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Wen-li Wu, Ph.D.

Dr. Wu’s primary field of scientific expertise is the development of advanced x‑ray/neutron scattering methods and their applications to investigations of the structure and properties of polymeric materials in thin films and at interfaces.

Awards and Honors

  • Department of Commerce Bronze Medal (1984)
  • Department of Commerce Silver Medal (1989)
  • Department of Commerce Gold Medal (1992)
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society (1992)
  • Samuel Wesley Stratton Award (1997)
  • William P. Slichter Award (2001 & 2007)
  • Adjunct Professor, Composite Research Center, University of Delaware (1992 - present)
  • Advisory Board Member, Center on Polymer Interfaces and Macromolecular Assemblies, Stanford University (1997 - present)
  • NIST Fellow (2004-present)
  • PMSE Fellow, American Chemical Society (2006)
  • Fellow, Neutron Scattering Society of America (2010)
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NIST Fellow
Polymers Division
Division Office

Employment History:

1973-1975: Monsanto Company, Senior Research Engineer

1975-1977: Monsanto Company, Research Specialist

1977-1979: Monsanto Company, Senior Research Specialist

1979-1998: Research Scientist, Polymers Division, NIST

1998-2002: Group Leader, Polymers Division, NIST

2002-2004: Senior Scientist, Polymers Division, NIST

2004-present: NIST Fellow, Polymers Division, NIST


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, MIT, 1972

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, MIT, 1969

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, National Taiwan University, 1967


Phone: 301-975-6839
Email: wen-li.wu@nist.gov
Fax: 301-975-3928