Dr Jiangtao Xu
Senior Lecturer

Dr Jiangtao Xu

Engineering
School of Chemical Engineering

Dr. Jason Xu is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow at School of Chemical Engineering, UNSW Sydney. He is currently leading a research group in the Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design (CAMD) and Australian Centre for NanoMedicine (ACN), with the focus on green and precision polymer synthesis using state-of-the-art polymerization techniques and organic chemistry tools. Dr. Xu received his BS and PhD Degrees in Polymer Science from Fudan University. He was awarded ARC Future Fellowship and took a Lecturer position in 2017. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2019. He has more than 110 peer-reviewed publications in high-impact journals (JACS, Angew Chemie, Energy Environ Sci, Adv Sci, Che, Sci, Macromolecules, etc), attracting over 8800 citations and an H-index of 52 (Dec 2021, Google Scholar). He has successfully secured >2M research funds including ARC Future Fellowship and two ARC DP projects. He has been nominated as Emerging Investigator by Polymer Chemistry (2018) and Chemical Communications (2018), and Pioneering Investigator by Polymer Chemistry (2021). His areas of research interests are green chemistry and sustainable polymer synthesis, precision polymer synthesis mimicking natural perfection, photoredox catalysis for living polymerization, advanced polymer materials for nanomedicine and bioengineering applications.

   See more in Group website: https://www.jiangtaoxu.com/

CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS
  • Green chemistry and sustainable polymer synthesis
  • Precision polymer synthesis mimicking natural perfection
  • Photoredox catalysis for living polymerization
  • Advanced polymer materials for nanomedicine and bioengineering applications
PUBLICATION RECORD SUMMARY
GRANTS, HONORS AND AWARDS
  • 2020 - Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project (DP210101904);
  • 2020 - Selected as “Pioneering Investigator” by Polymer Chemistry;
  • 2019 - Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project (DP190100067);
  • 2018 - Selected as “Emerging Investigator” by Chemical Communications
  • 2018 - UNSW Gold Star Award 2018
  • 2017 - 2018 UNSW Research Infrastructure Scheme Grant (RIS)
  • 2017 - Selected as “Emerging Investigator” by Polymer Chemistry;
  • 2017 - UNSW Faculty of Engineering Academic Start-up Fund;
  • 2017 - Visiting Professor in Nagoya University (one month) funded by Nagoya University-Venture Business Laboratory (NU-VBL);
  • 2016 - Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship (FT160100095);
  • 2015, 2016 - Australian Centre for NanoMedicine (ACN) Seed Funding Program;
  • 2013 - Leading Talent of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Fund, Zhejiang Province, China.
  • 2012 - The University of Melbourne Early Career Researcher Grant (ECRG) Scheme 2012.
  • 2007 - Excellent Graduate Award of Fudan University;
  • Guanghua Graduate Student Awards (2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006), Fudan University, China;
  • Undergraduate Student Awards (1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001), Fudan University, China.
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
  • Invited and Keynote Talks
    • Exploration Australian Crossdisciplinarity Webinar on Materials, Energy and Health (24-25 Jan, 2022);
    • Wutong Forum 2021, The Chinese University of Hongkong, Shenzhen (14-16 August, 2021);
    • 11th Research Symposium for Chinese Scholars in Australia, Dec. 1, 2018, Swinburne University of Technology, VIC, Australia;
    • Emerging Polymer/Material Technologies Summit (EPTS/EMTS’18), Nov. 4-8, 2018, Hanoi, Vietnam;
    • 2nd International Conference of Molecular Engineering of Polymers (MEP-2018), Sept. 20-23, 2018, Shanghai, China;
    • 255th ACS National Meeting Spring 2018, March 18-22, 2018, New Orleans, LA;
    • Euroscicon-Polymer Chemistry 2018, March 26-28, 2018, Vienna, Austria;
    • 10th Research Symposium for Chinese Scholars in Australia, Nov., 18, 2017, Monash University, VIC, Australia;
    • Biopolymer Congress 2016, Aug. 4-5th, 2016, Manchester, UK;
  • Professional Society Membership
    • American Chemical Society (ACS) (since 2014)
    • Royal Australian Chemistry Institute (RACI) (since 2011).
