Department of Polymer Science and Engineering

School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering 

Nanjing University, 210093 Nanjing, China


Wenbing HU

Professor, Dr.

Office: Tang Zhong Ying Building C610

Telephone: +86-25-83596667

Fax:       +86-25-83317761

e-mail:,      Chinese website


Research Biography

Research Interests

Recent Publications



Social Activities

Research Group

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Research Biography

l        Professor at Nanjing University, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (2004,02-present)

l        Visiting professor at Hiroshima University (2007,01-2007,03) link to Prof. Akihiko TODA's group

l        Post-doctoral fellow at FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics (2001,04-2004,02) link to Prof. Daan FRENKEL's group

l        Post-doctoral fellow at Tennessee University, Department of Chemistry (2000,04-2001,04) link to Prof. Bernhard WUNDERLICH's ATHAS lab

l        Lecturer at Fudan University, Department of Macromolecular Science (1995,01-2000,04)

l        Post-doctoral fellow at Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet Freiburg, Physikalisches Institut (1998,07-1999,07) link to Prof. Gert STROBL's group

l        PhD from Fudan University, Department of Macromolecular Science (1995,01)

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Research Interests

l        Parallel-packing interaction model

l        Intramolecular crystal nucleation model

l        Interplay of polymer crystallization and liquid-liquid demixing

l        Nano-confined polymer crystallization

l        Crystallization of statistical copolymers

l        Single-chain folding and unfolding

l        Unique morphology of polymer crystals

l        Temperature-modulated DSC

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Recent Publications (*The correspondence author. Free access to download my ACS publications.)

47. Yang, F.; Gao, H. H.; Hu, W.-B.* “Monte Carlo simulations of crystallization in heterogeneous copolymers: The role of copolymer fractions with intermediate comonomer content” Journal of Materials Research in press.

46. Ma, Y.; Li, C.; Cai, T.; Li, J.; Hu, W.-B.* “Role of Block Junctions in the Interplay of Phase Transitions of Two-Component Polymeric Systems”  J. Phys. Chem. B 115, 8853-8857(2011). Journal Link

45. Hu, W.-B. Interplay of Liquid-Liquid Demixing and Polymer Crystallization” in Understanding Soft Condensed Matter via Modeling and Computation, edited by W. Hu and A. Shi, World Scientific Publisher: Singapore, 2010. p179. Book link

44. Ren, Y. J.; Ma, A. Q.; Li, J.; Jiang, X. M.; Ma, Y.; Toda, A.; Hu, W.-B.* “Melting of polymer single crystals studied by dynamic Monte Carlo simulations” Eur. Phys. J. E 33, 189-202(2010) Journal link. (Cover art)

43. Hu, W.-B. “Statistical thermodynamics of polymer crystallization” Frontiers of Chemistry in China 529-32(2010). Journal link (Feature Article)

42. Ren, Y. J.; Zha, L. Y.; Ma, Y.; Hong, B. B.; Qiu, F.; Hu, W.-B.* “Polymer semi-crystalline texture made by interplay of crystal growth” Polymer 50, 5871-5875(2009). Journal Link

41. Ma, Y.; Qi, B.; Ren, Y. J.; Ungar, G.; Hobbs, J. K.; Hu, W.-B.* “Understanding self-poisoning phenomenon in crystal growth of short-chain polymers” J. Phys. Chem. B 113, 13485-13490(2009). Journal Link

40. Zha, L.; Hu, W.-B.* "Understanding crystal nucleation in solution-segregated polymers" Polymer 50, 3828-3834(2009). Journal Link

39. Cai, T.; Qian, Y.; Ma, Y.; Ren, Y. J.; Hu, W.-B.* "Polymer Crystallization Confined in Hard Spherical Microdomains of Diblock Copolymers" Macromolecules 42, 3381-3385(2009). Journal Link

