We are the TEAM.

 We are high-disciplinary background research-driven scientists with background from collagen science, polyphenol chemistry, colloidal science, thin-film, and other broad spectra of knowledge covering biomass and bio-nano interaction.

 Our team has a global academic background.

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GROUP LEADER AND ADVISORS

HONORARY FELLOWS

SENIOR AND POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS

GRADUATE STUDENTS

VISITING STUDENTS

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Prof. Junling Guo

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Founding Director
National Excellent Young Professor
Full Professor of Biomass Science and Engineering

Professor Guo has made groundbreaking contributions to the field of polyphenol-based materials science and engineering. His research has advanced the fundamental understanding of polyphenol chemistry and has led to the development of new materials as well as technologies for biotechnology, biomedicine, environmental science, cell biology, among others.

Prof. Bi Shi

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Member of Chinese Academy of Engineering

BMI Center Advisor, Co-Supervisor

Professor Shi is director of the National Engineering Laboratory for Clean Technology of Leather Manufacture at Sichuan University and also serves as an Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. He has authored or co-authored more than 500 papers and is active in leather organizations, a Past President of the IULTCS, a well-known contributor at international technical meetings and Congresses, and a sought after keynote speaker. He received IULTCS Merit Award in 2015.

Prof. Xuepin Liao

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Member of National Academic Degree Committee

BMI Center Advisor, Co-Supervisor

Professor Liao obtained his Ph.D. degree in the Department of Leather Engineering at Sichuan University. His doctoral thesis was selected as one of the 100 outstanding doctoral thesis in 2006 by the Ministry of Education China. He has led a number of national research projects such as the National 973 (previous period), National 863, and the National Natural Science Foundation. The main research topics of Professor Liao is skin collagen chemistry and the engineering of collagen-derived functional materials.

Dr. Joseph J. Richardson

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BMI Honorary Fellow
The University of Tokyo, Japan

Originally from the "Sunshine State" of the United States, Dr. Richardson has lived in Australia for the past 7 years first studying PhD in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Melbourne followed by employment at CSIRO and the University of Melbourne. Dr. Richardson has extensive experience in thin-film assembly methods, polymer and nanoparticle processing techniques, drug delivery, nano-biohybrid systems, and metal-organic frameworks.

Dr. Blaise L. Tardy

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BMI Honorary Fellow
Khalifa University, United Arab Emirates

Dr. Blaise Tardy is an Assistant Professor in Khalifa University. After graduating from EPFL (Switzerland), Dr. Blaise Tardy obtained his Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from The University of Melbourne (Australia) and was a research fellow at Aalto University (Finland). His expertise includes colloidal science, multi-phase systems (emulsions and foams), polymer science, bioengineering, and bio-based materials. This wide range of backgrounds helps the creation of a frame of multidisciplinary research in BMI. 

Dr. Jiaojiao Shang

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Associate Professor
Sichuan Talents Program

Ph.D., University of Hamburg, Germany
Platform Leader of Polymer Chemistry

Stimuli-responsive polymers have been widely investigated in drug release, biosensors, actuators and nanoreactors owing to their “smart” responsiveness to external stimuli, such as light, temperature, enzymes, pH, gases, etc. My research interests focus on the synthesis of amphiphilic copolymers applying in insulin delivery and gas sensing. Additionally, biomass-based actuators and sensors fabricated from hydrogels and nanofibers are included in my research projects.

Dr. Xiaoling Wang

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Associate Professor (Research)

Ph.D., Sichuan University, China

Platform Leader of Materials Science

Skin collagen as structural protein has unique hierarchically fibrous structure and high chemical reactivity. My research focuses on exploiting its strong structural and chemical basis for developing novel collagen-based composite materials with special structure and new functionalities. Particularly, I am interested in applying these new functional materials in lithium storage, electromagnetic absorption, and thermal camouflage.

