Nianqiang “Nick” Wu has been appointed to the Armstrong/Siadat Endowed Professorship in Materials Science of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department at UMass Amherst. Wu’s work in the ChE department begins in January 2020, after spending five years as a professor at West Virginia University (WVU). The endowed professorship is awarded to a researcher in the area of materials science in ChE department.
The Armstrong/Siadat Endowed Professorship in Materials Science was established through gifts from John and Elizabeth Armstrong and Barry and Afsaneh Siadat.
Professor Wu comes to UMass from WVU, where he has been a professor and held the George B. Berry Endowed Chair Professorship in the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. His research interest lies in the materials science areas of: biosensing and photodynamic therapy (precision medicine); photocatalysts and photoelectrochemical cells for environmental and energy sustainability; and electrochemical energy storage.
Wu’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, and other funding agencies. He has authored or co-authored more than 180 journal articles. His papers were cited more than 2,800 times in a single year (2019), and he has achieved a total citation count of more than 20,000 throughout his career with an H-index of 65.
Among many other accomplishments, Professor Wu was identified in the Highly Cited Researchers list (The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds) by Clarivate Analytics (Thomson Reuters) in 2018 and 2019. He is a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry. He earned his B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Zhejiang University in China.
Materials science is an interdisciplinary field of science and engineering which deals with the study of matter and its properties. It is largely concerned with the discovery, design, and engineering of new materials. This relatively new field forms the leading edge of nanoscience and nanotechnology research. (February 2020)