Discovery at the interface of organic chemistry, nanoscale materials, and living systems.

Welcome to the Wei Research Group webpage! Our mission is to develop molecular and nanoscale systems with unique physical properties or biological functions. Organic and materials synthesis offer a powerful and creative synergy for addressing problems of fundamental scientific importance and technological impact.

Wei Research Group - December 2016

Back row (left to right): Yuichiro Watanabe, Matt Hewitt, Tae Hoo Chang, Lu Lin, Ericka Kistler, Jianxin Wang.

Front row: Miran Mavlan, Alex Wei, Naveen Kadasala, Nigam Arora.

Getting a tan: Ana Morales

We gratefully acknowledge our past and present research sponsors:

Wei Group News

12/2016 Congratulations to Dr. Nigam B. Arora! He succeeded in convincing his thesis committee that ligand-directed bacterial adhesion can be detected in 30 seconds or less.

10/2016 Welcome to Tae Hoo Chang, a graduate student from Materials Science and Engineering, and to Wanna Sungnoi, a junior in Chemistry. Tae Hoo will be developing chemical sensors in collaboration with Profs. Lia Stanciu and Chongli Yuan; Wanna is synthesizing custom dyes with Ericka.

8/2016 Hari Khatri is a postdoctoral research associate at the Univ. of Mississippi, working with our former colleague David Colby.

7/2016 Matt Casselman has joined UC Riverside's Dept. of Chemistry as an Asst. Teaching Professor. He even has his own website!

7/2016 Capping off a busy week with flaming sushi!

Left to right: Shijie, Yan, Yuichiro, Jianxin, Alex, Lu, Ericka, Matt

7/2016 We welcome Chuanzhou (Joey) Zhu, a visiting student from Nankai Univ. in China. Joey has taken a leading role in our roll-to-roll production of graphene-based sensors.

6/2016 More new group members to replace our recent graduates! A big welcome to Yuichiro Watanabe, a visiting student from Yamagata Univ., Japan, and undergrads Yan Yu and Shijie (Jay) Yuan. Yuichiro is developing novel methodcs of continuous-flow synthesis, while Yan and Shijie are synthesizing molecules to support our sensor projects.

6/2016 Naveen is a postdoctoral research associate in Materials Science and Engineering at Purdue, in the Sandhage lab.

5/2016 Congratulations to all our May graduates: Drs. Naveen Kadasala and Hari Khatri, and Sam Eleff, Maria Khlebnikova, and John Sides! Sam will be working for an engineering firm in Houston; John is programming computer software for a company in Indianapolis.

4/2016 Ericka and Sydney talk nanoparticles with young visitors at our NanoDays booth at the Birck Nanotech. Center:

12/2015 Congratulations to our recent graduates, Dr. Thora Maltais and Rong Duan (B.S.)! And a nice break in the weather for a December commencement.

11/2015 Giving thanks to all Wei group members for their hard work and dedication! Students get to stuff themselves and relax while the boss is put to work. For more merriment, click here.

11/2015 Welcome to Dr. Kei Kondo, a JSPS Fellow from the Yoshizawa group at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, who is exploring some ideas for nano-encapsulataion.

10/2015 Wei group goes through a growth spurt-- joining the team are graduate students Erick Kistler, Miran Mavlan, and Matt Hewitt, and undergraduates Sydney McKown and David Wu. Welcome, everybody!

5/2015 We welcome Lu Lin from the PULSe program, who is investigating the effects of modified serum proteins on nanoparticle delivery.

5/2015 Brendan Law was awarded a summer undergraduate research fellowship from the Purdue Center for Cancer Research. Congratulations!

5/2015 Best of luck to Chenyi Mao (B.S.), who will continue his graduate studies in Chemistry at the Univ. of Washington (Seattle).

4/2015 Rong Duan makes the Dean's List, and earns a Jacobs Scholarship. Good job, Rong!

4/2015 The Purdue Center for Cancer Research (for which Alex serves as a program leader) successfully renewed its designation as an NCI-supported basic science research center. Hooray! Press release here.

4/2015 Ana Morales joins the Wei research group to develop chemomechanical approaches for carbohydrate synthesis.

10/2014 Runhui Liu begins his tenure-track faculty position at East China Univ. of Science and Technology (ECUST) in Shanghai.

10/2014 Alex serves as guest editor (with Yasunari Zempo, Hosei Univ.) for a special focus issue on Organic Electronics in Science and Technology of Advanced Materials. It's open access, check it out!

9/2014 Prof. Marta Elena Londono from Escuela de Ingenieria de Antioquia (EIA), in Colombia, is spending her sabbatical with us to work on functionalized magnetic nanoparticles.

9/2014 We were awarded our second NSF grant on Scalable Nano-Manufacturing, in collaboration with Jeff Youngblood, Pablo Zavattieri, and George Chiu, to develop scalable and sustainable methods of producing modified cellulose nanocrystals for thermoforming applications.

8/2014 Jon Mehtala is an Applications Specialist for Malvern Instruments, in Westborough, MA.

