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Wan Y. Shih, PhD

Associate Professor

Wan Shih
Office: Monell 104
Phone: 215.895.2325
Email: wan.y.shih@drexel.edu
Personal site: Sensor and Functional Materials Group
Degrees:
  • PhD in Physics, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1984 
    Thesis Title: Theory of Superconducting Arrays in a Magnetic Field
  • BS in Physics, Tsing-Hua University, Hsin-Chu, Taiwan, ROC, 1976 

Research Interests

Piezoelectric microcantilever biosensors development, piezoelectric finger development, quantum dots development, tissue elasticity imaging, and piezoelectric microcantilever force probes.

Bio

Dr. Wan Y. Shih is presently an Associate Professor of School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health System at Drexel University. She received her BS in physics from Tsing-Hua University in Taiwan in 1976 and her PhD in Physics from Ohio State University in 1984. She was a Research Scientist in the Materials Institute at Princeton University and a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University prior to joining School of Biomedical Engineering at Drexel University in 2006. She is a recipient of the American Ceramic Society 1999 Edward C. Henry Electronics Division Best Paper Award. She became interested in translational biomedical research in ca 2000. Her goal in translational biomedical research has been to combine her physical science and engineering background with medicine to create revolutionary biomedical devices to fulfill unmet needs in medicine. Since 2000, she has amply demonstrated her ability to create original, groundbreaking biomedical technologies such as the groundbreaking piezoelectric finger (PEF) breast cancer detector that detects breast cancers undetectable by Mammography, an intraoperative breast cancer margin assessment tool, and the revolutionary PEPS molecular tests. She has had 100 scientific publications, 22 issued patents and 13 patent applications--including 10 PhD theses, 10 patents/patent applications and more than 40 scientific publications in PEPS and its predecessor, piezoelectric microcantilever sensor (PEMS) alone. In addition to the PEPS technology that Lenima has signed an option agreement with Drexel University, three of her other technologies have also been licensed.

Patents

  • J. Vartuli, D. L. Milius, Xiaoping Li, W.-H. Shih, W. Y. Shih, R. K. Prud'homme, and I. A. Aksay, "Multilayer Cermic Piezoelectric Laminates with Zinc Oxide Conductors," United States Patent No. 6,329,741 issued Dec. 11, 2001.
  • W.-H. Shih, H. Li, M. Schillo, and W. Y. Shih, "Synthesis of Water Soluble Nanocrystalline Quantum Dots and Uses Thereof," US Patent No. 7,335,345, February 26, 2008.
  • W. Y. Shih, W.-H. Shih, and Z. Shen, "Piezoelectric Cantilever Sensors," US Patent No. 7,458,265, issued December 2, 2008.
  • W. Y. Shih, W.-H. Shih, A. Markidou, S. Szewczyk, H. Yegingil, "All Electrical Piezoelectric Finger Sensor (PEFS)," US Patent No. 7,497,133, March 3, 2009.
  • W.-H. Shih, H. Li, and W. Y. Shih, "Water Soluble Quantum Dots," US Patent No. 7,597.870, October 6, 2009.
  • W.-H. Shih, H. Luo, C. Martorano, and W. Y. Shih, "Freestanding Films with Field-Enhanced Piezoelectric Coefficients," US patent No. 7,744,773, June 29, 2010.
  • W. Y. Shih, W.-H. Shih, A. Markidou, S. Szewczyk, H. Yegingil, "All Electrical Piezoelectric Finger Sensor (PEFS)," US Patent No. 7,779,707, August 24, 2010.
  • W.-H. Shih, W. Y. Shih, and H. Gu, "Method of Making Mixed Metal Oxide Ceramics," US Patent No. 7,785,527, August 31, 2010.
  • W.-H. Shih, H. Li, and W. Y. Shih, "Water Soluble Nanocrystalline Quantum Dots," US utility patent No. 7976819, July 12, 2011.
  • Wan Y. Shih, Wei-Heng Shih, Zuyan Shen, and Qing Zhu, "Piezoelectric Microcantilevers and Uses in Atomic Force Microscopy," US patent No. 7,992,431, August 9, 2011.
  • W.-H. Shih, H. Yegingil, and W. Y. Shih, "Energy Harvesting Device", US Patent No. 8,110,964, February 7, 2012.
  • Wan Y. Shih, Wei-Heng Shih, and Joseph A. Capobianco, "Electrical Insulation of Devices with Thin Layers," US Patent No. 8,197,757, June 12, 2012.
  • Wei-Heng Shih, Huidong Li, and Wan Y. Shih, "Lead-free piezoelectric ceramic films and a method for making thereof," US patent No. 8,241,569, August 14, 2012.
  • W.-H. Shih, H. Yegingil, and W. Y. Shih, "Energy Harvesting Device", US Patent no. 8,421,313, April 16, 2013.
  • Wan Y. Shih and Wei-Heng Shih, "A Hand-Held Phase-Shift Detector for Sensor Applications," US patent No. 8,456,150, June 4, 2013.
  • Wei-Heng Shih, Huiming Gu, Wan Y. Shih, "Method of Making Mixed Oxide ceramics," US patent No. 8,475,706 B2, July 2, 2013.
  • Wan Y. Shih and Wei-Heng Shih, "Specificity and Sensitivity Enhancement in Cantilever Sensing," US patent No. 8,481,335, July 9, 2013.
  • Wei-Heng Shih, Wan Y. Shih, Hui Li, "Synthesis of Water Soluble Non-Toxic Nanocrystalline Quantum Dots and Uses Thereof," US Patent No. 8,491,818, July 23, 2013.
  • Wei-Heng Shih, Huidong Li, and Wan Y. Shih, "Lead-free piezoelectric ceramic films and a method for making thereof," US patent No. 8,496,870, July 30, 2013.
  • W. Y. Shih, W.-H. Shih, A. Markidou, S. Szewczyk, H. Yegingil, "All Electrical Piezoelectric Finger Sensor (PEFS)," US Patent No. 8,549,933, October 8, 2013.
  • Wan Y. Shih, Wei-Heng Shih, Hakki Yegingil, and Ari Brooks, "System and method for evaluating tissue," US Patent No. 8,562,546, B2, October 22, 2013.
  • Wei-Heng Shih, Wan Y. Shih, and Huiding Li, "Lead-Free Piezoelectric Ceramic Films and a Method for Making Thereof," US Patent No. 8,715,575, May 6, 2014.