  • Reviewer Service
    • ACS Petroleum Research Fund (PRF), ARC Discovery Project reviews, ARC Linkage Project reviews, External thesis reviewer/committee, etc;
    • Reviewer for a large range of journals: Journal of the American Chemical Society, Angewandte Chemie, Nature Communications, Chemical Communications, Macromolecules, Polymer Chemistry, ACS macro Letters, and Macromolecular Rapid Communication, etc.
  • Editor service
TEACHING AND SUPERVISION
  • CEIC8105 Advanced Polymer Science
  • GSOE9011 Engineering PGCW Research Skills (Coordinator)
  • CEIC4002 Thesis A
  • CEIC4003 Thesis B
  • CEIC9002 Advanced Thesis A
  • CEIC9003 Advanced Thesis B
CURRENT MEMBERS
  • Dr Jason Xu,                Group leader
  • Dr. Karen Hakobyan    Postdoc, Jan, 2022-present
  • Ms Mengnan Zhang    PhD, T3 2020 (primary supervision)
  • Mr Ruizhe Liu              PhD, S2 2018 (primary supervision)
  • Ms Kaiqi Pan               PhD, S2 2018 (primary supervision)
  • Ms Lei Zhang              PhD, S2 2018 (primary supervision)
  • honors students:          Mr Jackey Cai, Ms Erika Mercado, Mr John Mok
SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Dr. Xu is looking for enthusiastic, highly motivated and self-disciplined students majoring in Polymer/Organic/Material/Medicinal Chemistry to join the group. The research project description can be found in the link: https://www.engineering.unsw.edu.au/chemical-engineering/research/postgraduate-research/research-projects. For interested applicants please contact Dr. Jason Xu via email (j.xu@unsw.edu.au).

CHEMISTRY REFFERENCES
Phone
+61 2 93854324
Location
Rm 319, Level 3, Hilmer (enter via SEB E8), UNSW Sydney, Kensington
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Onggowarsito C; Feng A; Mao S; Nguyen LN; Xu J; Fu Q, 2022, 'Water Harvesting Strategies through Solar Steam Generator Systems', ChemSusChem, pp. e202201543, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/cssc.202201543
    Journal articles | 2021
    Liang J; Gao S; Liu J; Zulkifli MYB; Xu J; Scott J; Chen V; Shi J; Rawal A; Liang K, 2021, 'Hierarchically Porous Biocatalytic MOF Microreactor as a Versatile Platform towards Enhanced Multienzyme and Cofactor-Dependent Biocatalysis', Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, vol. 60, pp. 5421 - 5428, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/anie.202014002
    Journal articles | 2021
    Wang K; Cheng Z; Li P; Zheng Y; Liu Z; Cui L; Xu J; Liu J, 2021, 'Three-dimensional self-floating foam composite impregnated with porous carbon and polyaniline for solar steam generation', Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, vol. 581, pp. 504 - 513, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jcis.2020.07.136
    Journal articles | 2021
    Xu S; Trujillo FJ; Xu J; Boyer C; Corrigan N, 2021, 'Influence of Molecular Weight Distribution on the Thermoresponsive Transition of Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)', Macromolecular Rapid Communications, vol. 42, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/marc.202100212
    Journal articles | 2020
    Bagheri A; Bainbridge CWA; Engel KE; Qiao GG; Xu J; Boyer C; Jin J, 2020, 'Oxygen Tolerant PET-RAFT Facilitated 3D Printing of Polymeric Materials under Visible LEDs', ACS Applied Polymer Materials, vol. 2, pp. 782 - 790, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsapm.9b01076
    Journal articles | 2020
    Bagheri A; Engel KE; Bainbridge CWA; Xu J; Boyer C; Jin J, 2020, '3D printing of polymeric materials based on photo-RAFT polymerization', Polymer Chemistry, vol. 11, pp. 641 - 647, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c9py01419e
    Journal articles | 2020
    Judzewitsch PR; Corrigan N; Trujillo F; Xu J; Moad G; Hawker CJ; Wong EHH; Boyer C, 2020, 'High-Throughput Process for the Discovery of Antimicrobial Polymers and Their Upscaled Production via Flow Polymerization', Macromolecules, vol. 53, pp. 631 - 639, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.macromol.9b02207
    Journal articles | 2020
