Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Xiaoliang Wei

  • Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Energy Engineering
Xiaoliang Wei

SL 260D
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  • Brown University, Chemistry, Ph.D., 09/2009
  • University of Science and Technology of China, Materials Science and Engineering, B.S., 07/2003

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), 1/2018 - 3/2018
  • Scientist II & III, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA, 8/2013 - 12/2017
  • Post Doctorate Research Associate: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA, 4/2011 - 7/2013
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 2/2010 - 3/2011

Selected Publications

  • Jinhua Huang, Wentao Duan, Jinging Zhang, Ilya A. Shkrob, Rajeev S. Assary, Bapfei Pan, Chen Liao, Zhengcheng Zhang, Xiaoliang Wei,* Lu Zhang,* Substituted Thiadiazoles as Energy-Rich Anolytes for Nonaqueous Redox Flow Cells. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, accepted., 3/2018
  • Aaron Hollas, Xiaoliang Wei,* Vijayakumar Murugesan, Zimin Nie, Bin Li, David Reed, Jun Liu, Vincent Sprenkle, Wei Wang,* A Nature-Inspired, Energy-Dense Phenazine-based Anolyte for Aqueous Organic Redox Flow Batteries. Nature Energy, accepted. , 3/2018
  • Jinhua Huang, Zheng Yang, Vijayakumar Murugesan, Wentao Duan, Aaron Hollas, Baofei Pan, Wei Wang, Xiaoliang Wei,* Lu Zhang,* A Two-Electron Nonaqueous Organic Redox Flow Battery. Advanced Sustainable Systems, 2018, 2, 1700131., 3/2018
  • Xiaoliang Wei,* Wenxiao Pan, Wentao Duan, Aaron Hollas, Zheng Yang, Bin Li, Zimin Nie, Jun Liu, David Reed, Wei Wang, Vincent Sprenkle, Materials and Systems for Organic Redox Flow Batteries: Status and Challenges. ACS Energy Letters, 2017, 2, 2187. Invited review., 3/2017
  • Jingjing Zhang, Zheng Yang, Ilya A. Shkrob, Rajeev S. Assary, Siu on Tung, Benjamin Silcox, Wentao Duan, Junjie Zhang, Chen Liao, Zhengcheng Zhang, Wei Wang, Larry A. Curtiss, Levi Thompson, Xiaoliang Wei,* Lu Zhang,* Annulated dialkoxybenzenes as catholyte materials for nonaqueous redox flow batteries: achieving high chemical stability through bicyclic substitution. Advanced Energy Materials 2017, 7, 1701272. (Cover Story), 3/2017
  • Wentao Duan, Jinhua Huang, Jeffrey A. Kowalski, Ilya A. Shkrob, Vijayakumar Murugesan, Eric Walter, Baofei Pan, Zheng Yang, Jarrod D. Milshtein, Bin Li, Chen Liao, Zhengcheng Zhang, Wei Wang, Jun Liu, Jeffrey S. Moore, Fikile Brushett, Lu Zhang,* Xiaoliang Wei,* “Wine-dark sea” in an organic flow battery: storing negative charge in 2,1,3-benzothiadiazole radicals leads to improved cyclability. ACS Energy Letters 2017, 2, 1156., 3/2017
  • Kee Sung Han, Nav Nidhi Rajput, Vijayakumar Murugesan, Xiaoliang Wei, Wei Wang, Jianzhi Hu, Kristin Persson, Karl T. Mueller, Preferential solvation of an asymmetric redox molecule. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2016, 120, 27834., 3/2016
  • Xiaoliang Wei,* Wentao Duan, Jinhua Huang, Lu Zhang, Bin Li, David Reed, Vincent Sprenkle, Wu Xu, Wei Wang,* A high-current, stable nonaqueous organic redox flow battery. ACS Energy Letters, 2016, 1, 705., 3/2016
  • Wentao Duan, Rama S. Vemuri, Jarrod D. Milshtein, Sydney Laramie, Rylan D. Dmello, Jinhua Huang, Lu Zhang, Dehong Hu, Vijayakumar Murugesan, Wei Wang, Jun Liu, Levi Thompson, Kyle Smith, Jeffrey S. Moore, Fikile R. Brushett,* Xiaoliang Wei,* A symmetric organic-based nonaqueous redox flow battery and its state of charge diagnostics by FTIR. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2016, 4, 5448., 3/2016
  • Tianbiao Liu, Xiaoliang Wei, Zimin Nie, Vincent Sprenkle, Wei Wang, A total organic aqueous redox flow battery employing low cost and sustainable methyl viologen (MV) anolyte and 4-HO-TEMPO catholyte. Advanced Energy Materials, 2016, 6, 1501449., 3/2016
