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Ting Xu

polymer chemist: Materials Sciences Division

Media contact: Lynn Yarris,, 510-486-5375


Ting Xu is a polymer scientist who holds joint appointments with Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley. 

Recent research

Ting Xu's most recent success was the development of solution-based technique by which a  polymer membrane with molecular-sized channels self-assembles. Such permeable membranes  could be used for carbon capture, solar fuel production or desalination of sea water.

Recent Publications

The paper "Directed co-assembly of heme proteins with amphiphilic block copolymers toward functional biomolecular materials" was published in Biomacromolecules. We are amazed by the self-assemblies directed by nature and are excited about knowledge learned here.
The paper "Amphiphilic Peptide-Polymer Conjugates based on the Coiled-coil Helix Bundle" was accepted by Biomacromolecules.
We welcome our new postdoctoral fellows Seong-Jun Jeong, Myung Im Kim, and Dong Hyun Lee.
Congratulations to our fellowship recipients: Kari Thorkelsson (NSF) and Beverly Zhang (Jane Lewis).
Congratulations to our alum Paul Tillberg for receiving the Hertz fellowship.
We are currently seeking students and postdocs interested in the hierarchical ordering of nanostructures.
Dr. Xu was selected as one of Popular Science magazine's "Brilliant 10" young researchers. She, and the rest of the researchers, will be featured in the magazine's November issue.
We welcome He Dong, our new postdoc, who will be working on the self-assembly of amphiphilic peptide-polymer conjugates.
Currently, there is one postdoctoral position open in the Xu group. Specifically, we are looking for an excellent polymer chemist with expertise in living polymerizations. Experience in protein chemistry is a plus. Please send your CV to
Congratulations to Kari Thorkelsson for winning the Departmental Citation from both the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Department of Chemical Engineering at UC, Berkeley for being "the best of the best"! Well done, Kari!
Dr. Xu was selected for the 2009 Young Investigator Award.
We puchased a new AFM, thanks to support provided by the DURIP program at the Department of Defense.
Two scientists-to-be from an Oakland high school, Jason and Deanna, spent a week in our lab and were very happy about their experience here. More impressively, the two of them have managed to become veritable AFM pros in the time they have spent here.
Dr. Xu, along with Dr. Russell of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, was featured in Forbes regarding their recent paper in Science.
Dr. Xu was selected for an NSF Division of Materials Research Grant.
Dr. Xu was recommended for a grant from the ACS Petroleum Research Fund.
Dr. Xu was selected for the 2008 DuPont Young Professor Grant.
Dr. Xu was selected to be the recipient of 3M Nontenured Faculty Award 2008.
Dr. Xu was selected to be the recipient of DuPont Sci. & Eng. Grant 2008.

Awards and Memberships

Winner of Popular Science Brilliant Ten Award in 2009 for her self-assembly research which transforms "molecules into hard drives."

In the News




Professor Ting Xu received a M.S in Polymer Physics from Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Science in 1999 and a Ph.D from the Department of Polymer Science and Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2004. She was a joint postdoctoral fellow between the University of Pennsylvania and the Cold Neutrons for Biology and Technology (CNBT) Partnership Program at NIST before she jointed UC, Berkeley in January 2007.

last updated: 2011-02-08 10:20:36