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Principal Investigator

Dr. CHEN Wei

Office: S7-04-16
Tel: (65) 6516 1879 / 6516 2921
E-mail: phycw@nus.edu.sg /chmcw@nus.edu.sg

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Department Physics, NUS, Singapore
Director, Center of Interface Engineering for Energy and Environmental Research, NUSRI,
Su Zhou, China
Member, Graphene Research Center, NUS, Singapore
Member, NUS Environmental Research Institute, NUS, Singapore
Adjunct Research Scientist, IMRE, A*STAR, Singapore

Dr. CHEN Wei is currently an Associate Professor (2013 - ) in both Chemistry Department and Physics Department at National University of Singapore (NUS). He received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Nanjing University (China) in 2001, Ph.D. degree from Chemistry Department at NUS in 2004 (Supervisors: Prof. Loh Kian Ping and Prof. Andrew T. S. Wee). His current research interests include Molecular-scale Interface Engineering for Molecular, Organic and Graphene Electronics, and Interface-Controlled Nanocatalysis for Energy and Environmental Research.  

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Research experience

07/2013 – present, Associate Professor in Department of Chemistry & Department of Physics, National University of Singapore
01/2009 – 06/2013, Assistant Professor in Department of Chemistry & Department of Physics, National University of Singapore
09/2006 – 12/2008, LKY Research Fellow in Department of Physics, National University of Singapore with Prof. Andrew T. S. Wee
03/2006 – 08/2006 Postdoc in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Initiative, NUS with Prof. Andrew T. S. Wee
03/2004 – 03/2006, Postdoc in Department of Physics, National University of Singapore with Prof. Andrew T. S. Wee

 Awards and Honors

  • Faculty of Science Young Scientist Award (Singapore)
  • NUS Young Chemist Award (Singapore)
  • Singapore Young Scientist Award (Singapore)
  • NUS Young Investigator Award (Singapore)
  • Hitachi Research Fellowship (Japan)                      
  • JSPS Visiting Scientist (Japan)
  • IPS Omicron Nanotechnology Award (Singapore)         
  • Lee Kuan Yew Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (Singapore) 
  • NUS post-graduate Research Scholarship (Singapore)       
  • Mettler-Toledo Scholarship (China)

  • 2013

    Current and future research interests

    • Interface-controlled nanocatalysis for energy and environmental research
    • Rational design of self-assembled molecular nanostructure arrays over macroscopic area with superior multi-functionalities for molecular nano-devices;
    • Molecular-level interface engineering for organic electronic devices, organic photovoltaic cells, 2D-materials and nanostructured materials.

    Courses Taught at NUS

  • CM5131 Graduate Physical Chemistry
  • CM5198 Graduate Seminar in Chemistry
  • CM4261 Surface Science
  • CM3232 Phy Chem of the Solid State & Interfaces
  • PC5205 Topics in Surface Physics

  • Year
    2009/2010, 2010/2011
    2010/2011, 2011/2012, 2012/2013, 2013/2014

    Reviewer for international journals including Nature Communication, Advanced Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, Small, Applied Physics Letters, Journal of Applied Physics, Journal of the American Chemical Society, ACS NANO, J. Phys. Chem. B, J. Phys. Chem. C, J. Phys. Chem. Lett., ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Langmuir, Crystal Growth & Design, Chemical Communications, J. Mater. Chem., Nanoscale, PCCP, Energy & Environmental Science, ChemSusChem, Nano Today, Organic Electronics, Surface and Interface Analysis, Applied Surface Science, Surface Science, Carbon, Dyes and Pigments, Applied Physics A, Chemistry: An Asian Journal, J. Electron Spectrosc. Diamond & Related Materials, J. Colloid & Interface Science, Solid State Electronics, APEX, Electrochemical & Solid State Letters, Surface Review & Letters, Mod. Phys. Lett. B, International Journal of Environmental Analytical Chemistry, International Journal of Molecular Science etc.

    Research Fellow:

    Dr. Pan Feng

    Email: chmpf@nus.edu.sg
    Entry Year: Mar. 2012
    Research: Surface and interface process in the semiconductor heterogeneous photocatalysis
    B.Sc Physics: 2002, Beihang University, China.
    PhD Materials: 2007, Beihang University, China.

    Dr. Liu Yiyang

    Email: chmliuyy@nus.edu.sg
    Entry year: 2011
    Research: Designing and fabrication of high-performance devices based on 2D materials and organic semiconductors
    B. Sc. Chemistry: 2004, Lanzhou University, China;
    PhD Chemistry: 2010, Lanzhou University, China.

