Fei Meng

Graduate Student, Materials Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
University of Wisconsin-Madison



Biographical Sketch
B.S. Peking University, Chemistry, 2005-2009
PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009-Present


My research involves rational synthesis of 1D nanomaterials (nanowires, nanotubes and nanorods) driven by screw-dislocation mechanism. Unlike the prevailing catalyst-driven growth of nanowires, which are often conducted under high vacuum and temperature that inevitably increases the cost of the synthesis, only two conditions are required to promote dislocation-driven growth: the presence of dislocation sources and low precursor supersaturation. We are aiming at generalizing the dislocation-driven NW growth to a variety of different materials and fabricating more complex nanostructure such axial NW heterostructures using this mechanism. The continuous flow reactor will be adopted to provide constant low supersaturation profiles for all the synthesis, promoting the dislocation-driven growth. The as-synthesized NWs will be examined carefully under the electron microscope to confirm the presence of dislocations and the resulting lattice twist. I also study other commonly observed crystal defects such as stacking faults to investigate how they associate with the dislocation-driven growth. Since no catalyst is involved in the dislocation-driven mechanism, the synthesis can be easily conducted in low temperature aqueous solutions and could eventually become a low cost, scalable and more versatile approach towards 1D nanomaterials synthesis.



13) Mark A. Lukowski, Andrew S. Daniel, Fei Meng, Audrey Forticaux, Linsen Li, and Song Jin; Enhanced Hydrogen Evolution Catalysis from Chemically Exfoliated Metallic MoS2 Nanosheets J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, ASAP,  DOI: 10.1021/ja404523s.

12)  Meng, F.; Morin, S. A.; Forticaux, A.; Jin, S. Screw Dislocation Driven Growth of Nanomaterials. Acc. Chem. Res. 2013, 46, 1616-1626. (Cover article)

11) Meng,Fei; Morin, Stephen; Jin, Song.  Growth of Nanomaterials by Screw Dislocation, Springer Handbook of Nanomaterials. (Book chapter)

10) Franking, Ryan; Li, Linsen; Lukowski, Mark; Meng, Fei; Tan, Yizhen; Hamers, Robert; Jin, Song; Facile Post-Growth Doping of Nanostructured Hematite Photoanodes for Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Water Oxidation Energy Environ. Sci. 2013, ASAP, DOI: 10.1039/C2EE23837C. 

9) Li, Linsen; Meng, Fei; Jin, Song; High-Capacity Lithium-Ion Battery Conversion Cathodes Based on Iron Fluoride Nanowires and Insights into the Conversion Mechanism Nano Lett. 201212, pp 6030-6037.

8) Estruga, Marc; Meng, Fei; Li, Linsen; Chen, Lianyi; Li, Xiaochun; Jin, Song; Large-scale solution synthesis of a-AlF3·3H2O nanorods under low supersaturation conditions and their conversion to porous b-AlF3 nanorods, J. Mater. Chem., 2012, 22, 20991-20997.

7) Wu, Haoyu; Meng, Fei;* Li, Linsen; Jin, Song; Zheng, Gengfeng Zheng; Dislocation-Driven CdS and CdSe Nanowire GrowthACS Nano 20126, 4461–4468.  * co-first author.

6) Li, Linsen; Yu, Yanghai; Meng, Fei; Tan, Yizheng; Hamers, Robert J.; Jin, Song; Facile Solution Synthesis of α-FeF3·3H2O Nanowires and Their Conversion to α-Fe2O3 Nanowires for Photoelectrochemical Application, Nano Lett. 2012, 12, 724−731.

5) Meng, Fei; Jin, Song; The Solution Growth of Copper Nanowires and Nanotubes is Driven by Screw DislocationsNano Lett.201212, 234–239

4) Hacialioglu, Salih; Meng, Fei;* Jin, Song; Facile Large-Scale Solution Synthesis of Cu2O Nanowires and Nanotubes Driven by Screw DislocationsChem. Commun. 2012, 48, 1174-1176. * co-first author.

3) Meng, Fei; Morin, Stephen; Jin,Song; Rational Solution Growth of α-FeOOH Nanowires Driven by Screw Dislocations and Their Conversion to α-Fe2O3 NanowiresJ. Am. Chem. Soc.2011, 133, 8408-8411.

2) Huang, Teng; Meng, Fei; Qi, Limin; Controlled synthesis of dendritic gold nanostructures assisted by supramolecular complexes of surfactant with cyclodextrinLangmuir 201026, 7582-7589.

1) Huang, Teng; Meng, Fei; Qi, Limin;  Facile synthesis and one-dimensional assembly of cyclodextrin-capped gold nanoparticles and their applications in catalysis and surface-enhanced Raman scatteringJ. Phys. Chem. C  2009113, 13636-13642.



3) Gordon Research Conference, Thin Film & Crystal Growth Mechanisms, 2013, Biddeford, ME

Meng, F.; Morin, S.; Forticaux, A.; Jin, S. “Screw Dislocation-Driven Crystal Growth: A General Mechanism to Nanomaterial Syntheses”. (oral presentation & poster)

2) Gordon Research Seminar, Thin Film & Crystal Growth Mechanisms, 2013, Biddeford, ME

Discussion leader of Low Dimensional Materials symposium.

1) Material Research Society Fall Meeting, 2011, Boston, MA

Meng, F.; Li, L.; Hacialioglu, S.; Jin, S. “Sustainable Synthesis of Nanowires at Low-Temperature from Aqueous Solutions Driven by Screw Dislocations”. (oral presentation)

Meng, F.; Morin, S.; Jin, S. “Rational Growth of Nanowires and Nanotubes Driven by Screw Dislocations”. (poster)