Concordia University

Dr. Xiaolei Wang

Assistant Professor, Chemical and Materials Engineering

Office: S-EV 2282 
Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex,
1515 St. Catherine W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 3857


Ph.D. (2013) in Chemical Engineering 
          University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), U.S.A. 
          Supervisor: Prof. Yunfeng Lu
M.Sc. (2007) in Chemical Engineering 
          Tianjin University (TJU), China 
          Supervisor: Prof. Jinyu Han
B.Sc. (2004) in Polymer Chemical Engineering 
          Dalian University of Technology (DUT), China 
          Supervisor: Prof. Xigao Jian


Assistant Professor (2017-current) in Chemical and Materials Engineering
          Concordia University (CU), Canada

Postdoctoral Fellow
(2014-2017) in Chemical Engineering
          University of Waterloo (UW), Canada
          Supervisor: Prof. Zhongwei Chen
Research Associate (2013) in Materials Science
          University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), U.S.A. 
Prof. Yang Yang

Research activities


1. Postdoctoral Fellows
One Horizon Postdoctoral Fellow position is available for the research project on Advanced Nanostructured Materials Design for Novel Rechargeable Batteries and Electrochemical CO2 Reduction. 

2. PhD Students

One PhD position is available for the research project on advanced materials for electrochemical energy technologies, especially for CO2 reduction and/or flow batteries.  The applicant should hold a Master degree in chemical engineering or any related engineering/science field, and have experimental experience in materials synthesis, electrochemical measurements.  If interested, please email your CV to  

3. Master Students
Two MASc positions are available for (1) research project on nanostructured electrocatalysts for electrochemical CO2 reduction; and (2) research project on self-healing polymers for battery technologies.  Applicants with chemical engineering/materials science/polymer/electrochemistry/electrocatalysis background are welcome to send your CV to    


1. Rational Design and Development of Nanoarchitectured Materials
(i) Nanostructured Metal, Transition Metal Oxides/Sulfides/Nitrides, Composite Materials
(ii) Porous Materials, Self Assembly
(iii) Nanostructured Semiconductors, Quantum Dots/Wires
(iv) Polymers and Polymer Composites; Carbon Materials

2. Clean Energy Technologies
(i) Electrochemical Energy Storage and Conversion Systems: Lithium-ion Batteries, Supercapacitors, Lithium-Sulfur Batteries, Sodium-ion Batteries, Multivalent Ion Batteries, Aqueous Battery Systems
(ii) Electrocatalysis: Metal-Air Batteries, Water Splitting, Fuel Cells
(iii) Photovoltaics/Photocatalysis/Electrochromics: Solar Cells, CO2 Reduction and Conversion

3. Fabrication of Devices
(i) Wearable Devices
(ii) All-Solid-State Devices
(iii) Smart Composites/Devices


PI: Principal Investigator
PA: Principal Applicant
CoA: Co-Applicant

(1) 2017/08-2020/04 Concordia University Start-Up Grant, PI
(2) 2018/06-2023/05 NSERC Discovery Grant, PI
(3) 2018/06-2021/05 NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement Grant, PI
(4) 2018/05-2019/04 Concordia ENCS Capital Research Innovation Fund, PA
(5) 2018/05-2019/04 Concordia Facility Optimization Program Grant, PI
(6) 2018/05-2019/04 
Concordia Team Start-Up Program Grant, PA  
(7) 2018/05-2019/04 
Petro-Canada Young Innovation Award, PI 
(8) 2018/10-2020/10 CQMF/QCAM Interinstitutional Collaboration Research Grant, PI 
(9) 2018/10-2020/10 
CQMF/QCAM Interinstitutional Collaboration Research Grant, CoA 
(10) 2019/05-2021/05 Horizon Postdoctoral Fellowship Grant, PA 



Google Scholar Citation: Total citation: 2428 H-index: 26; i10-index: 37

43. Matthew Li, Yining Zhang, Zhengyu Bai, Wenwen Liu, Tongchao Liu, Jihyeon Gim, Gaopeng Jiang, Yifei Yuan, Dan Luo, Kun Feng, Reza S. Yassar, Xiaolei Wang, Zhongwei Chen*, Jun Lu*, A Lithium-Sulfur Battery Using A 2D Current Collector Architecture with A Large-Sized Sulfur Host Operated under High Areal Loading and Low E/S Ratio

Advanced Materials201830(46), 1804271. 

