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

[106] B. Huang, M. Wei, E. Vargo, Y. Qian, T. Xu, & F. D. Toste Backbone-Photodegradable Polymers by Incorporating Acylsilane Monomers via Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization. Journal of the American Chemical Society. (2021): 143, 43, 17920–17925.
[105] C. DelRe, B. Chang, I. Jayapurna, A. Hall, A. Wang, K. Zolkin, & T. Xu. Synergistic Enzyme Mixtures to Realize Near-Complete Depolymerization in Biodegradable Polymer/Additive Blends. Advanced Materials. (2021): 2105707.
[104] E. Vargo*, K. M. Evans*, Q. Wang*, A. Sattler, Y. Qian, J. Yao, & T. Xu. Orbital Angular Momentum from Self-Assembled Concentric Nanoparticle Rings. Advanced Materials. (2021): 2103563.
[103] L. Ma, H. Huang, E. Vargo, J. Huang, C. L. Anderson, T. Chen, I. Kuzmenko, J. Ilavsky, C. Wang, Y. Liu, P. Ercius, A. Alexander-Katz, & T. Xu. Diversifying Composition Leads to Hierarchical Composites with Design Flexibility and Structural Fidelity. ACS Nano. (2021).

Group News


Chris's PhD thesis won the 2020-2021 Kavli ENSI Thesis Prize!

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Intropic Materials, founded by group alumn Aaron Hall, has been awarded the Grand Prize in the 2021 "Create the Future" Design Contest. Congrats Aaron!

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PBS Nova featured our plastic degradation work in a recent video!

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Yiwen's paper was featured as a Nature Communications Editors' Highlight!

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