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Professor Ming Xiao


2017 Ph.D. in Polymer Science, The University of Akron, Akron, USA

Thesis: Bio-inspired melanin-based structural colors through self-assembly

Advisors: Ali Dhinojwala, Director, H.A. Morton Professor in Polymer Science

Matthew D. Shawkey, Associate Professor in Biology

2012 B.S. in Polymer Materials and Engineering, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China


2021-now Professor, College of Polymer Science and Engineering, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China

2017-2021 Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, USA

Advisor: Vinothan N. Manoharan, Wagner Family Professor of Chemical Engineering and Professor of Physics

2016-2016 Visiting PhD student, University of Ghent, Ghent, Belgium

2011-2012 Exchange Study, Organic Chemistry, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia


Academic Recognitions

Editor’s pick paper in Applied Physical Letter, 2020

NORA Meets BASF Challenges Poster Competition, the second prize, 2020

Cover page paper in Journal of The Royal Society Interface, 2018

NORA Meets BASF Challenges Poster Award, 2018

Global Youth Ideas Competition, the first prize, 2018

An ESI highly cited paper, 2017

ACS Editors' Choice article in ACS Nano, 2015

One of the 20 most read papers of the year in ACS Nano, 2015

Erasmus Mundus Action 2 Lotus Project Scholarship, 2011

National Scholarship (GPA rank 1/256), 2010

National Aspiration Scholarship, 2009

Travel Awards

Graduate Student Government Professional Enrichment Grant, 2015 & 2016

Department of Polymer Science Travel Award, 2015 & 2016

Invited Talks

“Design and fabrication of bioinspired hierarchical structurally colored materials”, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an, China (04/2023)

“Structurally colored supraballs based on non-photonic crystals”, 18th Chinese Conference on Colloid and Interface Chemistry, Xi’an, China (04/2023)

“Bioinspired hierarchical structurally colored materials”, Zhejiang Lab, Hangzhou, China (08/2022)

“Novel electrochromic materials based on structural colors and dielectric elastomers”, 5th Chinese Meeting on Electrochromism, Hangzhou, China (08/2022)

“Bio-inspired structurally colored materials” Microscopy & Microanalysis 2021 Meeting, Pittsburg, PA (08/2021)

A novel wide-angle display based on a dielectric elastomer actuator that uses buckling to change colors”, Mathias Kolle Group at MIT, Virtual (11/2020)

“Bioinspired design, engineering, and manufacturing of sustainable photonic materials”, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA (02/2020)

Understanding, optimizing and designing structural colors towards applications”, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA (02/2020)

“Design, fabrication, and application in angle-independent structural colors”, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA (09/2019)

“Bio-Inspired melanin-based structural colors”, BASF Corporation, NJ (10/2017); University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (07/2017); University of California, San Diego, CA (06/2017); Sichuan University, Chengdu, China (06/2016)

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