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Yixiao Dong

Postdoctoral Researcher

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About Yixiao

Yixiao Dong received his B.S. and M.S. degree from Wuhan University of Technology. He received his Ph.D. from Emory University in 2022. He is currently a postdoc in Dr. Esser-Kahn lab.


His research interests include responsive hydrogels, functional nanocomposite materials, and polymer synthesis.


Other than his research, he enjoys hiking, traveling, skiing, and watching movies.


2016-2022 Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

  • Chemistry 

  • Emory University 

  • Advisor: Dr. Khalid Salaita

  • Thesis:Functionally-Responsive Hydrogels: from Dynamic Coloration to Biosensing

2012-2015 Master of Science (M.S.)

  • Materials Science 

  • Wuhan University of Technology

  • Advisor: Dr. Chaocan Zhang

  • Thesis: Investigation of Entropy Induced Multi-Responsive Self-Storage Functional Materials

2008-2012 Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.)

  • Polymer Materials and Engineering

  • Wuhan University of Technology

Favorite Quote

"Genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration."

- Thomas Edison

Scientific Hero

"A real scientist should worship no individuals but science itself."

If you could be a piece of lab equipment, what would you be?

“Nanodrop so that I can appreciate the spectra of this world from a single droplet. (观滴水可知沧海,窥一斑而见全豹)"

Yixiao's Research

 Yixiao's current research work involves developing piezoelectric nanocomposite, artificial muscles, and other functional polymer materials.

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