Wei Wei, Ph.D.

“The goal of chemistry education is to prepare every student with adequate chemistry knowledge and skills to meet the need of society. It will also ensure that chemistry will be loved by the future generations of citizens. I employ a variety of traditional methods, modern technologies, and incorporating the history of chemistry into courses to make the students the center of chemistry education.”

Title

Assistant professor of chemistry

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Texas A&M University – College Station, TX
  • B.Sc., Wuhan University – Wuhan, China

Year joined Franklin

2018

Expertise

Atmospheric chemistry; gas phase reaction dynamics and mechanism; kinetics; spectroscopy; building scientific apparatus; science/education related programing.

I am initially trained in college as a pure chemist, but received in-depth chemical physics training in the Ph.D. program. Such experiences grant me a number of skills which include but not limited to: designing and using instruments to “see” molecules and their motions; and developing programs to “squeeze” chemistry information from experimental observations.

What is more important is that I realized the importance of interdisciplinary research. In the 21 century, traditional “pure chemistry,” “pure physics” or “pure biology” will be replaced by better collaborations of all three subjects. I am good at using physics and math as tools to solve chemistry problems and I am enthusiastic to help student acquiring such skills.

Why we need to learn math if we are chemists/biology/health major?

The ability of quantify a challenge and solve it with math is getting more and more important. For example, even in the late 20th century, with the help of statistics (and old room sized computers), epidemiologists successful pinpointed the cause of a severe disease which broke out during a veteran re-union, without examining all suspected causes one by one.

In my classes, I facilitate a student-math friend environment and help students to learn how to use math to solve chemistry problems, with a combination of practice worksheets, software involved projects, and inspiring stories.

What can I do with a chemistry degree?

There are so many things you can do with a chemistry degree. Check out this American Chemical Society page and you will likely find your dream career on the list.

You can do research in academia, industry, or for the military. You can serve in different jobs in industry and government institutes. You can be a doctor, a dentist, a forensic scientist, or a patent lawyer. You can also do jobs that do not sound related to chemistry, but in reality still related, like sales and human resource. You can even be a popular science writer if you get a chemistry degree and a journalism/ literature related degree.

I talked with a member of the National Academy of Sciences council member in the Summer of 2018 and he emphasized that a science degree now has even larger impart of on the job hunting of American people.

Selected Professional Accomplishments

Selected Talks

“Reaction Dynamics Study of Carbonyl Sulfide 214nm Photodissociation”, American Physical Society National Meeting, San Antonio, TX, March (2015).

Selected Conferences

Gordon Research Conference, Stonehill College, Easton, MA, July 2016 and 2018.

63rd Pacific Conference on Spectroscopy and Dynamics, Pacific Grove, CA, January 2016.

American Physical Society National Meeting, San Antonio, TX, March 2015.

American Chemical Society Southwest Regional Meeting, Waco TX, November 2013.

Awards

A.E. Martell Travel Award, Texas A&M University, TX, 2016

Graduate Student Presentation Grant, Texas A&M University, TX, 2015

National Training Program of Innovation for Undergraduates, Ministry of Education, China, 2008-2010

Publications

Wei Wei, Colin J. Wallace, Michael P. Grubb and Simon W. North “A Method of Extracting Speed-dependent Vector Correlations from 2+1 REMPI Ion Images” J. Chem. Phys. 147, 013947 (2017) (Special Topic Invitation)

Wei Wei, Colin J. Wallace, George C. McBane, and Simon W. North “Photodissociation Dynamics of OCS Near 214 nm Using Ion Imaging”, J. Chem. Phys. 145, 024310 (2016)

My Favorite Movies

Drama: To Live

Romance: Gone with the Wind

Comedy: Forrest Gump

Action: Hero (2002 Chinese movie)

Historical: Kingdom of Heaven

Animation: Princess Mononoke