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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Weiwei Zheng

Weiwei Zheng portrait

Associate Professor


3-050 Center for Science and Technology


Research Interests

Nanomaterials, solid state chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, biophysics, photocatalysis.


Ph.D., 2011, Florida State University
Postdoctoral fellow, 2012–2015, Emory University

Honors and Awards

NSF CAREER Award (2020)
ACS-PRF New Investigator Award (2018)
FSU Dorothy and Russell Johnsen Graduate Dissertation Award (2012)


  • CHE 106: General Chemistry I
  • CHE 400/600: Materials & Bioinorganic Chemistry
  • CHE 400/600: Supramolecular & Nanochemistry.
  • CHE 422: Inorganic Laboratory Technique
  • CHE 600: Inorganic Nanomaterials
  • CHE 600: Physical Methods for Characterizing Materials
  • CHE 616: Solid State Chemistry
  • CHE 799: Seminar in Genearal Chemistry

Research Focus

Our group focuses on designing, synthesizing, and characterizing novel functional inorganic nanomaterials for emerging applications in renewable energy and biological systems. We are particularly interested in the optical and magnetic properties of transition metal ion doped semiconductor nanomaterials, selective surface functionalization of nanoparticles, and hybrid nanocomposites. We aim to answer the fundamental questions pertaining to the role of composition, band gap engineering, and assembly of semiconductor nanomaterials on their physical properties.

Selected Publications

Li, Z.-J.; Hofman, E.; Li, J.; Davis, A.; Tung, C.-H.; Wu, L.-Z. and Zheng, W.* Photoelectrochemically Active and Environmentally Stable CsPbBr3/TiO2 Core/Shell Nanocrystals. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2018, 28, 1704288.

Li, Z.-J.; Hofman, E.; Blaker, A.; Davis, A.; Dzikovski, B.; Ma, D.-K.; and Zheng, W.* Interface Engineering of Mn Doped ZnSe-Based Core/Shell Nanowires for Tunable Host-Dopant Coupling. ACS Nano 201711, 12591-12600.

Hofman, E.; Robinson, R.;  Li, Z.-J.; Dzikovski, B.; and Zheng, W.* Controlled Dopant Migration in CdS/ZnS Core/Shell Quantum Dots. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 8878-8885.

Zheng, W.; Yang, L. West, A.; Schuler, E.; Yehl, K.; Kindt, J. T.; Salaita, K. Quantum Dots Encapsulated within Phospholipid Membranes: Phase-dependent Structure, Photostability, and Site-selective Functionalization. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 1992-1999.

Zheng, W.; Wang, Z.; van Tol, J.; Dalal, N. S.; Strouse, G. F. Alloy Formation at the Tetrapod Core/Arm Interface. Nano Lett. 2012, 12, 3132–3137.

Zheng, W.; Kumar, P.; Washington, A,; Wang, Z.; Dalal, N. S.; Strouse, G. F.; Singh, K. Quantum Phase Transition from Superparamagnetic to Quantum Superparamagnetic State in Ultrasmall Cd1-xCr(II)xSe Quantum Dots? J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 2172–2179.

Zheng, W.; Singh, K.; Wang, Z.; Wright, J. T.; van Tol, J.; Dalal, N. S.; Meulenberg, R. W.; Strouse, G. F. Evidence of a ZnCr2Se4 Spinel Inclusion at the Core of a Cr Doped ZnSe Quantum Dot. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 5577–5585.

Zheng, W.; Strouse, G. F. Involvement of Carriers in the Size-dependent Magnetic Exchange for Mn:CdSe Quantum Dots. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 7482–7489.