    Jung K; Corrigan N; Ciftci M; Xu J; Seo SE; Hawker CJ; Boyer C, 2020, 'Designing with Light: Advanced 2D, 3D, and 4D Materials', Advanced Materials, vol. 32, pp. e1903850, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adma.201903850
    Journal articles | 2020
    Satoh K; Sun Z; Uchiyama M; Kamigaito M; Xu J; Boyer C, 2020, 'Interconvertible and switchable cationic/PET-RAFT copolymerization triggered by visible light', Polymer Journal, vol. 52, pp. 65 - 73, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41428-019-0257-5
    Journal articles | 2020
    Wu C; Chen H; Corrigan N; Jung K; Kan X; Li Z; Liu W; Xu J; Boyer C, 2020, 'Computer-Guided Discovery of a pH-Responsive Organic Photocatalyst and Application for pH and Light Dual-Gated Polymerization', Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 141, pp. 8207 - 8220, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jacs.9b01096
    Journal articles | 2020
    Zaquen N; Rubens M; Corrigan N; Xu J; Zetterlund PB; Boyer C; Junkers T, 2020, 'Polymer Synthesis in Continuous Flow Reactors', Progress in Polymer Science, vol. 107, pp. 101256 - 101256, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.progpolymsci.2020.101256
    Journal articles | 2020
    Zhou Y; Zhang Z; Reese CM; Patton DL; Xu J; Boyer C; Postma A; Moad G, 2020, 'Selective and Rapid Light-Induced RAFT Single Unit Monomer Insertion in Aqueous Solution', Macromolecular Rapid Communications, vol. 41, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/marc.201900478
    Journal articles | 2019
    Chen T; Wang H; Chu Y; Boyer C; Li J; Xu J, 2019, 'Photo-Induced Depolymerisation: Recent Advances and Future Challenges', CHEMPHOTOCHEM, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/cptc.201900166
    Journal articles | 2019
    Corrigan N; Xu J; Boyer C; Allonas X, 2019, 'Exploration of the PET-RAFT Initiation Mechanism for Two Commonly Used Photocatalysts', ChemPhotoChem, vol. 3, pp. 1193 - 1199, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/cptc.201800182
    Journal articles | 2019
    Corrigan N; Yeow J; Judzewitsch P; Xu J; Boyer C, 2019, 'Seeing the Light: Advancing Materials Chemistry through Photopolymerization', Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, vol. 58, pp. 5170 - 5189, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/anie.201805473
    Journal articles | 2019
    Corrigan N; Yeow J; Judzewitsch P; Xu J; Boyer C, 2019, 'Seeing the Light: Advancing Materials Chemistry through Photopolymerization', Angewandte Chemie, vol. 131, pp. 5224 - 5243, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ange.201805473
    Journal articles | 2019
    Corrigan N; Zhernakov L; Hashim MH; Xu J; Boyer C, 2019, 'Flow mediated metal-free PET-RAFT polymerisation for upscaled and consistent polymer production', Reaction Chemistry and Engineering, vol. 4, pp. 1216 - 1228, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c9re00014c
    Journal articles | 2019
    Guo Z; Wang T; Rawal A; Hou J; Cao Z; Zhang H; Xu J; Gu Z; Chen V; Liang K, 2019, 'Biocatalytic self-propelled submarine-like metal-organic framework microparticles with pH-triggered buoyancy control for directional vertical motion', Materials Today, vol. 28, pp. 10 - 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mattod.2019.04.022
    Journal articles | 2019
    Huang Z; Corrigan N; Lin S; Boyer C; Xu J, 2019, 'Upscaling single unit monomer insertion to synthesize discrete oligomers', Journal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry, vol. 57, pp. 1947 - 1955, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pola.29330
    Journal articles | 2019
    Seal P; Xu J; De Luca S; Boyer C; Smith SC, 2019, 'Unraveling Photocatalytic Mechanism and Selectivity in PET-RAFT Polymerization', Advanced Theory and Simulations, vol. 2, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adts.201900038
    Journal articles | 2019
    Wu C; Corrigan N; Lim CH; Jung K; Zhu J; Miyake G; Xu J; Boyer C, 2019, 'Guiding the Design of Organic Photocatalyst for PET-RAFT Polymerization: Halogenated Xanthene Dyes', Macromolecules, vol. 52, pp. 236 - 248, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.macromol.8b02517