38. Qian, Y.; Huang S.-M.;* Gao, F.-L.; Cai, Q.-R.; Zhang, L.-J.; Hu, W.-B. "Superlong oriented SWNT arrays on substrate with low percentage of metallic structure" J. Phys. Chem. C 113, 6983-6988(2009). Journal Link

37. Hu, W.-B.;* Cai, T.; Ma, Y.; Hobbs J.; Reiter, G. "Polymer crystallization under nano-confinement of droplets studied by molecular simulations" Faraday Discussions 143, 129-141(2009). Journal Link

36. Xu, J.-J.;* Ma, Y.; Hu, W.-B.;* Rehahn, M.; Reiter, G. "Cloning polymer single crystals via self-seeding" Nature Materials 8, 348-353(2009). Journal Link.

35. Huang, S.-M.;* Qian, Y.; Chen, J.-Y.; Cai, Q.-R.; Wan, L.; Wang, S.; Hu, W.-B. "Identification of the structures of superlong oriented single-walled carbon nanotube arrays by electrodeposition of metal and raman spectroscopy" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 130, 11860–11861(2008). Journal Link.

34. Qian, Y.; Cai, T.; Hu, W.-B.* "Breakout and breakdown induced by crystallization of cylinder-forming diblock copolymers" Macromolecules 41, 7625-7629(2008). Journal link.

33. Cai, T.; Ma, Y.; Yin, P.-C.; Hu, W.-B.* "Understanding the growth rates of polymer co-crystallization in the binary mixtures of different chain lengths" J. Phys. Chem. B 112, 7370-7376(2008). Journal link

32. Ma, Y.; Zha, L.-Y.; Hu, W.-B.;* Reiter G.; Han, C. C. "Crystal nucleation enhanced at the diffuse interface of immiscible polymer blends" Phys. Rev. E 77, 061801(2008). Journal link

31. Hu, W.-B.; CaiT. “Regime transitions of polymer crystal growth rates: molecular simulations and interpretation beyond Lauritzen-Hoffman model” Macromolecules 41, 2049 -2061(2008). Journal link

30. Ma, Y.; Hu, W.-B.;* Hobbs, J.; Reiter, G. "Understanding crystal orientations in quasi-one-dimensional polymer systems" Soft Matter 4, 540-543(2008). Journal link.

29. Hu, W.-B. "Chain folding via intramolecular crystal nucleation: Theory and simulations" ACS PMSE Preprint 97, 811(2007). Read PDF

28. Zha, L.-Y.; Hu, W.-B.;* "Homogeneous crystal nucleation triggered by spinodal decomposition in polymer solutions" J. Phys. Chem. B 111, 11373-11378(2007). Journal link. 

27. Ma, Y.; Hu, W.-B.;* Wang, H. "Polymer immiscibility enhanced by thermal fluctuations toward crystalline order" Phys. Rev. E 76, 031801(2007). Journal link.

26. Cheng, S.-J.; Hu, W.-B.;* Ma, Y.; Yan, S.-K. "Epitaxial polymer crystal growth influenced by partial melting of the fiber in the single-polymer composites" Polymer 48, 4264-4270(2007). Journal link.

25. Hu, W.-B. "Intramolecular crystal nucleation", an invited chapter in the book "Lecture Notes in Physics: Progress in Understanding of Polymer Crystallization" , Edited by G. Strobl and G. Reiter, Springer-Verlag, Vol. 714, 47-63(2007). Journal link

24. Ma, Y.; Hu, W.-B.;* Reiter G. "Lamellar crystal orientations biased by crystallization kinetics in polymer thin films" Macromolecules 39, 5159-5164(2006).  Journal link 

23. Wang, M.-X.; Hu, W.-B.;* Ma, Y.; Ma, Y.-Q. "Confined crystallization of cylindrical diblock copolymers studied by dynamic Monte Carlo simulations" J. Chem. Phys. 124, 244901-244906(2006). Journal link 

