Academic Interests and Expertise


  • Ph.D. Michigan Technological University, 2017
  • B.S. East China University of Science and Technology, 2012
Areas of Research Interest
  • Advanced materials synthesizing
  • Renewable energy conversion and storage devices
  • Photocatalytic processes for fuel generation
  • Water/waster water treatment
  • Solid waste management
  • Mechanical properties of composite materials
Areas of Teaching Interest

Courses Taught:

  • ME250: Materials Engineering
  • ME251: Materials Engineering Lab
  • ME398: Thermodynamics I
  • ME779: Phase Transformation in Materials
  • ME803: Solar Energy Materials


Selected publications

  1. Q. Dou, T. Whatly, T. Syed, W. Wei, H. Wang, Carbon Nanomateirals-Polymer Composites in Perovsktie Solar Cells: Preparation, Properties and Applications, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, in press (2022).
  2. Y. M Choo, W. Wei, Salt Hydrates as Phas Change Materials for Photovoltaics Thermal Management, Energy Science & Engineering, 00: 1-13 (2021).
  3. B. Ji, E. Guderjahn, K. Wu, T.H. Syed, W. Wei, B. Zhang, J. Wang, Revisiting Thiophosphate Pb3P2S8: A Multifunctional Material Combining a Nonlinear Optical Response and Photocurrent Response, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 23, 23696-23702 (2021). 
  4. S. Mathur, B. Rogers, W. Wei, Organic Conjugated Polymers and Polymer Dots as Photocatalysts for Hydrogen Production, Frontiers in Energy, 15, 667-677 (2021).
  5. K. Moore, W. Wei, Appilcations of Crabon Nanomaterials in Perovskite Solar Cells for Solar Energy Conversion, Nano Materials Science, 3, 276-290 (2021).
  6. S. Rashidi, N. Tran, D. Thangi, W. Wei, WS2 and MoS2 Counter Electrode Materials for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells, Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications, DOI: 10.1002/PIP.3350, (2021).
  7. W. Si, Y. Shao, and W. Wei, Accelerated Degradation Testing with Long-Term Memory Effects, IEEE Transactions on Reliability, DOI: 10.1109/TR.2020.2997404, (2020).
  8. D. Wang, W. Wei, and Y. H. Hu, Highly Efficient Dye-sensitized Solar Cells with Composited Food Dyes, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res, 59 (22), 10457 (2020)
  9. B. Han, W. Wei, M. Li, K. Sun, and Y. H. Hu, Thermo-Photo Hybrid Process for Steam Reforing of Methane: Highly Efficient Visible Light Photocatalysis, Chem. Commun., 55, 7816(2019).
  10. X. Yang, Z. You, D. Perram, D. Hand, Z. Ahmed, W. Wei, and S. Luo, Emission Analysis of Recycled Tire Rubber Modified Asphalt in Hot and Warm Mix Conditions, J. Hazard. Mater., 365, 942(2019).
Working Papers

Book Chapters:

1.  Y. H. Hu, and W. Wei, Dye-Sensitized Materials, Comprehensive Energy System, 2, 150(2018), Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

2. W. Wei, and Y. H. Hu, 3D MoS2/Graphene Hybrid Layer Materials as Counter Electrodes for Dye-sensitized Solar Cells, Catalysis, 28, 268(2016), Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK. 

Awards and Honors
  • Recruitment Faculty Fellowship, Wichita State University, 2022.
  • Emerging Investigators, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2022.
  • Multidisciplinary Research Award (MURPA), Wichita State University, 2022.
  • Award for Research/Creative Projects in Summer (ARCS), Wichita State University, 2020.
  • John A. See Innovation Award, Wichita State University, 2019.
  • University Research/Creative Projects Award (URCA), Wichita State University, 2018.
  • Research & Education Innovation (REI) Award, Kansas NSF EPSCoR, 2018.
  • Hot Article, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2017.
  • Bhakta Rath Research Award, Michigan Technological University, 2017.
  • Exceptional Graduate Student Scholar Award, Michigan Technological University, 2017.
  • Dean’s Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Michigan Technological University, 2016.
  • Doctoral Finishing Fellowship, Michigan Technological University, 2016.
  • Graduate Student Government Travel Grants, Michigan Technological University, 2016.
  •  2nd Place, Poster presentation, ACS Student Research Symposium, ACS upper Peninsular Local Section, 2015.
  • Hot Article, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2015.
Areas of Service

Professional Services:


  • §  “Thermal/Photo/Electrochemical Catalytic Process for Clean Energy” symposium in the Fall 2021 American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting & Expo, Aug. 22-26, 2021.
  • §  “Photocatalysis for Energy & Environment” symposium in the Fall 2019 American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting & Expo, Aug. 25-29, 2019.
  • §  “Innovative Nanomaterials Used in Solar Energy” symposium in the Spring 2019 American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting & Expo, Mar. 31-Apr. 04, 2019.
  • §  “Materials & Processes for Solar Energy” symposium in the in the Fall 2018 American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting & Expo, Aug. 19-23, 2018.

Lead Guest Editor 

  • §  Catalysis Today, Special Issue: Clean Energy Catalysis
  • §  International Journal of Photoenergy, Special Issue: Advanced Nanomaterials and Nanotechnologies for Solar Energy

Journal Referee

Nano Energy, Angewandte Chemie, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Applied Energy, Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, Scientific Reports, Catalysis Today, International Journal of Energy Research, Carbon, Dyes and Pigments, AIP Advances, Frontiers in Energy, Alloys and Compounds, Applied Thermal Engineering, Chemosphere, Composites Communications, RSC Advances, Cement and Concrete composites, Journal of Building Engineering, Energy Science & Engineering, IISE Transactions, International Journal of Pavement Research and Technology, Journal of Energy Research and Reviews, Materials Letters, Materials Today Energy, Nano Structures & Nano Objects, etc.

Proposal Panel Reviewer

  • §  NSF Panelist
  • §  DOE Reviewer