Dr Shiyang Tang

Colleges, School and Institutes

Research interests

Liquid metal enabled platforms


Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)

Biomedical microdevices


Functional materials


Dr. Shiyang Tang received his BEng (1st class honours) in Electrical Engineering and PhD in Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University), Australia, in 2012 and 2015, respectively. He joined the Pennsylvania State University, USA, as a postdoctoral research fellow from 2015 to 2016, worked on surface acoustic wave enabled microfluidic platforms. Later he joined the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), USA, as a postdoctoral scholar from 2016 to 2017, worked on droplet-based microfluidics for point-of-care diagnosis. From 2017 to 2020, he was the Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Wollongong, Australia. Dr Tang joined the University of Birmingham, UK, as a lecturer in early 2020.

Dr Tang's research interests include developing microfluidic platforms for biomedical studies and liquid metal enabled micro-/nanoscale platforms. He has published more than 60 papers (25 of them as the corresponding author) in high-impact journals, including PNASNature CommunicationsMatterAdvanced MaterialsAdvanced Functional MaterialsSmallAnalytical Chemistry, and Lab on a Chip. The outcomes of his works have been highlighted in many world-known science magazines, such as NatureRSC Chemistry WorldNew ScientistsScience DailyPhysics OrgNanowerkMaterial Views etc.


Ph.D. in Microelectromechanical systems, RMIT University, 2012 - 2015

B.Eng (1st class honours) in Electrical Engineering, RMIT University, 2008 - 2012

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

Dr Shiyang Tang is inviting motivated and talented students with a background in electrical/electronic engineering, mechanical engineering, material science, or in a closely related field to join the group. The group conducts research at the interface of engineering, micro/nano technology, material sciences, and biomedicine. Candidates with interests in (but not limited to) one or more of the following topics are particularly encouraged to apply:


Flexible and wearable electronics

Innovative conductive composite materials

Soft robotics

Prospective applicants should email Dr Tang to discuss possible projects and funding opportunities.