Research Area: Nanomaterials, Micro/Nanomachines, Nanorobotics, Biosensors, Conducting Polymers, Electrochemistry, Nanomedicine, MEMS.
March 7th, the paper "The Environmental Impact of Micro/Nanomachines: A Review" was accepted by ACS Nano. Link
Feb 26th, Wei was selected as 2014 MRS Spring Meeting Graduate Student Award Finalist (April 2014). Link
Feb 20th, Wei received theSpring 2014 ACS DIC Travel Award. Link
Jan 29th, the paper "Catalytic Iridium-based Janus Micromotors Powered by Ultralow Levels of Chemical Fuels" was accepted by Journal of the American Chemical Society. Link
Jan 24th, the plant microswimmer work was covered by "la Repubblica" (the largest circulation Italian daily general-interest newspaper): "Beautiful Mind: con la Microelica il farMaco arriva dove serve". Link
Jan 8th, plant-based microswimmers listed as top 10notable bio-inspired developments of 2013 by GreenBiz. Link
Dec 19th, the patent application (WO/2013/188470) "Method and system for in vivo hydrogen peroxide detection with ultrasound" was published. Link
Dec 18th, the plant paper was chosen for ACS Press Release: First plant-based ‘microswimmers’ could propel drugs to the right location. It also appeared in PhysOrg, ScienceDaily, Nanowerk, R & D Magzazine, EurekAlert, Gizmag etc. Link
Nov 27th, the paper "Bio-inspired Helical Microswimmer based on Vascular Plant" was accepted and published by Nano Letters. Link
Nov 6th, Wei won the 1st place in Bionanotechnology Graduate Student Award session in the 2013 AICHE Annual Meeting! Wei gave a poster on "Synthetic Micro/Nanomachines and Their Biomedical Applications" at Meet the Faculty Candidate Session, a poster on "Organized Self-Assembly of Janus Catalytic Nanomotors", and two talks on "Highly Efficient Polymer-Based Microrockets and Their Biomedical Applications" in this meeting.
Oct 2nd, Coauthored paper "Template Electrosynthesis of Tailored-Made Helical Nanoswimmers" was accepted by Nanoscale. Link
Sep 12-14th, Wei gave a poster presentation "Self-Propelled Synthetic Micromachines for Isolating Cells and Macromolecules" in HHMI Science Meeting, Janelia Farm Research Campus.
Aug 22nd, Coauthored paper "Functionalized Ultrasound-Propelled Magnetically-Guided Nanomotors: Towards Practical Biomedical Applications" was accepted by ACS Nano. Link
Aug 5th, Wei gave a seminar "Synthetic Micro/Nanomachines and Their Applications: Towards 'Fantastic Voyage'" at University of Washington, Seattle as part of Distinguished Young Scholars Summer Seminar Series. Link
July 23rd, the paper "Efficient Bubble Propulsion of Polymer-based Microengines in Real-life Environments" was accepted by Nanoscale. It was also selected as HOT article. Link
July 15th, the potato paper was highlighted in Chemistry World. Link
June 26th, Coauthored paper "Toward in vivo Detection of Hydrogen Peroxide with Ultrasound Molecular Imaging" was accepted by Biomaterials. Link
June 24th, Coauthored paper "Self-Propelled Chemically-Powered Plant-Tissue Biomotors" was accepted by Chemical Communications. Link
June 21st, the Mg paper was chosen and 'HOT article' in Nanoscale and highlighted in RSC magazine Chemistry World. Link
June 4th, Wei was selected and invited to give a seminar as part of University of Washington’s Distinguished Young Scholars Summer Seminar Series (2013 DYSS) this Summer. Link
May 28th: Wei's micromotor work was highlighted in Materials World Magazine's June Issue. "Microrockets and micromotors go in vivo - nanomotors for drug delivery" Link
May 28th: Wei's abstract was accepted for 2013 AICHE Bionanotechnology Graduate Student Award Session. There will be 10 participants in this section selected based on the 'publication, CV, and letters'. The final prizes will be based on the presentation in the annual meeting in Nov.
May 24th: Coauthored paper "Dry-Released Nanotubes and Nanoengines by Particle-Assisted Rolling" was accepted and published in Advanced Materials. Link
April 25th: The paper "Seawater-Driven Magnesium based Janus Micromotors for Environmental Remediation" was accepted by Nanoscale. Link1 It was also chosen as HOT article by Nanoscale. Link2
April 18th: UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering 32th Annual Research Expo, Wei presented his work on "Flexible Magnetic Nanowire Swimmer and Their Applications".
April 7-11th, 245th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, Wei gave a talk on "Hydrogen bubble propelled micromotors: Toward in situ fuels" and a poster on "Polymer-based microrockets and their biomedical/environmental applications". The talk was also selected for ACS Press Release "Overcoming a major barrier to medical and other uses of ‘microrockets’ and ‘micromotors’". See press release link, and press conference video. As a result, the work was widely reported in many major scientific websites such as ScienceDaily, TechNewsDaily, IEEE Spectrum etc.
