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Benjamin J. Wiley


Associate Professor of Chemistry

In the Wiley Group, we make new nanomaterials by controlling the assembly of atoms in solution, and explore applications for nanomaterials in medicine, catalysis, plasmonics, and electronics. Our goal is to precisely control the size, shape, and composition of materials on the nanometer scale to explore how these parameters affect the fundamental properties of a material, and produce such nanomaterials economically so they can be applied to solve real-world problems.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Associate Professor of Chemistry
  • Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative

Contact Information:

  • Office Location: 2214 French Family Science Cen, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 668-3066
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  • Ph.D. University of Washington, 2007
  • B.S. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2003

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions:

  • Highly Cited Researcher. Thomson Reuters. 2014
  • Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. National Science Foundation. 2013
  • Colloid and Surface Science Division Poster Award. ACS. 2009
  • Graduate Student Gold Award. MRS. 2009
  • Iron Range Scholarship. University of Minnesota. 2009
  • NSF- IGERT Graduate Fellowship. Unknown. 2009
  • NSF-IGERT Early Bird Award in Nanotechnology. University of Washington. 2009
  • Roon Award. Federation of Socities for Coatings Technology. 2009
  • Runstad Fellowship. University of Washington. 2009
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows. NIH. 2008

Courses Taught:

  • CHEM 311: Physical Chemistry II
  • CHEM 393: Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 394: Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 493: Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 494: Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 548: Solid-State and Materials Chemistry

In the News:

Representative Publications:

  • Cardenas, JA; Upshaw, S; Catenaccr, MJ; Wiley, BJ; Franklin, AD, Exploring silver contact morphologies in printed carbon nanotube thin-film transistors, Device Research Conference Conference Digest, Drc, vol 2018-June (2018) [10.1109/DRC.2018.8442217] [abs].
  • Manning, HG; Niosi, F; da Rocha, CG; Bellew, AT; O'Callaghan, C; Biswas, S; Flowers, PF; Wiley, BJ; Holmes, JD; Ferreira, MS; Boland, JJ, Emergence of winner-takes-all connectivity paths in random nanowire networks., Nature Communications, vol 9 no. 1 (2018) [10.1038/s41467-018-05517-6] [abs].
  • Reyes, C; Fu, L; Suthanthiraraj, PPA; Owens, CE; Shields, CW; López, GP; Charbonneau, P; Wiley, BJ, The Limits of Primary Radiation Forces in Bulk Acoustic Standing Waves for Concentrating Nanoparticles, Particle & Particle Systems Characterization, vol 35 no. 7 (2018), pp. 1700470-1700470 [10.1002/ppsc.201700470] [abs].
  • Kim, MJ; Alvarez, S; Yan, T; Tadepalli, V; Fichthorn, KA; Wiley, BJ, Modulating the Growth Rate, Aspect Ratio, and Yield of Copper Nanowires with Alkylamines, Chemistry of Materials, vol 30 no. 8 (2018), pp. 2809-2818 [10.1021/acs.chemmater.8b00760] [abs].
  • Catenacci, MJ; Reyes, C; Cruz, MA; Wiley, BJ, Stretchable Conductive Composites from Cu-Ag Nanowire Felt., Acs Nano, vol 12 no. 4 (2018), pp. 3689-3698 [10.1021/acsnano.8b00887] [abs].

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