Benjamin J. Wiley


Professor of Chemistry

In the Wiley Group, we make new nanomaterials by controlling the assembly of atoms in solution, and explore applications for nanomaterials in medicine, catalysis, plasmonics, and electronics. Our goal is to precisely control the size, shape, and composition of materials on the nanometer scale to explore how these parameters affect the fundamental properties of a material, and produce such nanomaterials economically so they can be applied to solve real-world problems.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Professor of Chemistry
  • Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 2214 French Family Science Cen, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 668-3066
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  • Ph.D. University of Washington, 2007
  • B.S. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2003

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Highly Cited Researcher. Thomson Reuters. 2014
  • Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. National Science Foundation. 2013
  • Colloid and Surface Science Division Poster Award. ACS. 2009
  • Graduate Student Gold Award. MRS. 2009
  • Iron Range Scholarship. University of Minnesota. 2009
  • NSF- IGERT Graduate Fellowship. Unknown. 2009
  • NSF-IGERT Early Bird Award in Nanotechnology. University of Washington. 2009
  • Roon Award. Federation of Socities for Coatings Technology. 2009
  • Runstad Fellowship. University of Washington. 2009
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows. NIH. 2008

Courses Taught

  • CHEM 210D: Modern Applications of Chemical Principles
  • CHEM 311: Physical Chemistry II
  • CHEM 393: Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 394: Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 493: Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 494: Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 548: Solid-State and Materials Chemistry
  • ENERGY 395: Connections in Energy: Interdisciplinary Team Projects
  • ENERGY 396-1: Connections in Energy: Interdisciplinary Team Projects
  • ENERGY 396: Connections in Energy: Interdisciplinary Team Projects
  • ENERGY 795: Connections in Energy: Interdisciplinary Team Projects
  • ENERGY 796: Connections in Energy: Interdisciplinary Team Projects

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Zhao, J; Kirillova, A; Kelly, CN; Xu, H; Koshut, WJ; Yang, F; Gall, K; Wiley, BJ, High-Strength Hydrogel Attachment through Nanofibrous Reinforcement., Advanced Healthcare Materials, vol 10 no. 4 (2021) [10.1002/adhm.202001119] [abs].
  • Cardenas, JA; Tsang, H; Tong, H; Abuzaid, H; Price, K; Cruz, MA; Wiley, BJ; Franklin, AD; Lazarus, N, Flash ablation metallization of conductive thermoplastics, Additive Manufacturing, vol 36 (2020) [10.1016/j.addma.2020.101409] [abs].
  • Brown, M; Wiley, BJ, Bromide Causes Facet-Selective Atomic Addition in Gold Nanorod Syntheses, Chemistry of Materials, vol 32 no. 15 (2020), pp. 6410-6415 [10.1021/acs.chemmater.0c01494] [abs].