Fang Qian

Contact information

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



Ph.D., Chemistry, Harvard, 2008


As a cat, my major interest is to explore creative ways of playing cute to earn treats. My side interests in science include nanotechnology, additive manufacturing and bioengineering. Specific research topics include: (1) low-dimensional nanomaterials; (2) ultra-light high-Z metal aerogels for NIF applications; (3) development of inks for 3D printing bacteria, glass and metals; (4) novel analytical platforms to study cardiac tissues for drug development; and (5) investigation of electronic interactions between semiconductors and microbes that for use in self-sustained, solar-driven microbial electrolysis cells. I spread so thin that most of the time I have no idea what I am doing.


2017                    Directorate Excellence in Publication Award, PLS, LLNL

2016                    Directorate Excellence in Publication Award, PLS, LLNL

2015                    Laboratory Directed Research and Development grant (FS), LLNL

2013                    Directorate Outstanding Postdoc Award, PLS, LLNL

2011                    Best Poster Award at Institutional Postdoctoral Symposium, LLNL

2010                    Laboratory Directed Research and Development grant (LW), LLNL

2007                    Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Student Studying Abroad

2007                    Materials Research Society Graduate Student Gold Award

2006                    American Chemical Society Inorganic Young Investigator Award

2004                    Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Harvard University

2000                    Outstanding Honor for the Undergraduate Research Program, USTC

1999-2002            Excellent Student Scholarship, USTC


1. US 20160308468 A1, “Harvesting mechanical and thermal energy by combining nanowires and phase change materials”, Harry Radousky, Fang Qian, Morris Wang (2012)

2. (Patent application pending) “Three-dimensional Electronic Scaffold for Cardiac Research”, Fang Qian, Mihail Bora, Cheng Zhu, Eric Duoss, Chris Spadaccini (2015)

3. (Patent application pending) “Organic Extraction for Purifying Copper Nanowires”, Fang Qian, Thomas Yong-Jin Han, Eric Duoss, Pui Ching Lan (2016)

4. (Patent application pending) “Cardiac platform that can record electrophysiology and contraction simultaneously on chip”, Fang Qian, Chao Huang, Anna Ivanovskaya, Kris Kulp, Elizabeth Wheeler (2017)

5. (Patent application pending) "Ultralight conductive silver aerogels", Fang Qian, Thomas Yong-Jin Han, Marcus Worsley (2017)


