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Assistant Technology

Hoboken, New Jersey, 07030, United States
$40/hour or $70,000/year
December 19, 2011
Contact Info:

Li Xu

*** ** ******** *** *** ***, Newark, NJ ***04


Cell: 1-201-***-****


Seeking a job position which would allow me to make strong contributions to an organization as well as offer me an opportunity to learn and grow with the company.


1. Strong background in organic synthesis, living polymerizations and emulsion polymerizations.

2. Synthesis of biocompatible polymers, nanoparticles, composites, additives, paints and surface coatings.

3. Extensive experience in instrumental analysis of polymers, nano/micro-composites and biomaterials.

4. Successful development of glass fiber reinforced polyurethane, epoxy resin and silicone elastomers.


1. September 2007 - December 2011

Ph.D. candidate in Chemistry, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken NJ

2. September 2004 - June 2007

M.S. in Polymer Chemistry and Physics, Nanjing University, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China

3. September 2000 - June 2004

B.S. in Chemistry, Nanjing University, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China


2009 - Present Research assistant, Stevens Institute of Technology, NJ

Advisor: Svetlana A. Sukhishvili

Subject: "The kinetic viscosity of polymer solutions and surface coatings"

1. Developed initiators and monomers for polymerization by organic synthesis.

2. Synthesized biocompatible polymers by living radical polymerizations, such as atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) and reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization.

3. Characterized the polymers by various techniques, such as GPC, HPLC, H-NMR, FTIR, TGA and DSC.

4. Functionalized biocompatible polymers, e.g., poly(methacrylic acid) (PMAA) with fluorescent labels, quantum dots and antibodies as additives and colorants in surface coatings.

5. Demonstrated the conformation, kinetic viscosity and permeability of polymer complexes and surface coatings by AFM, SEM, HPLC, ATR-FTIR, DLS, FRAP and ellipsometry.

2007 - 2009 Research assistant, Stevens Institute of Technology, NJ

Advisor: Svetlana A. Sukhishvili

Subject: "Polymer surface coatings as delivery systems and antibacterial films"

1. Synthesized pH- and thermo-responsive block copolymers by living radical polymerizations, e.g., poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate-block-N-isopropylacrylamide) (PDMA-b-PNIPAM).

2. Demonstrated pH/temperature-triggered block copolymer emulsions and surface coatings by SEM, TEM, AFM, confocal laser scanning microscopy, ellipsometry and fluorometry.

3. Developed polymer emulsions and surface coatings as responsive drug/dye delivery systems and antibacterial films.

2008 - 2009 Research assistant, Stevens Institute of Technology, NJ

Advisor: Svetlana A. Sukhishvili

Subject: "Surface coatings of antibacterial nanohydrogels"

1. Developed polyethylene glycol (PEG) nanohydrogels by photo-initiated emulsion polymerization.

2. Demonstrated the targeted binding of antibody functionalized nanohydrogels to bacterial walls.

3. Demonstrated the antibacterial properties of PEG nanohydrogel coatings on artificial bones.

2004 - 2007 Research assistant, Nanjing University, Jiangsu, China

Advisor: Xiqun Jiang

Subject: "Paints, surface coatings and glass fiber reinforced polymers"

1. Developed block copolymer polystyrene-b-poly(methacrylic acid) (PS-b-PMAA) as paintings and surface coatings on silicon and glass by living polymerization and emulsion polymerization.

2. Developed polyurethane block copolymers to improve Tg and thermal stability of polyurethanes.

3. Developed glass fiber reinforced polyurethane, epoxy resin and silicone elastomers by polymer processing, such as membrane extrusion.


Chemical synthesis: ATRP, RAFT, ionic polymerization, nitroxide-mediated polymerization, click chemistry, photochemistry, emulsion polymerization, organic synthesis, nanoparticle synthesis.

Analytical technology: GPC, HPLC, GC/MS, FTIR, H-NMR, DSC, TGA, AFM, SEM, TEM, DLS, ATR-FTIR, UV-Vis, SERS, fluorometry, ellipsometry, confocal microscopy, neutron reflectometry.

Chemical software: Gaussian 98, Chemoffice, AutoCAD, C++, Origin, Microsoft Office.


1. Student Travel Award for American Chemical Society National Meeting, 2011.

2. The Scholarship for Excellent Graduate Students, Nanjing University, 2005-2006.

3. The Scholarship for Excellent Undergraduate Students, Nanjing University, 2001-2002 and 2000-2001.


1. L. Xu, J. F. Ankner, S. A. Sukhishvili "Steric Effects in Ionic Pairing and Polyelectrolyte Diffusion within Multilayered Films: A Neutron Reflectometry Study", Macromolecules 2011, 44, 6518.

2. L. Xu, Zh. Zhu, O. V. Borisov, E. B. Zhulina, S. A. Sukhishvili "pH-Triggered Block Copolymer Micelle-to-Micelle Phase Transition", Physical Review Letters 2009, 103, 118301.


1. L. Xu, A. Zhuk, J. F. Ankner, S. A. Sukhishvili "Chain Dynamics within Polyelectrolyte Complexes and Multilayers", Colloid and Surface Chemistry, 2011, American Chemical Society.

2. L. Xu, S. A. Sukhishvili, O. V. Borisov, E. B. Zhulina "pH-Triggered Explosions of Dually Responsive Polymer Micelles: Solutions versus Surfaces", 2010, American Physical Society.


1. Svetlana A. Sukhishvili

Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology, NJ,, 201-***-****.

2. Henry Du

Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology, NJ,, 201-***-****.

3. Hongjun Wang

Assistant professor, Stevens Institute of Technology, NJ,, 201-***-****.