Dr. Jason Xu is an ARC Future Fellow and Senior Lecturer in School of Chemical Engineering, UNSW Sydney. His research in the Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design (CAMD) and Australian Centre for NanoMedicine (ACN) focuses on green and precision polymer synthesis using state-of-the-art polymerization techniques and organic chemistry tools. Dr. Xu received his bachelor (2001) and PhD degree (2007) in polymer chemistry from Fudan University in China, where he focused on developing RAFT polymerization kientics. Following the postdoctoral research in UNSW Australia (2007-2010) and the University of Melbourne (2011-2012) and industrial experience (2012-2013), he joined UNSW again to develop visible light-induced living polymerization, precision polymer synthesis.


Research Areas

Precision Polymer Synthesis


Precisely controlled macromolecules: sustainable synthesis and advanced applications

Green Polymer Processes


Green chemistry and processes for renewable polymer manufacturing

Polymer Hydrogels


Polymer hydrogel-based soft electronic devices


  • Jiangtao Xu. Single Unit Monomer Insertion: a Versatile Platform for Molecular Engineering through Radical Addition Reactions and Polymerization. Macromolecules, 2019, 52, 9068-9093. [IF 5.997]

  • Chenyu Wu, Hengqi Chen, Nathaniel Corrigan, Kenward Jung, Xiaonan Kan, Zhibo Li, Wenjian Liu, Jiangtao Xu, Cyrille Boyer. Computer-Guided Discovery of a pH-Responsive Organic Photocatalyst and Application for pH and Light Dual-Gated Polymerization. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2019, 141, 8207-8220. [IF 14.695]

  • Nathaniel Corrigan, Jonathan Yeow, Peter Judzewitsch, Jiangtao Xu, Cyrille Boyer. Seeing the Light: Advancing Materials Chemistry through Photopolymerization. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2019, 58, 5170-5189. [IF 12.257]

  • Zixuan Huang, Benjamin B. Noble, Nathaniel Corrigan, Yingying Chu, Kotaro Satoh, Donald S Thomas, Craig J. Hawker, Graeme Moad, Masami Kamigaito, Michelle L. Coote, Cyrille Boyer, Jiangtao Xu. Discrete and Stereospecific Oligomers Prepared by Sequential and Alternating Single Unit Monomer Insertion. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2018, 140, 13392-13406. [IF 14.695]

  • Jiangtao Xu, Changkui Fu, Sivaprakash Shanmugam, Craig J. Hawker, Graeme Moad and Cyrille Boyer, Synthesis of Discrete Oligomers by Sequential PET-RAFT Single-Unit Monomer Insertion, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2017, 56, 8376-8383. [IF 12.257]

  • Jiangtao Xu, Sivaprakash Shanmugam, Changkui Fu, Kondo-Francois Aguey-Zinsou and Cyrille Boyer, Selective Photo-Activation: From Single Unit Monomer Insertion Reaction to Controlled Polymer Architecture, Journal of the American Chemical Society 2016, 138, 3094-3106. [IF 14.695]

  • Nathaniel Corrigan, Sivaprakash Shanmugam, Jiangtao Xu, Cyrille Boyer, Photocatalysis in Organic and Polymer Synthesis. Chemical Society Reviews 2016, 45, 6165-6212. [IF 40.443]

  • Sivaprakash Shanmugam, Jiangtao Xu and Cyrille Boyer, Exploiting Metalloporphyrins for Selective RAFT Polymerization Tunable over Visible Wavelengths, Journal of the American Chemical Society 2015, 137, 9174-9185. [IF 14.695]

  • Sivaprakash Shanmugam, Jiangtao Xu and Cyrille Boyer, Utilizing the Electron Transfer Mechanism of Chlorophyll A under Light for Controlled Radical Polymerization, Chemical Science 2015, 6, 1341-1349. [IF 9.063]

  • Jiangtao Xu, Kenward Jung, Amir Atme, Sivaprakash Shanmugam and Cyrille Boyer, A Robust and Versatile Photoinduced Living Polymerization of Conjugated and Unconjugated Monomers and Its Oxygen Tolerance, Journal of the American Chemical Society 2014, 136, 5508-5519. [IF 14.695]