Professor Di Jia

The Science of Self-Assembly of Charged Macromolecules and Soft Matter

We think bold to make people’s life better!



Room 628, Building #6




State Key Laboratory of Polymer Physics and Chemistry Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Science (ICCAS) Beijing, 100190, P.R. China

Charged soft matter, including polymers, colloids, hydrogels, etc., is awash with fascinating examples that exist in daily life, such as food, soft tissues, and cosmetics. Most of the charged systems exhibit very complex dynamical properties, which are entirely different from their uncharged analogs. Due to the simultaneous presence of several long-ranged interactions from electrostatics, chain connectivity, and hydrodynamics, a fundamental understanding of these charged soft matter materials continues to be a huge challenge. 
Research in my laboratory will address this challenge by utilizing molecular design and self-assembly of microscopic/mesoscopic building blocks to elucidate new physical effects arising from the interplay between material structure, dynamics, phase behaviors, and performance under stimuli from the molecular level up to the macroscopic level. The new principles will guide me to create desired functional materials that address specific problems in energy materials, energy storage, biomaterials, healthcare, and environmental science.


03/17/2023   Welcome Yi Hui Zhao and Lu Jie Huo to join the group!

10/09/2022 Group received funding about “Effect of physically bonds and chemical bonds on the mechanical properties of the gel composite” from the NSFC!

09/28/2022  Our work “Dipole-driven interlude of mesomorphism in polyelectrolyte solutions” published in PNAS was reported by the news & media with the link:

08/30/2022   Chao Zhou’s paper on the Extraordinary temperature-dependence of hierarchically assembled macromolecular structures with memory got accepted on Macromolecules! Congratulations, Dr. Zhou!

08/10/2022   The work “Dipole-driven interlude of mesomorphism in polyelectrolyte solutions” is accepted by Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A.

08/01/2022   Review Article on “Dynamics of Charged Macromolecules Under Confinement” is accepted and will be published on Acta Polymerica Sinica.   DOI:10.11777/j.issn1000-3304.2022.22236 

07/01/2022   Welcome You Cai Xue to the group!

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