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Biography of PI


Shuai Wei received his B.E. degree in electronic science and technologies in the physics department of East China Normal University in Shanghai before moving to Germany to obtain his master degree in materials science and engineering at Saarland University. In September 2014, he received his doctoral degree in materials science and engineering at the Chair of Metallic Materials of Prof. Ralf Busch at Saarland University, Germany. His doctoral work focused on thermodynamics, kinetics and structure of bulk metallic glasses (amorphous metals). In November 2014, he moved to Arizona State University as a Humboldt Feoder-Lynen Postdoctoral Research Fellow hosted by Prof. C. Austen Angell. He studied the kinetic and thermodynamic anomalies in chalcogenide phase-change materials in collaboration with Prof. Pierre Lucas who was a co-host at University of Arizona. After two-year research stay in the USA, he returned to Germany and has joined the group of Prof. Matthias Wuttig at RWTH Aachen University and is working on phase-change materials since November 2016. From August 2020, he takes the position of tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Aarhus University in Denmark.

His research interests are novel amorphous materials for innovative technologies, including phase-change materials (e.g. Ge-Sb-Te) for next generation non-volatile memory applications and 3D printed amorphous metals for structural applications.

Among his prizes and awards are the 1st Place of RWTH Innovation Award (2020 Aachen), Place-to-be RWTH Start-Up seed funding (2017 Aachen), the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Feodor-Lynen Research Fellowship (2014-2016 Bonn & Arizona), Dr.-Eduard-Martin-Preis (2015 Saarbrücken), the Materials Research Society (MRS) Graduate Student Silver Award (2013 Boston), and the Kühborth-Stiftung-Preis (2010 Saarbrücken).

Working Experience

08/2020- Present Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
Tenure-track Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry  
11/2016- 07/2020  RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany
Institute of Physics (IA): Physics of New Materials
PI of DFG project, Feodor-Lynen Return Fellow, postdoc researcher
11/2014- 10/2016 Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA
School of Molecular Sciences
Feodor-Lynen Postdoctoral Research Fellow of Humboldt-Foundation
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, visiting scholar
08/2009- 10/2014 Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany
PhD candidate and research assistant at Chair for Metallic Materials



09/2014 Ph.D. Saarland University (Saarbrücken, Germany)
Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering (08/2009 – 09/2014)
07/2009 M. Sc., Saarland University (Saarbrücken, Germany)
Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering (10/2007 - 07/2009) 
Dual M. Sc. degree at Luleå University of Technology (Luleå, Sweden) (09/2008-12/2008)
07/2007 B.E. East China Normal University (Shanghai, China)
Dept. of Physics (09/2003 - 07/2007)         
Exchange study at Bielefeld University (Germany) (09/2005-07/2006)