    Journal articles | 2018
    Chu Y; Corrigan N; Wu C; Boyer C; Xu J, 2018, 'A Process for Well-Defined Polymer Synthesis through Textile Dyeing Inspired Catalyst Immobilization', ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, vol. 6, pp. 15245 - 15253, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acssuschemeng.8b03726
    Journal articles | 2018
    Chu Y; Hou J; Boyer C; Richardson JJ; Liang K; Xu J, 2018, 'Biomimetic synthesis of coordination network materials: Recent advances in MOFs and MPNs', Applied Materials Today, vol. 10, pp. 93 - 105, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apmt.2017.12.009
    Journal articles | 2018
    Chu Y; Huang Z; Liang K; Guo J; Boyer C; Xu J, 2018, 'A photocatalyst immobilized on fibrous and porous monolithic cellulose for heterogeneous catalysis of controlled radical polymerization', Polymer Chemistry, vol. 9, pp. 1666 - 1673, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c7py01690e
    Journal articles | 2018
    Corrigan N; Manahan R; Lew ZT; Yeow J; Xu J; Boyer C, 2018, 'Copolymers with Controlled Molecular Weight Distributions and Compositional Gradients through Flow Polymerization', Macromolecules, vol. 51, pp. 4553 - 4563, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.macromol.8b00673
    Journal articles | 2018
    Huang Z; Noble BB; Corrigan N; Chu Y; Satoh K; Thomas DS; Hawker CJ; Moad G; Kamigaito M; Coote ML; Boyer C; Xu J, 2018, 'Discrete and Stereospecific Oligomers Prepared by Sequential and Alternating Single Unit Monomer Insertion', Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 140, pp. 13392 - 13406, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jacs.8b08386
    Journal articles | 2018
    Li G; Feng W; Corrigan N; Boyer C; Wang X; Xu J, 2018, 'Precise synthesis of poly(: N -acryloyl amino acid) through photoinduced living polymerization', Polymer Chemistry, vol. 9, pp. 2733 - 2745, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c8py00366a
    Journal articles | 2018
    Phommalysack-Lovan J; Chu Y; Boyer C; Xu J, 2018, 'PET-RAFT polymerisation: Towards green and precision polymer manufacturing', Chemical Communications, vol. 54, pp. 6591 - 6606, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c8cc02783h
    Journal articles | 2017
    Corrigan N; Almasri A; Taillades W; Xu J; Boyer C, 2017, 'Controlling Molecular Weight Distributions through Photoinduced Flow Polymerization', Macromolecules, vol. 50, pp. 8438 - 8448, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.macromol.7b01890
    Journal articles | 2017
    Fu C; Huang Z; Hawker CJ; Moad G; Xu J; Boyer C, 2017, 'RAFT-mediated, visible light-initiated single unit monomer insertion and its application in the synthesis of sequence-defined polymers', Polymer Chemistry, vol. 8, pp. 4637 - 4643, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c7py00713b
    Journal articles | 2017
    Ng G; Yeow J; Xu J; Boyer C, 2017, 'Application of oxygen tolerant PET-RAFT to polymerization-induced self-assembly', Polymer Chemistry, vol. 8, pp. 2841 - 2851, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c7py00442g
    Journal articles | 2017
    Shanmugam S; Xu J; Boyer C, 2017, 'Photocontrolled Living Polymerization Systems with Reversible Deactivations through Electron and Energy Transfer', Macromolecular Rapid Communications, vol. 38, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/marc.201700143
    Journal articles | 2017
    Shanmugam S; Xu J; Boyer C, 2017, 'Photoinduced Oxygen Reduction for Dark Polymerization', Macromolecules, vol. 50, pp. 1832 - 1846, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.macromol.7b00192
    Journal articles | 2017
    Wu C; Shanmugam S; Xu J; Zhu J; Boyer C, 2017, 'Chlorophyll a crude extract: Efficient photo-degradable photocatalyst for PET-RAFT polymerization', Chemical Communications, vol. 53, pp. 12560 - 12563, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c7cc07663k
    Journal articles | 2017
