Fang Qian

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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
7000 East Avenue, L-452
Livermore, CA 94550
phone: 925 424 5634

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Ph.D.: Chemistry - Harvard - 2008


My general interest lies in the development of nano-enabled technology that can be coupled with fundamental chemical, biological, and energy research. Specific research topics include: (i) investigating electronic semiconductor nanowire/microbe interfaces in various solar-driven microbial electrolysis cells; (ii) isolation/characterization of electrogenic bacterial strains; (iii) rational design and synthesis of nanoprobes for biosensing applications; and (iv) controlled microbial synthesis of functional nanomaterials.


  1. A. J. Pascall, F. Qian, G. Wang, M. A. Worsley, Y. Li and J. D. Kuntz, “Light-Directed Electrophoretic Deposition: A New Additive Manufacturing Technique for Arbitrarily Patterned 3D Composites.” Adv. Mater., accepted (2014)
  2. (* equally contributed) H. Wang*, F. Qian*, G. Wang, Y. Jiao, Z. He and Y. Li, “Self-Biased Solar-Microbial Device for Sustainable Hydrogen Generation”, ACS Nano, 7, 8728–8735 (2013) 
    - featured by UCSC University news, NSF NewsSanta Cruz SentinelYahoo! NewsScience DailyTechnology OrgPhys Org, Vice Magazine and Materials360
  3. H. Wang, G. Wang, Y. Ling, F. Qian, Y. Song, X. Lu, S. Chen, Y. Tong and Y. Li, “High Power Density Microbial Fuel Cell with Flexible 3D Graphene-Nickel Foam as Anode.” Nanoscale, 5, 10283-10290 (2013)
  4. G. Wang, Y. Ling, X. Lu, F. Qian, Y. Tong, J. Zhang, V. Lordi, C. Rocha Leao and Y. Li, “Computational and Photoelectrochemical Study of Hydrogenated Bismuth Vanadate.” J. Phys. Chem. C, 117, 10957-10964 (2013)
  5. G. Wang, Y. Ling, X. Lu, H. Wang, F. Qian, Y. Tong and Y. Li, “Solar Driven Hydrogen Releasing from Urea and Human Urine” Energy. Environ. Sci., 5, 8215-8219 (2012)
  6. F. Qian, M. Brewster, S. K. Lim, Y. Ling, C. Greene, J. W. Johnson, S. Gradečak, Y. Cao and Y. Li “Controlled synthesis of AlN/GaN multiple quantum well nanowire structures and their optical properties.” Nano Lett. 12, 3344 (2012)
  7. F. Qian and Y. Li, "Biomaterials: A natural source of nanowires." Nature Nanotech, 6, 538 (2011)
  8. Y. Jiao, F. Qian, Y. Li, G. Wang, C. W. Saltikov, J. Gralnick. “Deciphering the Electron Transport Pathway for Graphene Oxide Reduction by Shewanella oneidensis MR-1”. J. Bacteriol. 193, 3662 (2011)
  9. F. Qian, Z. He, M. P. Thelen and Y. Li. “A microfluidic microbial fuel cell fabricated by soft lithography”. Bioresour. Tech. 102, 5836 (2011) (highlighted in Sci Tech Rev@ LLNL, March 2012)
  10. G. Wang*, F. Qian*, C. W. Saltikov, Y. Jiao and Y. Li, “Microbial reduction of graphene oxide by Shewanella”. Nano Res. 4, 563 (2011)
  11. F. Qian, G. Wang and Y. Li, “Solar-driven microbial photoelectrochemical cells with a nanowire photocathode”. Nano. Lett.10, 4686 (2010)
  12. (Invited review) F. Qian and D. E. Morse, “Microfluidic microbial fuel cells.” Trends Biotech. 29, 62 (2010) (COVER)
  13. F. Qian, M. Baum, Q. Gu and D. E. Morse, “A 1.5-µL microbial fuel cell for on-chip bioelectricity generation”. Lab Chip 9, 3076 (2009)
  14. F. Qian, Y. Li, S. Gradečak, H.-G. Park, Y. Dong, Y. Ding, Z. L. Wang and C.M. Lieber, “Multicolor nanolasers from multi-quantum well nanowire heterostructures.” Nature Mater. 7, 701 (2008) (Featured in Materials Today 11 (11) 2008 , Nature Photonics (2) 2008)
  15.  (Invited review) Y. Li, F. Qian, J. Xiang and C.M. Lieber, "Nanowire electronic and optoelectronic devices." Mater. Today 9 (10), 18 (2006)
  16. F. Qian, Y. Li, S. Gradečak and C.M. Lieber, “Core/multishell nanowire heterostructures as multicolor, high-efficiency light-emitting diodes.” Nano Lett. 5, 2287 (2005)
  17. S. Gradečak, F. Qian, Y. Li, H. Park and C.M. Lieber, “GaN nanowire lasers with low lasing threshold.” Appl. Phys. Lett. 87, 173111 (2005) 
  18. F. Qian, Y. Li, S. Gradečak, D. Wang, C.J. Barrelet and C. M. Lieber, “Gallium nitride-based nanowire radial heterostructures for nanophotonics.” Nano Lett. 4, 1975 (2004). )  (Featured in Materials Today,7 (11) 2005; Listed among "the 100 hot papers" by ACS Publications, 2005)
  19. D. Wang, F. Qian, C. Yang, Z. Zhong and C.M. Lieber, "Rational growth of branched and hyper-branched nanowire structures." Nano Lett. 4, 871 (2004).