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Prof. Chen Wei
Fashion & Textile Technology - Chemistry
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Professor Chen obtained his PhD degree in Condensed Matter Physics from Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2001. From 2001 to 2006, he worked as postdoctoral research fellow at University of Science and Technology of China, and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University respectively. During 2006 to 2018, he was a Professor of Materials Science at Suzhou Institute of Nano-tech and Nano-bionics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. In August 2018, Professor Chen joined The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is internationally recognized for his leading research work on nanotechnology based smart materials and devices, including artificial muscle actuators, artificial skin sensors, flexible supercapacitors, and these functional nanocomposites/devices for wearable and biomedical applications. Professor Chen has published more than 100 papers in high-impact international scientific journals including Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, Angewandte Chemie, ACS Nano, Nano. Lett., JACS, etc.


BS in Applied Chemistry, Anhui University, China, 1993

MS in Physical Chemistry, University of Science and Technology of China, 1996

PhD in Condensed Matter Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2001

Area of Specialization


  1. Textile Study I 
  2. Techno-Fashion Products
  3. Final Year Project


Nanotechnology based smart materials for wearable and biomedical applications, including novel nanostructured and bio-inspired functional materials, electroactive polymer, wearable electronic devices in sensors, actuators, generators, supercapacitors and so on.

Research Overview

Chen Wei



Awards and Honours

Awards (selected)

  • Outstanding Young & Middle-aged Expert Award, Jiangsu, China, 2014
  • Distinguished Young Scholar Award, Jiangsu, China, 2012
  • Leading Talent Award in Science and Education, Suzhou, China, 2012
  • The CAS K. C. Wong Postdoc Research Award, 2003

Selected Publications / Museum Collections / Exhibitions / Patents

Publications (selected)

