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We are always looking for talented and motivated postdoctoral researchers and graduate students (admitted to Berkeley already) to join the group! Candidates with interests in the general areas of polymeric nanomaterials, self-assembly, and nanocomposites for various applications should feel free to contact Prof. Xu.



Our Focus
 
We work on the design, synthesis, and characterization of de novo designed peptides that serve as building blocks for functional biomaterials. We also seek to understand the hierarchical self-assembly of complex systems involving artificial proteins, block copolymers, and nanoparticles. In addition, we develop new functional materials at the molecular level that exhibit novel electronic, photonic, and biological properties.
 
Group Picture August 2017

Funding Sources
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NIH
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Li Ka Shing Foundation
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DOE-BES
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DOD-ARO
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DOD-ONR
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NSF
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DuPont Young Professor Grant
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3M Non-tenured Faculty Grant
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ACS-PRF
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UC Energy Institute
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Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute
 
News (Archive)
 
Chemical & Engineering News covered the recent random heteropolymer article. (03/19/2018)
The recent random heterpolymer work was featured in the Berkeley Research, Science & Environment News. (03/17/2018)
Check out the perspective on our recent Science publication by Prof. Alexander-Katz and Prof. Van Lehn, Random copolymers that protect proteins! (03/17/2018)
We have a new Science publication, Random heteropolymers preserve protein function in foreign environments. Congratulations Brian, Tao, Chris, Anton, Aaron, and Izaac! (Full text access available through our Publications Page) (03/16/2018)
We have a new publication, Controlling Styrene Maleic Acid Lipid Particles through RAFT, in Biomacromolecules! (9/21/2017)
We have a new publication, Preventing Thin Film Dewetting via Graphene Capping, in Advanced Materials. Congratulations Peter and Yihan! (7/19/2017)
Check out Prof. Xu's feature in the California Academy of Sciences educational video on The Chemistry of Clothes! (7/12/2017)
The Masters of engineering 3HM commercialization team has been awarded Best Capstone Presentation Award at UC Berkeley Fung Institute's Capstone Showcase. Congratulations Erik, Justin, Mackenzie, Sam, Yikai, & Zach! (5/3/2017)
Benson has been awarded PMSE Best Poster Award at ACS San Francisco. Congratulations Benson! (4/4/2017)
Jingyu and Yihan have a new publication "Achieving 3-D Nanoparticle Assembly in Nanocomposite Thin Films via Kinetic Control" in Macromolecules! Congratulations! (3/3/2017)
We have a new publication "Kinetic Pathway of 3-Helix Micelle Formation" in Biomacromolecules! (2/6/2017)
 

The Ting Xu Group | Last Updated March, 2018