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Prof. Dr. Xinliang Feng

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Prof. Dr. Xinliang Feng


Xinliang Feng was born in Anhui, China, on May 25th, 1980.

He received his Bachelor’s degree in analytic chemistry from China University of Geosciences in 2001. Then he obtained his Master’s degree of organic chemistry from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in March 2004, where he worked on the synthesis of fluorinated ion-exchange resins and polymer-supported organic catalysis. Later on he moved to Prof. H. Mayr’s group at the University of Munich in April 2004 for a short period research on the nucelofugality and electrofugality in organic solvolysis. In September 2004, he joined the group of Prof. K. Müllen at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research for PhD thesis on the synthesis and supramolecular chemistry of novel polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, where he obtained his PhD degree in April 2008. Since December 2007, he was appointed as group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research. And since 2011, he became an adjunct distinguished professor at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University and was appointed as the director for the Institute of Advanced Organic Materials.


His current scientific interests include the synthesis and self-organization of extended graphene molecules, novel conjugated oligomers and polymers, and testing for applications in organic electronic devices, processable graphene sheets for transparent electrodes and organic electronics, functional organic nanomaterials for energy oriented application, graphene-based 2D nanomaterials and low-dimensional nanostructured functional carbon-rich as well as hybrid materials for energy storage and conversion, 2D conjugated and supramolecular polymers for opto-electronic applications.

Awards and Duties:

  •   Marie Currie Fellowship (2005-2006)
  •   Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students (2008)
  •   IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists (2009)
  •   Finalist of 3rd European Young Chemist Award (2010)
  •   Editorial Board Member for Scientific Reports, a new initiative from Nature Publishing Group, the publishers of Nature (2011)
  •   ISE (International Society of Electrochemistry) Young Investigator Award (2011)
  •   Adjunct Professorship, China University of Geosciences (Wuhan) (2011)
  •   Deputy Leader of one of the ten European representatives of the European community’s  pilot project GRAPHENE FLAGSHIP (2012)
  •   European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant Award (2012)
  •   European FET Young Explorer (2012)
  •   Advisory Board Member of Advanced Materials (2013)
  •   2013 Journal of Materials Chemistry Lectureship Award (2013)

Research topics

  • Functional pi-pi-conjugated molecules:  polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, heteroatom-containing nanographenes and macrocycles.
  • Graphene: synthetic approach, nanocomposites, fabrication, and as window electrode for organic electronics.
  • Supramolecular-organization: fabrication technique, control the self-organization in bulk and on the surface, morphology control of fibrous and tubular nanostructures, molecular template on the surface.
  • Electronic devices: single-molecule electronics, organic field-effect transistors, and photovoltaic devices
  • Nanostructured functional carbon materials for energy storage and conversion: precursor defined pyrolysis, lithium ion battery, supercapacitor, hydrogen storage, and catalysis


Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research
Ackermannweg 10
D-55128 Mainz, Germany
(+49) 6131-379-488 (phone)
(+49) 6131-379-100 (fax)

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