    Xu J; Fu C; Shanmugam S; Hawker CJ; Moad G; Boyer C, 2017, 'Synthesis of Discrete Oligomers by Sequential PET-RAFT Single-Unit Monomer Insertion', Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, vol. 56, pp. 8376 - 8383, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/anie.201610223
    Journal articles | 2017
    Xu J; Fu C; Shanmugam S; Hawker CJ; Moad G; Boyer C, 2017, 'Synthesis of Discrete Oligomers by Sequential PET-RAFT Single-Unit Monomer Insertion', Angewandte Chemie, vol. 129, pp. 8496 - 8503, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ange.201610223
    Journal articles | 2017
    Xu S; Ng G; Xu J; Kuchel RP; Yeow J; Boyer C, 2017, '2-(Methylthio)ethyl Methacrylate: A Versatile Monomer for Stimuli Responsiveness and Polymerization-Induced Self-Assembly in the Presence of Air', ACS Macro Letters, vol. 6, pp. 1237 - 1244, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsmacrolett.7b00731
    Journal articles | 2017
    Yeow J; Chapman R; Xu J; Boyer C, 2017, 'Oxygen tolerant photopolymerization for ultralow volumes', Polymer Chemistry, vol. 8, pp. 5012 - 5022, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c7py00007c
    Journal articles | 2016
    Bagheri A; Yeow J; Arandiyan H; Xu J; Boyer C; Lim M, 2016, 'Macromol. Rapid Commun. 11/2016.', Macromol Rapid Commun, vol. 37, pp. 940, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/marc.201670047
    Journal articles | 2016
    Bagheri A; Yeow J; Arandiyan H; Xu J; Boyer C; Lim M, 2016, 'Polymerization of a Photocleavable Monomer Using Visible Light', Macromolecular Rapid Communications, vol. 37, pp. 905 - 910, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/marc.201600127
    Journal articles | 2016
    Corrigan N; Rosli D; Jones JWJ; Xu J; Boyer C, 2016, 'Oxygen Tolerance in Living Radical Polymerization: Investigation of Mechanism and Implementation in Continuous Flow Polymerization', Macromolecules, vol. 49, pp. 6779 - 6789, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.macromol.6b01306
    Journal articles | 2016
    Corrigan N; Shanmugam S; Xu J; Boyer C, 2016, 'Photocatalysis in organic and polymer synthesis', Chemical Society Reviews, vol. 45, pp. 6165 - 6212, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c6cs00185h
    Journal articles | 2016
    Corrigan N; Xu J; Boyer C, 2016, 'A Photoinitiation System for Conventional and Controlled Radical Polymerization at Visible and NIR Wavelengths', Macromolecules, vol. 49, pp. 3274 - 3285, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.macromol.6b00542
    Journal articles | 2016
    Fu C; Xu J; Boyer C, 2016, 'Photoacid-mediated ring opening polymerization driven by visible light', Chemical Communications, vol. 52, pp. 7126 - 7129, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c6cc03084j
    Journal articles | 2016
    Fu C; Xu J; Kokotovic M; Boyer C, 2016, 'One-Pot Synthesis of Block Copolymers by Orthogonal Ring-Opening Polymerization and PET-RAFT Polymerization at Ambient Temperature', ACS Macro Letters, vol. 5, pp. 444 - 449, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsmacrolett.6b00121
    Journal articles | 2016
    McKenzie TG; Fu Q; Uchiyama M; Satoh K; Xu J; Boyer C; Kamigaito M; Qiao GG, 2016, 'Beyond Traditional RAFT: Alternative Activation of Thiocarbonylthio Compounds for Controlled Polymerization', Advanced Science, vol. 3, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/advs.201500394
    Journal articles | 2016
    Ren JM; McKenzie TG; Fu Q; Wong EHH; Xu J; An Z; Shanmugam S; Davis TP; Boyer C; Qiao GG, 2016, 'Star Polymers', Chemical Reviews, vol. 116, pp. 6743 - 6836, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.chemrev.6b00008
    Journal articles | 2016
    Shanmugam S; Xu J; Boyer C, 2016, 'A logic gate for external regulation of photopolymerization', Polymer Chemistry, vol. 7, pp. 6437 - 6449, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c6py01361a
    Journal articles | 2016
    Shanmugam S; Xu J; Boyer C, 2016, 'Aqueous RAFT Photopolymerization with Oxygen Tolerance', Macromolecules, vol. 49, pp. 9345 - 9357, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.macromol.6b02060
    Journal articles | 2016
