Wang Mu Appointed as PRL Associate Editor and Outreach Coordinator in China

The American Physical Society (APS), Chinese Physical Society (CPS), and Nanjing University (NJU) are pleased to announce that Wang Mu, Cheung-Kong professor in condensed matter physics at NJU, will soon begin an appointment with dual responsibilities as an Associate Editor of Physical Review Letters (PRL) and as an outreach Coordinator for the APS journals in China.

This appointment reflects both APS’s full recognition of the fast-growing contribution of the Chinese physics community to international physics research and its commitment to strengthening its existing ties with the Chinese physics community and to developing new ones. "We are all very excited to have Mu on board representing the APS journals, and PRL in particular, to the research community in China," said Gene Sprouse, APS Editor in Chief. “This is another step forward in the international outreach efforts of APS to make both the journals and the society more accessible."

"We are very happy and inspired that Mu will soon play a more direct and active role in strengthening the interactions and collaborations between the physics communities in both China and the United States. Physics research in China has been developing very quickly in recent years. Chinese physicists should play, and want to play, more and more significant roles as part of the international physics community," said Wang Enge, the Vice President of CPS and the President of Peking University.

Wang Mu’s research interests focus on the optical properties of microstructured materials and the fundamental physics of interfacial growth. He is particularly interested in pinpointing the novel optoelectric properties of fabricated and self-organized microstructures, and discovering the mechanisms of interfacial growth in making these structures. He actively promoted exchanges and cooperation between countries with diverse cultural backgrounds when he served as Director of the National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures at NJU from 2006 to 2014.

“I’m ready to use my experiences of physics teaching, research, and administration to promote the interaction and communication between APS and CPS, and in particular to facilitate the dissemination to the international physics community of high-quality Chinese physics research through the APS journals,” said Wang Mu. “The policies and values of the APS benefit greatly the development of physics worldwide and I am excited to be part of this great organization and of its mission.”

Wang Mu received his BS in 1984 and Ph.D. in 1991 from NJU. During 1992-1994 he worked as a postdoctoral research associate at Nijmegen University. He also worked at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (1997-1998) and at the Ecole Polytechnique (2001).