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Dr. Zuowei Wang

Associate Professor of Soft Matter Physics

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

University of Reading

PO Box 220

Whiteknights

Reading, RG6 6AX, UK

 

Tel: +44  118 378 4618

Fax: +44 118 931 3423

Email: zuowei.wang@reading.ac.uk

Office: Maths 109

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About

Zuowei Wang obtained his PhD degree in Physics from Fudan University, Shanghai. Following that he first worked as a faculty member in the Physics Department of Fudan University, and then moved on to work as a postdoctoral associate and later a senior research fellow in the research groups of Prof. Georges Bossis in the Laboratory of Condensed Matter Physics at the University of Nice - Sophia-Antipolis, France, Prof. Christian Holm in the Theory group (Prof. Kurt Kremer group) of Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany, Prof. Michael Rubinstein in the Department of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and Prof. Ronald G. Larson in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Since 2010, he took up the faculty position in the School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences at the University of Reading. His research interests are focused on multiscale modelling of statistical and dynamical properties of soft matter materials, including polymeric, biological and colloidal materials, as well as the related theoretical and computational methodologies.

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Research Interest

 

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Multiscale computer simulation and theoretical modelling of soft matters

ˇ     Entangled linear and branched polymers: dynamics and rheology;

ˇ     Supramolecular polymer networks: static, dynamic and rheological properties;

ˇ     Charged synthetic and biological polymers (including block polyampholytes, polyelectrolytes, DNA and proteins):  conformational transition and self-assembly;

ˇ     Surfactant micelles: micellar shape transition, interactions with polymers and additives, rheological properties;

ˇ     Polymer-drug composites: conformation and self-assembly behavior ;

ˇ     Dipolar colloidal suspensions (including ferrofluids, electro- and magneto-rheological fluids): field-induced structure formation, electrostatic, magnetic and rheological properties;

ˇ     Computational and theoretical algorithms: atomistic and coarse-grained molecular dynamics(MD), Monte Carlo(MC), hybrid MD/MC, transition path sampling, scaling theory, tube theory, Ewald summation, first-principle electronic structure calculation, etc.

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Publications

Book Chapter

ˇ Ronald G. Larson and Zuowei Wang, Dynamics of entangled polymers, Chapter 6 (pp. 233-270) in The Oxford Handbook of Soft Condensed Matter, edited by E. M. Terentjev and D. A. Weitz, Oxford University Press, UK, 2015.

Refereed Journal Papers

ˇ Jian Zhu, Alexei E. Likhtman and Zuowei Wang, Arm Retraction Dynamics of Entangled Star Polymers: A Forward-Flux Sampling Method Study, Journal of Chemical Physics, 147 (2017) 044907.

ˇ J. A. Ruiz-López, Z. W. Wang, R. Hidalgo-Álvarez and J. de Vicente, Simulations of model magnetorheological fluids in squeeze flow mode, Journal of Rheology, 61 (2017) 871-881.

ˇ Nan Sheng, Yusong Tu, Pan Guo, RongzhengWan, ZuoweiWang and Haiping Fang, Asymmetric Nanoparticle May Go Active at Room Temperature, Science China Physics, Mechanics and Astronomy, 60 (2017) 040511.

ˇ Dipesh Amin, Alexei E. Likhtman and Zuowei Wang, Dynamics in Supramolecular Polymer Networks Formed by associating Telechelic Chains, Macromolecules , 49 (2016) 7510-7524.

ˇ Jing Cao and Zuowei Wang, Microscopic Picture of Constraint Release Effects in Entangled Star Polymer Melts, Macromolecules, 49 (2016) 5677-5691.

ˇ Zhiyuan He, Wen Jun Xie, Zhenqi Liu, Guangming Liu, Zuowei Wang, Yi Qin Gao, Jianjun Wang, Tuning ice nucleation with counterions on polyelectrolyte brush surfaces, Science Advances, 2 (2016) e1600345.

ˇ Jose A. Ruiz-López, Z. W. Wang, J. C. Fernández-Toledano, R. Hidalgo-Alvarez and J. de Vicente, Start-up rheometry of highly polydisperse magnetorheological fluids: experiments and simulations, Rheologica Acta, 55 (2016) 245-256.

