Dr. Junpeng Wang

Assistant Professor
Department of Polymer Science
The University of Akron
GDYR 529, Akron, OH 44325-3909
Phone: (330) 972-5345
Email: jwang6 (at)

Faculty Profile

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Junpeng was born and raised in a small town near Xi’an, China, where the Terracotta Army is located. He obtained his B.S. at University of Science and Technology of China in 2010. After that he went to Duke University to work on polymer mechanochemistry with Steve Craig, and obtained his PhD degree in chemistry in 2015. In his PhD studies, Junpeng has designed and synthesized a series of stress-responsive polymers; more importantly, he has quantified the force-induced reactivity and elucidated the mechanisms by applying the technique of single-molecule force spectroscopy to the systems. In 2016, after his PhD studies, he worked as a postdoc with Luping Yu at University of Chicago, where he designed and synthesized a series of porous conjugated polymers and assembled them as the cathode materials for lithium ion batteries. In early 2017, he moved to MIT and worked for Jeremiah Johnson as a postdoc. In the Johnson group, Junpeng has developed a method that allows for the quantification of different orders of cyclic defects in polymer networks and the method enables the accurate prediction of polymer network elasticity. In January 2019, Junpeng started his independent career in the Department of Polymer Science at the University of Akron.

Postdoctoral Scientists

Dr. Junfeng Zhou

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Junfeng was born in Wuhu, Anhui province. He graduated from Anhui Normal University, majoring in Material Chemistry in 2014. He focused on synthesis and characterization of high performance polymers with low dielectric constants in Prof. Qiang Fang’s group, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and obtained his PhD in 2019. In the same year, he joined the Wang lab as a postdoc to pursue his academic interest in mechanochemistry and stress-responsive polymers.

PhD Students

Hanlin Chen

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B.E., Macromolecule Materials and Engineering: 2014-2018 University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui China.

Tze-Gang (Simon) Hsu 

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Tze-Gang is from Taiwan. He obtained his B.S. in chemistry at National Tsing-Hua University in 2014, and M.S. in applied chemistry at Chiao-Tung University in 2016. His background is characterization and synthesis of organic polymeric solar materials, especially in aromatic systems. Tze-Gang is now conducting his research in mechanochemistry under the supervision of Prof. Wang in the department of polymer science in UAkron. With the polymer science background acquired in Akron, the goal of his is to go deep into the unexplored fundamentals in the intriguing field of mechanochemistry.

Devavrat Sathe

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Devavrat hails from New Delhi, India. He completed his undergraduate education in Polymer Engineering and Technology from the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, in 2018. The same year he joined the doctoral program in Polymer Science at the University of Akron and is pursuing his graduate research in Dr. Junpeng Wang’s lab.

Masters Students

Xiaomeng Li

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B.E., Polymer Science and Engineering, 2014 – 2018 Qingdao University of Science and Technology(QUST), China

Zhen Shi


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B.E., Macromolecule Materials and Engineering: 2016-2020 Shenzhen University (SZU), China

Hsin-Wei Su

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Hsin-Wei was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, which is the biggest city in southern Taiwan. In 2013 he started his B.S. at National Sun Yat-sen University, which is also at Kaohsiung. In his undergraduate study he joined Yeo-Wan Chiang’s group and work on polymer photonic films. He graduated in 2017 and started to apply to the master program in Polymer Science at the University of Akron. He got his offer letter in May 2018 and started his master degree in August 2018.

Jiayi Wang

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B.E. Chemistry, Institute of Advanced Study 2015-2019 Shenzhen University, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China.

Shiqi Liu

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Department of Polymer Science and Engineering at Sichuan University 2016-2019

Wei Xie

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AMP student (2019.10-present) From Jiangxi, China Started his B.E. (Polymer Science and Engineering) at Sichuan University in 2016 Now exploring polymer mechanochemistry in Dr. Junpeng Wang’s lab

Other members


Lab Pet
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Ellery is proud to be the very first member in the Wang Lab! She has rich research experiences from Duke and MIT, and she is excited to help Junpeng build the lab at Akron.

Group Alumni

Rumbila Abdullahi
REU student, summer 2019 
Current: undergraduate student, Smith College

Bingze Wu
Visiting student, summer 2019 
Current: undergraduate student, University of Science and Technology of China