22. Hu, W.-B.; Frenkel, D. "Effect of the coil-globule transition on the free-energy barrier for intra-chain crystal nucleation" J. Phys. Chem., B 110, 3734-3737(2006).  Journal link 

21. Hu, W.-B.; Karssenberg, F. G.; Mathot, V. B. F. "How a sliding restriction of comonomers affects crystallization and melting of homogeneous copolymers" Polymer (the issue on the occasion of Prof. Bassett's retirement) 47, 5582-5587(2006). Journal link

20. Hu, W.-B.; Frenkel, D. "Polymer crystallization driven by anisotropic interactions" Advances in Polymer Science 191, 1-35(2005). Interphases and Mesophases in Polymer Crystallization III, ed. by Giuseppe Allegra. Journal link 

19. Hu, W.-B. "Molecular segregation in polymer melt crystallization: simulation evidence and unified-scheme interpretation" Macromolecules 38, 8712-8718(2005). Journal link  

18.  Hu, W.-B. "Crystallization-induced microdomain coalescence in lamellar diblock copolymers studied by dynamic Monte Carlo simulations" Macromolecules 38, 3977-3983(2005). Journal link.

17. Wang, M.-X.; Hu, W.-B.;* Ma, Y.; Ma, Y.-Q. "Orientational relaxation together with polydispersity decides precursor formation in polymer melt crystallization" Macromolecules 38, 2806-2812(2005). Journal link

16. Hu, W.-B.; Frenkel, D. "Oriented primary crystal nucleation in lamellar diblock copolymer systems" Faraday Discussions 128, 253-260(2005). Journal link  

15. Hu, W.-B.; Frenkel, D. "Effect of metastable liquid-liquid demixing on the morphology of nucleated polymer crystals" Macromolecules 37, 4336-4338(2004). Journal link  

14. Hu, W.-B.; Mathot,V.B.F. "Sequence-length segregation during crystallization and melting of a model homogeneous copolymer" Macromolecules 37, 673-675(2004). Journal link

13. Hu, W.-B.; Frenkel,D.; Mathot,V.B.F. "Intramolecular nucleation model for polymer crystallization" Macromolecules 36, 8178-8183(2003). Journal link

12. Hu, W.-B.; Mathot,V.B.F. "Liquid-liquid demixing in a polymer blend driven solely by the component-selective crystallizability" J. Chem. Phys. 119, 10953-10957(2003). Journal link

11. Hu, W.-B.; Mathot,V.B.F.; Frenkel,D. "Lattice model study of the thermodynamic interplay of polymer crystallization and liquid-liquid demixing" J. Chem. Phys. 118, 10343-10348(2003).Journal link

10. Hu, W.-B.; Mathot,V.B.F.; Frenkel,D. "Phase transitions of bulk statistical copolymers studied by dynamic Monte Carlo simulations" Macromolecules 36, 2165-2175(2003).Journal link

9. Hu, W.-B.; Buzin,A.; Lin,J.-S.; Wunderlich,B. "Annealing behavior of gel-spun PE fibers before significant melting" J. Polym. Sci., Part B, Polymer Phys. 41, 403-417(2003).Journal link

8. Hu, W.-B.; Frenkel,D.; Mathot,V.B.F. "Free energy barrier to melting of single-chain polymer crystallite" J. Chem. Phys. 118, 3455-3457(2003).Journal link

7. Hu, W.-B.; Frenkel,D.; Mathot,V.B.F. "Sectorization of a lamellar polymer crystal studied by dynamic Monte Carlo simulations" Macromolecules 36, 549-552(2003).Journal link

6. Hu, W.-B.; Frenkel, D.; Mathot, V. B. F. "Shish-kebab crystallites induced by a single pre-aligned macromolecule" Macromolecules 35, 7172-7174(2002).Journal link

5. Hu, W.-B.; Wunderlich, B. "Data analysis without Fourier Transformation for Sawtooth-type TMDSC" J. Thermal Analysis & Calorimetry 66, 677-697(2001).Journal link

