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Professor Tao Xie, PhD

State Key Laboratory of Chemical Engineering
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Zhejiang University
38 Zheda Road, Hangzhou 310027, China

Room 2101, tech buiding No. 10
Tel.: +86-571-87951689
Fax: +86-571-87951612
E-mail:  taoxie@zju.edu.cn




Education and Work Experience

2013 - Present    Chair Professor, Department of Chemical & Biochemical Engineering, Zhejiang University, China
2012 - 2013         Senior Staff Research Scientist, HRL Laboratories, USA
2006 - 2012         Staff Research Scientist, General Motors Global Research & Development Center, USA.
2001 - 2006         Senior Research Scientist, General Motors Global Research & Development Center, USA.
1997 - 2001         Ph. D. in Polymer Science & Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
1996 - 1997         M. S. in Chemistry, University of Louvain, Belgium
1993 - 1996         M. S. in Polymer Chemistry and Physics, Zhejiang University, China
1989 - 1993         B. S. in Chemistry, Zhejiang University, China

Research Activities
1. Multi-functional polymer material, shape memory polymer, liquid crystalline elastomers, smart bio-polymers, biomimetic polymer systems;
2. Polymer network design, structure and property correlation;
3. Anisotropic polymer particles.

Awards
2011   Innovations that could change the way you manufacture, for Solid based high strength reversible dry adhesives (Society of Manufacturing Engineering);
2011   Campbell award, for outstanding contribution to the fundamentals of chemical durability of fuel cell membrane (the highest scientific award General Motors Company);
2010   Patent milestone award (General Motors Company)
2001   Omnova award (outstanding research at Silvio O. Conte National Center for Polymer Research, UMass Amherst);

Honors and Selected Media Coverage

Nature Highlight: Self-folding origami master. 2016
Science News: New material can fold itself into hundreds of shapes. 2016
Nature Cover Highlight: Shape memory polymer : Four is better than one,2010;
MIT Tech Review: Super Velcro, 2010;
MIT Tech Review: Teaching an old polymer memory tricks, 2010;
Royal Society of Chemistry Chemistry World: Shape shifting polymers, 2010
ACS Chemical & Engineering News: Quadruple shape shifter, 2010;
Physicsorg.com: Polymers remember four shapes, 2010;
Science News: Polymer shifts shape with changing temperature, 2010;
Softpedia: GM experts create remarkable adhesive, 2010;
Tech News Daily: Heat sensitive material remembers four shapes, 2010;
Featured scientist on GM external website;
Inside Cover Art for “Advanced Materials” 2011.
Front Cover Art for “Polymer” 2011.

Services

Associate Editor, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Principal Editor, Journal of Materials Research
Symposium organizer, American Chemical Society Meeting (PMSE division), spring 2013
Symposium session organizer and chair, International Symposium of Stimuli-Responsive Materials, Oct 2012
Symposium organizer, Materials Society Meeting, fall 2011
Session chair, Materials Society Meeting, fall 2010
Journal Reviewer for Nature, Nature Communications, Science Advances, Advanced Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, ACS Nano, Progress in Polymer Science,Macromolecules, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, and so on.

Selected Recent Publications

1. Xie T,* Tunable polymer multi-shape memory effect. Nature, 2010, 464, 267. Highlighted by MIT Tech Review, C&E news, Chemistry world, New Scientist, MRS 369, C&I news, Science News, Tech News Daily, and others

2. Zhao Q, Yang XX, Ma CX, Chen D, Bai H, Li TF,* Yang W, Xie T.* A bioinspired reversible snapping hydrogel assembly. Mater. Horiz., 2016, 3, 447-451. Highlighted by Chemistry World and Scientific American. Chosen as inside back cover.

3. Zheng N, Fang ZZ, Zou WK, Zhao Q*, Xie T.* Thermoset Shape-Memory Polyurethane with Intrinsic Plasticity Enabled by Transcarbamoylation. Angew.      Chem. Int. Ed., 2016, 55, 11421. Very Important Paper. Chosen as inside cover.

4. Zhang GG, Zhao Q*, Yang LP, Zou WK, Xi XY, Xie T.* Exploring Dynamic Equilibrium of Diels-Alder Reaction      for Solid State Plasticity in Remoldable Shape Memory Polymer Network. ACS Macro Lett., 2016, 5, 805.

5. Zhao Q, Zou WK, Luo YW, Xie T.* Shape memory polymer network with thermally distinct elasticity and plasticity. Sci. Adv., 2016, e1501297. Highlighted by Science News, Nature, Wall Street Journal, Chemistry World, Popular Mechanics, and others.

6. Zhang GG,# Zhao Q,# Zou WK, Luo YW, Xie T.* (# equal contribution) Unusual aspects of supramolecular network: plasticity to elasticity, ultrasoft shape memory, and dynamic mechanical properties. Adv. Funct. Mater., 2016, 26, 931.

7. Zhao Q, Qi HJ, Xie T.* Recent progress in shape memory polymer: New behavior, enabling materials, and mechanistic understanding. Prog. Polym. Sci., 2015, 49-50, 79.