42. Sahar Hemmati, Ge Li
Xiaolei Wang, Yuanli Ding, Yu Pei, Aiping Yu, Zhongwei Chen*, 3D N-doped Hybrid Architectures Assembled from 0D T-Nb2O5 Embedded in Carbon Microtubes toward High-Rate Li-ion Capacitors

Nano Energy, 2019, 56, 118-126. 

41. Min Ho Seo, Moon Gyu Park, Dong Un Lee, Xiaolei Wang, Wook Ahn, Seung Hyo Noh, Sung Mook Choi, Zachary P. Cano, Byungchan Han, Zhongwei Chen*, Bifunctionally Active and Durable Hierarchically Porous Transition Metal-Based Hybrid Electrocatalyst for Rechargeable Metal-Air Batteries

Applied Catalysis B: Environmental2018239, 677-687. 

40. Wen Lei, Ya-Ping Deng, Gaoran Li, Zachary Cano
Xiaolei Wang, Dan Luo, Yangshuai Liu, Deli Wang, Zhongwei Chen*, Two-Dimensional Phosphorus Doped Carbon Nansheets with Tunable Porosity for Oxygen Reactions in Zinc-Air Battery

ACS Catalysis20188(3), 2464-2472. 

39. Ge Li
§Xiaolei Wang§, Min Ho Seo, Matthew Li, Lu Ma, Yifei Yuan, Tianpin Wu, Aiping Yu, Shun Wang*, Jun Lu*, Zhongwei Chen*, Chemisorption of Lithium Polysulfides through Redox Reactions with Organic Molecules for Lithium-Sulfur Batteries

Nature Communication20189, 705. (co-first author)

38. Dan Luo, Yaping Deng, 
Xiaolei Wang, Gaoran Li, Juan Wu, JIng Fu, Wen Lei, Ruiling Liang, Yangshuai Liu, Yuanli Ding, Aiping Yu, Zhongwei Chen*, Tuning Shell Numbers of Transition Metal Oxide Hollow Microspheres towards Durable and Superior Lithium Storage

ACS Nano, 2017, 11(11), 11521-11530. 

37. Xiaogang Fu, Fathy Hassan, Pouyan Zamani, Gaopeng Jiang, Drew C Higgins, Ja-Yeon Choi,
Xiaolei Wang, Pan Xu, Yanru Liu, Zhongwei Chen*, Engineered Architecture of Nitrogenous Graphene Encapsulating Porous Carbon with Nano-Channel Reactors Enhancing the PEM Fuel Cell Performance

Nano Energy, 201742, 249-256. 

36. Matthew Li, Yining Zhang, Fathy Hassan, Wook Ahn, Xiaolei Wang, Wenwen Liu, Gaopeng Jiang, Zhongwei Chen*, Compact High Volumetric and Areal Capacity Lithium Sulfur Batteries through Rock Salt Induced Nano-Architectured Sulfur Hosts. 

Journal of Materials Chemistry A
, 2017, 5(40), 21435-21441.  

35. Ge Li, Dan Luo,
Xiaolei Wang*, Min Ho Seo, Aiping Yu, Zhongwei Chen*, Enhanced Reversible Sodium-Ion Intercalation by Synergistic Coupling of Few-Layered MoS2 and S-doped Graphene.  

Advanced Functional Materials
, 2017, 27(40), 1702562. (corresponding author)

34. Ge Li, Xiaolei Wang*, Min Ho Seo, Sahar Hemmati, Aiping Yu, Zhongwei Chen*, Design of Ultralong Single-Crystal Nanowire-Based Bifunctional Electrode for Efficient Oxygen and Hydrogen Evolution in A Mild Alkaline Electrolyte.

