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Dr Weiping Wu

George Daniels Lecturer of Instrumentation and Sensor Systems

School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering, Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

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C133, Tait Building

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City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Dr Weiping Wu is the George Daniels Lecturer in the Electrical and Electronic Department, City University London.

His recent research focus is on novel sensing devices, such as optical sensors, chemical sensors and gas sensors. His research interests also include novel materials, thin films, nano structures for electronic devices (transistors, light-emitting diodes and memories), energy harvest (solar cells), and energy storage (super capacitors and batteries). He also did simulation and experimental research in the field of high frequency electronics, microwave, Terahertz (THz) and nano photonics with novel materials and structures.

He joint the University of Cambridge as a Research Associate in 2010. He worked on graphene and 2D materials for optoelectronics, in the Electrical Engineering Divison in the Engineering Department at Cambridge University from 2010-2013. He was an early member in the Cambridge Graphene Centre, worked on EPSRC and EU Graphene Flagship projects.

In 2013, he was appointed as a Research Fellow in the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC), University of Southampton where he worked on lasers, optical fibres, nano photonics and metamaterials.

Dr Wu is a worldwide known researcher on functional materials, semiconductors and photonics. He has discovered several novel materials, he also designed and demonstrated several novel devices such as novel transistors, photo-detectors and memories. He has published more than 50 papers with a total citation over 2000, and an h-index of 25. He contributed an invited book chapter for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Dr Wu sits on the committee broad of the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI). He is the Guest Editor in Chief for the International Journal of Polymer Science.


PhD, Material Chemistry, Chinese Academic of Sciences, 2010
Master, Chemistry, Chinese Academic of Sciences, 2006
BSc, Material Science, Shanghai Jiaotong University, 2004


2010-2013, University of Cambridge, Research Associate
2013-2015, University of Southampton, Research Fellow

Other appointments

Chinese UK Group, The Society of Chemical Industry (SCI)

Membership of professional bodies

IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
The International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE)
Optical Society of America (OSA)
RSC (Royal Society of Chemistry)


Dr Weiping Wu's current research focus is on novel sensing devices, such as optical sensors, chemical sensors and gas sensors. He is developing an interdisciplinary approach with optical fibre as a sensing platform, integrating many interesting functional materials, nano structures, polymers and devices, for a wide range of new applications. Another part of his research is on the development of next generation methodology for measurement. He has designed and is developing an interesting measurement system for evaluations and measurement of sensors.


  1. Wu, F., Qian, J., Wu, W., Ye, Y., Sun, Z., Xu, B. … Chen, R. (2017). Boron-doped microporous nano carbon as cathode material for high-performance Li-S batteries. NANO RESEARCH, 10(2), pp. 426–436. doi:10.1007/s12274-016-1303-7.
  2. Karvounis, A., Ou, J.-.Y., Wu, W., MacDonald, K.F. and Zheludev, N.I. (2015). Nano-optomechanical nonlinear dielectric metamaterials. APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, 107(19). doi:10.1063/1.4935795.
  3. Chen, R., Zhao, T., Wu, W., Wu, F., Li, L., Qian, J. … Amine, K. (2014). Free-Standing Hierarchically Sandwich-Type Tungsten Disulfide Nanotubes/Graphene Anode for Lithium-Ion Batteries. NANO LETTERS, 14(10), pp. 5899–5904. doi:10.1021/nl502848z.
  4. Wu, B., Tuncer, H.M., Katsounaros, A., Wu, W., Cole, M.T., Ying, K. … Hao, Y. (2014). Microwave absorption and radiation from large-area multilayer CVD graphene. CARBON, 77, pp. 814–822. doi:10.1016/j.carbon.2014.05.086.
  5. Torrisi, F., Hasan, T., Wu, W., Sun, Z., Lombardo, A., Kulmala, T.S. … Ferrari, A.C. (2012). Inkjet-printed graphene electronics. ACS Nano, 6(4), pp. 2992–3006. doi:10.1021/nn2044609.
  6. Wu, W., Liu, Y. and Zhu, D. (2010). π-Conjugated molecules with fused rings for organic field-effect transistors: Design, synthesis and applications. Chemical Society Reviews, 39(5), pp. 1489–1502. doi:10.1039/b813123f.
  7. He, Y., Wu, W., Liu, Y. and Li, Y. (2009). High performance polymer field-effect transistors based on polythiophene derivative with conjugated side chain. Journal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry, 47(20), pp. 5304–5312. doi:10.1002/pola.23579.

