Ximin He aims to create bio-inspired smart materials for energy harvesting and conversion applications.
He is particularly interested in how plants adaptively track the sun to maximize energy harvesting, a phenomenon known as phototropism. Her group focuses on first understanding biological phototropism and photosynthesis and then developing synthetic smart materials that maximize solar energy harvesting and achieve high-efficiency energy storage and generation.
International Society of Bionic Engineering (ISBE) Outstanding Youth Award
Hellman Fellows Award
UCLA Faculty Career Development Award
Air Force Young Investigators Research Program (YIP) Award
NSF CAREER Award
A. Shastri, L. McGregor, Y. Liu, V. Harris, H. Nan, M. Mujica, Y. Vasquez, A. Bhattacharya, Y. Ma, M. Aizenberg, O. Kuksenok, A. Balazs, J. Aizenberg, X. He, An Aptamer-functionalized Chemomechanically-modulated Biomolecule Catch-and-release System, Nature Chemistry 2015, 7, 447.
X. He, M. Aizenberg, O. Kuksenok, L. Zarzar, A. Shastri, A. Balazs, J. Aizenberg, Synthetic Homeostatic Materials displaying Chemo-mechano-chemical Self-regulation, Nature 2012, 487, 214.
X. He, F. Gao, G. Tu, D. Hasko, S. Hüttner, U. Steiner, N. C. Greenham, R. Friend, W. Huck, Formation of well-ordered heterojunction in polymer photovoltaic devices, Adv. Funct. Mater. 2011, 21, 139.
X. He, J. Slota, W. Huck, Controlling nanoscale morphology in polymer optoelectronic devices, Nano Today, 2010, 5, 231.
X. He, F. Gao, G. Tu, D. Hasko, S. Hüttner, U. Steiner, N. C. Greenham, R. Friend, W. Huck, Formation of nanostructured polymer blends in photovoltaic devices, Nano Lett. 2010, 10, 1302.