Journal of Materials Chemistry A
, 2017, 5(22), 10895-10901. (corresponding author)

Xiaolei Wang, Ge Li, Min Ho Seo, Gregory Lui, Fathy Hassan, Kun Feng, Xingcheng Xiao*, Zhongwei Chen*, Carbon-Coated Silicon Nanowires on Carbon Fabric as Self-Supported Electrodes for Flexible Lithium-Ion Batteries.

ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
, 2017, 9(11), 9551-9558.   

32. Matthew Li, Yining Zhang, Xiaolei Wang, Wook Ahn, Gaopeng Jiang, Gregory Lui, Zhongwei Chen*, Gas Pickering Emulsion Templated Hollow Carbon for High Rate Performance Lithium Sulfur Batteries.

Advanced Functional Materials
2016, 26(46), 8408-8417.

XiaoleiWang, Ge Li, Jingde Li, Yining Zhang, Wook Ahn, Aiping Yu, Zhongwei Chen*, Structural and Chemical Synergistic Encapsulation of Polysulfides Enables Ultralong-Life Lithium-Sulfur Batteries. 

Energy and Environmental Science
, 2016, 9, 2533-2538. (Highlighted in inside back cover)

XiaoleiWang§, Ge Li§, Yining Zhang, Zhongwei Chen*, Pomegranate-Inspired Rational Design of Highly Active and Durable Bifunctional Electrocatalysts for Rechargeable Metal-Air Batteries.

Angewandte Chemie International Edition
, 2016, 55(16), 4977-4982. (VIP paper) (co-first author)

Xiaolei Wang§, Xingye Fan§, Ge Li, Aiping Yu, Zhongwei Chen*, High-Performance Flexible Electrodes Based on Electrodeposited Polypyrrole/MnO2 on Carbon Cloth for Low-Cost Supercapacitors.

Journal of Power Sources
2016, 326, 357-364. (co-first author)

28. Gregory Lui, Ge Li, Xiaolei Wang, Aiping Yu, Zhongwei Chen*, Flexible, 3D Ordered Macroporous TiO2 Electrode with Enhanced Electrode-Electrolyte Interaction in High-Power Li-Ion Batteries.

Nano Energy
, 2016, 24, 72-77.

Xiaolei Wang, Ge Li, Min Ho Seo, Fathy M.Hassan, Md Ariful Hoque, Zhongwei Chen*, Sulfur Atoms Bridging Few-layered MoS2 with S-doped Graphene Enables Highly Robust Anode for Lithium-ion Batteries.

Advanced Energy Materials
2015, 5(23), 1501106.

Xiaolei Wang, Ge Li, Fathy M. Hassan, Jingde Li, Xingye Fan, Rasim Batmaz, Xingcheng Xiao, Zhongwei Chen*, Sulfur Covalently Bonded Graphene with Large Capacity and High Rate for High-Performance Sodium-ion Batteries Anodes.

Nano Energy
2015, 15, 746-754.

Xiaolei Wang, Xingye Fan, Ge Li, Matthew Li, Xingcheng Xiao, Aiping Yu*, Zhongwei Chen*, Composites of MnO2 Nanocrystals/Partially Graphitized Hierarchically Porous Carbon Spheres with Enhanced Rate Capability for High-performance Supercapacitors.

, 2015, 93, 258-265.     

Xiaolei Wang, Ge Li, Fathy M Hassan, Matthew Li, Kun Feng, Xingcheng Xiao*, Zhongwei Chen*, Building Sponge-like Robust Architecture of CNT-Graphene-Si Composites with Enhanced Rate and Cycling Performance for Lithium-Ion Batteries.

Journal of Materials Chemistry A
, 2015, 3, 3962-3967. 

Xiaolei Wang, Ge Li, Fathy M.Hassan, Rasim Batmaz, Xingcheng Xiao, Aiping Yu*, Fast Lithium-ion Storage of Nb2O5 Nanocrystals in-situ Grown on Carbon Nanotube for High-performance Asymmetric Supercapacitors.

