Wei Fan is an associate professor of Chemical Engineering at the Univerity of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dr. Fan’s research group focuses on the rational synthesis of nanoporous materials for the catalysis of biorefinery carriers, engineering their pore structure and size, surface properties and active sites based on a comprehensive understanding of their crystallization mechanism. Dr. Fan received his PhD from the University of Tokyo, Japan, and worked with Prof. Michael Tsapatsis in the University of Minnesota from 2007 to 2010 as a post-doctoral researcher. He started his research group at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2010. He has published more than 60 peer-reviwed papers in more than 10 international journals including Nature Materials, the Journal of the American Chemical Society, and Angewandte Chemie International Edition.