JI Xiaofan

Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering

Email: xiaofanji@hust.edu.cn

Academic Areas: Supramolecular Polymer Materials

Xiaofan Ji is the Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering at HUST’s School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. His current research is focused on fluorescent supramolecular polymeric materials. He has so far published more then 40 papers in international high-level journals as the first author or corresponding author, including Chem. Soc. Rev. (2), Acc. Chem. Res. (1), Chem. Rev. (1), Adv. Mater. (6), J. Am. Chem. Soc. (3), Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (2), CCS Chem. (1), Chem. Sci. (3), Macromolecules (1), ACS Macro Lett. (1), and other academic journals, and wrote a book chapter. Among them, one paper was selected as "China's 100 Most Influential International Academic Papers (2013)", and four papers were selected as ESI Highly Cited Papers. His publications have been cited more than 2,400 times, and his Web of Science h-index was 25. His innovative achievements have been highlighted by Nature, C&EN, Advanced Science News, etc.

Academic Degrees


PhD in Chemistry, Zhejiang University (Advisor: Prof. Feihe Huang)


Visiting PhD Student, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Advisor: Prof. Steven C. Zimmerman)


BS in Polymer Materials and Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology

Professional Experience


Professor, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, HUST


Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Advisor: Prof. Ben Zhong Tang, Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences)


Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry, The University of Texas at Austin (Advisor: Prof. Jonathan L. Sessler, Member of the National Academy of Sciences)


JSPS Research Fellow, Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology, The University of Tokyo (Advisor: Prof. Takuzo Aida)

Courses Taught

1.Experiments of Organic Chemistry (for undergraduate student)

2.Experiments of Polymer Chemistry (for undergraduate student)

Awards and Honors


Overseas high-level talents in Hubei Province


Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellowship


Excellent Graduates of Zhejiang Province


Chu Kochen Scholarship of Zhejiang University (the highest honour for the students in Zhejiang University)


One of 'China's top 100 most influential academic papers' in 2013


National Scholarship awarded by Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China

Selected Projects Funded

1.National Science Foundation of China

Selected Publications

[1] Hanwei Zhang, Qingyun Li, Yabi Yang, Xiaofan Ji,* and Jonathan L. Sessler* “Unlocking Chemically Encrypted Information Using Three Types of External Stimuli” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2021, 143, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.1c08558.

[2] Yabi Yang, Qingyun Li, Hanwei Zhang, Hui Liu, Xiaofan Ji,* and Ben Zhong Tang* “Codes in Code: AIE Supramolecular Adhesive Hydrogels Store Huge Amounts of Information” Adv. Mater. 2021, 2105418.

[3] Weiwei Han,* Wei Xiang, Qingyun Li, Hanwei Zhang, Yabi Yang, Jun Shi, Yue Ji, Sichang Wang, Xiaofan Ji,* Niveen M. Khashab and Jonathan L. Sessler* “Water compatible supramolecular polymers: recent progress” Chem. Soc. Rev. 2021, 50, 10025–10043.

[4] Wang, X.#; Xie, L.#; Lin, K.; Ma, W.; Zhao, T.; Ji. X.*; Khashab, N. M.; Alyami, M.; Wang, H.*; Sessler, J. L.* “Calix[4]pyrrole-Crosslinked Porous Polymeric Networks for Micropollutant Removal from Water” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, 60, 7188–7196.

[5] Ji, X.*; Wang, H.; Wang, H.*; Zhao, T.; Page, Z. A.*; Khashab,N. M.; Sessler, J. L.* “Removal of Organic Micropollutants from Water by Macrocycle-Containing Covalent Polymer Networks” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59, 23402–23412.

[6] Xia, D.*; Wang, P. Ji, X.*; Khashab, N. M.*; Sessler, J. L.*; Huang, F.* “Functional Supramolecular Polymeric Networks: The Marriage of Covalent Polymers and Macrocycle-Based Host−Guest Interactions” Chem. Rev. 2020, 120, 6070−6123.

[7] Ji, X.; Ahmed, M.; Long, L.*; Khashab, N. M.*; Huang, F.*; Sessler, J. L.* “Adhesive supramolecular polymeric materials constructed from macrocycle-based host−guest interactions” Chem. Soc. Rev. 2019, 48, 2682-2697.

[8] Ji, X.#; Chi, X.#; Ahmed, M.; Long, L.*; Sessler, J. L.* “Soft Materials Constructed Using Calix[4]pyrrole- and “Texas-Sized” Box-based Anion Receptors” Acc. Chem. Res. 2019, 52, 1915−1927.

[9] Ji, X.#; Li, Z.#; Liu, X.; Peng, H.-Q.; Song, F.; Qi, J.; Lam, J. W. Y.; Long, L.; Sessler, J. L.*; Tang, B. Z.* “A Functioning Macroscopic "Rubik's Cube" Assembled via Controllable Dynamic Covalent Interactions” Adv. Mater. 2019, 1902365.

[10] Ji, X.; Wu, R.-T.; Long, L.*; Guo, C.; Khashab, N. M.; Huang, F.*; Sessler, J. L.* “Physical Removal of Anions from Aqueous Media by Means of a Macrocycle-Containing Polymeric Network” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 2777–2780.

[11] Ji, X.; Wu, R.-T.; Long, L.*; Ke, X.-S.; Guo, C.; Ghang, Y.-J.; M. Lynch, V.; Huang, F.*; Sessler, J. L.* “Encoding, Reading, and Transforming Information Using Multi-Fluorescent Supramolecular Polymeric Hydrogels” Adv. Mater. 2018, 1705480.

[12] Wang, H.; Ji, X.*; Li, Z.; Huang, F.* “Fluorescent Supramolecular Polymeric Materials” Adv. Mater. 2017, 1606117.

[13] Ji, X.; Shi, B.; Wang, H.; Xia, D.; Jie, K.; Wu, Z. L.*; Huang, F.* “Supramolecular Construction of Multifluorescent Gels: Interfacial Assembly of Discrete Fluorescent Gels through Multiple Hydrogen Bonding” Adv. Mater. 2015, 27, 8062-8066.

[14] Ji, X.; Dong, S.; Wei, P.; Xia, D.; Huang, F.* “A Novel Diblock Copolymer with a Supramolecular Polymer Block and a Traditional Polymer Block: Preparation, Controllable Self-Assembly in Water, and Application in Controlled Release” Adv. Mater. 2013, 25, 5725-5729.

[15] Ji, X.; Yao, Y.; Li, J.; Yan, X.; Huang, F.* “A Supramolecular Cross-Linked Conjugated Polymer Network for Multiple Fluorescent Sensing” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 74-77.

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