Professor Chi WU(吳奇教授)

Emeritus Wei Lun Professor of Chemistry
Fellow of American Physical Society, Elected in 1999

location Room 239 Science Centre
Phone No. (852) 3943 6106
Fax No. (852) 2603 5057
Research Group Webpage The Polymer & Colloid Laboratory




1982 B.Sc. University of Science & Technology of China
1987 Ph.D. State University of New York at Stony Brook



Since 2020 Emeritus Wei Lun Professor of Chemistry, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
2010-2020 Wei Lun Professor of Chemistry, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
1999-2020 Professor of Chemistry, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
1996-1999 Reader, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
1992-1996 Lecturer, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
1989-1992 AvH Fellow and then Researcher, BASF AG, Germany
1987-1989 Research Associate, SUNY at Stony Brook


Research Interests

Using a combination of synthetic chemistry, polymer physics and molecular biology, we design and execute decisive experiments to answer important questions of macromolecules, colloids and biology, including

1. development of non-viral vectors for molecular medicines;
2. nucleation of neuron-degenerative diseases related protein aggregation;
3. design, synthesis and assembly of functional macromolecules;
4. dynamics and structures of polymer solutions and gel networks;
5. molecular characteristic properties of intractable and special polymers.


Honours and Awards

2015 The Wang Baoren Award for Accomplishments in Fundamental Polymer Research
2003 The China National Science Award (2nd Class)
2002 Excellent Postgraduate Student Supervisor Award, Chinese Academic of Sciences
2000 The Croucher Award (for Senior Researcher), The Croucher Foundation,Hong Kong
1999 Fellow, American Physical Society, USA
1997 Distinguished Young Scholar Award The “Qiu Shi” Foundation, Hong Kong, China
1996 Distinguished Young Investigator Award (Grant) National Natural Science Foundation, Ch
Jun.1989 – Jun.1990 Fellow, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship, Germany
1982 Guo Moruo Fellowship (The first Named Fellowship in P.R.China) University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui


Professional Activities

Appointments: Editor Board Member: Polymer, Langmuir and Macromolecules
Executive Advisory Board member: Macromolecular Journals (01/07/2007)
Associate Editor, Macromolecules (ACS. Starting on 01/01/2006)

Full List of Projects
Statistics of Publications


Representative Publications

1. Since 1999 Chi Wu, shuiqing Zhou,
“Thermodynamically stable globule state of single poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) chain in water”
Macromolecules, 28, 5388 (1995).
2. Chi Wu, Shuiqin Zhou,
“First Observation of the Molten Globule State of a Single Homopolymer Chain “,
Physical Review Letter, 77(14), 3053 (1996).
3. Chi Wu, Xiaohui Wang,
“Globule-to-coil transition of a single homopolymer chain in solution”,
Physical Review Letters, 80(18), 4902 (1998).
4. Fan Jin, Chi Wu,
“Observation of the first-order transition in ultrafiltration of flexible linear polymer chains”,
Physical Review Letters, 96, 237801 (2006).
5. Hui Ge and Chi Wu,
“Separation of Linear and Star Chains by a Nanopore”,
Macromolecules43, 8711–8713 (2010) (Cover Story)
6. Chi Wu and Lianwei Li,
“Unified Description of Transportation of Polymer Chains with Different Topologies through a Small Cylindrical Pore”,
Polymer54, 1463 (2013) (Cover Story).
7. Guangzhao Zhang, Aizheng Niu, Shufu Peng, Yingfeng Tu, Mei Li, Ming Jiang, Chi Wu,
“Formation of novel polymeric nanoparticles”,
Accounts of Chemical Research, 34(3), 249-256 (2001).
8. Guangzhao Zhang, Chi Wu,
“Folding and Formation of Mesoglobules in Dilute Copolymer Solutions”
Adv Polym Sci (2005) 195: 1–x , DOI 10.1007/12_050
9. Yonggang Shangguan, Dameng Guo, Hui Feng,Yuan Li, Xiangjun Gong, Qianjin Chen, Bo Zheng, Chi Wu,
“Mapping Phase Diagrams of Polymer Solutions by a Combination of Micro-fluidic Solution Droplets and Laser Light-Scattering Detection”,
Macromolecules47, 2496-2502 (2014).
10. Yanan Yue, Chi Wu,
“Progress and perspectives in developing polymeric vectors for in vitro gene delivery”,
Biomaterials Science1, 152-170 (2013) (Invited Review).


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