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Alumnus Dr Ying Bai (PhD 2013) appointed Associate Professor at Sun Yat-Sen University, China

Dr. Ying Bai, a graduate of CHBE at Lehigh (PhD 2013 with Dr. Anand Jagota) has joined Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China as an Associate Professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering.

Dr. Bai completed his PhD in Chemical Engineering at Lehigh University in 2013 under the supervision of Dr. Anand Jagota, the Robert W. Wieseman 1916 Professor of Bioengineering and also of Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering. For his PhD dissertation, Dr. Bai developed and studied several biomimetic near-surface architectures in soft solids for control of surface properties such as adhesion, friction, and contact compliance. For example developed an idea of shape-complementarity by which a generic elastomeric material can be made to adhere only to a complementary surface and to no other. Part of his work was supported by the Michelin corporation; during this project Richard showed how certain surface structures enhance friction against rough surfaces, something of obvious interest in tires.

Subsequently, Dr. Bai pursued a postdoctoral fellowship at University of Massachusetts-Amherst until November 2017 and then started his current academic position at Sun Yat-Sen University. Dr. Bai received his BS and MS degrees in Chemical Engineering from Tsinghua University in 2006 and 2008 respectively.

During his postdoctoral appointment, Dr. Bai focused on a new self-healing mechanism termed “repair-and-go” for mechanical restoration in damaged polymeric materials (Adv. Fun. Mater. 2016). Meanwhile, material “pickup and drop-off” was implemented conducting functional emulsion droplets as cargos for nanoparticle transport on surfaces (Sci. Adv. 2016). He also developed advanced microfluidic devices for continuous droplet generation and interfacial characterization (Adv. Mater. 2017).

Upon arrival at Sun Yat-Sen University in November 2017, Dr. Bai has broadened his research interests to designing functional biomaterials and polymer processing techniques (3D printing, electrospinning, etc), towards biomedical applications. Currently, his research studies have been focusing on fabrication of polymeric bioscaffolds for treatment in spinal cord injury and periphery nerve defects, as well as designing bioactive artificial cornea. Overall, Dr. Bai has been developing new biomedical materials for resolving clinical problems, in addition to some fundamental studies in biological aspects.

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