Welcome to the Xu Group

We work on designing, characterizing and understanding complex systems of synthetic polymers, nanoparticles and biomolecules to develop new functional materials that exhibit novel electronic, photonic, and biological properties.

Our Research

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We are a diverse, interdisciplinary group at the University of California Berkeley. Our members have backgrounds and research interests ranging across the fields of materials science, chemistry, biology, mechanical engineering and computing.

We are always looking for talented and motivated graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to join the group. Interested applicants, please send a copy of your CV to Prof. Xu. Interested undergraduate students should reach out to a postdoctoral researcher or graduate student you would be interested in working with!

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Recent Publications

[114] Z. Ruan, S. Li, A. Grigoropoulos, H. Amiri, S. L. Hilburg, H. Chen, I. Jayapurna, T. Jiang, Z. Gu, A. Alexander-Katz, C. Bustamante, H. Huang & T. Xu Population-based heteropolymer design to mimic protein mixtures. Nature. (2023).
[113] I. Jayapurna, Z. Ruan, M. Eres, P. Jalagam, S. Jenkins, & T. Xu. Sequence Design of Random Heteropolymers as Protein Mimics. Biomacromolecules. (2023).
[112] E. Vargo*, J. C. Dahl*, K. M. Evans*, T. Khan, P. Alivisatos, & T. Xu. Using Machine Learning to Predict and Understand Complex Self-Assembly Behaviors of a Multicomponent Nanocomposite. Advanced Materials. (2022): 2203168.
[111] J. Kwon, C. DelRe, P. Kang, A. Hall, D. Arnold, I. Jayapurna, L. Ma, M. Michalek, R. O. Ritchie, & T. Xu. Conductive Ink with Circular Life Cycle for Printed Electronics. Advanced Materials. (2022).

Group News


Senior Ariel Wang, an undergrad researcher in our group, was spotlighted by the College of Chemistry!

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Congratulations to our most recent graduates: Dr. Yiwen Qian and Dr. Zhiyuan Ruan!


Emma recieved the 2022 Gareth Thomas Materials Excellence Award!

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Congratulations to our most recent alumni: Drs. Junpyo (Patrick) Kwon, Le Ma, and Marco Eres. We'll miss you all!

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