    Dr. Shen Qian

    Email address: chmsq@nus.edu.sg
    Entry Year: Aug, 2013
    Research: Low temperature scanning tunneling microscope
    B. Sc. Chemistry: 2008, China Agricultural University, China;
    PhD Chemistry: 2013, Peking University, China

    Dr. Xu Leilei

    Email address: chmxul@nus.edu.sg, leileixu88@gmail.com
    Entry Year: 2013
    Research: Nano-catalysts related with the processes of CO2 utilization
    B. Sc. Material Chemistry: 2008, Qufu Normal University, China;
    PhD. Physical Chemistry: 2013, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (LICP), China.

    Dr. Wang Fagen

    Email address: fagen.wang@gmail.com; chmwfg@nus.edu.sg
    Entry Year: 2013
    Research: High efficient catalysts development for CO2 reforming
    B. Sc. Applied Chemistry: 2005, Central South University, China;
    PhD. Physical Chemistry: 2013, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (DICP), China; Physical Chemistry: 2013, Institut de recherches sur la catalyse et l’environnement de Lyon (IRCELYON), France

    Dr. Zhang Jialin

    Email: a0068974@nus.edu.sg
    Entry year: Aug, 2010
    Research: Molecular self-assembly and single molecule manipulation
    B. Sc. Physics: 2010, Sichuan University, China
    PhD physics: 2014, NUS, Singapore


    Dr. Wang Yanyan

    Email address: chmwyy@nus.edu.sg
    Entry Year: 2014
    Research:Nanocomposite for photocatalysis and Optoelectronic device
    B. Sc. Chemistry: 2009, Jilin Normal University, China; 
    PhD. Condensed Matter Physics: 2014, Changchun Institute of Optics Fine Mechanics and Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China.

    Dr. Zhong Shu

    Email address: a0068384@nus.edu.sg
    Entry Year: 2010
    Research: Interface investigation in organic solar cells & High efficient photocatalyst development
    B. Sc. Applied Chemistry: 2010, Sichuan University, China;
    Ph.D candidate Chemistry: 2014,National University of Singapore, Singapore

    Dr. Sun Shaodong

    Email address: chmsuns@nus.edu.sg; sdsun@mail.xjtu.edu.cn
    Entry year: Jan 2015
    Research: Rational design and synthesis of hybrid nanostructures for photocatalysis
    B. Sc. Materials Science and Engineering, 2004.09-2007.05, Xi’an University of Technology, China
    PhD. Materials Physics and Chemistry, 2007.09-2011.03, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China

    Dr. Zhou Xiong

    Email: chmzhxi@nus.edu.sg
    Entry Year: Mar. 2015
    Research: Surface Reaction Mediation
    B.Sc Physics: 2009, Peking University, China.
    PhD Physical Chemistry: 2014, Peking University, China.

    Research Associate:

    Dr. Xiao Peng

    Email: chmxp@nus.edu.sg
    Entry year: May, 2015
    Research: Materials synthesis and their interface-engineering for Li-O2 battery
    B.Sc.:  Material Physics, 2010, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), China
    PhD.: Chemical Engineering, 2015, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore

    Dr. Lyu Zhiyang

    Email: chmlyuz@nus.edu.sg
    Entry year: Jan, 2015
    Research: Develop high efficient cathode catalysts for Li-O2 batteries
    B.Eng. Chemical Engineering: 2009, Northeast Forestry University, China
    PhD. Physical Chemistry: 2014, Nanjing University, China.

    Dr. Han Cheng

    Email address: g0900724@nus.edu.sg; hancheng0208@gmail.com
    Entry year: Aug, 2010
    Research: Surface engineering for 1D and 2D semiconductor nanomaterials
    B. Sc. Physics: 2009, Sichuan Univeristy, China;
    PhD Physics: 2013, National University of Singapore, Singapore.

    Mr. Xie Yidong

    Email: chmxiey@nus.edu.sg; xieyidong0716@gmail.com
    Entry year: Aug, 2012
    Research : Semiconductor photocatalysis
    B.Eng. Engvironmental Engineering: 2012, SooChow University, China.
    M.S Chemistry: 2013, National University of Singapore, Singapore

    Visiting Staff:

    Dr. Wong Ping Kwan Johnny

    Email: chmwpkj@nus.edu.sg, pingkwanj.wong@gmail.com
    Entry year: May 2014
    Research: Epitaxial growth of 2D semiconductor nanomaterials for spin-valleytronics (Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship)
    B. Sc. Engineering Physics: 2004, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HKSAR;
    PhD Electronics: 2010, University of York, UK;
    Postdoc: Nov 2009 - Feb 2014, NanoElectronics Group, MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Twente, The Netherlands;

    Dr. Zhong Kun

    Email: arkcn@126.com
    Entry year: May,2014
    Research : Semiconductor photocatalysis
    B./MA. Sc. Physics: 2003/2006, JiangSu Normal University, China;
    PhD Physics:2009, BeiJing Normal University, China;
    V.R.F.: 2014, National University of Singapore, Singapore

    Ph.D. Students:

    Mr. Zhang Jian

    Email: a0090833@nus.edu.sg
    Entry year: Aug, 2011
    Research : Develop high efficient cathode catalyst for Li-O2 battery
    B. Sc. Chemistry: 2012, SooChow University, China.


