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Prof. Dr. Si Wu

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Prof. Dr. Si Wu


Si Wu was born in 1982 in Chongqing, China. He studied polymer chemistry at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), Hefei, China and obtained Bachelor’s degree in 2005. He was supported by the joint doctoral promotion program working at USTC and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPIP), Mainz, Germany. In 2010, he received his PhD on photoresponsive composites of azopolymers. From 2010 to 2012, he worked as a postdoc at MPIP. He has been a group leader at MPIP since 2012. He is heading an experimental group focusing on synthesis of photoresponsive materials, including photoresponsive azobenzene polymers, photoresponsive Ru-containing polymers, and near-infrared light-responsive materials based on upconverting nanoparticles. In 2018, he was appointed as a full professor at USTC and established a new group in Hefei. He received 3 DFG grants, 1 FCI grant, and the Thousand Talents Plan for Young Professionals and also leads a MPGC project. Many of his former group members continued an academic career, in particular 3 of them became full professors in China. The aim of Si Wu’s research is to better understand the relationship between structures, dynamics, and performance of photoresponsive materials. The mission is to solve fundamental questions in photoresponsive materials with the perspective of future applications such as healable materials, controlled drug release, photolithography, and information storage. Because of his research in photoresponsive materials, Si Wu was awarded “10 Leading Chinese Talents on Science and Technology in Europe 2016” in Demark.

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Physics of Interfaces
Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research
Ackermannweg 10
D-55128 Mainz
Tel. +49(0)6131/379-196
email: wusi@mpip-mainz.mpg.de

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