Dr. Wei Zhao

Wei ZhaoAnalytical Chemistry/Laser Spectroscopy/Nanochemistry

Contact Information

Office Location: SCLB 481
Office Phone: 501-916-6547
E-mail: wxzhao@ualr.edu
Website: https://profiles.ualr.edu/wz1

Teaching Interests

Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Analytical Chemistry I, Electrochemistry, Materials Science

Research Interests

  • Nanostructure-Assisted Water Splitting for Hydrogen Production and Storage
  • Optical Nonlinearity and Structure Relationships of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes
  • Development of Novel Doubly Vibrationally Enhanced (DOVE) Four Wave Mixing Spectroscopy
  • Applications of 2D IR Correlation Spectroscopy for Molecular Interaction Study
  • Synthesis and Study of Novel Nanostructural Lanthanide Ion-Doped Materials for Optical Data Storage, Signal Processing and Optical Sensors

UA-Little Rock Appointments

  • Professor (2006-present)
  • Associate Professor (2003-2006)
  • Assistant Professor (1999-2003)


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Wisconsin—Madison (Madison, WI)
  • Ph.D., Peking University (Beijing, China)
  • MS, Peking University (Beijing, China)
  • BS, Peking University (Beijing, China)

Awards, Honors, and Synergistic Activities

  • University Research Excellence Award (2004)
  • College Research Excellence First Place Award (2004)
  • DOVE Research work highlighted by C&E News (Feb. 7, 2000), Laser Focus World (July 2000), Photonics Technology News (May 2000).
  • Graphene research work highlighted in Photonics Spectra (Oct 2010); Research work on Carbon Nanotubes highlighted in John Wiley & Sons Website, SeparationsNow.com: “Picking armchairs from zigzags.” (Jan. 2008).
  • Organizer and Chairperson of Nanoscience Workshop at UALR, May 1-2, 2006; Lead Organizer for Symposium EE of Applications of Nanotubes and Nanowires in the MRS Spring Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April 9-13, 2007; Chair of Carbon Nanotubes Separation Symposium in the 30th-34th Annual Meetings of The Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS), 2003-2007; Organizer of Nanoscience and Nanomaterials Symposia in 2004-2007, 2011, 2013, 2016-2019, FACSS; Chair of Biotemplate-Based Nanomaterials for Energy Applications at FACSS 2016; Organizer of Coherent Multidimensional Spectroscopy in Materials Science, ACS San Francisco National Meeting, Aug. 10-14, 2014 and April 2-6, 2017, and Pacifichem, Hawaii, 2015 & 2020; Chair of Nanomaterials for Energy-Related Application Symposium and Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene Research Symposium, ACS SWRM 2018, Little Rock, AR.
  • Guest Editor for A Special Issue in J. Phys. Chem. A: Coherent Multidimensional Spectroscopy (2013).
  • NIH Review Panelists (2009-2011, 2019); NSF Major Research Instrumentation Panelist (2008); NSF Chemical Measurement and Imaging Panelist (2012); NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Panelist (2015-2016).

Recent Publications

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