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
  • Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 1102 French Family Science Cen, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 668-3066
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  • B.S. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2003
  • Ph.D. University of Washington, 2007

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 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 396T: Bass Connections Energy & Environment Research Team
  • ENERGY 796T: Bass Connections Energy & Environment Research Team

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Zhao, Jiacheng, Alina Kirillova, Cambre N. Kelly, Heng Xu, William J. Koshut, Feichen Yang, Ken Gall, and Benjamin J. Wiley. “High-Strength Hydrogel Attachment through Nanofibrous Reinforcement.” Advanced Healthcare Materials 10, no. 4 (February 2021): e2001119.
  • Cardenas, J. A., H. Tsang, H. Tong, H. Abuzaid, K. Price, M. A. Cruz, B. J. Wiley, A. D. Franklin, and N. Lazarus. “Flash ablation metallization of conductive thermoplastics.” Additive Manufacturing 36 (December 1, 2020).
  • Brown, M., and B. J. Wiley. “Bromide Causes Facet-Selective Atomic Addition in Gold Nanorod Syntheses.” Chemistry of Materials 32, no. 15 (August 11, 2020): 6410–15.