  1. [Journal cover] Y. Song, T. Liu, F. Qian, C. Zhu, B. Yao, E.B. Duoss, C.M. Spadaccini, M.A. Worsley, Y. Li, “Three-dimensional Carbon Architectures for Electrochemical Capacitors”, J. Colloid Interf. Sci., in press
  2. C. Zhu, T. Liu, F. Qian, W. Chen, S. Chandrasekaran, B. Yao, Y. Song, E.B. Duoss, J. Kuntz, C.M. Spadaccini, M.A. Worsley, Y. Li, “3D Printed Functional Nanomaterials for Electrochemical Energy Storage”, Nano Today, in press
  3. [Journal cover] F. Qian, C. Huang, Y.D. Lin, A. N. Ivanovskaya, T. J. O’Hara, R. H. Booth, C. J. Creek, H.A. Enright, D. A. Soscia, A. M. Belle, R. Liao, F. C. Lightstone, K. S. Kulp, E. K. Wheeler, “Simultaneous Electrical Recording of Cardiac Electrophysiology and Contraction on Chip”, Lab Chip, 17, 1732 (2017)
  4. H. Radousky, F. Qian, Y. An, Z. Zeng, G. Wang, Y. Li, L. Qu, G. Zemanyi, Y. Morris Wang, “Harvesting Mechanical and Thermal Energy by Combining ZnO Nanowires and NiTi Shape Memory Alloy” Adv. Nano. Energy. (2017) (accepted)
  5. [Journal cover] T. Liu, C. Zhu, T. Kou, M. A. Worsley, F. Qian, C. Condes, E. B. Duoss, C. M. Spadaccini, Y. Li, “Ion Intercalation Induced Capacitance Improvement for Graphene-based Supercapacitor Electrodes”, ChemNanoMat, 2, 635 (2016)
  6. [Journal cover] F. Qian, P. C. Lan, T. Y. Olson, C. Zhu, E. B. Duoss, C. M. Spadaccini   T. Y-J. Han. “Multiphase separation of copper nanowires”. Chem. Comm., 52, 11627 (2016)
  7. [Journal cover] C. Zhu, T. Liu, F. Qian, J. D. Kuntz, C. M. Spadaccini, Y. Li, M. A. Worsley, “Supercapacitors Based on 3D Hierarchical Graphene Aerogels with Periodic Macropores”, Nano Lett., 16, 3448-3456 (2016)
  8. [Journal cover] F. Qian, M. Bora, T. Y. Han, A. J. Pascall, S. Guo, S. S. Ly, M.A. Worsley, J. D. Kuntz, T. Y. Olson. “On-Demand and Location Selective Particle Assembly for Fabricating Structures of High Energy”. Langmuir, 31 (12) 3563 (2015)
  9. Q. Zhang, G. Li, X. Liu, F. Qian, Y. Li, T. Sum, C. M. Lieber and Q. H. Xiong. “A Room-temperature Low-threshold Ultra-violet Plasmonic Nanolaser”. Nature Comm., 5, 4953 (2014).
  10. F. Qian, H. Wang, Y. Ling, M.P. Thelen and Y. Li. “Photo-enhanced Electrochemical Interaction between Shewanella and a Hematite Nanowire Photoanode”. Nano Lett., 14(6), 3688 (2014)
  11. 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., 26, 2252 (2014)
  12. H. Wang H., F. Qian and Y. Li. “Solar-Assisted Microbial Fuel Cells for Bioelectricity and Chemical Fuel Generation”, Nano Energy, 8, 264 (2014)
  13. H. Wang*, F. Qian *, G. Wang, Y. Jiao, Z. He and Y Li. “Self-biased and Sustainable Microbial Electrohydrogenesis”, ACS Nano 7, 8728 (2013)
  14. G. Wang, Y. Ling, X. Lu, T. Zhai, F. Qian, Y. Tong and Y. Li. “A Mechanistic Study into the Catalytic Effect of Ni(OH)2 on Hematite for Photoelectrochemical Water Oxidation”, Nanoscale, 5, 4129 (2013)
  15. 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 (2013)
  16. G. Wang, Y. Ling, X. Lu, F. Qian, Y. Tong, V. Lordi, C. Rocha Leao and Y. Li. “Computational and Photoelectrochemical Study of Hydrogenated Bismuth Vanadate”, J. Phys. Chem. C 117, 10957 (2013)
  17. C. Reyes, F. Qian, S. Bondarev, A. Zhang, A.l Welch, M. Thelen and C. W. Saltikov. “Site directed mutagenesis of MtrA, a decahaem c-type cytochrome from Shewanella sp. str. ANA-3, and its effect on iron(III) reduction and extracellular respiration”. J. Bacteriol. 194(21), 5840 (2012)
  18. 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)
  19. 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 (2012).
  20. F. Qian and Y. Li, "Biomaterials: A natural source of nanowires." Nature Nanotech, 6, 538 (2011)
  21. 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)
  22. G. Wang, Y. Ling, F. Qian, X. Yang, X. X. Liu and Y. Li, “Enhanced capacitance in partially exfoliated multi-walled carbon nanotubes”, J. Power Sources 196, 5209 (2011)
  23. F. Qian, Z. He, M. P. Thelen and Y. Li. “A microfluidic microbial fuel cell fabricated by soft lithography”. Bioresour. Tech. 102, 5836 (2011)
  24. X. Yang, C. Gu, F. Qian, Y. Li, and J. Z. Zhang, “Highly sensitive detection of proteins and bacteria in aqueous solution using surface-enhanced Raman scattering and optical fibers”, Anal. Chem., 83, 5888 (2011)
  25. X. Jiang, B. Tian, J. Xiang, F. Qian, G. Zheng, H. Wang, L. Mai and C.M. Lieber, “Rational growth of branched nanowire heterostructures with synthetically encoded properties and function,” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 108, 12212 (2011)
  26. G. Wang*, F. Qian*, C. W. Saltikov, Y. Jiao and Y. Li, “Microbial reduction of graphene oxide by Shewanella”. Nano Res. 4, 563 (2011)
  27. S. Preciado-Flores, D. A. Wheeler, T. M. Tran, Z. Tanaka, C. Jiang, M. Barboza-Flores, F. Qian, Y. Li, B. Chen and J. Z. Zhang “SERS spectroscopy and SERS imaging of Shewanella oneidensis using silver nanoparticles and nanowires”, Chem. Comm. 47, 4129 (2011)
  28. F. Qian, G. Wang and Y. Li, “Solar-driven microbial photoelectrochemical cells with a nanowire photocathode”. Nano. Lett. 10, 4686 (2010)
  29. [Journal cover] (Invited review) F. Qian and D. E. Morse, “Microfluidic microbial fuel cells.” Trends Biotech. 29, 62 (2010)
  30. 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)
  31. X. Yang, A. Wolcott, G. Wang, A. Sobo, R. Fitzmorris, F. Qian, J. Z. Zhang and Y. Li “Nitrogen-doped ZnO nanowire arrays for photoelectrochemical water splitting.” Nano. Lett. 9, 2331 (2009)
  32. S.K. Lim, M. Brewster, F. Qian, Y. Li, C.M. Lieber and S. Gradecak, “Direct correlation between structural and optical properties of III-V nitride nanowire heterostructures with nanoscale resolution,” Nano Lett. 9, 3940 (2009).
  33. H.-G. Park, C.J. Barrelet, Y. Wu, B. Tian, F. Qian and C.M. Lieber, “A wavelength-selective photonic-crystal waveguide coupled to a nanowire light source,” Nature Photonics 2, 622 (2008).
  34. 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)
  35. M. -K. Seo, J. -K. Yang, K. -Y. Jeong, H. -G. Park, F. Qian, H. -S. Ee, Y. -S. No and Y. -H. Lee, “Modal characteristics in a single-nanowire cavity with a triangular cross section”. Nano Lett. 8, 4534 (2008)
  36. X. Jiang, Q. Xiong, S. Nam, F. Qian, Y. Li and C.M. Lieber, “InAs/InP radial nanowire heterostructures as high electron mobility devices,” Nano Lett. 7, 3214 (2007)
  37.  Y. Li, F. Qian, J. Xiang and C.M. Lieber, "Nanowire electronic and optoelectronic devices." Mater. Today 9 (10), 18 (2006) (Invited review)
  38. Y. Li, J. Xiang, F. Qian, S. Gradecak, Y. Wu, H. Yan, D.A. Blom and C.M. Lieber, “Dopant-free GaN/AlN/AlGaN radial nanowire heterostructures as high electron mobility transistors,” Nano Lett. 6, 1468 (2006)
  39. 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)
  40. 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) 
  41. P.V. Radovanovic, C.J. Barrelet, S. Gradecak, F. Qian and C.M. Lieber, “General synthesis of manganese-doped II-VI and III-V semiconductor nanowires,” Nano Lett. 5, 1407 (2005)
  42. 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). ) 
  43. 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).