Mu Wang

Nanjing University, China

Candidate for International CouncilorMu Wang

Biographical Summary

Mu Wang is the Cheung-Kong professor in condensed matter physics and the Director of National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures at Nanjing University, China. He received his BS in 1984 and PhD in 1991 from Nanjing University. During 1992-94 he worked as a postdoctoral research associate at Nijmegen University, the Netherlands. He also workedboth in the United States and in Europe, at University of Alabama in Huntsville (97-98) and Ecole Polytechnique (2001).

As an experimental physicist, Mu’s research interests focus on the fundamentals of interfacial growth and the optical properties of microstructured materials. He is particularly interested in finding out the mechanisms of spatio-temporal oscillations in crystallization, applying these effects to self-organize metallic and oxide microstructures with tunable periodicity, and pinpointing the novel opto-electric properties of these microstructures. Mu has published more than 130 peer-reviewed papers, more than one third of them are published in Nature, Physical Review Letters, Physical Review B/E, Advanced Materials, and Applied Physics Letters.

Mu received Chien-Shiung Wu Physics Award of the Chinese Physical Society in 1992 and Distinguished Young Scholar Fund from NSF of China in 1994. He was honored the National Award for Natural Sciences by the Chinese State Department in 2007.

Mu has been the member of the Standing Committee, the Council of Chinese Physical Society since 2004, and a member of the Commission on Structure and Dynamics of Condensed Matter (C10) of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) since 2011. He is a Fellow of American Physical Society and also a Fellow of the UK Institute of Physics.

As the Director of the Laboratory, he endeavors actively to promote the exchanges and cooperation between different countries with diverse cultural backgrounds, exemplified by the exchange program he helped establish between Johns Hopkins University and Nanjing University (NJU) and the “dual-degree” program between NJU and Louisiana State University.

Candidate's Statement

The United States has been the world center for physical sciences since the 20th century. Today, the number of international physics students is increasing. These talented young people are the future of international physics. At the same time, the contribution from international authors to APS journals has also been continuously increasing in recent decades. The policies and the values of the APS will significantly affect the development of physics worldwide.

In this era of globalization, I hope to build upon my aforementioned efforts to establish dual degree programs between U.S. and Chinese universities. I am committed to strengthening linkages between the U.S. physics community and the science education and research activities in the dynamically developing countries. Likewise, should I be given the opportunity to serve as International Councilor, I would help bring perspectives of colleagues from outside of the United States, that may provide a valuable reference for the Society’s efforts to build international participation and collaboration.

The APS has endeavored to proliferate the scientific sprit and rigorous scientific research to those developing countries with a relatively short history of modern research. Being from the largest developing country, China, I understand how my physics colleagues eagerly want to catch up with the world trend of scientific research and build our international collaborations. The situation is also true for physicists in many other developing countries. As a professor, Laboratory director, and a member of the Standing Committee of the Council of Chinese Physics Society (CPS), I understand how partnerships with APS can serve our collective physics communities. Already, I have had the privilege of working with APS leaders toward establishing joint initiatives between APS and CPS.

If elected, I will continue to work with APS toward building joint activities between APS and the larger community of Pacific Rim countries. For example, as an International Councilor, I can help initiate a regular international forum in material physics between APS and the physical societies in Pacific-Rim countries--and/or work with IUPAP toward a coordinated effort to replicate this model with other physics subdisciplines. I will encourage and coordinate professional physicists in the United States and elsewhere, to take their sabbatical leave in East Asia, fostering greater ties between our physics communities. In Chinese Universities in particular; I will encourage and help to arrange personal exchanges, welcoming APS members from the United States and elsewhere to visit the universities in different cities and give short-term lecture series. I believe that these types of mutually beneficial, collaborations will provide a solid, sustainable foundation for the development of international physics.

I am proud to be a member of the physics community in both the United States and China, and I’m ready to use my experiences of physics teaching, research and administration, to serve as a bridge between APS, Asia, and the rest of the world, for in-depth, win-win international collaboration.

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