RSC Advances
, 2015, 5, 41179-41185.  

22. Ge Li, 
Xiaolei Wang, Fathy M. Hassan, Matthew Li, Rasim Batmaz, Xingcheng Xiao, Aiping Yu*, Vanadium Pentoxide Nanorods Anchored to and Wrapped with Graphene Nanosheets for High-Performance Asymmetric Supercapacitors. 

, 2015, 2(9), 1264-1269.

21. Fathy M. Hassan, Rasim Batmaz, Jingde Li,
Xiaolei Wang, Aiping Yu, Xingcheng Xiao*, Zhongwei Chen*, Covalent Synergy of Silicon-Sulfur-Graphene as Peculiar Material Design for Cutting-edge Lithium-ion Battery.

Nature Communications
2015, 6, 8597. 

20. Wook Ahn, Min Ho Seo, Yun-Seok Jun, Dong Un Lee,
Xiaolei Wang, Aiping Yu, Zhongwei Chen*, Sulfur Nanogranular Film-Coated Three-Dimensional Graphene Sponge-Based High Power Lithium Sulfur Battery.

ACS Applied Materials& Interfaces
, 2016, 8(3), 1984-1991.

19. Dong Un Lee, Moon Gyu Park, Hey Woong Park, Min Ho Seo,
Xiaolei Wang, Zhongwei Chen, Highly Active and Durable Nanocrystals-Decorated Bifunctional Electrocatalyst for Rechargeable Zinc-Air Batteries.

, 2015, 8(18), 3129-3138.  

18. Kun Feng, Wook Ahn, Gregory Lui, Hey Woong, Ali Ghorbani Kashkooli, Gaopeng Jiang, Xiaolei Wang, Zhongwei Chen*, Implementing an in-situ carbon network in Si/reduced graphene oxide for high performance lithium-ion battery anodes.

Nano Energy
2016, 19, 187-197.

17. Chao Lei, Zheng Chen, Hiesang Sohn, Xiaolei Wang, Ding Weng, Meiqing Shen*, Yunfeng Lu*, Better Lithium-Ion Storage Materials Made through Hierarchical Assemblies of Active Nanorods and Nanocrystals. 

Journal of Materials Chemistry A
2014, 2, 17536-17544. 

16. Kun Feng, Hey Woong Park, Xiaolei Wang, Dong Un Lee, Zhongwei Chen*, High Performance Porous Anode Based on Template-Free Synthesis of Co3O4 Nanowires for Lithium-Ion Batteries.

Electrochimica Acta
, 2014, 109, 145-151.   

15. Ge Li, Xiaolei Wang*, Xueming Ma, Nb2O5-Carbon Core-Shell Nanocomposite as Anode Material for Lithium Ion Battery.

Journal of Energy Chemistry
, 2013, 22(3), 357-362. (corresponding author

14. Ge Li, Xiaolei Wang*, Xueming Ma*, Tetragonal VNb9O24.9-based Nanorods: A Novel Form of Lithium Battery Anode with Superior Cyclability.

Journal of Materials Chemistry A
2013, 1, 12409-12412. (corresponding author

13. Ge Li, Xiaolei Wang, Zheng Chen, Xueming Ma*, Yunfeng Lu*, Characterization of Niobium and Vanadium Oxide Nanocomposites with Improved Rate Performance and Cycling Stability.

Electrochimica Acta
, 2013, 102, 351-357.  

12. Zheng Chen, Yin Yuan, Huihui Zhou, XiaoleiWang, Zhihua Gan, Fosong Wang*, Yunfeng Lu*, 3D Nanocomposite Architectures from Carbon-Nanotube-Threaded Nanocrystals for High-Performance Electrochemical Energy Storage.

Advanced Materials
, 2014, 36(2), 339-345.   

11. Xilai Jia, Zheng Chen, Xia Cui, Yiting Peng, Xiaolei Wang, Fei Wei*, Yunfeng Lu*, Building Robust Architectures of Carbon and Metal Oxide Nanocrystals towards High-Performance Anodes for Lithium Ion Batteries.

