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Ting Xu wins 3M Company grant

Ting Xu
Ting Xu

April 02, 2008

Berkeley Professor Ting Xu, who holds a joint appointment in the departments of materials science and in chemistry, has won a 3M Company Untenured Faculty Grant.

The award recognizes outstanding new faculty for the quality and pertinence of their research, the subject of which is of interest to 3M. The unrestricted grant is for a maximum of $15,000 per year for up to three years. Other recent winners in the college include Rachel Segalman, Alex Katz, and Peidong Yang.

The grant was awarded to Prof. Xu to pursue work in hierarchical assembled functional material in thin films using peptide, copolymer, small molecule and nanoparticles as building blocks.

“I’m really grateful to 3M for this grant,” says Xu. “In particular, this grant allows me to explore a new family of functional biomaterials that combine natural proteins and peptides with synthetic polymers.”

Xu was born in Liaoyuan, in Northeastern China, but was raised in Dalian, the region’s major port city. She received a M.S. in polymer physics from Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry in 1999 and a Ph.D from the Department of Polymer Science and Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2004.

Xu was a joint postdoctoral fellow between the University of Pennsylvania and the Cold Neutrons for Biology and Technology (CNBT) Partnership Program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). She joined the Berkeley faculty in January 2007.

Along with Paul Alivisatos and Peidong Yang, Xu is one of three chemistry department faculty members who have joint appointments in materials science. Her current research focuses on fundamentally understanding the hierarchical self-assembly of complex systems involving de novo designed peptide and peptidomimetics, block copolymers and nanoparticles and applying this understanding to generating functional materials exhibiting novel properties.

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