Dr. Yunxiang He

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Postdoctoral Fellow

Ph.D., University of Bristol, UK

Platform Leader of Advanced Chemistry

Nanobiohybrid materials have emerged as an exciting system in material engineering and biological science. My research focuses on polyphenol-functionalized polymers for biohybrid materials, which include precise synthesis of polymers, polyphenol functionalization, and cellular behavior exploration. In addition, to construct novel functional biohybrid systems with inorganic materials are also included

Dr. Guidong Gong

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Postdoctoral Fellow

Ph.D., Sichuan University, China

Platform Leader of Advanced Therapy

Organometallics or organometallics contained materials that illustrated high potential in different areas like pollutant disposal, energy storage, and drug development. The organic ligands play key roles in the functionalization of organometallics or organometallics materials. In my research, new organometallics or organometallic materials were prepared with special organic ligands, there physicochemical property and function were fully explored.

Dr. Qin Wang

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Postdoctoral Fellow

Ph.D., Sichuan University, China

Microfabrication for Biotechnology

My research focuses on target gene activation via CRISPR/Cas9-mediated trans-epigenetic modulation. The versatile and efficient CRISPR/Cas9-mediated gene activation system holds great promise, both as a tool for in vivo biomedical research and as a targeted epigenetic approach for treating a wide range of human diseases.

Dr. Jing Feng

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Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Catalytic Foundations and Frontiers

Catalyst affects reaction rate by changing activation energy of reactants, which earns it the indispensable status in more than 90% of the chemical production processes. My research focuses on developing high activity and highly selective catalysts for electrochemical sensor, electrocatalytic reduction reaction and advanced oxidation process. Particularly, I am interested in chemical bond activation by directional constructing catalyst with the multi-scale precision control method of phase structure (crystal form), surface chemistry (coordination, defect) and physical structure (pore structure).

Dr. Ke Li

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Postdoctoral Fellow (Co-supervised)

Ph.D., Sichuan University, China

Natural Polyphenol-Constructured Bionanosystem

Traditional small-molecule chemotherapy drugs face many challenges in drug delivery, such as poor solubility and stability in water, rapid clearance in the body, and highly toxic and side effects. In my research, by using nanotechnology,drugs are prepared by combining with other items like inorganic, organic or polymer materials in a certain way, which brings hope to overcome these difficulties.

Yu Wang

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Postgraduate Student

Ph.D. Candidate

Affinity chromatography possesses enormous potential as a purification technique for biochemicals such as antibodies, enzymes and other proteins. However, hurdles of cost, reusability and purification capacity limit its industrial applications. In my research (ongoing), by utilizing collagens as chromatographic matrix and optimizing the ligands and processing, we aim to improve the binding capacity, lifetime and yield of affinity chromatography, which is crucial for industrial-scale applications.

Yang Tang

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Postgraduate Student

Ph.D. Candidate

A low calcination temperature was inclined to be more flexible in composite inorganic functional material synthesis. In my research, an in-situ carbon-introduction catalyst (F-C/TiO2) with well visible-light response was prepared by facile sol-gel method at a relatively low calcination temperature. A synergetic system, referred to as Fe&F-C/TiO2, was then obtained, which was supposed to combine the photocatalysis with the Fenton-like effect and to enhance the detoxication of persistent pollutants in water.

Jiezhou Pan

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Postgraduate Student

Ph.D. Candidate

Antibacterial hydrogels are capable of self-healing face acute defects of low mechanical property, limited self-healing ability, potential cytotoxicity, and poor recyclability. In my research, the hydrogels based on fully physical crosslinking are prepared by using multiple dynamic non-covalent interactions, which open a new avenue to fabricate hydrogels with outstanding mechanical properties and multi-functionality synchronously.

Mingyao Wang

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Postgraduate Student

Ph.D. Candidate

Chinese wine is brewed by a fermentation process of natural inoculation, which involves a variety of microorganisms with different functions. My research mainly focuses on the microbial community succession and core functional microorganisms in the process of solid-state brewing. In addition, the trace components of strong-flavor wine are also studied, which include the unknown trace components, the change of trace components in the process of Chinese wine collection, and the rapid identification of strong-flavor baijiu of different brands.

Liwei Chen

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Postgraduate Student

Ph.D. Candidate

On account of the sustainability, environmental-friendly, and biodegradability of natural biomass materials, biomass materials (such as starch, cellulose, polyphenol, and etc.) have been regarded as the most promising candidate to replace oil-based materials used in various fields. In my research, some functional materials derived from biomass materials via modification strategy or composite technology are utilized to be carriers of drugs, biosensors, and actuators. Such research opens up a new direction for the development of natural materials with outstanding properties and multifunctionality.

