Ming Wei

Ming Wei, Plastics Engineering

Adjunct Faculty
Olney G19B


Nanomanufacturing, polymer blends, surface chemistry, polymer characterization, project management

Research Interest

Patterning of conducting polymers, assembly of polymer blends by chemically functionalized template, polymer/nanotube and elastomer/clay nanocomposites, functional electrospun nanofibers, metamaterials, organic solar cell, biosensors, surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) 

Educational Background

B.S. Northwestern Polytechnical University, P.R. China
M.S. Polytechnical University, Xi'an, China
D.Eng. University of Massachusetts Lowell


Leading and managing projects including: 
  • Fabrication of large scale nano-patterned conducting polymers on flexible polyurethane substrate with applications in the field of biosensor, all plastic circuits, paper-like displays and organic solar cell 
  • Nanopatterned polyacrylic acid/polystyrene films by direct assembly using chemical surfaces with applications in the field of controlled biosensors for diagnostic elements 
  • Alignment of carbon nanotubes and polyurethane/nanotubes nanocomposites with improved mechanical properties 
  • Effect of compatibilization on the properties of ultrafine scrap tire rubber and polypropylene blends 
  • EVA/clay, SBR/clay and EPDM/clay nanocomposites with improved mechanical and barrier properties for packaging and automobile applications 
  • Organic photovoltaics from nano-patterned fullerenes and semi-conducting polymers 
  • Metamaterials by electroplating growth and transfer of nanopatterned metal wires on polyurethane substrate 
  • Enhanced protein binding on femtosecond laser ablated PMMA surfaces 
Roll-to-roll assembly and transfer of carbon nanotubes to flexible polymeric materials 
  • Working with interdisciplinary (chemistry, biomedical, mechanical and electrical) and multisite team (University of Massachusetts Lowell, Northeastern University, University of New Hampshire and industry) on test beds for biosensor, strain sensor, organic photovoltaics, metamaterials and memory devices 
  • Writing proposals and “white papers” for the funding application from government and industry 
  • Technical consulting for plastics industrial partners 
  • Teaching class of Mechanical Properties of Polymers (graduate student on line class)

  1. Ming Wei, Liang Fang, Jun Lee, Sivasubramanian Somu, Xugang Xiong, Carol Barry, Ahmed Busnaina and Joey Mead, Directed Assembly of Polymer Blends using Nanopatterned Templates, Advanced Materials, 21, 794 (2009) 
  2. L. Fang, Ming Wei, Yingrui Shang, David Kazmer, Carol Barry and Joey Mead, Directed Assembly of Polymer Blends into Non-uniform Nanoscale Geometries, submitted (2011)
  3. Xiaodong Ma, Haibin Huo, Ming Wei, Lingling Wang, Mengyan Shen, Carol Barry and Joey Mead, Enhanced protein binding on femtosecond laser ablated PMMA surfaces, Applied Physics Letters, 98, 171101 (2011)
  4. Satyam Modi, Ming Wei, Joey Mead and Carol Barry, Effect of Processing Parameters on the Electrophoretic Deposition of Carbon Black Nanoparticles in Moderately Viscous Systems, Langmuir, 27 (6), pp 3166–3173 (2011)
  5. Liang Fang, Ming Wei, Carol Barry and Joey Mead, Effect of Spin Speed and Solution Concentration on the Directed Assembly of Polymer Blends, Macromolecules, 43 (23), pp 9747–9753 (2010)
  6. Arun Kumar, Ming Wei, Carol Barry, Julie Chen, Joey Mead, Controlling Fiber Repulsion in Multijet Electrospinning for Higher Throughput, Macromolecular Materials and Engineering, 295, pp 701–708 (2010)
  7. Ming Wei, Daniel Murphy, Carol Barry, and Joey Mead, Halogen-free Flame Retardants for Wire and Cable Applications, Rubber Chemistry Technology, 83, pp 282 (2010)
  8. Jason Chiota, John Shearer, Ming Wei, Carol Barry, Joey Mead, Multiscale Directed Assembly of Polymer Blends Using Chemically Functionalized Nanoscale-Patterned Templates, Small, 5, pp 2788 (2009)
  9. Yingrui Shang, Liang Fang, Ming Wei, Carol Barry, Joey Mead, and David Kazmer, Verification of Numerical Simulation of the Self-assembly of a Polymer-polymer-solvent Ternary System on a Heterogeneously Functionalized Substrate, Polymer, 52, 1447-1457 (2011)
  10. Liang Fang, Ming Wei, Yingrui Shang, David Kazmer, Carol Barry and Joey Mead, Surface Morphology Alignment of Block Copolymer Induced by Injection Molding, Polymer, 50, 5837-5845 (2009)