Shanfeng Wang

Associate Professor - Materials Science and Engineering Department

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Born in 1977, Dr. Wang earned his B.S. in Polymer Science and Engineering with a second major in Applied Mathematics from East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST, Shanghai) in 1997. Continuing at ECUST, he completed his M.S. in Polymer Science and Engineering in 2000, where he studied synthesis and photophysical properties of novel conjugated polymers. Dr. Wang received his Ph.D. in Polymer Science from the University of Akron, Ohio in December 2003. His doctoral studies focused on chain dynamics of binary polymer blends using rheological and pulsed gradient NMR methods. In 2004, Dr. Wang joined Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minnesota) as a Research Fellow where he developed a series of novel crosslinkable and degradable polymeric systems for bone and nerve regeneration, and investigated the interactions between cells/tissues and polymer substrates/scaffolds. In 2007 Dr. Wang joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Tennessee as a tenure-track assistant professor. Dr. Wang was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2013. His research interests include biomaterials and tissue engineering, polymer chemistry, physics and rheology. Dr. Wang held a joint faculty appointment with the Biosciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 2010-2013 and he is a core faculty member in the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Wang has more than 60 research papers, including 4 invited book chapters and 3 review articles. He has also contributed to over 120 research presentations at conferences.

Focus Areas: Biomaterials | Tissue Engineering | Polymer Science and Engineering

Skills and Expertise: Polymers Synthesis, Physics, Characterization, and Rheology | Biomaterials Preparation | Cellular Responses to Biomaterials | Materials for Regenerative Medicine

Selected Publications:

Biomimetic Calcium Carbonate Concentric Microgrooves with Tunable Width for Promoting MC3T3-E1 Cell Functions
X. Wu and S. Wang, Advanced Healthcare Materials , vol. 2(2), pp. 326-333, 2013.
Regulating MC3T3-E1 Cells on Deformable Poly(ε-caprolactone) Honeycomb Films Prepared Using a Surfactant-free Breath Figure Method in a Water-miscible Solvent
X. Wu and S. Wang, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces , vol. 4(9), pp. 4966-4975, 2012.
Photo-cured Biodegradable Polymeric Substrates of Varying Stiffness and Microgroove Dimensions for Promoting Nerve Cell Guidance and Differentiation
L. Cai, L. Zhang, J. Dong, and S. Wang, Langmuir , vol. 28(34), pp. 12557-68, 2012.
Injectable and Biodegradable Nanohybrid Polymers with Simultaneously Enhanced Stiffness and Toughness for Bone Repair
L. Cai, J. Chen, A.J. Rondinone, and S. Wang, Advanced Functional Materials , vol. 22(15), pp. 3181-3190, 2012.
Optimal Poly(L-lysine) Grafting Density in Hydrogels for Promoting Nerve Progenitor Cell Functions
L. Cai, J. Lu, V. Sheen, and S. Wang, Biomacromolecules , vol. 12(5), pp. 1663-74, 2012.
Biodegradable Photo-Crosslinked Polymer Substrates with Concentric Microgrooves for Regulating MC3T3 Cell Behavior
K. Wang, L. Cai, L. Zhang, J. Dong, and S. Wang, Advanced Healthcare Materials , vol. 1(3), pp. 292-301, 2012.
Poly(ε-caprolactone) Banded Spherulites and Interaction with MC3T3-E1 Cells
K. Wang, L. Cai, S. Jesse, and S. Wang, Langmuir , vol. 28(9), pp. 4382-95, 2012.
Promoting Nerve Cell Functions on Hydrogels Grafted with Poly(l-lysine)
L. Cai, J. Lu, V. Sheen, and S, Wang, Biomacromolecules , vol. 12(2), pp. 342-349, 2012.
Lubricated Biodegradable Elastomers for Regulating Nerve Cell Behavior and Fabricating Nerve Conduits with a Compositional Gradient
L. Cai, J. Lu, V. Sheen, and S. Wang, Biomacromolecules , vol. 12(2), pp. 358-368, 2012.
Parabolic Dependence of Material Properties and Cell Behavior on the Composition of Polymer Networks via Simultaneously Controlling Crosslinking Density and Crystallinity
L. Cai and S. Wang, Biomaterials , vol. 31(29), pp. 7423-7434, 2010.