Conference papers and proceedings (2)

  1. Karvounis, A., Ou, J.Y., Gholipour, B., Wu, W., Macdonald, K.F. and Zheludev, N.I. (2016). Sub-GHz modulation of light with dielectric nanomechanical metamaterials.
  2. Yin, J., Wang, Z., Wu, W., Adamo, G., Zheludev, N.I. and Soci, C. (2014). Electronic and optical properties of plasmonic topological insulators.

Journal articles (38)

  1. Dissanayake, K.P.W., Wu, W., Nguyen, H., Sun, T. and Grattan, K.T.V. (2018). Graphene-Oxide-Coated Long-Period Grating-Based Fiber Optic Sensor for Relative Humidity and External Refractive Index. Journal of Lightwave Technology, 36(4), pp. 1145–1151. doi:10.1109/JLT.2017.2756097.
  2. Iqbal, S., Zhang, L.J., Fu, X.C., Su, D., Zhou, H.L., Wu, W. … Zhang, T. (2018). Highly-efficient low cost anisotropic wet etching of silicon wafers for solar cells application. AIP Advances, 8(2). doi:10.1063/1.5012125.
  3. Dissanayake, K.P.W., Wu, W., Nguyen, H., Sun, T. and Grattan, K.T.V. (2017). Graphene oxide coated long period grating based fibre optic humidity sensor. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, 10323. doi:10.1117/12.2265465.
  4. Yan, L., Zhao, Y., Wang, X., Wang, X.Z., Wong, W.Y., Liu, Y. … Wu, H. (2012). Platinum-based poly(aryleneethynylene) polymers containing thiazolothiazole group with high hole mobilities for field-effect transistor applications. Macromolecular Rapid Communications, 33(6-7), pp. 603–609. doi:10.1002/marc.201200018.
  5. Ye, S., Liu, Y., Chen, J., Lu, K., Wu, W., Du, C. … Yu, G. (2010). Solution-processed solid solution of a novel carbazole derivative for high-performance blue phosphorescent organic light-emitting diodes. Advanced Materials, 22(37), pp. 4167–4171. doi:10.1002/adma.201001392.
  6. Ye, S., Liu, Y., Lu, K., Wu, W., Du, C., Liu, Y. … Yu, G. (2010). An alternative approach to constructing solution processable multifunctional materials: Their structure, properties, and application in high-performance organic light-emitting diodes. Advanced Functional Materials, 20(18), pp. 3125–3135. doi:10.1002/adfm.201000474.
  7. Liu, B., Wu, W., Peng, B., Liu, Y., He, Y., Pan, C. … Zou, Y. (2010). A polythiophene derivative with octyl diphenylamine-vinylene side chains: Synthesis and its applications in field-effect transistors and solar cells. Polymer Chemistry, 1(5), pp. 678–684. doi:10.1039/c0py00022a.
  8. Ye, S., Chen, J., Di, C.A., Liu, Y., Lu, K., Wu, W. … Yu, G. (2010). Phenyl-substituted fluorene-dimer cored anthracene derivatives: Highly fluorescent and stable materials for high performance organic blue- and white-light-emitting diodes. Journal of Materials Chemistry, 20(16), pp. 3186–3194. doi:10.1039/b925418h.
  9. Di, C.A., Yu, G., Liu, Y., Guo, Y., Sun, X., Zheng, J. … Zhu, D. (2009). Selective crystallization of organic semiconductors for high performance organic field-effect transistors. Chemistry of Materials, 21(20), pp. 4873–4879. doi:10.1021/cm902594y.
  10. Di, C.A., Yu, G., Liu, Y., Guo, Y., Sun, X., Zheng, J. … Zhu, D. (2009). Effect of dielectric layers on device stability of pentacene-based field-effect transistors. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 11(33), pp. 7268–7273. doi:10.1039/b902476j.
  11. Wan, M., Wu, W., Sang, G., Zou, Y., Liu, Y. and Li, Y. (2009). Poly(thienylene-vinylene-thienylene) with cyano substituent: synthesis and application in field-effect transistor and polymer solar cell. Journal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry, 47(16), pp. 4028–4036. doi:10.1002/pola.23464.
