Xueju "Sophie" Wang

Associate Professor

Department of Materials Science and Engineering


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (2016)
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (2016)
  • B.E., Chemical Engineering, Dalian University of Technology (2011)

Research Summary

  • Soft, stimuli-responsive materials and multifunctional structures
  • Multistability of reconfigurable, magnetically responsive structures
  • Flexible/pressure-tolerant/bio-integrated electronics
  • Soft robotics and intelligent systems
  • Flexible/stretchable/bio-integrated electronics
  • In-situ/environmental operando experimental techniques

Honors and Awards

  • Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Award, 2023
  • Soft Matter Emerging Investigator, 2023
  • Journal of Materials Chemistry B Emerging Investigator, 2023
  • Extreme Mechanical Letters (EML) Young Investigator Award, 2022
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) Trailblazer Award, 2022
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, 2022
  • ACS Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) Young Investigator Award, 2022
  • ASME Orr Early Career Award, 2021
  • Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) Award, 2021
  • ASME Haythornthwaite Foundation Research Initiation Award, 2019
  • 1907 Women in Engineering Faculty Award, University of Missouri, 2019
  • Richard Wallace Faculty Incentive Grant Award, University of Missouri, 2019
  • Coulter Program Award, Coulter Biomedical Accelerator, University of Missouri, 2019
  • Gary L. Cloud Scholarship Award, Society for Experimental Mechanics, 2016
  • Society of Experimental Mechanics International Student Paper Competition Finalist, 2014

Select Publications

Full Publication List: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=fjXceLIAAAAJ&hl=en

Li, A. Villada, S.H. Lu, H. Sun, J.L. Xiao*, X.J. Wang*, “Soft, Flexible Pressure Sensors for Pressure Monitoring Under Large Hydrostatic Pressure and Harsh Ocean Environments”, Soft Matter, 19, 5772-5780 (2023). (Invited paper for the Soft Matter Emerging Investigators Series; selected as the inside front cover)

S.H. Lu, Y. Li, X.J. Wang*, Soft, flexible conductivity sensors for monitoring ocean salinity, Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 11, 7334-7343 (2023). (Invited paper for the 2023 Emerging Investigators Themed Issue)

Li, G. Parlato, F.K. Masese, R.M. Kasi, T. Zhang*, X.J. Wang*, “Morphing of Stiffness-Heterogeneous Liquid Crystal Elastomer Structures Via Mechanical Training and Locally Controlled Photopolymerization”, Matter, 5(12), 4332-4346 (2022)

Li, G.F. Wu, G. Song, S.H. Lu, Z.Z. Wang, H. Sun, Y. Zhang, X.J. Wang*, “Soft, Pressure-Tolerant, Flexible Electronic Sensors for Sensing Under Harsh Environments”, ACS Sensors, 7(8), 2400-2409 (2022).

Li, S. Avis, J. Chen, G.F. Wu, T. Zhang*, H. Kusumaatmajab*, X.J. Wang*.Tailoring the Multistability of Origami-Inspired, Buckled Magnetic Structures via Compression and Creasing”, Materials Horizons, 8, 3324-3333 (2021).

Li, H.B. Yu, K. Yu, X. Guo*, X.J. Wang*. “Reconfigurable 3D Mesotructures of Spatially Programmed Liquid Crystal Elastomers and their Ferromagnetic Composites”, Advanced Functional Materials, 2100338 (2021).

Li, S. Avis, J. Chen, G.F. Wu, T. Zhang*, H. Kusumaatmajab*, X.J. Wang*. “Reconfiguration of multistable 3D ferromagnetic mesostructures guided by energy landscape surveys”, Extreme Mechanics Letters, 48, 101428 (2021). (Selected for the EML Young Investigator Award).

Liu, X.J. Wang, Y.M. Xu, Z.G. Xu, Y. Zhang, X. Ning, X. Cheng, Y.G Xue, D. Lu, Q.H. Zhang, F. Zhang, J.X. Liu, X.G. Guo, K.C. Hwang, Y.G. Huang, J.A. Rogers, Y.H. Zhang. “Harnessing the interface mechanics of hard films and soft substrates for 3D assembly by controlled buckling”, Proceedings of National Academy Science (PNAS), 116 (31), 15368-15377 (2019).

X.J. Wang, X.G. Guo, J.L. Ye, N. Zheng, P. Kohli, Y. Zhang, Z.Q. Xie, H.W. Luan, D. Choi, K.W. Nan, Q.H. Zhang, Y.M. Xu, X.W. Shan, W.B. Bai, Z.Z. Wang, B.H. Kim, H. Jang, F. Zhang, Y.J. Ma, Z. Xu, X. Feng, T. Xie, Y.G. Huang, Y.H. Zhang, J.A. Rogers. “Freestanding 3D Mesostructures, Functional Devices and Shape-Programmable Systems based on Mechanically Induced Assembly with Shape Memory Polymers,” Advanced Materials, 1805615 (2019).

X.J. Wang, F.F. Fan, J.W. Wang, H.R. Wang, S.Y. Tao, A. Yang, Y. Liu, H.B. Chew, S.X. Mao, T. Zhu, S.M. Xia. “High Damage Tolerance of Electrochemically Lithiated Silicon,” Nature Communications, 6: 8417 (2015).

Xueju "Sophie" Wang
Contact Information
Mailing Address25 King Hill Road, Unit 3136, Storrs, CT 06269-3136
Office LocationScience 1 - MZ1020