Xiaosong Wang

Professor, Chemistry

Research interests: Synthesis and self-assembly of organometallic compounds and polymers for functional nanomaterials, and exploration of hydrophobic effects for aqueous supramolecular chemistry


Professor Xiaosong Wang graduated from East China University of Science and Technology in 1998 with a PhD degree in Polymer Materials and Science. After working in the University of Sussex and the University of Toronto as a postdoctoral research fellow, he received the Roberts Academic Award/RCUK Research Fellowship working at the University of Leeds in 2006. He is currently at the University of Waterloo, working in the Department of Chemistry as well as the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology as a Professor. His research expertise spans from living polymerization, water-soluble polymers, and metallopolymers to supramolecular chemistry and functional nanomaterials.


  • PhD, Polymer Chemistry, East China University of Science and Technology, 1998
  • MSc,Polymer Chemistry, Zhejiang University, 1994
  • BSc, Chemistry, Hangzhou University, 1990

Xiaosong Wang


Solution self-assembly of block copolymers has been explored as a promising and robust technique for the synthesis of supramolecular functional nanomaterials. Our effort in this area has lead to success in several aspects including block copolymer micellar architecture design using living self-assembly and viruse-like nanostructure synthesis via biologically-inspired self-assembly. Particularly, we have created a number of defined block copolymer supramolecular hybrid nanomaterials with either enhanced, structure-correlated functions or novel properties. Encouraged by these progresses, we currently focus on the synthesis and self-assembly of metallo-block copolymers in an attempt to bring the rich functions of metal elements such as optical, electronic, catalytic, redox, ect. into well-defined supramolecular nanostructures for their potential applications in nanotechnology.

Research Interests

  • Functional polymer synthesis

  • Supramolecular chemistry

  • Metal containing polymer nanomaterials