Qiuping Xie

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Postgraduate Student

Ph.D. Candidate

Naturally occurring biomacromolecules such as polysaccharides, proteins, and nucleic acids have attracted scientific interest due to their intrinsic biocompatibility and biodegradability. Covalently grafting exogenous motifs to biomacromolecules can induce designed functionality. Polyphenols possess affinities and potentials without affecting structures or morphologies. My research focuses on the interactions between polyphenols and biomacromolecules, to endow biomacromolecules with rationally designed functionalities without changes in properties.

Mei Chen

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Postgraduate Student

Ph.D. Candidate

Collagen and collagen-based materials illustrate excellently properties such as biocompatibility, biodegradability, and assembly-disassembly, which make it a unique and potential material in the fields of materials science, biomedical, and biosensors. My interest is introducing bioactive factors or polyphenols into collagen self-assembly systems to form collagen-functionalized complexes and explore their unique biomedical applications.

Yajing Zhang

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Postgraduate Student

Ph.D. Candidate

Manipulating the surface chemical properties of materials by interface chemical mechanism provides promise for biomedical, catalytic, and photoelectric applications.   Metal-phenolic networks (MPNs) composed of polyphenols and metal ions allow for the versatile engineering of functional surfaces and particles. My research interests focus on the synthesis and application of organic/inorganic biohybrid materials based on MPNs and further exploration of their interface chemistry.

Wei Bai

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Research Assistant
Ph.D. Foundation Fellow

Light energy is a kind of renewable, green, and inexhaustible energy source. Rational utilization of light energy is of great significance in solving the energy crises and sustainable development. My previous research was on the study of the biomass-based photothermal materials and their properties. Polyphenols are widely existing biomass resources, with the intrinsic ability to absorb ultraviolet light and to coordinate with metal ions. They have great potentials to be developed as photothermal materials. My research focuses on the utilization of UV light with functionalized polyphenols.

Mengyuan Dai

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Research Assistant
Ph.D. Foundation Fellow

The decline in fertility, which has given rise to serious social and economic problems, has become one of the most concerning issues. My current research aims in reproductive-related clinical issues, combined with multi-functional polyphenol materials, to explore more effective prevention or treatment methods for the emergence of antiphospholipid syndrome during pregnancy and serious problems of In vitro fertilization-embryo transplantation, such as embryo loss, ectopic pregnancy, etc., and then improve the current situation of declining fertility rates

Ting Hu

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Research Assistant
Ph.D. Foundation Fellow

I mainly focus on the research of interfacial modification of advanced functional materials through the engineering of metal-phenolic networks (MPNs) in biological protection, environmental protection, and food safety, etc. I am currently interested in applying MPNs to solve some critical problems during the pandemic of COVID-19.

Xin Jin

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Research Assistant

Ph.D. Foundation Fellow

Functional nucleic acid (FNA) probes are always the focus of research in the field of biosensors due to their ultra-sensitive and specific recognition capabilities. my major research is focused on application of functional nucleic acid modified nanocomposites such as DNA-Ag-DNCs and FNA-MPN nanocomposites in biological applications of cells and living organisms or bioeletrochemical analysis.

Yufei Gu

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Research Assistant

Ph.D. Foundation Fellow

Photothermal conversion typically involves the transfer of absorbed light into local heating. My research interests focus on application of functional biomass aerogels such as chitosan and photothermal conversion materials for sustainable solar-driven water purification. It is extended to power generation by coupling the streaming current and potential with evaporation-induced spontaneous flow of water in capillary channels. The biomass aerogels are also biocompatibility and high efficiency in photothermal therapy to kill cancer cells or tissues.

Ying Qi

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Postgraduate Student

Master Candidate (Research)

To explore and mimic natural situations with complex and comprehensive conditions, multi-stimuli responsive hydrogel and film actuators have become the trend for designing smart polymer matrix with controllable shape deformations and coloration.  In my research, biomass materials are used for preparing (1) the photo-masked films as anti-fake labels, and (2) hydrogels with inhomogeneous structures as the deformations controllable actuators.

Xianglian He

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Postgraduate Student
Master Candidate (Research)
BMI Administrative Coordinator

The integration of functional materials and biological systems opens up a new way to control biological functions. Metal-phenolic networks (MPNs) have been widely used in biotechnology and biomedical fields due to their high biocompatibility, universal adhesion, and flexibility of in-situ assembly. My research interests focus on ionic liquid-assisted under-skin therapy-in situ assembly of MPNs in the dermis and MPNs-coated reusable gene transcription method.

