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: +1 919 668 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
  • Roon Award. Federation of Socities for Coatings Technology. 2009
  • Runstad Fellowship. University of Washington. 2009
  • NSF-IGERT Early Bird Award in Nanotechnology. University of Washington. 2009
  • Iron Range Scholarship. University of Minnesota. 2009
  • NSF- IGERT Graduate Fellowship. Unknown. 2009
  • Colloid and Surface Science Division Poster Award. ACS. 2009
  • Graduate Student Gold Award. MRS. 2009
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows. NIH. 2008

Courses Taught

  • ENERGY 796T: Bass Connections Energy & Environment Research Team
  • ENERGY 795T: Bass Connections Energy & Environment Research Team
  • ENERGY 396T: Bass Connections Energy & Environment Research Team
  • ENERGY 395T: Bass Connections Energy & Environment Research Team
  • CHEM 548: Solid-State and Materials Chemistry
  • CHEM 494: Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 493: Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 394: Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 393: Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 210D: Modern Applications of Chemical Principles

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.