ˇ Jing Cao, Jian Zhu, Zuowei Wang, and Alexei E. Likhtman, Large deviations of Rouse polymer chain: First passage problem, Journal of Chemical Physics, 143 (2015) 204105.

ˇ Zuowei Wang, Keshvad Shahrivar and Juan de Vicente, Creep and Recovery of Magnetorheological Fluids: Experiments and Simulations, Journal of Rheology, 58 (2014) 1725-1750.

ˇ Liang Zhao, Chunlei Wang, Jian Liu, Binghai Wen, Yusong Tu,  Zuowei Wang, and Haiping Fang, Reversible State Transition in Nanoconfined Aqueous Solutions, Physical Review Letters, 112 (2014) 078301.

ˇ Aaron L. Acton, Cristina Fante, Brian Flatley, Stefano Burattini, Ian W. Hamley, Zuowei Wang, Francesca Greco, and Wayne Hayes, Janus PEG-Based Dendrimers for Use in Combination Therapy: Controlled Multi-Drug Loading and Sequential Release, Biomacromolecules, 14 (2013) 564-574.

ˇ Zuowei Wang, Alexei Likhtman and Ronald G. Larson, Segmental dynamics in entangled linear polymer melts, Macromolecules, 45 (2012) 3557-3570.

ˇ Sachin Shanbhag, Seung Joon Park and Zuowei Wang, Superensembles of linear viscoelastic models of polymer melts, Journal of Rheology, 56 (2012) 279-303.

ˇ Zuowei Wang, Xue Chen and Ronald G. Larson, Comparing tube models for predicting the linear rheology of branched polymer melts, Journal of Rheology, 54 (2010) 223-260.

ˇ Barry Z. Shang, Zuowei Wang and Ronald G. Larson, Effect of headgroup size, charge, and solvent structure on polymer-micelle interactions, studied by molecular dynamics simulations, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 113 (2009) 15170-15180.

ˇ Zuowei Wang and Ronald G. Larson, Molecular dynamics simulations of threadlike cetyltrimethylammonium chloride Micelles: Effects of NaCl and NaSal salts, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 113 (2009) 13697-13710.

ˇ Zuowei Wang and Ronald G. Larson, Constraint release in entangled binary blends of linear polymers: A molecular dynamics simulation study, Macromolecules, 41 (2008) 4945-4960.

ˇ Barry Z. Shang, Zuowei Wang and Ronald G. Larson, Molecular dynamics simulation of interactions between a sodium dodecyl sulfate micelle and a poly(ethylene oxide), Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 112 (2008) 2888-2900.

ˇ Zuowei Wang and Michael Rubinstein, Regimes of conformational transitions of a diblock polyampholyte, Macromolecules, 39 (2006) 5897-5912.

ˇ J. P. Huang, Z. W. Wang and C. Holm, Computer simulations of the structure of colloidal ferrofluids, Physical Review E, 71 (2005) 061203.

ˇ J. P. Huang, Z. W. Wang and C. Holm, Structure and magnetic properties of mono- and bi-dispersed ferrofluids as revealed by simulations, Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, 289 (2005) 234-237.

ˇ Alexei O. Ivanov, Zuowei Wang and Christian Holm, Applying the chain formation model to magnetic properties of aggregated ferrofluids, Physical Review E, 69 (2004) 031206.

ˇ Zuowei Wang and Christian Holm, Structure and magnetic properties of polydisperse ferrofluids: A molecular dynamics study, Physical Review E, 68 (2003) 041401.

ˇ Zuowei Wang, Christian Holm and Hanns Walter Müller, Boundary condition effects in the simulation study of equilibrium properties of magnetic dipolar fluids, Journal of Chemical Physics, 119 (2003) 379-387.

ˇ Zuowei Wang, Christian Holm and Hanns Walter Müller, Computer simulation study of equilibrium properties of magnetic dipolar fluids, Magnetohydrodynamics, 39 (2003) 57-62.

ˇ Z. Wang, G. Bossis, O. Volkova, V. Bashtovoi and M. Krakov, Active Control of rod vibrations: Using magnetic fluids, Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, 14 (2003) 93-97.

ˇ Zuowei Wang, Christian Holm and Hanns Walter Müller, Molecular dynamics study on the equilibrium magnetization properties and structure of ferrofluids, Physical Review E, 66 (2002) 021405.