ACS Nano
, 2012, 6(11), 9911-9919. 

10. Zheng Chen, Dieqing Zhang, Xiaolei Wang, Xilai Jia, Fei Wei, Hexing Li, Yunfeng Lu*, High-Performance Energy Storage Architectures from Carbon Nanotubes and Nanocrystal Building Blocks.

Advanced Materials
, 2012, 24(15), 2030-2036.   

9. Zheng Chen, Ding Weng, Xiaolei Wang, Yanhua Cheng, Ge Wang, Yunfeng Lu*, Ready fabrication of thin-film electrodes from building nanocrystals for micro-supercapacitors.

Chemical Communications
, 2012, 48, 3736-3738.  

8. Xilai Jia, Zheng Chen, Arnold Suwarnasarn, Xiaolei Wang, Hiesang Sohn, Qiang Zhang, Fei Wei, Yunfeng Lu*, High-performance flexible lithium-ion electrodes based on robust network architecture.

Energy and Environmental Science
, 2012, 5, 6845-6849.   

Xiaolei Wang, Ge Li, Zheng Chen, Veronica Augustyn, Xueming, Ma, Ge Wang, Bruce Dunn, Yunfeng Lu*, High-Performance Supercapacitors Based on CNT/Nb2O5 Nanocomposites.

Advanced Energy Materials
, 2011, 1(6), 1089-1093.   

Xiaolei Wang, Daocheng Pan, Ding Weng, Chen-Yian Low, Lynn Rice, Jinyu Han, Yunfeng Lu*, A General Synthesis of Cu−In−S Based Multicomponent Solid-Solution Nanocrystals with Tunable Band Gap, Size, and Structure.

The Journal of Physical Chemistry C
, 2010, 114(41), 17293-17297.   

5. Zheng Chen, Yaochun Qin, Ding Weng, Qiangfeng Xiao, Xiaolei Wang, Hexing Li, Fei Wei, Yunfeng Lu*, Design and Synthesis of Hierarchical Nanowire Composites for Electrochemical Energy Storage.

Advanced Functional Materials
, 2009, 19(21), 3420-3426.       

4. Daocheng Pan, Xiaolei Wang, Z. Hong Zhou, Wei Chen, Chuanlai Xu and Yunfeng Lu*, Synthesis of Quaternary Semiconductor Nanocrystals with Tunable Band Gaps.

Chemistry of Materials
, 2009, 21(12), 2489-2493.   

3. Daocheng Pan, Ding Weng, Xiaolei Wang, Qiangfeng Xiao, Wei Chen, Chuanlai Xu, Zhengzhong Yang, Yunfeng Lu*, Alloyed semiconductor nanocrystals with broad tunable bandgaps.

Chemical Communications
, 2009, 0, 4221-4223.   

Xiaolei Wang, Jinyu Han, Hua Wang*, Preparation of Lactide Using Ionic Liquid Catalyst.

Journal of Chemical Industry and Engineering
, 2007, 58(12), 4-8.  

1. Wei Mao, Xiaolei Wang, Hua Wang, Heying Chang, Xiangwen Zhang, Jinyu Han*, Thermodynamic and Kinetic Study of tert-amyl methyl ether (TAME) synthesis.

Chemical Engineering and Processing: Process Intensification
, 2007, 47(5), 761-769.


1. QiangfengXiao, Mei Cai, Yunfeng Lu, Zheng Chen, Xiaolei Wang, Huihui Zhou, Voltage-Responsive Coating for Lithium-Sulfur Batteries, Patent No. WO2014182281.
2. ZhongweiChen, Fathy Hassan, XiaoleiWang, A Preparation Method of Negative Electrodes for Lithium Batteries, Patent No. PCT/CA2016/050108. 

Teaching activities


2017 Fall: ENGR 251-X: Thermodynamics I 
2018 Winter: ENGR 691-K: Chemical Kinetics & Reaction Engineering 
2018 Fall: ENGR 251-XThermodynamics I 

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