    Ms. Dong Wenhao

    Email: a0095401@nus.edu.sg
    Entry year: Aug, 2012
    Research: Synthesis and photocatalytic activity of nanomaterials
    B. Sc. Chemistry: 2012, Nanjing University, China.


    Mr. Xiang Du

    Email: youngxiangdu@gmail.com
    Entry year: Aug, 2012
    Research : Device fabraction and surface characterization (based on XPS/UPS) of 1D and 2D nanomaterials.
    B. Sc. Physics: 2012, Lanzhou University, China.


    Mr. Gu Chengding

    Email: chengding.gu@nus.edu.sg
    Entry year: Aug, 2013
    Research: Interface controlled nanocatalysis for CO2 conversion and utilization
    B. Sc. Chemistry, 2013, Nanjing University, China


    Mr. Wang Liangjun

    Entry year:Aug, 2013
    Research:Synthesis of high energy density electrode material for Lithium oxygen batteries.
    B.Sc.Physics: 2013,Sichuan University,China.

    Mr. Yuan Kaidi

    Email: yuankaidi@nus.edu.sg
    Entry Year: Jul. 2013
    Research: Surface Science
    B.Eng. Materials Science and Engineering: 2006, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China;
    M. Eng. Materials Physics and Chemistry: 2009, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China.

    Mr. Hu Zehua

    Email: a0129471@nus.edu.sg
    Entry year: Aug, 2014
    Research: controllable preparation, structure-function relationship, device fabrication of 2-d materials
    B. Sc. Physics: 2014, Nanjing University, China


    Mr.Lei Bo

    Email: a0129479@u.nus.edu
    Entry year: Aug, 2014
    Research: Surface Science
    B.Sc.Physics: 2014,University of Science and Technology of China, China


    Ms. Guo Lingqiao

    Email: A0133867@u.nus.edu1201213719@sz.pku.edu.cn
    Entry year: Aug, 2014
    Research : Semiconductor photocatalysis
    B.Eng. Engvironmental Engineering: 2012, Northwest Normal University, China.
    M.S. Engvironmental Engineering: 2015, Peking University, China.


    Mr. Luan Yanping

    Email:  a0132503@u.nus.edu
    Entry year: Aug, 2014
    Research: Interface controlled Cathode Catalyst for Li-Air battery
    B.Sc.Chemistry: 2014, SooChow University, China


    • Dr. Lin Jiadan(PhD Student, RA, 2010-2015)
    • Dr. Zhong Jianqiang (PhD Student, RF, 2010-2015)
    • Dr. Zhang Xiao (RF, 2013-2014)
    • Dr. Wang Rui (PhD Student, RA, 2009-2014)
    • Dr. Zhong Shu (PhD Student, RA, 2010-2014)
    • Dr. Tan Mein Jing (PhD Student, 2010-2014)
    • Dr. Zhao Yu Bao (RF, 2012-2014)
    • Dr. Li Hui (RA, 2012-2014)
    • Dr. Niu Tian Chao (PhD student 2009-2013)
    • Dr. Mao Hong Ying (RA, RF, 2009-2013)
    • Dr. Rao Richuan (RA, 2011-2012)
    • Dr. Zhao Yong Biao (RA, 2011)
    • Dr. Xie Lan Fei (PhD student 2007-2011)
    • Dr. Huang Yu Li (PhD student 2006-2010)
    • Dr. Chen Zhenyu (RF 2009-2010)

    • Miss Yang Yu Lu (Master by-course student 2011-2013)
    • Mr. Huang Ming Yang (Master by-course student 2010-2012)
    • Mr. Ding Mian Zhi, Miss Lit Xue Ying 2010-2011 Chemistry FYP student
    • Mr. Tan Yong Siang, Mr Shi Hong Feng 2011-2012 Chemistry FYP student
    • Mr. Tham Chu Long and Miss Tan Peng Jia Marilyn, 2012-2013 Chemistry FYP student



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