Jianjun Wei, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone: 336.285.2859

Fax: 336.500.0115

Email: j_wei@uncg.edu

Research Website

Research Interests

Dr. Wei’s research is well centered in the cutting-edge nanoscience and nanotechnology areas, with a particular emphasis on a few important fundamental aspects of nanoscale systems under electrical, optical and/or magnetic fields, as well as its applications in biosensors for diagnosis, nanomedicine, and catalysis for energy conversion and storage. More specifically, he investigates both fundamentals of structure-correlated electron/energy transfer and nanoscale plasmonics with a motivating philosophy of exploiting synergies between functionalities and nanoscale materials or structures. His research is highly interdisciplinary and employs broad methods of materials synthesis, nanofabrication, self-assembly, electrochemistry, microscopy, spectroscopy, and computational modeling and simulation. The diagram illustrates the overview of his research theme and current focuses.

Selected Publications

  1. Zeng, T. Zhang, Y. Liu, W. Zhang, Z. Yin, Z. Ji, J. Wei*, Magnetic field enhanced 4-electron pathway by a well-aligned Co3O4@ECNFs design in oxygen reduction reaction, ChemSusChem, 2017, accept.
  2. Liu, Z. Zeng, B. Bloom, D. H. Waldeck, J. Wei*, Stable Low-current Electrodeposition of alpha-MnO2 on super-aligned Electrospun Carbon Nanofibers for High-performance Energy Storage. Small, 2017, DOI: 10.1002/smll.201703237.
  3. Covell, Z. Zeng, T. Mabe, J. Wei, A. Adamson, D. LaJeunesse, Alternative SiO2 surface energies direct MDCK epithelial behavior, ACS Biomater. Sci. Eng. 2017, 3(12) 3307-3317
  4. Zeng, W. Zhang, Y. Liu, P. Liu, J. Wei*, Uniformly electrodeposited alpha-MnO2 film on super-aligned electrospun carbon nanofibers for a bifunctional catalyst design in oxygen reduction reaction. Electrochimica Acta, 2017, 256, 232-240.
  5. Zhang, Z. Zeng, J. Wei, Electrochemical Study of DPPH Radical Scavenging for Evaluating the Antioxidant Capacity of Carbon Nanodots, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2017, 121, 186345-18642.
  6. Zeng, W. Zhang, D. Arvapalli, B. Bloom, A, Sheardy, T. Mabe, Y. Liu, Z. Ji, H. Chevva, D. H. Waldeck, J. Wei,* A Fluorescence-electrochemical Study of Carbon Nanodots (CNDs) in Bio- and Photoelectronic Applications and Energy Gap Investigation, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP), 2017, 19, 20101-20109
  7. Zeng, Y. Liu, W. Zhang, H. Chevva, J. Wei,* Improved Supercapacitor Performance of MnO2-Electrospun Carbon Nanofibers Electrodes by mT Magnetic Field, Journal of Power Sources, 2017, 358, 22-28.
  8. Zeng, X. Shi, T. Mabe, S. Christie, G. Gilmore, A. Smith,* J. Wei,* Protein Trapping in Plasmonic Nanoslit and Nanoledge Cavities: The Behavior and Sensing, Analytical Chemistry, 2017, 89 (10), 5221–5229. DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.6b04493
  9. Kaye, Z. Zeng, M. Sanders, K. Chittur, P. Koelle, R. Lindquist, U. Manne, Y. Lin, J. Wei,* Label Free Detection of DNA Hybridization with A Compact LSPR-based Fiber-Optic Sensor, The Analyst, 2017, 142, 1974-1981. DOI: 10.1039/C7AN00249A.
  10. Xu, Z. Li,* F. Zhang, X. Zhuang,* Z. Zeng, J. Wei,* New nitrogen-rich azo-bridged porphyrin conjugated microporous networks for high performance of gas capture and storage, RSC Advances, 2016, 6 (36), 30048-30055, DOI: 10.1039/C6RA04077B.
  11. Liu, Z. Zeng, J. Wei*, Frontiers in nano-architectured carbon–metal oxide electrodes for supercapacitance energy storage, Front Nanosci Nanotech, 2016, 2, 78-85.
  12. Zeng, M.N. Mendis, D.H. Waldeck, J. Wei*, A semi-analytical decomposition analysis of surface plasmon generation and the optimal nanoledge plasmonic device, RSC Advances, 2016, 6, 17196 – 17203, DOI: 10.1039/C6RA01105E.
  13. Zeng, Y. Liu, J. Wei*, Recent advances in surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS): finite difference time domain (FDTD) method for SERS and sensing applications. Trend in Analytical Chemistry. 2016, 75, 162–173.
  14. Liu , T. D. Dolidze, S. Singhal, D. E. Khoshtariya, J. Wei*, New Evidence for A Quasi-Simultaneous Proton-Coupled Two-Electron Transfer and Direct Wiring for Glucose Oxidase Captured by The Carbon Nanotube-Polymer Matrix. Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 2015, 119 (27), 14900–14910
  15. Sanders; Y. B. Lin, J. Wei*; T. Bono, R. Lindquist, An Enhanced LSPR Fiber-Optic Nanoprobe for Ultrasensitive Detection of Protein Biomarkers, Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 2014, 61, 95-101
  16. J. Wei*; Kofke, M.; Singhal, S.; Waldeck, DH., A Study of Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance Nanoslit Array and Applications for Chip-based Protein Detection, JSM Nanotechnology and Nanomedicine, 2014, 2(2): 1024
  17. Li, J. Zhang, et al and J. Wei*, A Nanocomposite of Copper (II) Functionalized Graphene and Application for Sensing Sulfurated Organophosphorus Pesticides, New Journal of Chemistry, 2013, 37 (12), 3956 - 3963
  18. Zhu, J. Zhang, G. Vegesna, A. Tiwari, F-T. Luo, H. Li, J. Wei* and H. Liu*, Highly Water-soluble, Near-infrared Emissive Copolymeric BODIPY Dye Bearing RGD Peptide Residues for Cancer Imaging, Analytica Chimica Acta, 2013, 758, 138–144

