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 Welcome to the Laboratory for Nanobioelectronics


Dr. Joseph Wang
SAIC Endowed Chair

Distinguished Professor, 

Department of Nanoengineering
University California San Diego (UCSD)
La Jolla, CA 92093-0448


Director, Center of Wearable Sensors

Tel (Office): (858) 246-0128

Tel (Lab): 858-822-1588.

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Office: SME Building, Room 203


Department Website: Link




Wang's Biosketch         




Currently there are around 50 active researchers in the areas of nanomachines, wearable sensors, electrochemistry and analytical chemistry.


CITATIONS METRICS - H Index (175, Google Scholar)

                                       Total Citations (G. Scholar 130,000)





Highly Cited Researcher at  2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019& 2020 (1% of most cited researchers in Engineering and Chemistry; Thomson Reuters).  

2015 World's Most Influential Scientific Minds 





Our Nature Biomedical Engineering BPCM Sensor Patch. PDF Link


Professor Wang is the Recipient of the 2021 Talanta Medal


Wang's lab is honored to be featured in the 'Giants in Sensing' Issue of ACS Sensors


Professor Wang is the recipient of 2019 Fellow of The Electrochemical Society


Professor Wang received an Honorary Professor from Harbin Institute of Technology - China (2019). 


Professor Wang is the recipient of Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry  (SEAC) - Charles N. Reilley Award - 2019 Pittcon Award

Professor Wang is the recipient of 2018 Sensors Achievement Award of the Electrochemical Society (ECS)

Professor Wang received Honorary Doctor from Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia (2018). Others that received this honor are former UN Secretary, Angela Merkel, and the Dali Lama.


Our Nature Biotechnology Review on Wearable Biosensors. PDF Link.


Professor Wang received European Life-Time Achievement Award in Electrochemistry from ESEAC Society (2018)


Professor Wang received an Honorary Doctor from Charles University- Prague (2017). Video Link!


Joe Wang Named Honorary Professor at Fudan University (2016)


Our Science Robotics Review on Biomedical Nanorobots. 


Wang Leads a large DOE Grant for Developing Smart Clothes that could Cut Energy Costs.


ARPA E Project Highlighted in DOE Summit.


    Our Lab-on-a-glove Paper Highlighted in The Economist, 2017.


    UCSD Microrockets Featured in The Economist  Special Issue 'The World in 2013'  


Prof. Wang is Among the Worlds's Most Influential Scientists, 2014


Prof. Wang is among the 100 most influential people in Analytical Sciences, 2013    


Wang Received the 2013 Spiers Memorial Award for the UK Royal Society of Chemistry


Wang was Admitted as Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry 


Wang Makes the Top 10 Most Cited Chemists in the World!


Science Nanomachines Guest Editorial by Wang (2016)


Wang Received the Breyer Medal of the Royal Australian Institute


Wang's 'Nanomachines" Book (Wiley-VCH), 2013


A Fantastic Voyage - RSC Interview (Chem World- 2013)



News on Our Research:

Nanomotor and Nanorobots News:

Living Machines: A Macrophage–Mg Hybrid Biomotor 

First in-vivo Therapeutic Study of Micromotors

Guinness World Record for the Smallest Working Cannon

Swimming Microrobots ‘See the Invisible’ 

Can Electronics Heal Themselves? (PNAS Report)

Microcannon Firing Nanobullets - The Time of London

Nanomotors Swiftly Silence Genes 

Micromotors for CO2 Sequestration

Micromotors for Energy Generation

Micro-Machines Journey Inside Animal for First Time

A Nanorobotics Platform for Nanomanufacturing (Nature Comm.)

Micromotors that can de-Acidify the Stomach

Microrocket that Run on Acid 

Water-Driven Micromotors 

Motion-Based DNA Detection (Nature Comm)

Bend, Spin, Swim (Science Highlight)

Oil-Cleaning Microsubmarines- BBC News

Addressing Major Micromotor Challenges

Micromotors Detox Chemical Weapons (Nature Highlight)


Wearable sensors and Flexible Materials  News:

Disposable Strip for Analysis of Fentanyl (ABC 10 News San Diego)

Threat Detection with a Fashionable Ring

All-Printed Stretchable Batteries (Advanced Science News)

A Self-Healing Wearable Device (NY Times)

Flexible Alcohol Sensor System

Hybrid Sensor Patch

Mouth Guard Monitors Health Markers (Nanowerk)

Tattoo-Based Non-Invasive Glucose Sensors 

Epidermal Tattoo Biofuel Cell (Newsweek)

Finger Sensors for Decentralized Forensic Sensing

Artistic Tattoo-Based pH Skin Sensor 

Electronic Skin: Tattoo-Based Chemical Sensing 

Swimming with Sensors


UCSD Engineering World Ranking     


2020 World Ranking   

2019 World Ranking  

2018 World Ranking