    Shanmugam S; Xu J; Boyer C, 2016, 'Light-Regulated Polymerization under Near-Infrared/Far-Red Irradiation Catalyzed by Bacteriochlorophyll a', Angewandte Chemie, vol. 128, pp. 1048 - 1052, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ange.201510037
    Journal articles | 2016
    Shanmugam S; Xu J; Boyer C, 2016, 'Light-regulated polymerization under near-infrared/far-red irradiation catalyzed by bacteriochlorophyll a', Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, vol. 55, pp. 1036 - 1040, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/anie.201510037
    Journal articles | 2016
    Xu J; Shanmugam S; Fu C; Aguey-Zinsou KF; Boyer C, 2016, 'Selective Photoactivation: From a Single Unit Monomer Insertion Reaction to Controlled Polymer Architectures', Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 138, pp. 3094 - 3106, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jacs.5b12408
    Journal articles | 2016
    Yeow J; Shanmugam S; Corrigan N; Kuchel RP; Xu J; Boyer C, 2016, 'A polymerization-induced self-assembly approach to nanoparticles loaded with singlet oxygen generators', Macromolecules, vol. 49, pp. 7277 - 7285, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.macromol.6b01581
    Journal articles | 2015
    Jung K; Xu J; Zetterlund PB; Boyer C, 2015, 'Visible-Light-Regulated Controlled/Living Radical Polymerization in Miniemulsion', ACS Macro Letters, vol. 4, pp. 1139 - 1143, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsmacrolett.5b00576
    Journal articles | 2015
    Shanmugam S; Xu J; Boyer C, 2015, 'Exploiting Metalloporphyrins for Selective Living Radical Polymerization Tunable over Visible Wavelengths', Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 137, pp. 9174 - 9185, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jacs.5b05274
    Journal articles | 2015
    Shanmugam S; Xu J; Boyer C, 2015, 'Utilizing the electron transfer mechanism of chlorophyll a under light for controlled radical polymerization', Chemical Science, vol. 6, pp. 1341 - 1349, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c4sc03342f
    Journal articles | 2015
    Xu J; Boyer C, 2015, 'Visible light photocatalytic thiol-ene reaction: An elegant approach for fast polymer postfunctionalization and step-growth polymerization', Macromolecules, vol. 48, pp. 520 - 529, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ma502460t
    Journal articles | 2015
    Xu J; Shanmugam S; Boyer C, 2015, 'Organic Electron Donor-Acceptor Photoredox Catalysts: Enhanced Catalytic Efficiency toward Controlled Radical Polymerization', ACS Macro Letters, vol. 4, pp. 926 - 932, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsmacrolett.5b00460
    Journal articles | 2015
    Xu J; Shanmugam S; Duong HT; Boyer C, 2015, 'Organo-photocatalysts for photoinduced electron transfer-reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (PET-RAFT) polymerization', Polymer Chemistry, vol. 6, pp. 5615 - 5624, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c4py01317d
    Journal articles | 2015
    Yeow J; Xu J; Boyer C, 2015, 'Polymerization-Induced Self-Assembly Using Visible Light Mediated Photoinduced Electron Transfer-Reversible Addition-Fragmentation Chain Transfer Polymerization', ACS Macro Letters, vol. 4, pp. 984 - 990, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsmacrolett.5b00523
    Journal articles | 2014
    Fu C; Xu J; Tao L; Boyer C, 2014, 'Combining enzymatic monomer transformation with photoinduced electron transfer - Reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer for the synthesis of complex multiblock copolymers', ACS Macro Letters, vol. 3, pp. 633 - 638, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/mz500245k
    Journal articles | 2014
    Shanmugam S; Xu J; Boyer C, 2014, 'Photoinduced electron transfer-reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (PET-RAFT) polymerization of vinyl acetate and N-vinylpyrrolidinone: Kinetic and oxygen tolerance study', Macromolecules, vol. 47, pp. 4930 - 4942, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ma500842u
    Journal articles | 2014
