Kun Wang

Kun Wang

Kun Wang

Assistant Professor

215 Hilbun Hall
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Dr. Kun Wang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy and Department of Chemistry at Mississippi State University. His research interests focus on experimentally exploring exotic optoelectronics, quantum transport, and energy conversion phenomena at the nano and molecular scale. His research seeks to better understand the physics and chemistry of nano and molecular materials and leverage the insights to develop smaller, faster, and more efficient devices for nanoelectronics, nanophononics, energy harvesting and chemical/bio-sensing applications.

Teaching Areas

  • PH3613 Modern Physics


  • Ph.D. Physics, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 2016
  • B.S. Physics, Shandong University, China, 2011


  • 2020 - present: Assistant Professor, Mississippi State University
  • 2017 – 2020: Research Fellow, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • 2012 – 2016: Research Assistant, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Research Interests

  • Nanoscale Quantum Transport
  • Molecular Optoelectronics and Plasmonics
  • Scanning Probe Techniques
  • Energy Conversion and Harvesting
  • Self-Assembly
  • Bioelectronics and Bio-sensing

Recent Publications (see full list here)

  • H Reddy*, K Wang*, Z Kudyshev, L Zhu, S Yan, A Vezzoli, S.J. Higgins, V Gavini, A Boltasseva, P Reddy, V.M. Shalaev, E Meyhofer, Determining plasmonic hot-carrier energy distributions via single-molecule transport measurement, Science 369, 423-426 (2020) (* equal contribution)
  • Kun Wang, Edgar Meyhofer, Pramod Reddy, Thermal and thermoelectric properties of molecular junctions, Adv. Funct. Mater., 30, 1904534 (2020)
  • K Wang*, A Vezzoli*, Iain Mark Grace*, Maeve McLaughlin, Richard J Nichols, Bingqian Xu, Colin Lambert, Simon Higgins, Charge transfer complexation boosts molecular conductance through Fermi level pinning, Chem. Sci., 10, 2396-2403 (2019) (* equal contribution)
  • L Cui, R Miao, K Wang, D Thompson, L Zotti, JC Cuevas, E Meyhofer, P Reddy, Peltier Cooling in Molecular Junctions, Nature Nanotechnology, 13, 122-127.(2018)
  • H Wang, X Qian, K Wang, M Su, W Haoyang, X Jiang, R Brzozowski, M Wang, X Gao, Y Li, B Xu, P Eswara, X Hao, W Gao, J Hou, J Cai, X Li, Supramolecular Kandinsky circles with high antibacterial activity, Nature Communications, 9, 1815 (2018)
  • J Zhou, K Wang, B Xu, Y Dubi, Photoconductance from Exciton Binding in Molecular Junctions, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 140, 70-73 (2018)
  • K Wang*, AK Ismael*, A Vezzoli*, MK Al-Khaykanee, HE Gallagher, IM Grace, CJ Lambert, B Xu, RJ Nichols, SJ Higgins, Side group-mediated mechanical conductance switching in molecular junctions, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 56, 15378-15382 (2017) (* equal contribution)
  • C.L. Guo*, K. Wang*, E. Zerah-Harush, J. Hamill, B. Wang, Y. Dubi, B.Q. Xu, Molecular rectifier composed of DNA with high rectification ratio enabled by intercalation, Nature Chemistry, 8, 484-490 (2016) (* equal contribution)