Wei Fan

157B Goessmann Lab
413-545-1750 (Office)
413-545-1647 (FAX)

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B.S., University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), 2000
M.S., The University of Tokyo, 2004
Ph.D., The University of Tokyo, 2007

Current Focus of Research
Synthesis of microporous/mesoporous materials
Characterization of porous materials
Heterogeneous catalysis and kinetics


Selected publications:

(1) Fan, W.; Synder, M. A.; Sandeep, K.; Lee, S. P.; Yoo, C. W.; McCormick, A. V.; Penn, L. R.; Stein, A.; Tsapatsis, M. Hierarchical nanofabrication of microporous crystals with ordered mesoporosity. Nature Materials, 2008, 7, 984-991.

(2) Fan, W.; Morozumi, K.; Kimura, R.; Yokoi, T.; Okubo, T. Synthesis of nanometer-sized sodalite without adding organic additives. Langmuir, 2008, 24, 6952-6958.

(3) Fan, W.; Ogura, M.; Sankar, G.; Okubo, T. In situ small-angle and wide-angle X-ray scattering investigation on nucleation and crystal growth of nanosized zeolite A. Chemistry of Materials, 2007, 19, 1906-1917.

(4) Fan, W.; O'Brien, M.; Ogura, M.; Sanchez-Sanchez, M.; Martin, C.; Meneau, F.; Kurumada, K.; Sankar, G.; Okubo, T. In situ observation of homogeneous nucleation of nanosized zeolite A. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2006, 8, 1335-1339.

(5) Fan, W.; Meneau, F.; Bras, W.; Ogura, M.; Sankar, G.; Okubo, T. Effects of silicon sources on the formation of nanosized LTA: An in situ small angle X-ray scattering and wide angle X-ray scattering study. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 2007, 101, 134-141.

(6) Fan, W.; Shirato, S.; Gao, F.; Ogura, M.; Okubo, T. Phase selection of FAU and LTA zeolites by controlling synthesis parameters. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 2006, 89, 227-234.

(7) Gu, J.; Fan, W.; Shimojima, A.; Okubo, T. Organic-inorganic mesoporous nanocarriers, integrated with biogenic ligands. Small, 2007, 3, 1740-1744.

(8) Fukao, M.; Sugawara, A.; Shimojima, A.; Fan, W.; Arunagirinathan, M. A.; Tsapatsis M.; Okubo T. One-Dimensional Assembly of Silica Nanospheres Mediated by Block Copolymer in Liquid Phase. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2009, 131, 16344-16345.

(9) Yokoi, T.; Wakabayashi, J.; Otsuka, Y.; Fan, W.; Iwama, M.; Watanabe, R.; Aramaki, K.; Shimojima, A.; Tatsumi, T.; Okubo, T. Mechanism of Formation of Uniform-Sized Silica Nanospheres Catalyzed by Basic Amino Acids. Chemistry of Materials 2009, 21, 3719-3729.