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  • US Application: 2016/62/357180, "Nanoplasmonic devices and applications thereof", full patent, filed on June 30, 2017, Inventor: J. Wei.
  • US Application: 2017/62/478,773, "Separator-Free Energy Storage Devices and Methods", filed on March 30, 2017, EFS ID: 28785044, Inventor: J. Wei, Y. Liu, Z. Zeng
  • US 9509009, approved on 11/29/2016, Enzyme catalyzed oxidation of hydrocarbons, Inventors: Y. Ulyanova, S. Minteer, S. Singhal, V. Svoboda, J. Wei. Issued 11/29/2016
  • UNCG Disclosure #D16-0001, Portable urinary F2-isoprostanes assessment for determining fat utilization, July 13, 2015,
  • UNCG Disclosure #D15-0018, Morphology controllable deposition of metal oxide for enhanced energy storage, June 15, 2015
  • UNCG Disclosure #D15-0017, A versatile optofluidic platform for multiplexed detection of small molecular biomarkers in body fluids, June 12, 2015
  • US 8703022, 04/22/2014. Electrically conductive ink and uses thereof. Inventors: V. Svoboda, J. J. Wei, S. Singhal
  • US 8685286, 04/02/2014. Electrically conductive ink and uses thereof. Inventors: V. Svoboda, J. J. Wei, S. Singhal
  • US 8158409, 04/17/2012 Nanoscale Surface Plasmonics Sensors with Nanofluidic Control, Inventors: J. J. Wei, S. Singhal, D. H. Waldeck, M. Kofke
  • 20080213631: Hybrid Power Strip, U.S. Patent Application No. 60/858,590
  • 20090120843: Filtration Apparatus and Method, US Patent Application No.: 11/930,819


NSF/UNS, Award#: 1511194 (PI, 2015-2018)

NIH, Award#: R15HL129212 (co-PI, 2016-2019)

UNCG Internal Strategic Seed Grant (co-PI, 2017-2018)

Office Hours

By Appointment


12.2004 Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
1995 M.S., Applied Chemistry, East China University of Science & Technology (ECUST), Shanghai, China
1992 B.S., Applied Chemistry, East China University of Chemical Technologies, Shanghai, China

Authored Papers

Book Chapter

  1. Mabe, J. Ryan, J. Wei,* "Functional Thin Films and Nanostructures for Sensors", for Handbook of Nanoparticles and Architectural Nanostructured Materials, Editor-in-Chief: Ahmed Barhoum, Elsevier Publisher, 2017, In Press.
  2. Liu, Z. Zeng, J. Wei,* "Nano-architectured Carbon-metal Oxide Electrodes for Supercapacitance Energy Storage" for Handbook of Nanoparticles and Architectural Nanostructured Materials, Editor-in-Chief: Ahmed Barhoum, Elsevier Publisher, 2017, In Press.
  3. Wei,* Z. Zeng, Y. Lin “A LSPR-Coupled Fiber-Optic Nanoprobe for the Detection of Protein Biomarkers”, Chapter 1 in Methods in Molecular Biology Series 1571, Biosensors and Biodetection: Optical-based Detectors Volume 1: Methods and Protocols, 2nd Edt. Editors: A. Rasooly and B. Prickril, Humana Press (Springer Copyright), Totowa, NJ, US, ISBN13: 9781493968466, 01/2017.