4. Hu, W.-B. "Chain folding in polymer melt crystallization studied by dynamic Monte Carlo simulations" J. Chem. Phys. 115, 4395-4401(2001).Journal link

3. Hu, W.-B. "The melting point of chain polymers" J. Chem. Phys. 113, 3901-3908(2000).Journal link

2. Hu, W.-B.; Albrecht, T.; Strobl, G. "Reversible premelting of PE and PEO crystallites indicated by TMDSC" Macromolecules 32, 7548-7554(1999).Journal link

1. Hu, W.-B. "Structural transformation in the collapse transition of the single flexible homopolymer model" J. Chem. Phys. 109, 3686-3690(1998).Journal link

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Teaching Courses

1. Polymer physics and physical chemistry

For undergraduate students. Teaching experience :

1996,9-2000,1 three semesters at Fudan University;

2005-present at Nanjing University

Course website (Chinese):

2. Ordered polymer materials

For graduate students. Teaching experience:

1995,3-1998,1 three semesters at Fudan University;

2006,2-present at Nanjing University

3. Macromolecules: From materials to life

For undergraduate freshmen students. Teaching experience:

2010-pesent at Nanjing University

Course website (Chinese):

Book Writer


Wenbing Hu, “Introduction to Polymer Physics” (in Chinese), Science Press, Beijing, 2011.


Book Translator


Gert Strobl, “The Physics of Polymers: Concepts for understanding their structures and behavior”, 3rd edition, Springer.

Translated into Chinese by Wenbing Hu, Shichun Jiang, Yongfeng Men and Dujin Wang. Published in 2009.

Book Editor

Series in Soft Condensed Matter - Vol. 3 Published by World Scientific, 2010


edited by Wenbing Hu (Nanjing University, China) & An-Chang Shi (McMaster University, Canada)



Foreword v D. Andelman, G. Reiter

Preface vii W. Hu, A.-C. Shi

Introduction. Role of Modeling in Soft Matter Physics 1 D. Frenkel

1. Applications of Density Functional Theory in Soft Condensed Matter 9 H. Löwen

2. Polymer Phase Separation 47 M. Müller

3. Self-Consistent Field Theory of Block Copolymers 85 F. Qiu, A.-C. Shi and Y. Yang

4. Dynamic Self-Consistent Field Theories for Polymer Blends and Block Copolymers 105 T. Kawakatsu

5. Molecular Dynamics in Crystallization of Helical Polymers: Crystal Ordering and Chirality Selection 133 T. Yamamoto

6. Interplay of Liquid-Liquid Demixing and Polymer Crystallization 179 W. Hu

7. Elucidation of Single Molecular Observation of a Giant DNA 207 C.-Y. Shew and K. Yoshikawa

8. Theoretical Modeling of Hydrogen Bonding in Macromolecular Solutions: The Combination of Quantum Mechanics and Molecular Mechanics 237 J. Ma, N. Jiang and H. Li

9. Exotic Electrostatics: Unusual Features of Electrostatic Interactions between Macroions 265 A. Naji, M. Kanduč, R. R. Netz and R. Podgornik

10. Computer Modeling of Liquid Crystals 297 R. Hashim

11. Drop Dynamics in Complex Fluids 339 J. J. Feng, X. Chen, P. Yue and C. Zhou


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Cover art on Macromolecules Vol.35 issue 21-27, and Editors' choice in Science Vol. 297 issue 5587, page 1611.