    Xu J; Atme A; Marques Martins AF; Jung K; Boyer C, 2014, 'Photoredox catalyst-mediated atom transfer radical addition for polymer functionalization under visible light', Polymer Chemistry, vol. 5, pp. 3321 - 3325, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c4py00193a
    Journal articles | 2014
    Xu J; Jung K; Boyer C, 2014, 'Oxygen tolerance study of photoinduced electron transfer-reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (PET-RAFT) polymerization mediated by Ru(bpy)3Cl2', Macromolecules, vol. 47, pp. 4217 - 4229, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ma500883y
    Journal articles | 2014
    Xu J; Jung K; Corrigan NA; Boyer C, 2014, 'Aqueous photoinduced living/controlled polymerization: Tailoring for bioconjugation', Chemical Science, vol. 5, pp. 3568 - 3575, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c4sc01309c
    Journal articles | 2014
    Xu J; Jung K; Shanmugam S; Boyer C, 2014, 'A robust and versatile photoinduced living polymerization of conjugated and unconjugated monomers and its oxygen tolerance', Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 136, pp. 5508 - 5519, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ja501745g
    Journal articles | 2012
    Fu Q; Ren JM; Tan S; Xu J; Qiao GG, 2012, 'Synthesis of novel core cross-linked star-based polyrotaxane end-capped via "cuAAC" click chemistry', Macromolecular Rapid Communications, vol. 33, pp. 2109 - 2114, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/marc.201200489
    Journal articles | 2010
    Xu J; Tao L; Boyer CA; Lowe A; Davis T, 2010, 'Combining Thio-Bromo “Click” Chemistry and RAFT Polymerization: A Powerful Tool for Preparing Functionalized Multiblock and Hyperbranched Polymers', Macromolecules, vol. 43, pp. 20 - 24, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ma902154h
    Journal articles | 2009
    Liu J; Tao L; Xu J; Jia Z; Boyer CA; Davis TP, 2009, 'RAFT controlled synthesis of six-armed biodegradable star polymeric architectures via a `core-first` methodology', Polymer, vol. 50, pp. 4455 - 4463, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.polymer.2009.07.018
    Journal articles | 2009
    Xu J; Boyer CA; Bulmus V; Davis TP, 2009, 'Synthesis of dendritic carbohydrate end-functional polymers via RAFT: Versatile multi-functional precursors for bioconjugations', Journal of Polymer Science Part A - Polymer Chemistry, vol. 47, pp. 4302 - 4313, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pola.23482

My current research projects:

  •  Green polymer synthesis and PET-RAFT technology: Green polymer synthesis is a fast developing area upon the environment requirement of energy saving and low carbon emission for chemical industry. I have had an excellent starting point since 2013 for this direction to use diverse eco-friendly materials as photocatalysts to activate commonly used polymer production line. This technology was termed as “PET-RAFT”, which are able to develop various efficient and selective polymerization processes. Meanwhile, catalyst immobilization technologies and flow reaction process make the polymer manufacturing industrially viable.
  •  Precision polymer synthesis through single unit monomer insertion (SUMI) technology: Precise synthetic polymers to mimic natural biopolymers (protein, DNA and polysaccharide) and accurately control primary structures and stereo regularity is one of the “Holy Grail” frontier topics in macromolecular science. An innovative methodology using visible light catalyzed SUMI technology has been developed to produce discrete and stereospecific polymers with precise structures and functionalities along polymer chains. This breakthrough results can foresee the applications in artificial enzyme, data storage and drug discovery.
  •  Biomedical materials from functional double network hydrogels: Double network hydrogels are wearable and soft materials with excellent biocompatibility, high strength and elasticity and self-healability. A unique device with exceptional electric sensitivity upon applied strains was fabricated from natural substance and biocompatible polyacrylamide for the potential application of biosensors and strain sensors.