Research Interests

​Cheng-Wei’s research interests focused on exploring unique properties and applications of conjugated aniline oligomers and carbon materials. He is also interested in solid state physics and chemistry. He involved the synthesis and characterizations of superhard borides, oxides and liquid metals. Currently, he is working on 2D materials, including Janus structure, crumpling, metathesis, and plan to study the interactions between conjugated molecules and 2D materials. 

Selected Publications

  • Highly permeable polyaniline-graphene oxide membranes for CO2 separations
    H. Kweon, C.-W. Lin, M. M. F. Hasan, R. B. Kaner, G. N. Sant
    ACS Applied Polymer Materials, (2019)
  • Next-generation asymmetric membranes using thin-film lift off
    B. T. McVerry, M. Anderson, N. He, H. Kweon, C. Ji, S. Xue, E. Rao, C. Lee, C.-W. Lin, D. ...
    Nano Letters, 19, 5036-5043, (2019)
  • Catalytic effects of aniline polymerization assisted by oligomers
    C.-W. Lin, W. H. Mak, D. Chen, H. Wang, S. Aguilar, R. B. Kaner
    ACS Catalysis, 9, 6596-6606, (2019)
  • Direct grafting of tetraaniline via perfluorophenylazide photochemistry to create antifouling, low bio-adhesion sur...
    C.-W. Lin, S. Aguilar, E. Rao, W. H. Mak, X. Huang, D. Jun, N. He, D. Chen, P. A. Curson, ...
    Chemical Science, 10, 4445-4457, (2019)
  • Synthesis of N = 8 armchair graphene nanoribbons from four distinct polydiacetylene
    R. S. Jordon, Y. L. Li, C.-W. Lin, R. D. McCurdy, J. Brosmer, K. L. Marsh, R. B. Kaner, Y....
    Journal of the American Chemical Society, 139, 15878-15890, (2017)
  • Organic dispersion of polyaniline and single-walled carbon nanotube and polyblends with poly (methyl methacrylate)
    T. Farrell, K. Wang, C.-W. Lin, R. B. Kaner
    Polymer, 129, 1-4, (2017)
  • Furthering our understanding of the doping mechanism in conjugated polymers using tetraaniline
    C.-W. Lin, R. L. Li, S. Robbennolt, M. T. Yeung, G. Akopov, R. B. Kaner
    Macromolecules, 50, 5892-5897, (2017)
  • Boosting the capacitance and voltage of aqueous supercapacitors via redox charge contribution from both electrode a...
    J. Hwang, M. F. El-Kady, M. Li, C.-W. Lin, M. D. Kowal, X. Han, R. B. Kaner
    Nano Today, 15, 15-25, (2017)
  • Superhard W0.5Ta0.5B nanowires prepared at ambient pressure
    M. T. Yeung, G. Akopov, C.-W. Lin, D. J. King, R. L. Li, Z. C. Sobell, R. Mohammadi, R. B....
    Applied Physical Letters, 109, 203107, (2016)
  • 3-D freeze-casting of cellular graphene film for ultrahigh-power-density supercapacitors
    Y. Shao, M. F. El-Kady, C.-W. Lin, G. Zhu, K. L. Marsh, J. Hwang, Q. Zhang, Y. Li, H. Wang...
    Advanced Materials, 28, 6719-6726, (2016)

Education Profile

  • Ph.D., Chemistry, UCLA, CA, USA, 2019
  • M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University, Illinois, USA, 2012
  • B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, NTHU, Hsinchu, Taiwan, 2010

Professional Profile

  • ​2019-..: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia


  • Materials Chemistry Dissertation Award, UCLA, 2019
  • UCLA Division of Physical Science Mautner Graduate Award, 2018
  • Dissertation Year Fellowship, UCLA, 2018-2019
  • Hanson-Dow Excellence in Teaching Award, UCLA, 2018
  • Final Round in the Contest of NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, 2015-2018
  • UCLA Research Showcase Travel Award, 2017
  • Finalist in the Contest of UC Carbon Slam at Xerox, Palo Alto, 2016
  • Excellence in Second Year Academic and Research Award, UCLA, 2015

KAUST Affiliations

  • KAUST Catalysis Center(KCC)
  • Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering(PSE)