  • Yang L, Chang L, Hu Y, Huang M, Ji Q, Lu P, Liu J, Chen W, Wu Y, 2020. An Autonomous Soft Actuator with Light-Driven Self-Sustained Wavelike Oscillation for Phototactic Self-Locomotion and Power Generation, Adv. Funct. Mater., 30: 1908842.
  • Shi J, Liu S, Zhang L, Yang B, Shu L, Yang Y, Ren M, Wang Y, Chen J, Chen W*, Chai Y*, Tao XM*, 2020. Smart Textile-Integrated Microelectronic Systems for Wearable Applications, Adv. Mater., 32, 1901958.
  • Liu Z, Wang Y, Ren Y, Jin G, Zhang C, Chen W, Yan F, 2020. Poly(ionic liquid) hydrogel-based anti-freezing ionic skin for a soft robotic gripper, Mater. Horiz., 7: 919.
  • Yang Y, Wu Y, Li C, Yang X, Chen W*, 2020. Flexible Actuators for Soft Robotics, Adv. Intell. Syst., 2: 1900077.
  • Wu G, Wu X, Xu Y, Cheng H, Meng J, Yu Q, Shi X, Zhang K, Chen W, Chen S, 2019. High-Performance Hierarchical Black-Phosphorous-Based Soft Electrochemical Actuators in Bioinspired Applications, Adv. Mater., 31: 1806492. 
  • Lu C, Yang Y, Wang J, Fu RP, Zhao XX, Zhao L, Ming Y, Hu Y, Lin HZ*, Tao XM*, Li YL*, Chen W*, 2018. High-Performance Graphdiyne-Based Electrochemical Actuators, Nat. Commun., 9: 752.
  • Wu X, Xu Y, Hu Y, Wu G, Cheng H, Yu Q, Zhang K, Chen W, Chen S, 2018. Microfluidic-spinning construction of black-phosphorus-hybrid microfibres for non-woven fabrics toward a high energy density flexible supercapacitor, Nat. Commun., 9: 4573.
  • Lu C, Wang D, Zhao JJ, Han S, Chen W*, 2017. A Continuous Carbon Nitride Polyhedron Assembly for High-Performance Flexible Supercapacitors, Adv. Funct. Mater., 27: 1606219.
  • Hu Y*, Liu JQ, Chang LF, Yang LL, Xu A, Qi K, Lv P, Wu G, Chen W*, Wu YC, 2017. Electrically-and Sunlight-driven Actuator and Jumping Robot Based on Rolled Carbon Nanotube Bilayer Composite, Adv. Funct. Mater., 27: 1704388.
  • Zhao JJ, Han S, Yang Y, Fu RP, Ming Y, Lu C, Liu H, Gu HW, and Chen W*, 2017. Passive and Space-Discriminative Ionic Sensors Based on Durable Nanocomposite Electrodes Toward Sign Language Recognition, ACS Nano, 11: 8590.
  • Wu G, Tan P, Wu X, Peng L, Cheng H, Wang C, Chen W, Yu Z, Chen S, 2017. High-Performance Wearable Micro-Supercapacitors Based on Microfluidic-Directed Nitrogen-Doped Graphene Fiber Electrodes, Adv. Funct. Mater., 27: 1702493.
  • Hu Y, Li Z, Lan T and Chen W*, 2016. Photoactuators for Direct Optical-to-Mechanical Energy Conversion: from Nanocomponent Assembly to Macroscopic Deformation, Adv. Mater., 28: 10548.
  • Liu J, Xie S, Geng Z, Huang K, Fan L, Zhou W, Qiu L, Gao D, Ji L, Duan L, Lu L, Li W, Bai S, Liu Z, Chen W, Feng S, Zhang Y, 2016. Carbon Nitride Supramolecular Hybrid Material Enabled High-Efficiency Photocatalytic Water Treatments, Nano Lett., 16: 6568.
  • Wu G, Hu Y, Liu Y, Zhao JJ, Chen XL, Vincent W, Cedric P, Giao TM, Frederic V, Chen W*, 2015. Graphitic Carbon Nitride Nanosheet Electrode Based High-Performance Ionic Actuator, Nat. Commun., 6: 7258.
  • Hu Y, Wu G, Lan T, Zhao JJ, Liu Y, Chen W*, 2015. Graphene-Based Bimorph Structure for Design of High Performance Photoactuators, Adv. Mater., 27: 7867.
  • Liu J, Li W, Duan L, Li X, Ji L, Geng Z, Huang K, Lu L, Zhou L, Liu Z, Chen W, Liu L, Feng S, Zhang Y, 2015. A Graphene-like Oxygenated Carbon Nitride Material for Improved Cycle-Life Lithium/Sulfur Batteries, Nano Lett., 15: 5137.
  • Kong L, Chen W*, 2014. Carbon Nanotube and Graphene Based Bioinspired Electrochemical Actuators, Adv. Mater., 26: 1025.
  • Lu L, Liu J, Hu Y, Zhang Y, Chen W*, 2013. Graphene Stabilized Silver Nanoparticles Electrochemical Electrode for Actuator Design, Adv. Mater., 25: 1270.
  • Lan T, Chen W*, 2013. Hybrid Nanoscale Organic Molecular Crystals Assembly for Photon-Controlled Actuator, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 52: 6496.
  • Li L, Chen Z, Hu Y, Wang X, Zhang T, Chen W, Wang Q, 2013. Single-Layer Single-Crystalline SnSe Nanosheets, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 135: 1213.
  • Lu L, Liu J, Hu Y, Zhang Y, Hyacinthe R, and Chen W*, 2012. Highly Stable Air Working Bimorph Actuator Based on Graphene Nanosheet/Carbon Nanotube Hybrid Electrode, Adv. Mater., 24: 4317.
  • Lu L, and Chen W*, 2010. Biocompatible Composite Actuator: A Supramolecular Structure Consisting of the Biopolymer Chitosan, Carbon Nanotubes, and an Ionic Liquid, Adv. Mater., 22: 3745.
  • Hu Y, Chen W*, Lu L, Liu J, Chang C, 2010. Electromechanical actuation with controllable motion based on a single-walled carbon nanotube and natural biopolymer composite, ACS Nano, 4: 3498.
  • Lu L, Chen W*, 2010. Large-scale aligned carbon nanotubes from their purified, highly concentrated suspension, ACS Nano, 4: 1042.