Mei Wei

Mei Wei
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education
Ph.D., University of New South Wales (1998), Australia

Department of Materials Science & Engineering
97 North Eagleville Road, Unit 3136
Storrs, CT 06269-3136
Office: IMS 142
Phone: (860) 486-9253
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Current Research

  • Fabrication of novel tissue engineering scaffolds for bone and osteochondral repair
  • Biomimetic apatite and apatite/collagen coatings for bone repair and drug delivery: In vitro and in vivo tests
  • Establishment of in vivo time-lapsed imaging platform for in situ visualization of cell-scaffold interplay during new bone formation and remodeling
  • Dense apatite-polymer fiber absorbable composites for medium- and high-load bearing skeletal repair applications


Awards & Honors

2013 Elected as a member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE)
2007 Women of Innovation Award
2007 Professional Excellence Awards, Educator of the Year, UConn
2005 Outstanding Department Member, Dept. of Materials Science and Eng., UConn
2004 KC Wong Research Fellowship of Chinese Academy of Sciences
1998-1999 Postdoc Fellowship of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
1999 Australian Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (ARC, not taken up as the offer received after the commence of the fellowship in Japan)

Recent Publications

 C Hu, M Aindow, M Wei. Focused ion beam sectioning studies of biomimetic hydroxyapatite coatings on Ti-6Al-4V substrates. Surface and Coatings Technology, 313, 255-262, 2017.

ST Bendtsen, M Wei. Development of an alginate-hydroxyapatite hydrogel for 3D bioprinting bone tissue engineered scaffolds. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research: Part A, 105, 1457-68, 2017.

C Hu, M Wei. Biomimetic intrafibrillar silicification of collagen fibrils through a one-step collagen self-assembly/silicification approach. RSC Advances, 7, 34624-32, 2017.

C Hu, M Zilm, M Wei. Fabrication of intrafibrillar and extrafibrillar mineralized collagen/apatite scaffolds with a hierarchical structure. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research: Part A, 104, 1153-61, 2016.

ME Zilm, L Chen, V Sharma, A McDannald, M Jain, R Ramprasad, M Wei.  Hydroxyapatite substituted by transition metals: Theory and experiment, Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 18, 16457-65, 2016.

B Heimbach, K Grassie, MT Shaw, JR Olson, M Wei. Effect of hydroxyapatite nanorod volume fraction on the mechanical properties of high modulus biodegradable bone fixation devices. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research: Part B. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research: Part B, doi: 10.1002/jbm.b.33713, 2016.

D Clearfield, M Wei. Investigation of Structural Collapse in Unidirectionally Freeze Cast Collagen Scaffolds. J Mater Sci Mater Med, 27, 15, 2016.

C Hu, M Zilm, M Wei. Intrafibrillar mineralized hierarchical collagen/hydroxyapatite scaffold via a bottom-up approach. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research: Part A, DOI: 10.1002/jbm.a.35649, 2016.

ME Zilm, M Staruch, M Jain, M Wei. An intrinsically magnetic biomaterial with tunable magnetic properties. Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 2, 7176-5, 2014.

S-P Sun, M Wei, JR Olson, MT Shaw. A modified pultrusion process for preparing composites reinforced with continuous fibers and aligned hydroxyapatite nano needles. Polymer Composites, 36, 931-38, 2015.


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