DU Xin

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Research Interests: hierarchical porous materials for constructing advanced theranostic nanosystems, micro/nano-moters, nanocatalysts, nanocoatings, and so on.

Sep. 2014-present: first associate Professor and then professor Research Center for Bioengineering and Sensing Technology, Department of Chemistry & Biological Engineering, University of Science & Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083, P. R. China
Jun. 2012-Aug. 2014: postdoctoral research fellow School of Chemical Engineering, the University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA5005, Australia Supervisor: Prof. Shizhang Qiao (the inaugural Chair of Nanotechnology)
Sep. 2007-Jun. 2012: Ph.D. in Physical chemistry Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry (TIPC), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing, China
Sep. 2003-Jul. 2007: B.Sc. in Material Chemistry Department of Chemistry, Nankai University, Tianjin, China

Scientific research achievements

National Natural Science Foundation of China (29.82), USTB High-level top talent introduction plan (30), Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (20), latitudinal project (25.6), etc.
Awards: UNSW Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, Samsung Scholarship, CAS Dean Scholarship, Pacemaker to Merit Student

Enrollment plan

2~3 Master students

Representative papers

Dr. Du has co-authored more than more than 80 refereed journal articles including 46 as the first or corresponding author, including Adv. Mater., Adv. Fucnt. Mater., Biomaterials, and so on. The total ISI citation is more than 3000 times, with an h-index of 32. The research results were Highly evaluated by ACS News Service Weekly PressPac, ChemistryView, ScienceDaily, MaterialViews, etc.
1. X. Xuan, S. Tu, H. Yu, X. Du*, Y. Zhao, J. He, H. Dong*, X. Zhang*, H. Huang*, Size-dependent selectivity and activity of CO2 photoreduction over black nano-titanias grown on dendritic porous silica particles. Appl. Catal. B 2019, 255, 117768.
2. Y. Xing, Q. Pan, X. Du*, T. Xu*, Y. He, X. Zhang*, Dendritic Janus Nanomotors with Precisely Modulated Coating Rates and their Effects on Velocity, ACS Appl. Mater. Interface 2019, 11, 10426.
3. Y. Wang*, X. Du*, S. Shi, Z. Liu, H. Lv, Dendritic fibrous nano-particles (DFNPs): rising stars from mesoporous materials, J. Mater. Chem. A 2019, 7, 5111.
4. X. Du*, F. Kleitz*, X. Li, H. Huang, X. Zhang, S. Z. Qiao*, Disulfide-bridged organosilica frameworks: Designed synthesis, redox-triggered biodegradation, and nanobiomedical applications. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2018, 28, 1707325.
5. Y. Wang, Y. Wang, X. Li, J. Li, L. Su, X. Zhang, X. Du*, Dendritic silica particles with well-dispersed Ag nanoparticles for robust antireflective and antibacterial nanocoatings on polymeric glass. ACS Sustain. Chem. Eng. 2018, 6, 14071.
6. X. Du*, C. Zhao, M. Zhou, T. Y. Ma, H. Huang, M. Jaroniec, X. Zhang, S. Z. Qiao*, Hollow carbon nanospheres with tunable hierarchical pores for drug, gene and photothermal synergistic treatment. Small 2017, 13, 1602592.
7. X. Du*, C. Zhao, Y. Luan*, C. Zhang, M. Jaroniec, H. Huang, X. Zhang, S. Z. Qiao*, Dendritic porous yolk@ordered mesoporous shell structured heterogeneous nanocatalysts with enhanced stability. J. Mater. Chem. A 2017, 5, 21560.
8. B. Shi,* X. Du*, J.Chen, L. Fu, M. Morsch, A. Lee, Y. Liu, N. Cole, R. Chung, Multifunctional hybrid nanoparticles for traceable drug delivery and intracellular microenvironment controlled multistage drug release in neurons. Small 2017, 13, 1603966
9. M. Zhou, X. Du*, W. Li, X. Li, H. Huang, Q. Liao, B. Shi, X. Zhang, M. Zhang*, One-pot synthesis of redox-triggered biodegradable hybrid nanocapsules with a disulfide-bridged silsesquioxane framework for promising drug delivery. J. Mater. Chem. B 2017, 5, 4455
10. X. Du, X. Li, L. Xiong, X. Zhang*, F. Kleitz, S. Z. Qiao*, Mesoporous silica nanoparticles with organo-bridged silsesquioxane framework as innovative platforms for bioimaging and therapeutic agent delivery. Biomaterials 2016, 91, 90.
11. X. Du*, X. Li, H. Huang, J. He, X. Zhang, Dendrimer-like hybrid particles with tunable hierarchical pores. Nanoscale 2015, 6173.
12. X. Du, S. Z. Qiao*, Dendritic silica particles with center-radial pore channels: promising platforms for catalysis and biomedicine applications. Small 2015, 11, 392.
13. X. Du, B. Y. Shi, J. Liang, J. Bi. S. Dai, S. Z. Qiao*, Developing functionalized dendrimer-like silica nanoparticles with hierarchical pores as advanced delivery nanocarriers. Adv. Mater. 2013, 25, 5981.
14. X. Du, L. Xiong, Y. Tang, S. Dai, F. Kleitz, S. Z. Qiao*, Intracellular microenvironment-responsive dendrimer-like mesoporous nanohybrids for responsive, traceable, effective and safe intracellular gene delivery. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2014, 24, 7627.
15. X. Du, B. Shi, Y. Tang, S. Dai, S. Z. Qiao*, Label-free dendrimer-like silica nanohybrids for traceable and controlled gene delivery. Biomaterials 2014, 35, 5580.
16. X. Du, B. Y. Shi, L. Xiong, S. Dai, S. Z. Qiao*, ɣ-PGA coated mesoporous ailica nanoparticles with covalently attached prodrug for enhanced cellular uptake and intracellular GSH-responsive release. Adv. Healthcare. Mater. 2015, 4, 771.
Postgraduate training:
Caixia Zhao (USTB Excellent graduates and excellent graduation thesis), Weike Li (USTB Excellent graduates), Xiaoni Xuan (USTB Excellent graduates and excellent graduation thesis), Yulu Wang (National Scholarship), Haozheng Lv, Rubing Xi, Yi Xing, Mengyun Zhou

Postgraduate training


  • School of Chemistry and Biological Engineering, USTB
  • 30 Xueyuan Road, Haidian District, Beijing,100083