Chaojun Zhang

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Postgraduate Student

Master Candidate (Research)

Metal-phenolic networks (MPNs) are able to form functional films on various substrates with broad application prospects in the fields of drug delivery and catalysis. My research focuses on the development of multifunctional surface for the biomedical field through MPNs. On the other hand, the characterization of MPNs with high-energy laser is also my concern. It will help us explore the mechanism of MPN film formation.

Xue Liao

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Postgraduate Student

Master Candidate (Research)

Metal-phenolic networks (MPNs) are hybrid materials prepared by the coordination of various metal ions to naturally-occurring polyphenols, which could be used as functional building blocks and assemble into a variety of structural materials. These class of materials have drawn great interest in biomedicine due to their high biocompatibility, such as drug delivery, bio-catalysis, and bio-imaging. My research focuses on the preparation of functional MPN-based nanomaterials to achieve advanced properties in diagnosis, therapy, and active targeting.

Haojie Zhang

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Postgraduate Student

Master Candidate (Research)

The multiple hydroxyl groups on natural polyphenols provide ideal scenarios in establishing kinds of noncovalent interactions and dynamic covalent bondings as well as metal-organic coordination interactions for supramolecular structural variations. My research focuses on small drugs assembly strategies mediated by natural polyphenols that enable robust fabrications of supramolecular nanomedicines for efficient delivery and controlled release at target sites.

Yun Yin

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Postgraduate Student

Master Candidate (Research)

Recent rapid developments in electronics and automobile batteries have boosted demands on lithium and caused shortages. Therefore, there is an urgent need for alternative, non-polluting, highly efficient, and cost-effective techniques for lithium extraction. Due to the unique chelation interaction, crown ether-based adsorptive separation membranes showed high affinity and specific selectivity for host lithium ions. My current study aims to synthesize a polyphenol-based crown ether material for highly efficient extracting lithium ions, which will assist to explore the applications of polyphenols in energy and environment fields.

Mengyue Wang

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Postgraduate Student

Master Candidate (Research)

Water scarcity is one of the most pressing global challenges due to its effects on public health and the environment. As a biomaterial, polyphenols are abundant in nature, biocompatible, biodegradable, and capable of assembly through different mechanisms. My research focuses on the sustainable removal of contaminants and safe, clean, and adequate water supply for the water treatment field through the action of polyphenols.

Shicheng Zhou

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Postgraduate Student
Ph.D. Candidate (The University of Tokyo, Japan)

What will the future life be like? Emerging novel electronics, materials, and biology technologies bring us closer to a colorful and healthy lifestyle.  New possibilities are hidden in the intersection of multidisciplinary knowledge to ameliorate our lives. As a result, it is a critical issue in the medical field to develop new functional biomaterials and biodevices. I am now engaging the research on functional materials for realizing innovative medical systems. As a science seeker, I believe that our mission is to leverage the knowledge and technology obtained in the laboratory to produce products that can be used in actual society.

Meifeng Li

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Postgraduate Student
Ph.D. Candidate (Sichuan University)

Commonly used materials in the field of hemoperfusion have poor biocompatibility, limited adsorption capacity, and cytotoxicity. In my research, natural material is used to fabricate highly selective and biocompatible adsorbent to remove toxin in the blood, which conquers the challenges faced in blood purification.

Chuanjie Gong

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Postgraduate Student
Master Candidate (Research) (Sichuan University)

Food preservation has always been a vital issue to be solved urgently in the food industry. My research content is to explore the inhibiting of spoilage fungal biofilm in fermented food and its mechanism, try to combine it with biological materials to realize the high-value utilization of natural products. I am also very interested in the application of this technology in the field of low-salt fermentation of food.

Xiaoling Qiu

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Postgraduate Student
Ph.D. Candidate (Sichuan University)

The major criteria of stationary batteries for energy storage systems are a long cycle life, high rate capability, low cost, and high safety. Hence, an abundant, non-toxic, stable, and high-rate anode material for SIBs is urgently needed to ensure large-scale and long-term applications. My research interest mainly focuses on the rational design of Bi-based anode materials for multifunctional electrochemical energy storage and conversion applications.

