engine that drives some of the most significant areas of basic science and it plays a key role in ensuring safe water, food security, effective medicines and diagnostics, efficient and sustainable energy, and the necessary tools for forensics and national security.”

Professor Wang’s research touches much of this broad territory and includes nanomachines, nanosensors, electrochemistry and analytical chemistry. His lab, the Laboratory for Nanobioelectronics, includes over 30 active researchers.

The issue of Analytical Scientist that includes the Top 100 ranking also features a separate story on analytical tattoos (registration required) developed in Wang’s labs in the Department of NanoEngineering at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering.

“We couple our printable flexible electrochemical sensors with artistic tattoo-transfer technology, and use it for continuous monitoring for fitness, healthcare and military applications,” Wang told the Analytical Scientist.

Dr. Joshua Windmiller, a UC San Diego alumnus (B.S., M.S., Ph.D.) and a graduate of Wang’s lab and  is one of the researchers who has been working on developing – and now commercializing – printable tattoos that measure biomarkers present in human sweat. The startup company, Electrozyme, was co-founded by Windmiller (a former Jacobs School Gordon Scholar) and Jared Tangney, a bioengineer and fellow alumnus of the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. Wang is on Electrozyme’s advisory board.

The potential for gleaning valuable metabolic insights from human sweat is great, given that this sweat contains approximately 800 biomarkers, many of which can be monitored inexpensively and unobtrusively using their temporary tattoo technologies, explained Windmiller at a recent technology showcase organized by the Jacobs School’s von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism. Electrozyme is currently being incubated by EvoNexus in San Diego.

Professor Wang and his colleagues in the NanoEngineering Department at UC San Diego will undoubtedly continue to advance scientific and engineering boundaries and solve problems at the same time. Stay tuned for more exciting updates. 

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