8. Ma CX, Li TF, Zhao Q,* Yang XX, Wu JJ, Luo YW, Xie T. Supramolecular Lego assembly towards three-dimensional multi-responsive hydrogels. Adv. Mater., 2014, 26, 5665. Highlighed by MaterialsViewsChina.

9. Xu H, Yu C, Wang S, Malyarchuk V, Xie T,* Rogers J,* Deformable, Programmable, and Shape-Memorizing Micro-Optics. Adv. Funct. Mater., 2013,23,3299. Highlighted by Nanowerk, MRS 369, others

10. Chen C, Chiang C, Lai C, Xie T, Yang S,* Buckling-Based Strong Dry Adhesives Via Interlocking. Adv. Funct. Mater., 2013,23,3813.

11. Luo Y, Guo Y, Gao X,* Li B, Xie T,  A General Approach Towards Thermoplastic Multishape-Memory Polymers via Sequence Structure Design. Adv. Mater., 2013, 25, 743.

12. Xie T,* Page K,* Eastman S, Strain based temperature memory effect for Nafion and its molecular origin. Adv. Funct. Mater., 2011,21, 2057.

13. Xie T,*  Recent advances in polymer shape memory. Polymer,      (Invited Feature Article), 2011, 52, 4895.

14. He Z, Satarkar N, Xie T,* Cheng YT, Hilt  Z,*  Remote controlled multi-shape polymer nanocomposites with selective radiofrequency actuations. Adv. Mater., 2011,23, 3192.

15. Xie T,* Xiao XC, Li J, Wang R,  Encoding localized strain history through wrinkle based diffraction colors. Adv. Mater., 2010,22, 4390. Cover Art.

Selected Patents

1. Xie T,* Tunable polymer multi-shape memory effect. Nature, 2010, 464, 267. Highlighted by MIT Tech Review, C&E news, Chemistry world, New Scientist, MRS 369, C&I news, Science News, Tech News Daily, and others

2. Zhao Q, Yang XX, Ma CX, Chen D, Bai H, Li TF,* Yang W, Xie T.* A bioinspired reversible snapping hydrogel assembly. Mater. Horiz., 2016, 3, 447-451. Highlighted by Chemistry World and Scientific American. Chosen as inside back cover.

3. Zheng N, Fang ZZ, Zou WK, Zhao Q*, Xie T.* Thermoset Shape-Memory Polyurethane with Intrinsic Plasticity Enabled by Transcarbamoylation. Angew.      Chem. Int. Ed., 2016, 55, 11421. Very Important Paper. Chosen as inside cover.

4. Zhang GG, Zhao Q*, Yang LP, Zou WK, Xi XY, Xie T.* Exploring Dynamic Equilibrium of Diels-Alder Reaction      for Solid State Plasticity in Remoldable Shape Memory Polymer Network. ACS Macro Lett., 2016, 5, 805.

5. Zhao Q, Zou WK, Luo YW, Xie T.* Shape memory polymer network with thermally distinct elasticity and plasticity. Sci. Adv., 2016, e1501297. Highlighted by Science News, Nature, Wall Street Journal, Chemistry World, Popular Mechanics, and others.

6. Zhang GG,# Zhao Q,# Zou WK, Luo YW, Xie T.* (# equal contribution) Unusual aspects of supramolecular network: plasticity to elasticity, ultrasoft shape memory, and dynamic mechanical properties. Adv. Funct. Mater., 2016, 26, 931.

7. Zhao Q, Qi HJ, Xie T.* Recent progress in shape memory polymer: New behavior, enabling materials, and mechanistic understanding. Prog. Polym. Sci., 2015, 49-50, 79.

8. Ma CX, Li TF, Zhao Q,* Yang XX, Wu JJ, Luo YW, Xie T. Supramolecular Lego assembly towards three-dimensional multi-responsive hydrogels. Adv. Mater., 2014, 26, 5665. Highlighed by MaterialsViewsChina.

9. Xu H, Yu C, Wang S, Malyarchuk V, Xie T,* Rogers J,* Deformable, Programmable, and Shape-Memorizing Micro-Optics. Adv. Funct. Mater., 2013,23,3299. Highlighted by Nanowerk, MRS 369, others

10. Chen C, Chiang C, Lai C, Xie T, Yang S,* Buckling-Based Strong Dry Adhesives Via Interlocking. Adv. Funct. Mater., 2013,23,3813.

11. Luo Y, Guo Y, Gao X,* Li B, Xie T,  A General Approach Towards Thermoplastic Multishape-Memory Polymers via Sequence Structure Design. Adv. Mater., 2013, 25, 743.

12. Xie T,* Page K,* Eastman S, Strain based temperature memory effect for Nafion and its molecular origin. Adv. Funct. Mater., 2011,21, 2057.

13. Xie T,*  Recent advances in polymer shape memory. Polymer,      (Invited Feature Article), 2011, 52, 4895.

14. He Z, Satarkar N, Xie T,* Cheng YT, Hilt  Z,*  Remote controlled multi-shape polymer nanocomposites with selective radiofrequency actuations. Adv. Mater., 2011,23, 3192.

15. Xie T,* Xiao XC, Li J, Wang R,  Encoding localized strain history through wrinkle based diffraction colors. Adv. Mater., 2010,22, 4390. Cover Art.