8/2014 Congratulations to our most recent PhDs, Drs. Andrew Evans and Oscar Morales! Andrew has started his position as an instructor in chemistry at Bethel University, in Tennessee.

6/2014 Chenyi Mao was awarded a summer undergraduate research fellowship from the Purdue Center for Cancer Research.

5/2014 Best of luck to Kaleb Mathieu (B.S.) and Anh Nguyen (M.S.), who will continue their Ph.D. studies at Ohio State Univ. and Univ. Arkansas, respectively.

3/2014 Jon's paper describing the synergistic effects of gold nanorod heating and cisplatin in an ovarian cancer model was selected as Research Article of the Month by Nanomedicine:

12/2013 Congratulations to Dr. Jon Mehtala and Dr. Matt Casselman! Matt is now a postdoctoral research associate at the Univ. of Kentucky.

7/2013 Prof. Yang Liu from Jilin Normal University in China is spending his sabbatical with us to work on magnetic nanoparticles.

7/2013 Best of luck to Jordan Bruce, who starts his M.D. program in Wisconsin this Fall!

4/2013 Congratulation to Kaleb and Siyuan on their Fesenmeyer and John Leighty Scholarships!

3/2013 Maria Khlebnikova was awarded a summer undergraduate research fellowship from the Purdue Center for Cancer Research.

1/2013 Alex joins the Editorial Advisory Board for Langmuir.

12/2012 Alex serves as guest editor for the Journal of Controlled Release (special issue on current challenges in drug delivery):

7/2012 Wei group members survive a night in the woods with a giant raccoon, and each other:

5/2012 Two students from the PULSe program have joined our group, Nigam Arora and Jianxin (Jason) Wang. Welcome!

5/2012 Congratulations to Zhao Tang, B.S. 2012 with honors! Zhao will commence his graduate studies in Chemical Engineering this fall at Rice University, in Texas.

4/2012 Pa Padungros starts his tenure-track position at Chulalongkorn Univ. in Bangkok, Thailand, while Hyon-min Song makes the commute between UCLA and KAUST in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Wei group goes international!

4/2012 Alexei Leonov is now a senior chemist at Cabot Microelectronics, in Chicago.

2/2012 We welcome Prof. Alvaro Duarte Ruiz, on sabbatical from the Univ. Nacional de Colombia in Bogota.

1/2012 Laura and Qingshan have begun their postdoctoral research positions at Johns Hopkins University and UCLA, respectively.

12/2011 Congratulations to Dr. Qingshan Wei and Dr. Panuwat Padungros on their Ph.D. defenses!

10/2011 Three graduate students have joined the group: Thora Maltais, Priya Murria, and Anh Nguyen. Welcome!

10/2011 Our article on self-assembled magnetic nanoparticle rings is featured on the cover of Journal of Materials Chemistry:

9/2011 The Wei group welcomes Andrew Evans, who will continue our magnetic nanoparticle research.

8/2011 Kulbhushan Durugkar is a lead chemist at Dow Chemicals in Pune, India.

7/2011 Best wishes to Julie Conlon, who is managing director of clinical labs at Unity Healthcare (Lafayette, IN).

7/2011 Congratulations to Dr. David Lyvers and Dr. Laura Alberch on their succcessful Ph.D. defenses! David starts his position at the Birck Nanotechnology Center in August.

6/2011 Our article on the magnetomotive imaging of gold nanostars is featured in the ACS Nano Virtual Issue on Plasmonics:

5/2011 Zhao is awarded a summer undergraduate research fellowship from the Purdue Center for Cancer Research.

4/2011 Qingshan is awarded a Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship.

3/2011 Hyon-min successfully defends his Ph.D. thesis. Congratulations, Dr. Song!

2/2011 Hyon-min's paper on nanostars for lymphangiography by photoacoustic tomography is featured as a Hot Article in J. Mater. Chem.:

2/2011 Quy's article on exchange bias in magnetic core-shell nanoparticles is featured in this month's issue of Argonne's Center for Nanoscale Materials Newsletter:

1/2011 Qingshan's Concept article on dynamic contrast (Chem.- Eur. J.) is featured on Wiley's Hot Topics website (magnetic materials):

11/2010 Yan Zhao has a position at the Institute for Metals Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Shenyang, China).

11/2010 Three new members have joined our research group: Hari Khatri, Naveen Kadasala, and Dr. Mini Thomas. Welcome!

10/2010 Congratulations to Dr. Jie Liu on her successful thesis defense! Jie is conducting postdoctoral research in art conservation, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art!

9/2010 We welcome Dr. Zhenguo Chen, from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

7/2010 Congratulations to PhD graduate, Dr. Quy Ong! Quy leaves at the end of month to start his postdoctoral research at MIT and the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EFPL), in Switzerland.

9/2009 Our group is awarded a $1 million NIH Research Challenge Grant (RC1) to study tumor growth dynamics using multifunctional nanoparticles, in collaboration with the Boppart group at the University of Illinois. Of more than 20,000 proposals, fewer than 4% were selected to receive a Research Challenge grant.

7/2009 Our paper on gyromagnetic imaging is featured on the cover of JACS. Click here to experience the podcast!

Read the related news release for more details.