Microsensors and Microelectronics Laboratory

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 Wei Xue, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering
Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering
Rowan University
201 Mullica Hill Road
Glassboro, NJ 08028
Tel: 856-256-5358
E-mail: xuew@rowan.edu
Office: Rowan Hall 227

Office Hours:
Listed on syllabus, or email for an appointment

Welcome to the homepage of the Microsensors and Microelectronics Laboratory at Rowan University. Our group studies materials, devices, and systems at the micro- and nano-scale. Our primary research interests are in the areas of microsensors, microelectronics, microfluidics, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), MEMS modeling, micro/nanofabrication, and nanotechnology. By using nanomaterials such as carbon nanotubes, nanoparticles, and enzyme molecules, we have developed field-effect transistors, digital logics, and sensors. We are also interested in microfluidic-supported systems with integrated sensing elements, as we believe that the innovations in microfluidics have given sensor technology new meaning and new opportunities.

Dr. Wei Xue received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Shandong University, China, and the Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He worked as an assistant professor at Washington State University Vancouver where he received the highest teaching award, 2011-2012 Students' Award for Teaching Excellence, by the Teacher of the Year Committee in 2012. He also worked as an electronics engineer at Huawei Technologies in Shenzhen, China and a senior engineer at WaferTech of TSMC in Camas, WA. Dr. Xue's curriculum vitae can be found here: (CV).

Dr. Wei Xue has covered a wide range of mechanical engineering and electrical engineering topics for teaching. He has developed and taught courses such as Intro to Mechanical Engineering, Semiconductor Devices, Microfabrication, Nanotechnology, MEMS, Engineering Materials, and Renewable Energy. Dr. Xue has worked with a number of graduate students; many of the M.S. students have been admitted with full scholarships to top engineering programs in the nation.

Dr. Xue's research and educational activities have been supported by the following funding agencies. The complete list of the funded projects can be found in his CV and the current/previsou projects can be found here: Research.

National Science Foundation     NSWCPD    Naval Engineering Education Consortium    

New Jersey Health Foundation     The Nicholson Foundation

Rowan University     M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust     Washington State University     Washington State University Vancouver

We are looking for motivated undergraduate and graduate students to work on research projects. We welcome students with different backgrounds in engineering and science. Please contact Dr. Xue if you are interested in learning sensors, electronics, microfluidics, and nanotechnology.

Recent Journal Publications (Peer-Reviewed Journal Papers Since 2010. The full publication list can be found here: Publications)

(* denotes graduate students in my group; ** denotes undergraduate students in my group)