Cover art on The European Physical Journal E Vol. 33 No. 3


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Social Activities

                        ?International Conference on the Hierarchical Structures in Complex Fluids July 4-8, 2011, Beijing

                        ?Summer School on “Growth of Hierarchical Functional Materials in Complex Fluids” July 10-30, 2011, Beijing

                         International Discussion Meeting on Polymer Crystallization Aug. 1-5, 2011, Beijing

----“Scientists summit at Shanghai in the field of polymer crystallization” Frontiers of Chemistry in China 4, 402(2009). Journal link

  • Co-organizer for European Discussion Meeting on Polymer Crystallization at Waldau, Germany, Oct. 3-6, 2007. 
  • Co-organizer for China-France Bilateral Workshop on Polymer Crystallization at Nanjing, China, June 6-9, 2006.
  • Appointed reviewers for the journals of Royal Society of Chemistry, the Journal of Chemical Physics.
  • Reviewer for one chapter of Encyclopedia of Polymer Science and Technology.
  • Reviewers for  Chemical Journal of Chinese Universities, Chinese Journal of Polymer Science, European Polymer Journal, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, Macromolecular rapid communications, Macromolecular theory and simulations, Macromolecules, Molecular Simulations, PhysChemChemPhys, Physics Letters A, Polymer, Polymer Bulletin, Polymer Journal, Science in China, The European Physical Journal E, The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, and Thermochimica Acta.
  • Invited speaker in the international conferences

24. 12th Laehnwitzseminar on Calorimetry - "Interplay between Nucleation, Crystallization, and the Glass Transition", June 11 - June 14 2012, Rostock, Germany

23. RSC 1st Chemical Science Symposium, September 6, 2011, Nanjing, China

22. 242th ACS National Meeting and Exposition, PMSE Session, “Dynamics of Nanostructured Polymers”, August 28-September 1, 2011, Denver, CO, USA.

21. International Discussion Meeting on Polymer Crystallization, August 1-5, 2011, Beijing, China

20. Nanjing International Forum on Thermal Analytic Kinetics, September 12-14, 2010, Nanjing, China.

19. 10th European Symposium on Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, August 22-27, 2010, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

18. PP’2010 International Symposium on Polymer Physics, June 7-10, 2010, Jinan, China.

17. PC’2010 International Symposium on Polymer Chemistry, June 2-6, 2010, Suzhou, China.

16. Advanced Functional Polymers Symposium, January 22-23, 2010, Kaohsiung, China.

15. 37th North America Thermal Analysis Society Meeting, September 20-23, 2009, Lubbock, TX, USA.

14. 4th International Symposium on Engineering Plastics, August 23-26, 2009, Dalian, China.

13. Faraday Discussion 143: Soft Nanotechnology, June 15-17, 2009, London, UK.

12. 237th ACS National Meeting and Exposition, the symposium, “Multiphase Polymer Materials: From Fundamentals to Applications”, March 22-26, 2009, Salt Lake City, UT, USA. (Also invited to be Session Chair)

11. 5th Singapore-China Collaborative and Cooperative Chemistry Symposium (SCCCCS) & 4th International Conference on Energy and Environment Materials, Nov. 15-17, 2008, Guangzhou, China.

10. 9th Frontier Science Symposium, Oct. 15-17, 2008, National University of Singapore, Singapore.

9. PP'2008 International Symposium on Polymer Physics, June 8-12, 2008, Xiamen, China.

8. Workshop to kick-start the Kavli research program "Nanoscale Interfacial Phenomena in Complex Fluids", May 19-23, 2008, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics China (KITPC) at CAS, Beijing, China.

7. Workshop on Structure Formation and Evolution in Soft Matter/Complex Fluid Systems, Dec. 3-7, 2007, Peking University, China.

6. International Symposium on Polymer Crystallization (ISPC07), Sept. 22-24, 2007, Mishima, Shizuoka, Japan

5. 234th ACS National Meeting and Exposition, the symposium "50 years of polymer single crystals - A look back, current discoveries, and future opportunities", Aug. 19-23, 2007, Boston, MA, USA. 

4. COST P12 Conference: Crystallization and Structure Formation of Polymers, Oct. 9-11, 2006, Mittlewihr, France

3. 3rd Singapore-China Collaborative and Cooperative Chemistry Symposium (SCCCCS), Jan. 5-6, 2006, National University of Singapore, Singapore.

