Dean of Office of Research Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Xinyuan Zhu received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees at Donghua University and obtained his Ph.D. degree at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Following academic appointments at the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering in Shanghai Jiao Tong University (1997–2003), he joined the BASF research laboratory at the Institut de Science et d’Ingénierie Supramoléculaires in Strasbourg as a post-doctoral researcher. He became a full professor for Polymer Science and Engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2005, and was promoted as a distinguished professor in 2011. He serves currently as the Dean of Office of Research Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Prof. Zhu focuses his scientific interests on the controlled preparation and biomedical applications of functional materials. His main contributions include: developing many new synthesis methodologies to hyperbranched polymers and constructing various functionalized materials for bioapplications; opening new interdisciplinary application fields to hyperbranched polymers, especially fields combining these polymers with biological medicine; discovering a fluorescent phenomenon of non-conjugated polymers upon the aggregation and developing an emission enhancement strategy of star conjugated polymers through unimolecular micellization; proposing new concepts of carrier-free nano-drug delivery systems and small molecule based nano-drug delivery systems, and then transferring them from laboratory to clinic.
He maintains a 50-member interdisciplinary research group, and keeps a vigorous partnership with diverse industries, including BASF, Dow, 3M, Unilever, Evonik, Axalta, Bayer, Toray, and Johnson & Johnson. He has over 30 patents in the field of macromolecular science and engineering, and has published more than 340 papers. Among them, many works are highlighted by Nature, Nature Materials, ACS, RSC, Wiley, and other scientific journals or journal web sites.
He has received many honors in his field of polymer science, including Yokoyama Award (2004), CAIA Award (2004), Fok Ying Tung Foundation (2007), the Shanghai Award for Natural Science (2007), the National Award for Natural Science (2009), China National Funds for Distinguished Young Scientists (2010), Cheung Kong Scholar Chair Professor (2019).