  • Xiaoliang Wei,* Wu Xu, Jinhua Huang, Lu Zhang, Eric Walter, Chad Lawrence, Vijayakumar Murugesan, Wesley A. Henderson, Tianbiao Liu, Lelia Cosimbescu, Bin Li, Vincent Sprenkle, Wei Wang,* Radical compatibility with nonaqueous electrolytes and its impact on an all-organic redox flow battery. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2015, 54, 8684. , 3/2015
  • Xiaoliang Wei, Lelia Cosimbescu, Wu Xu, Jianzhi Hu, Vijayakumar Murugesan, Ju Feng, Mary Y. Hu, Xuchu Deng, Jie Xiao, Jun Liu, Vincent Sprenkle, Wei Wang, Towards high-performance nonaqueous redox flow electrolyte via ionic modification of active species. Advanced Energy Materials 2015, 5, 1400678. , 3/2015
  • Xiaoliang Wei, Bin Li, Wei Wang, Porous polymeric composite separators for redox flow batteries. Polymer Reviews 2015, 55, 247. , 3/2015
  • Huilin Pan, Xiaoliang Wei, Wesley A. Henderson, Yuyan Shao, Junzheng Chen, Priyanka Bhattacharya, Jie Xiao, Jun Liu, On the way toward understanding solution chemistry of lithium polysulfides for high energy Li–S redox flow batteries. Advanced Energy Materials 2015, 5, 1500113. , 3/2015
  • Xuchu Deng, Mary Y. Hu, Xiaoliang Wei, Wei Wang, Zhong Chen, Jun Liu, Jianzhi Hu, Natural abundance 17O nuclear magnetic resonance and computational modeling studies of lithium based liquid electrolytes. Journal of Power Sources 2015, 285, 146. , 3/2015
  • Xiaoliang Wei, Wu Xu, Vijayakumar Murugesan, Lelia Cosimbescu, Tianbiao Liu, Vincent Sprenkle, Wei Wang, TEMPO-based catholyte for high energy density nonaqueous redox flow batteries. Advanced Materials 2014, 26, 7649., 3/2014
  • Bin Li, Meng Gu, Zimin Nie, Xiaoliang Wei, Chongming Wang, Vincent Sprenkle, Wei Wang, Nanorod niobium oxide as powerful catalysts for an all vanadium redox flow battery. Nano Letters 2014, 14, 158., 3/2014
  • Xiaoliang Wei, Zimin Nie, Qingtao Luo, Bin Li, Baowei Chen, Kevin Simmons, Vincent Sprenkle, Wei Wang, Nanoporous polytetrafluoroethylene/silica composite separator as a high-Performance all-vanadium redox flow battery membrane. Advanced Energy Materials 2013, 3, 1215., 3/2013
  • Bin Li, Meng Gu, Zimin Nie, Yuyan Shao, Qingtao Luo, Xiaoliang Wei, Xiaolin Li, Jie Xiao, Chongming Wang, Vincent Sprenkle, Wei Wang, Bismuth nanoparticle decorating graphite felt as high-performance electrode for all-vanadium redox flow battery. Nano Letters 2013, 13, 1330., 3/2013
  • Wei Wang, Qingtao Luo, Bin Li, Xiaoliang Wei, Liyu Li, Zhenguo Yang, Recent progress in redox flow battery research and development. Advanced Functional Materials 2012, 23, 970. , 3/2012
  • Wei Wang, Zimin Nie, Baowei Chen, Feng Chen, Qingtao Luo, Xiaoliang Wei, Guanguang Xia, Maria Skyllas-Kazacos, Liyu Li, Zhenguo Yang, A new Fe/V redox flow battery using a sulfuric/chloric mixed-acid supporting electrolyte. Advanced Energy Materials 2012, 2, 487., 3/2012
  • Xiaoliang Wei, Liyu Li, Qingtao Luo, Zimin Nie, Wei Wang, Bin Li, Guanguang Xia, Eric Miller, Jeff Chambers, Zhenguo Yang, Microporous separators for Fe/V redox flow batteries. Journal of Power Sources 2012, 218, 39., 3/2012

Awards, Honors, and Certifications

  • “Pathway to Excellence” Patent Award, 3/2017
  • Ronald L. Brodzinski Early Career Exceptional Achievement Award, 3/2016
  • Exceptional Contribution Award, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, 3/2015
  • Of-The-Year (OTY) Award, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, 3/2012


Stationary energy storage, redox flow batteries, multivalent batteries, membranes, organic synthesis, polymer chemistry, interfacial phenomena, surface characterizations, scanning tunneling microscopy


Redox flow batteries, multivalent batteries, 2D layered materials, supercapacitors, graphene, materials design and synthesis, advanced characterizations