2. International Micro-conference on Recent Progress of Polymer Crystallization (RPPC-Nanjing), Nov. 1-5, 2005, Nanjing, China

1. Faraday Discussion 128: Self-Organizing Polymers, July 17-21, 2004, University of Leeds, UK

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Research Group (other members)

Qiyun Tang, Postdoc

Research interest: soft matter simulations

Yijing, Nie, PhD student

Research interest: oriented polymer crystallization

Xiaomin Jiang, PhD student

Research interest: Monte Carlo simulations

Yingxin Chen, PhD student

Research interest: PVDF copolymers and cellulose

Feng Yang, Master student

Research interest: crystallization of statistical copolymers

Yujie Zhou, Master student

Research interest: multi-block copolymer crystallization

Huanhuan Gao, Master student

Research interest: oriented polymer crystallization

Qi Liu, Master student

Research interest: oriented polymer crystallization

Miaomiao Zhang, Master student

Research interest: polymer self-assembly

Wang Jing, Undergraduate student

Tianxu Li, Undergraduate student

Yang Zhou, Undergraduate student


Former group members

Juan Li, PhD student (2007-2011), now working at Nanjing

Yuan Li, undergraduate student (2011), now at Hong Kong Chinese University

Yu Ma, master student to postdoc (2004-2010), now associate professor at Donghua University

Lijuan Hao, master student (2008-2010), now working at Changsha

Cheng Li, undergraduate student (2010), now at University of Massachusetts

Jian Yang, undergraduate student (2010), now working at Guangzhou

Jiuyang Zhang, undergraduate student (2010), now at University of South Carolina

Zhengyu Chen, undergraduate student (2010), now at University of British Columbia

Yijin Ren, PhD student (2006-2010), now at Hubei University of Automotive Technology

Yong Qian, PhD student (2006-2009), now at East China Institute of Technology

Tao Cai, Master student (2006-2009), now at National University of Singapore

Xinwen Zhou, Master student (2008-2009), now graduated from Xinjiang University, working at the Ninth Middle School of Lanzhou

Yuelin Ye, Undergraduate student (2009), now working at Nanjing

Liyun Zha, Master student (2005-2008), now at Southeast University, Nanjing

Zhen Huang, undergraduate student (2008), now at Nanjing University

Maoxiang Wang, PhD student (2004-2007), now at Nanjing University of Science and Technology 

Bo Qi, undergraduate student (2007), now at Chicago University

Pengcheng Yin, undergraduate student (2007), now at Northeast University, Boston

Shijing Cheng, undergraduate student (2006), now at Virginia Technical University

Andrew (Anqi) Ma, undergraduate student (2006), now at CAS Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry


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Friendly links 

Some experimental groups working on polymer crystallization

Chen, Er-Qiang   Cheng, Stephen Z. D.    Hobbs, Jamie    Li, Christopher? Mathot, Vincent    Müller, Alejandro J.    Okui, Norimasa    Register, Richard A.  

Shanks, Robert A.     Schick, Christoph    Thurn-Albrecht, Thomas   Toda, Akihiko   Ungar, Goran   Wang, Howard   Zhu, Lei   

Some theory and simulation groups working on polymer phase transitions

An, Lijia     Binder, Kurt  ?Liang, Haojun     Muthukumar, Murugappan   Shi, An-Chang     Sommer, Jens-Uwe

Yan, Dadong   Yang, Xiaozhen   Yang, Yuliang   Yamamoto, Takashi   Yoshikawa, Kenichi   

Some interesting links

The Foundation of Polymer Science by Hermann Staudinger     Paul John Flory     Dr. Eugene Guth  ?Prof. Herman Francis Mark

Materials and man's needs collection

Download three-volume books "Macromolecular Physics" written by Dr. Bernhard Wunderlich

Download "Polymer Single Crystals" written by Dr. Phillip H. Geil

Online book about Cellulose

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