April 1-4th: 2013 MRS Spring Meeting, Wei won the MRS Graduate Student Award and gave a talk on "Polymer-based Catalytic Tubular Microrockets and Their Biomedical Applications". See Award Link and Video Presentation Online. Wei also got a "Best Poster Nominee" for the poster "Flexible Magnetic Nanowire Swimmer for Targeted Drug Delivery". Link
March 26th: Coauthored paper "Molecularly Imprinted Polymer-based Catalytic Micromotors for Selective Protein Transport" was accepted by Journal of the American Chemical Society. Link
Feb 7th: Wei was selected as one of MRS Graduate Student Award finalists for the 2013 MRS Spring Meeting in April 2013. Link
Feb 6th: Wei received Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad. Link from CSC. Link1, Link2 and Link 3 for Receiving the Award on March 23rd in Los Angeles. Video News
Jan 3rd: The paper "Organized Self-Assembly of Janus Micromotors with Hydrophobic Hemispheres" was accepted by Journal of the American Chemical Society. Link
Dec 19th: the ACS Nano microfish paper was highlighted in Nanowerk. Link
Dec 12th: Coauthored paper "Artificial Enzyme-Powered Microfish for Water-Quality Testing" was accepted by ACS Nano. Link
Dec 7th: Patent application "Membrane Template Synthesis of Microtube Engines" was published online. Link
Nov 21st: Prof. Robert Langer from MIT highlighted the Zinc Microrockets work in The Economist - The World in 2013. Small is fantastic.
Nov 15th: The mutiple fuel paper was highlighted in Wiley Materials Views. Link
Oct 25th: Coauthored paper "Nanomotor-based Biocatalytic Patterning of Helical Metal Microstructures" was accepted by Nanoscale. Link
Oct 11th: Coauthored paper "Micromotor-Based Lab-on-Chip Immunoassays" was accepted by Nanoscale. Link
Sep 19th: The paper "Multi-Fuel Driven Janus Micromotors" was accepted by Small. Link
Sep 3rd: Coauthored paper "Self-Propelled Carbohydrate-Sensitive Microtransporters with ‘Built-in’ Boronic-Acid Recognition for Isolating Sugars and Cells" was accepted by Journal of the American Chemical Society. Link
Aug 23rd~28th: The new 'water' ACS Nano paper was highlighted in Nanowerk, Chemical & Engineering News, Lenta (Russia) and Gizmodo.
Aug 14th: The paper "Water-Driven Micromotors" was accepted by ACS Nano, three ACS Nano this year in a row. Link
July 25th: Wei was selected as 2012 Howard Hughes Medical Institute International Student Research Fellow!
July 6th: New Perspective "Nano/Microscale Motors: Biomedical Opportunities and Challenges" was accepted by ACS Nano. Link
May: the ACS Nano Oil paper was chosen as News Press Release by ACS and received highlights from major scientific media such as BBC News, Wired, New Scientist, Popular Science, The Engineer, Discovery News, ScienceDaily...
April 12th: UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering 31th Annual Research Expo, "Highly Efficient Microrockets and Their Biomedical Applications" won Science and Engineering Library Award - "Best Literature Review Award". News
April 11th: Coauthored paper "Highly Ordered Tailored Three-Dimensional Hierarchical Porous Gold Architectures " was accepted by Journal of Materials Chemisry.
April 5th: Coauthored paper "Superhydrophobic Alkanethiol-Coated Microsubmarines for Effective Removal of Oil" was accepted by ACS Nano. This paper was highlighted in Chemical & Engineering News, April 23rd.
April 2nd: Wei received the 2012 International Graduate Student Appreciation Award (as one of the 9 recipients) from UC San Diego.
March 25-29th: 243th ACS National Meeting San Diego, oral talk "Template synthesis of polymer based highly efficient catalytic tubular microengines" and poster "Magnetically propelled flexible nanowire swimmer".
March 12th: The microrocket work (will be posted in UCSD Research Expo 2012) is highlighted in UC San Diego News. Link
Feb 14th: New paper "Polymer-based Tubular Microbots: Role of Composition and Preparation" (the fastest artificial micro/nanomotor which can move at 1400 body lengths per second) was accepted by Nanoscale!
Jan to Feb: The new work on Hydrogen Propelled Zinc Based Microrockets (which could be able to self-propelled in human stomach, ) was published in JACS and widely reported in many major scientific media (such as Discovery, Chemical & Engineering News, PhyOrg, Popular Science, Science Daily, Huffington Post, The Scientist, New Scientist, American Scientist....), see News & Highlights and Related Video 1 and Video 2.
Feb 14th: the record review "Catalytically-Propelled Micro/Nanomotors: How Fast Can They Move?" was published in The Chemical Record special issue "90 Years of Polarography".
Feb 6th: the paper "Cargo-Towing Fuel-Free Magnetic Nanoswimmers for Targeted Drug Delivery" was published in Small's Feb issue. This work was highlighted in Wiley Chemistry Views. Link