Xiaocun was born and grew up in Liaoyang, a small beautiful city in Northeast China. After he earned his B.S. degree in chemistry from Peking University in Beijing, Xiaocun moved to the United States and began his graduate study in Prof. George R. Newkome’s laboratory at The University of Akron, Ohio. After receiving his Ph.D. degree in polymer science, he relocated to Illinois and joined Prof. Jeffrey S. Moore’s group as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In August 2018, Xiaocun joined the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Science at Clarkson University as an Assistant Professor. In graduate school, he focused on rational design and precise construction of 2D and 3D metallo-supramolecular architectures. His postdoctoral research was at the interface of polymer chemistry and materials engineering with a focus on the development of smart microcapsules for applications in self-reporting, self-healing and cure-on-demand materials. His current research interests include smart delivery systems, metallosupramolecular self-assembly, and mechanoresponsive polymeric materials.

Education

Ph.D. in Polymer Science, 2013
The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio; College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering
Adviser: Prof. George R. Newkome
Dissertation: Design and Construction of Terpyridine-Based 2D and 3D Supramolecular Architectures

B.S. in Chemistry, 2005
Peking University, Beijing, China; College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering
Adviser: Prof. Xinhua Wan
Thesis: Synthesis and Characterization of Chiral, Liquid Crystal, Vinyl Monomers and Long-Range Chirality Transfer in Their Free Radical Polymerizations

Research Experience

Assistant Professor, 2018 – present
Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Science, Clarkson University
Research Areas: Micro- and nanocapsules-based smart delivery systems; Metallosupramolecular self-assembly; Mechanoresponsive materials; Environmentally-responsive materials;

Postdoctoral Research Associate, 2015 – 2018
Department of Chemistry, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Adviser: Prof. Jeffrey S. Moore
Research Projects: Non-aqueous Encapsulation of Hydrophilic Actives for Self-Healing Materials; Stimuli-Responsive Payload Delivery System Using Self-Immolative Polymers; Autonomous Damage Reporting via Integrated AIE Luminogens

Graduate Research Assistant, 2005 – 2013; Postdoctoral Research Associate, 2013 – 2015
Department of Polymer Science, Institute of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, The University of Akron
Adviser: Prof. George R. Newkome
Research Projects: Coordination-Driven, Self-Assembly of Supramolecular Architectures; Characterization Protocol for Metallo-supramolecular Characterization; Surface Modification of Multicarboxylate-Terminated Dendrimers

Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2003 – 2005
Department of Chemistry, Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, Peking University
Adviser: Prof. Xinhua Wan
Research Projects: Long-Range Chirality Transfer in Helix-Sense-Selective Free Radical Polymerization