ˇ Haiping Fang, Zuowei Wang, Zhifang Lin and Muren Liu, Lattice Boltzmann method for simulating the viscous flow in large distensible blood vessels, Physical Review E, 65 (2002) 051925.

ˇ Zuowei Wang and Christian Holm, Estimate of the cutoff errors in the Ewald summation for dipolar systems, Journal of Chemical Physics, 115 (2001) 6351-6359.

ˇ H. P. Fang, L. W. Fan, Z. W. Wang, Z. F. Lin and Y. H. Qian, Studying the contact point and interface moving in a sinusoidal tube with Lattice Boltzmann method'', International Journal of Modern Physics B, 15 (2001) 1287-1303.

ˇ Zuowei Wang, Haiping Fang, Zhifang Lin and Luwei Zhou, Dynamic simulation studies of structural formation and transition in electromagnetorheological fluids, International Journal of Modern Physics B, 15 (2001) 842-850.

ˇ Z. Y. Qiu, L. W. Liu, Z. W. Wang and L. W. Zhou, Rheological and electrical properties of NaY zeolite electrorheological fluid, International Journal of Modern Physics B, 15 (2001) 610-617.

ˇ L. W. Liu, Z. W. Wang, G. Liu, Y.G. Jiang, Z.Y. Qiu and L. W. Zhou, Resonance response of electrorheological fluids in vertical oscillation squeeze flow, Chinese Physics, 9 (2000) 944-948.

ˇ Liu liwei, Wang Zuowei, Zhou Luwei, Wang Zhijin,etc., Squeeze flow viscoelasticity of electrorheological fluids based on microcrystalline cellulose, Acta Physica Sinica, 49 (2000) 1887-1891.

ˇ Zuowei Wang, Haiping Fang, Zhifang Lin and Luwei Zhou, Simulation of field-induced structural formation and transition in electromagnetorheological suspensions'', Physical Review E, 61 (2000) 6837-6844.

ˇ Zuowei Wang, Molecular dynamic simulation studies of electrorheological fluids, CCAST-WL Workshop Series Vol. 87: Complex Fluids (III) and Theoretical Approaches, (Gordon and Breach Scientific Pub., 1998), p.283-304.

ˇ Jianjun Xu, Zhifang Lin and Zuowei Wang, Fractal-to-Euclidean crossover of the isotropy restoration feature in a family of fractal resistor networks, Physical Review E, 57 (1998) 7294-7296.

ˇ Haiping Fang, Zhifang Lin and Zuowei Wang, Lattice Boltzmann simulation of viscous fluid systems with elastic boundaries, Physical Review E, 57 (1998) R25-28.

ˇ Zuowei Wang, Zhifang Lin and Ruibao Tao, Lattice dynamics study of microstructures of electrorheological fluids, Communications in Theoretical Physics, 29 (1998) 207-212.

ˇ Zuowei Wang, Zhifang Lin and Ruibao Tao, Dynamic response times of electrorheological fluids in steady shear, Journal of Applied Physics, 83 (1998) 1125-1131.

ˇ Zuowei Wang, Zhifang Lin and Ruibao Tao, Structure and viscoelasticity of an electrorheological fluid in oscillatory shear:Computer Simulation Investigation, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 30 (1997) 1265-1271.

ˇ Zuowei Wang, Zhifang Lin and Ruibao Tao, Influence of the size distribution of particles on the viscous property of an electrorheological fluid, Chinese Physics Letters, 14 (1997) 151-154.

ˇ Zuowei Wang, Zhifang Lin and Ruibao Tao, The effect of the direction of the electric field on the shear stress of electrorheological fluids, Acta Physica Sinica, 45 (1996) 640-645.

ˇ Zuowei Wang, Zhifang Lin and Ruibao Tao, Many-body effect in electrorheological responses, International Journal of Modern Physics B, 10 (1996) 1153-1166.

ˇ Zuowei Wang and Meichun Huang, Spin-polarization electronic structure of MnBiAl, Chinese Physics Letters, 10 (1993) 612-615.

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Teaching

§  Mathematical and Statistical Programming (MA1MSP, MA2MPR)

§  Numerical solutions of ordinary differential equations (MA4NSO/MAMNSO)

§  Statistical Mechanics and Applications (MA4SMA)

§  Programming in Matlab (summer term)

§  Control systems (MA3W7)

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