  12. Sun, Y., Liu, Y., Wang, Y., Di, C., Wu, W. and Yu, G. (2009). Polymer gate dielectrics with self-assembled monolayers for high-mobility organic thin-film transistors based on copper phthalocyanine. Applied Physics A: Materials Science and Processing, 95(3), pp. 777–780. doi:10.1007/s00339-008-5069-y.
  13. Guo, Y., Di, C.A., Ye, S., Sun, X., Zheng, J., Wen, Y. … Liu, Y. (2009). Multibit storage of organic thin-film field-effect transistors. Advanced Materials, 21(19), pp. 1954–1959. doi:10.1002/adma.200802430.
  14. Wen, Y., Liu, Y., Di, C.A., Wang, Y., Sun, X., Guo, Y. … Yu, G. (2009). Improvements in stability and performance of N,N'-dialkyl perylene diimide-based n-type thin-film transistors. Advanced Materials, 21(16), pp. 1631–1635. doi:10.1002/adma.200802934.
  15. Guo, Y., Du, C., Di, C.A., Zheng, J., Sun, X., Wen, Y. … Liu, Y. (2009). Field dependent and high light sensitive organic phototransistors based on linear asymmetric organic semiconductor. Applied Physics Letters, 94(14). doi:10.1063/1.3115794.
  16. Ye, S., Liu, Y., Di, C.A., Xi, H., Wu, W., Wen, Y. … Yu, G. (2009). Wide-energy-gap host materials for blue phosphorescent organic light-emitting diodes. Chemistry of Materials, 21(7), pp. 1333–1342. doi:10.1021/cm8032302.
  17. Liu, Y., Wang, Y., Wu, W., Liu, Y., Xi, H., Wang, L. … Yu, G. (2009). Synthesis, characterization, and field-effect transistor performance of thieno[3,2-b]thieno[27prime;,3′:4,5]thieno [2,3-d]thiophene derivatives. Advanced Functional Materials, 19(5), pp. 772–778. doi:10.1002/adfm.200800829.
  18. Zou, Y., Sang, G., Wu, W., Liu, Y. and Li, Y. (2009). A polythiophene derivative with octyloxyl triphenylamine-vinylene conjugated side chain: Synthesis and its applications in field-effect transistor and polymer solar cell. Synthetic Metals, 159(3-4), pp. 182–187. doi:10.1016/j.synthmet.2008.08.010.
  19. He, Y., Wu, W., Zhao, G., Liu, Y. and Li, Y. (2008). Poly(3,6-dihexyl-thieno[3,2-b]thiophene vinylene): Synthesis, Field-Effect Transistors, and Photovoltaic Properties. MACROMOLECULES, 41(24), pp. 9760–9766. doi:10.1021/ma801923c.
  20. Wu, W., Zhang, H., Wang, Y., Ye, S., Guo, Y., Di, C. … Liu, Y. (2008). High-performance organic transistor memory elements with steep flanks of hysteresis. Advanced Functional Materials, 18(17), pp. 2593–2601. doi:10.1002/adfm.200701269.
  21. Di, C.A., Yu, G., Liu, Y., Guo, Y., Wu, W., Wei, D. … Zhu, D. (2008). Efficient modification of Cu electrode with nanometer-sized copper tetracyanoquinodimethane for high performance organic field-effect transistors. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 10(17), pp. 2302–2307. doi:10.1039/b718935d.
  22. Di, C.A., Yu, G., Liu, Y., Guo, Y., Wang, Y., Wu, W. … Zhu, D. (2008). High-performance organic field-effect transistors with low-cost copper electrodes. Advanced Materials, 20(7), pp. 1286–1290. doi:10.1002/adma.200701812.
  23. Wu, W., Liu, Y., Wang, Y., Xi, H., Gao, X., Di, C. … Zhu, D. (2008). High-performance, low-operating-voltage organic field-effect transistors with low pinch-off voltages. Advanced Functional Materials, 18(5), pp. 810–815. doi:10.1002/adfm.200701125.
  24. Wang, Y., Liu, Y., Song, Y., Ye, S., Wu, W., Guo, Y. … Hu, W. (2008). Organic field-effect transistors with a low pinch-off voltage and a Controllable threshold voltage. Advanced Materials, 20(3), pp. 611–615. doi:10.1002/adma.200701476.
  25. Guo, Y., Liu, Y., Di, C.A., Yu, G., Wu, W., Ye, S. … Sun, Y. (2007). Tuning the threshold voltage by inserting a thin molybdenum oxide layer into organic field-effect transistors. Applied Physics Letters, 91(26). doi:10.1063/1.2822443.
