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Jun 2022 Group Photo

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Xiaodan Gu, Ph.D.

2022 - present   Associate Professor

2017-2022   Nina Bell Suggs Endowed Assistant Professor 

University of Southern Mississippi

School of Polymer Science and Engineering

2016   Post-Doc Stanford University &  Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource

Chemical Engineering

Advisor: Prof. Zhenan Bao & Prof. Michael F. Toney

2014   Ph.D. University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Polymer Science and Engineering

Advisor: Prof. Thomas P. Russell


      2023  Journal of Materials Chemistry A 10 Year Anniversary Special Issue

      2023  NSF EPSCoR Research Fellows

      2022  Sustainable Energy & Fuels Emerging Investigators

      2022  3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award

      2022  Scholarly Researcher of the Year, College of Arts & Sciences, USM 

      2022  Journal of Materials Chemistry C Emerging Investigators

      2022  ACS Applied Polymer Materials Early Career Forum

      2021 "35 Challenges In Materials Science Being Tackled By Pis Under 35", by Matters

      2021  USM 2021 School Year Convocation Speaker

      2021  ACS Polymer Au Rising Stars in Polymers

      2021  Department of Energy (DOE) Early Career Award 

      2021  Basic Research Award, Vice President for Research Office, USM

      2021  Nina Bell Suggs Endowed Professorship

      2021  National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career Award 

      2021  MRS Journal of Materials Research Early Career Scholars 

      2020  ACS PMSE Young Investigator Award

      2019  Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award 

      2019  Polymer Chemistry Emerging Investigators

      2019  Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics "Talents"

      2018  Macromolecular Rapid Communications Young Talents in Polymer Science



Graduate Students

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Sonia Stanciu (2020- )

Co-advised with 

Yoan Simon



Saroj Upreti (2023 - )

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Andrew Bates (2022- )


Saranga Raut (2023 - )

Research Scientist

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Dr. Haoyu Zhao (2020 -)

Ph.D.  Texas Tech Univ. 

Advisor: Sindee Simon

Visiting Student/Teacher

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Dr. Sean Cook (2022- )

Hinds Community College


Dr. Soumya Kundu (2023- )

Ph.D. Univ of Saskatchewan

Advisor: Timothy Kelly


Undergraduate students

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Jamaal Jackson (2021- )

Jacob Meilleur (2021- )

Ranni Middleton (2022- )

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Kaitochukwu Chukwuka  (2022- )

Otitodilichukwu Chukwuka  (2022- )

Ember Wilson (2022- )

Looking for talents!


We have 3~4 positions for highly-motivated graduate students and postdoc to join our group! The projects are mainly experimental polymer physics and device engineering. All the students currently in the program are welcome to apply. Please contact Prof. Gu to discuss the details of projects.

We especially encourage underrepresented minority and female students with diverse backgrounds to join the team!  


We also encourage prospective undergraduate students to apply for their doctoral degree in our department.  Detailed information can be found here.



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