Zhengming Zhou

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Postgraduate Student
Master Candidate (Research) (Sichuan University Medical School)

Metal ions and polyphenols can be conveniently and quickly self-assembled into Metal-Phenolic Networks (MPN). Its simple and green assembly process and the formation of functional membranes on surfaces make it prominent in biomimetics, materials science, drug delivery, and biomedical fields. My research direction is to combine Metal-Phenolic Networks with nutrient modifications for targeted transport, release and treatment, etc.

Jialing Liu

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Postgraduate Student
Ph.D. Candidate

Deep learning is a method of machine learning based on neural networks. Deep learning has been shown to perform better than traditional machine learning algorithms on many computer vision tasks, such as classification, segmentation, and detection. My research focuses on automatic disease diagnosis based on deep learning methods, and I’m trying to find the integration of my professional ability and BMI platform.

Lin Xu

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Postgraduate Student
Ph.D. Candidate

Protein-phenolic networks (PPNs) are protein-assembly strategies through the interfacial assembly of proteins/polypeptides and naturally-occurring polyphenols. These class of materials have drawn great interest in protein-delivery materials for efficient delivery and controlled release at target sites, which could be used as versatile surface modification strategies. My research focuses on the versatile polyphenol-mediated coating strategies to achieve advanced properties in orthopedic devices and dental implants.

Weijie Guo

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Postgraduate Student
Ph.D. Candidate

The synthesis of biomaterials with good performance through nanotechnology provides a new therapeutic idea for clinical treatment, which will produce unimaginable therapeutic effects. My research interest is to use biostatistics research methods to explore the therapeutic effects of novel materials combined with biomedicine, and to provide suggestions for the high-yield direction of clinical treatment and nanomaterials.

Hao Yang

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Postgraduate Student
Ph.D. Candidate

Deep learning is a method of machine learning based on neural networks. Deep learning has been shown to perform better than traditional machine learning algorithms on many computer vision tasks, such as classification, segmentation, and detection. My research focuses on automatic disease diagnosis based on deep learning methods, and I’m trying to find the integration of my professional ability and BMI platform.

Ying Lei

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Undergraduate Student

Research Project Experience

Our main research work is to synthesize stimulus-responsive polymers by free radical polymerization and construct a dual-response nanofiber driver based on cross-linked thermal response and pH nanofibers combined with electrostatic nanotechnologies.

Chongchong Ge

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Undergraduate Student

Research Project Experience

Polymer actuators are based on stimulus-responsive polymers, combined with external environmental stimuli, to show "smart" behavior. The necessary design principle is to design the differential stress in the direction of the film thickness or the transverse dimension, thereby generating a bending moment to drive the polymer film to drive behavior. My research interest is to synthesize stimulus-responsive polymers through free radical polymerization and use electrospinning to construct 3D structural polymer membranes, in order to be applied in drug transport and cell capture.

Zijun Zhu

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Undergraduate Student

Research Project Experience

Stimuli-responsive polymer is a kind of macromolecular system with "intelligent" behavior, which has broad application prospects in the fields of nano-materials science, life science and clinical medicine. My research aims on the preparation and characterization of multi-responsive materials used for biosensors and actuators, combining with modification strategy of the natural biomass materials. Such research opens up a new direction for the development of natural materials with outstanding properties and multi-functionality.

Lvyang Lin

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Undergraduate Student

Research Project Experience

Carbon dots are non-toxic and biocompatible carbon materials that have promising application potentials due to their adjustable fluorescence emission, broad source of raw materials, and easy preparation. I would like to use plant polyphenols to prepare carbon dots, retaining the excellent properties of polyphenols while bringing into play the excellent optical properties of carbon dots to prepare new fluorescent materials and energy transfer intermediates.

Zhenyu Xiang

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Undergraduate Student

Research Project Experience

Benifiting from the sustainability, environmental-friendly, and biodegradability of natural biomass materials, biomass materials (such as starch, cellulose, polyphenol, and etc.) have been regarded as the most promising candidate to replace oil-based materials used in various fields. In my research, some functional materials derived from biomass materials via modification strategy or composite technology are utilized to be carriers of drugs for the treatment of iron-deficiency anemia.