  26. Kim, E., Shen, Y.R., Wu, W., Ponizovskaya, E., Yu, Z., Bratkovsky, A.M. … Williams, R.S. (2007). Modulation of negative index metamaterials in the near-IR range. APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, 91(17). doi:10.1063/1.2801701.
  27. Gao, X., Wang, Y., Yang, X., Liu, Y., Qiu, W., Wu, W. … Zhu, D. (2007). Dibenzotetrathiafulvalene bisimides: New building blocks for organic electronic materials. Advanced Materials, 19(19), pp. 3037–3042. doi:10.1002/adma.200700007.
  28. Zou, Y., Wu, W., Sang, G., Yang, Y., Liu, Y. and Li, Y. (2007). Polythiophene derivative with phenothiazine-vinylene conjugated side chain: Synthesis and its application in field-effect transistors. Macromolecules, 40(20), pp. 7231–7237. doi:10.1021/ma071402v.
  29. Bowles, S.E., Wu, W., Kowalewski, T., Schalnat, M.C., Davis, R.J., Pemberton, J.E. … Pyun, J. (2007). Magnetic assembly and pyrolysis of functional ferromagnetic colloids into one-dimensional carbon nanostructures. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 129(28), p. 8694. doi:10.1021/ja072757x.
  30. Wang, Y., Zhou, E., Liu, Y., Xi, H., Ye, S., Wu, W. … Li, Y. (2007). Solution-processed organic field-effect transistors based on polythiophene derivatives with conjugated bridges as linking chains. Chemistry of Materials, 19(14), pp. 3361–3363. doi:10.1021/cm070884m.
  31. Sun, Y., Tan, L., Jiang, S., Qian, H., Wang, Z., Yan, D. … Zhu, D. (2007). High-performance transistor based on individual single-crystalline micrometer wire of perylo[1,12-6,c,d]thiophene. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 129(7), pp. 1882–1883. doi:10.1021/ja068079g.
  32. Gao, X., Wu, W., Liu, Y., Jiao, S., Qiu, W., Yu, G. … Zhu, D. (2007). Linear benzene-fused bis(tetrathiafulvalene) compounds for solution processed organic field-effect transistors. Journal of Materials Chemistry, 17(8), pp. 736–743. doi:10.1039/b613093c.
  33. Wu, W., Xu, W., Hu, W., Liu, Y. and Zhu, D. (2006). Progresses in organic field-effect transistors and molecular electronics. Frontiers of Chemistry in China, 1(4), pp. 357–363. doi:10.1007/s11458-006-0051-8.
  34. Wang, Y., Wang, H., Liu, Y., Di, C.A., Sun, Y., Wu, W. … Zhu, D. (2006). 1-Imino nitroxide pyrene for high performance organic field-effect transistors with low operating voltage. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 128(40), pp. 13058–13059. doi:10.1021/ja064580x.
  35. Wu, W.P., Zhao, B.Y., Wu, Q., Chen, L.S. and Hu, K.A. (2006). The strengthening effect of guar gum on the yield stress of magnetorheological fluid. Smart Materials and Structures, 15(4). doi:10.1088/0964-1726/15/4/N04.
  36. Gao, X., Wu, W., Liu, Y., Qiu, W., Sun, X., Yu, G. … Zhu, D. (2006). A facile synthesis of linear benzene-fused bis(tetrathiafulvalene) compounds and their application for organic field-effect transistors. Chemical Communications, (26), pp. 2750–2752. doi:10.1039/b603632e.
  37. Sun, Y., Liu, Y., Ma, Y., Di, C., Wang, Y., Wu, W. … Zhu, D. (2006). Organic thin-film transistors with high mobilities and low operating voltages based on 5, 5′ -bis-biphenyl-dithieno[3,2-b: 2′, 3′ -d]thiophene semiconductor and polymer gate dielectric. Applied Physics Letters, 88(24). doi:10.1063/1.2209213.
  38. Sun, Y., Rohde, D., Liu, Y., Wan, L., Wang, Y., Wu, W. … Zhu, D. (2006). A novel air-stable n-type organic semiconductor: 4,4′-bis[(6, 6′-diphenyl)-2,2-difluoro-1,3,2-dioxaborine] and its application in organic ambipolar field-effect transistors. Journal of Materials Chemistry, 16(46), pp. 4499–4503. doi:10.1039/b608840f.