Dr. Ma got his PhD degree from the Ohio State Univ. in 2010 and worked with Prof. Robert Langer as a postdoc at MIT from 2010 to 2014. Then he joined the Department of Chemistry at USTC. Dr. Ma has published over 80 papers, including those in top journals: Science, Nature Nanotechnol., J. Am .Chem. Soc, Angew. Chem,, Nature Commun., Adv. Mater. He has also been issued over 10 invention patents.

Dr. Ma’s lab is exploring ‘Chemistry Beyond Molecules’, especially at the interfaces of supramolecular chemistry, functional polymers, and electrochemistry. We design and develop smart polymeric materials with defined structures and superior properties for energy-related applications. Examples like: strong and tough conductive hydrogels, long-lasting multicolor chemiluminescent gels, spider fiber-like hydrogel fibers, and large-area flexible electrochromic devices.

Design and develop a solid-state polymer composite Li+ conductor with both high ionic conductivity (≥10-3 S/cm) and good transparency for large-area flexible electrochromic devices.

Know basic concepts in polymer chemistry and electrochemistry. Lab experiences with batteries, supercapacitors, conductive polymers or polymer electrolytes are preferred.