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 - July 2013

Standing (left to right): Oscar Morales, Jon Mehtala, Anh Nguyen, Naveen Kadasala, Andrew Evans, Alex Wei, Matt Casselman, Maria Khlebnikova, Yang Liu.

Kneeling (left to right): Hari Khatri, Jordan Bruce, Thora Maltais, Jianxin Wang.

Playing with fireworks: Nigam Arora, Yanyi Chen, Kaleb Mathieu, John Sides, Siyuan Sun

Wei Group News

10/2014 We welcome Kelly McGuire into our research group!

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

10/2014 Alex served 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 We welcome Prof. Marta Elena Londoño from Escuela de Ingeniería de Antioquia (EIA), in Colombia, who will be using her sabbatical 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 now 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 We welcome Prof. Yang Liu from Jilin Normal University in China, who will be spending his sabbatical with us to work with 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 has joined the Editorial Advisory Board for Langmuir.

12/2012 Alex served 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 Panuwat's poster on beta-selective glycosylations wins a prize at the 28th H.C. Brown Lectures in Organic Chemistry:

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 École Polytechnique Fédérale 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!

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