  1. Taissa R. Michel*, Michael J. Capasso**, Muhammet E. Cavusoglu*, Jeremy Decker**, Danilo Zeppilli, Cheng Zhu, Smitesh Bakrania, Jennifer A. Kadlowec, and Wei Xue, "Evaluation of porous polydimethylsiloxane/carbon nanotubes (PDMS/CNTs) nanocomposites as piezoresistive sensor materials", Microsystem Technologies, Accepted and In Press, 2019. Download
  2. Michael McCaffrey, Harrison Hones*, Jordan Cook**, Robert Krchnavek, and Wei Xue, "Geometric analysis of dielectric failures in polyimide/silicon dioxide nanocomposites," Polymer Engineering and Science, Vol. 59, Issue 9, pp. 1897-1904, September 2019. Download
  3. Adriano A. Conte, Khosro Shirvani, Harrison Hones**, Alexander Wildgoose**, Xue Ye, Raghid Najjar*, Xiao Hu, Wei Xue, Vince Z. Beachley, “Effects of post-draw processing on the structure and functional properties of electrospun PVDF-HFP nanofibers,” Polymer, Vol. 171, pp. 192-200, May 2019. Download
  4. Raghid Najjar*, Yi Luo, Dave Jao, David Brennan, Ye Xue, Vince Beachley, Xiao Hu, and Wei Xue, “Biocompatible silk/polymer energy harvesters using stretched poly (vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) nanofibers,” Polymers, Vol. 9, No. 10, p. 479, September 2017. Download
  5. Andrea De Vellis, Dmitry Gritsenko, Yang Lin, Zhenping Wu, Xian Zhang, Yayue Pan, Wei Xue, and Jie Xu, “Drastic sensing enhancement using acoustic bubbles for surface-based microfluidic sensors,” Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, Vol. 243, pp. 298-302, May 2017. Download
  6. Maria Torculas**, Jethro Medina**, Wei Xue, and Xiao Hu, “Protein-based bioelectronics,” ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering, Vol. 2, No. 8, pp. 1211-1223, June 2016. Download
  7. Jianlong Gao*, Jiheng Zhao*, Liping Liu, and Wei Xue, “Dimensional effects of polymer pillar arrays on hydrophobicity,” Surface Engineering, Vol. 32, No. 2, pp. 125-131, February 2016. Download
  8. Catalina Maria Rivera, Hyuck-Jin Kwon, Ali Hashmi, Gan Yu, Jiheng Zhao*, Jianlong Gao*, Jie Xu, Wei Xue, and Alexander G. Dimitrov, “Towards a dynamic clamp for neurochemical modalities,” Sensors, Vol. 15, No. 5, pp. 10465-10480, May 2015. Download
  9. Hyuck-Jin Kwon, Yuhao Xu, Stephen A. Solovitz, Wei Xue, Alexander G. Dimitrov, Allison B. Coffin, and Jie Xu, “Design of a microfluidic device with a non-traditional flow profile for on-chip damage to zebrafish sensory cells,” Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, Vol. 24, No. 1, p. 017001, January 2014. (selected for MEMS and Microengineering for Life Science Applications feature collection in the journal) Download
  10. Yan Duan*, Nicholas E. Holmes**, Alexander L. Ellard**, Jianlong Gao*, and Wei Xue, “Solution-based fabrication and characterization of a logic gate inverter using random carbon nanotube networks,” IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, Vol. 12, No. 6, pp. 1111-1117, November 2013. Download
  11. Yan Duan*, Jason L. Juhala**, Benjamin W. Griffith**, and Wei Xue, “A comparative analysis of thin-film transistors using aligned and random-network carbon nanotubes,” Journal Nanoparticle Research, Vol. 15, No. 3, p. 1478, March 2013. Download
  12. Yan Duan*, Jason L. Juhala**, Benjamin W. Griffith**, and Wei Xue, “Solution-based fabrication of p-channel and n-channel field-effect transistors using random and aligned carbon nanotube networks,” Microelectronic Engineering, Vol. 103, pp. 18-21, March 2013. Download
  13. Stephen A. Solovitz, Jiheng Zhao*, Wei Xue, and Jie Xu, “Uniform flow control for a multi-passage microfluidic sensor,” Journal of Fluids Engineering, Vol. 135, No. 2, February 2013. Download
  14. Jiheng Zhao*, Debra A. Sheadel*, and Wei Xue, “Surface treatment of polymers for the fabrication of all-polymer MEMS devices,” Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, Vol. 187, pp. 43-49, August 2012. Download
  15. Pengfei Li*, Nan Lei, Jie Xu, and Wei Xue, “High-yield fabrication of graphene chemiresistors with dielectrophoresis,” IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, Vol. 11, No. 4, pp. 751-759, July 2012. Download
  16. Jiheng Zhao*, Ali Hashmi, Jie Xu, and Wei Xue, “A compact lab-on-a-chip nanosensor for glycerol detection,” Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 100, No. 24, p. 243109, May 2012. (selected for Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science & Technology, Vol. 25, No. 26, June 2012, AIP/APS) Download
  17. Pengfei Li*, Nan Lei, Debra A. Sheadel*, Jie Xu, and Wei Xue, “Integration of nanosensors into a sealed microchannel in a hybrid lab-on-a-chip device,” Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, Vol. 166-167, pp. 870-877, May 2012. Download
  18. Wei Xue, “A design-oriented experimental module for teaching micro- and nanotechnologies to mechanical engineering students,” International Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education, Vol. 40, No. 1, pp. 11-23, January 2012. Download
  19. Nan Lei, Pengfei Li*, Wei Xue, and Jie Xu, “Simple graphene chemiresistors as pH sensors: fabrication and characterization,” Measurement Science and Technology, Vol. 22, No. 10, p. 107022, August 2011. Download
  20. Pengfei Li*, Caleb M. Martin**, Kan Kan Yeung*, and Wei Xue, “Dielectrophoresis aligned single-walled carbon nanotubes as pH sensors,” Biosensors, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 23-35, January 2011. Download
  21. Pengfei Li* and Wei Xue, “Selective deposition and alignment of single-walled carbon nanotubes assisted by dielectrophoresis: from thin films to individual nanotubes,” Nanoscale Research Letters, Vol. 5, No. 6, pp. 1072-1078, June 2010. Download

Student Achievements and Awards  

I have been fortunate to have the opportunities to work with some great students on various course and research projects. You can check out their achievements here and publications here.


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