About me

I’m Xiuyu Jin, a 5th-year Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Before my PhD study at University of Notre Dame, I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2018. My current research in Prof. Haifeng Gao’s Lab focused on controlled radical polymerization technologies for surface functionalization. Recent progress was published in journals including J. Am. Chem. Soc., ACS Energy Lett., ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, and Polym. Chem. Meanwhile, I served as peer reviewer for journals including ACS Nano., Chem. Mater., Macromolecules, Langmuir, Mater. Today Chem., and Polymer.

Besides research, I’m a big fan of national parks and I’m interested in hiking, camping, boondocking and overlanding.


Ph.D., Polymer Chemistry, University of Notre Dame, Expected 2023

B.Sc., Inorganic Chemistry, University of Science and Technology of China, 2018


Developed perovskite nanocrystal (PNC) catalyzed surface-initiated photopolymerization for stabilization of individual PNCs and regulation of their halide exchange behaviors.

Established magnetic nanoplatform with surface-tethered polymer brushes for selective enzyme immobilization based on Spy chemistry.

Developed PNC encapsulation and passivation methods through swelling-shrinking strategy.