Xiaosong Wang carries out research in nanotechnology, polymer chemistry and supramolecular chemistry. His research involves the development of new synthetic strategies for self-assembled functional nanomaterials using macromolecules as major building blocks. His expertise includes living polymerization, water-soluble polymers, and metallopolymers.
- Living polymerization
Xiaosong Wang develops innovative synthetic techniques for high value-added nanomaterials. He conducts the research via fundamental exploration into newly emerged supramolecular chemistry.
His research takes advantage of well developed organometallic and polymer chemistry in an attempt to incorporate the properties of metal elements (catalytic, magnetic, electronic etc.) and macromolecules (mechanical, processible) into functional nanomaterials.
His efforts have made a number of breakthroughs in synthetic techniques, including Migration Insertion Polymerization (MIP), Miniemulsion Periphery Polymerization (MEPP) and Living Self-Assembly (LSA). He is currently exploring functional nanomaterials using the concepts and techniques developed in his research group.
Xiaosong Wang teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses. Recent course offerings have included
- Nanostructured Materials: Block Copolymer Micellar Nanomaterials
- Synthesis, Self-Assembly and Material Applications of Inorganic Polymers
- Supramolecular Polymerization for Nanomaterials
- Metal Containing Polymers
- Living Polymerization Techniques
Zhang, Z.; Wang, X. S.*; Tam, K. C.*; Sebe, G.* A comparative study on grafting polymers from cellulose nanocrystals via surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) and activator re-generated by electron transfer ATRP. Carbohydrate Polymers, 2019, 205, 322-329.
Zhang, Z.; Tam, K. C.*; Sebe, G.* Wang, X. S.*; Convenient characterization of polymers grafted on cellulose nanocrystals via SI-ATRP without chain cleavage. Carbohydrate Polymers, 2018, 199, 603-609.
Cao, K.; Peng, L.; Worku, A.; Zhu, J. Feng, A. Liu, D. Liu, S. Lin, J. *; Yuan, J. *; Wang, X. S.* Chain Conformation‐Directed Polymerization Cyclization for Effective Synthesis of Macrocycles in Bulk, Chemistry-A Eur. J. 2018, 24, 15380-15386.
Murshid, N.; Yuyama K.; Wu, S. L.; Wu, K. Y.; Masuhara, H. Wang, C. L.; Wang, X. S. Highly-Integrated, Laser Manipulable Aqueous Metal Carbonyl Vesicles (MCsomes) with Aggregation-Induced Emission (AIE) and Aggregation-Enhanced IR Absorption (AEIRA), J. Mater. Chem. C, 2016, Advance Article, DOI: 10.1039/C6TC01222A.
Liang, G. D.; Xu, J. T.; Wang, X. S. Synthesis and Characterization of Organometallic Coordination Polymer Nanoshells of Prussian Blue using Miniemulsion Periphery Polymerization (MEPP), J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131 (15), 5378–5379.
Wang, X. S.; Guerin, G.; Wang, H.; Wang, Y. S.; Manners, I.; Winnik, M. A. Formation of Cylindrical Block Copolymer Micelles and Co-Micelles of Controlled Length and Architecture, Science 2007, 317, 644-647.
Please see Xiaosong Wang's Google Scholar profile for a current list of his peer-reviewed articles.
Awards and Distinctions
- Roberts Award/RCUK Fellowship, 2006
University of Waterloo Affiliations
- Member of the Institute for Polymer Research
- Member of the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology
Professional Associations and Service
- Safety Committee, 2015-2016
- Science Faculty Council committee member, 2013-2014
- 1998 PhD Polymer Chemistry, East China University of Science and Technology, China
- 1994 MSc Polymer Chemistry, Zhejiang University, China
- 1990 BSc Chemistry, Hangzhou University, China