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  • 08/2020: Zhaofan’s paper “Coarse-grained modeling of nanocellulose network towards understanding the mechanical performance” got published in Extreme Mechanics Letters. Congrats!
  • 07/2020: The newly funded NSF EPSCoR (RII Track-1 Award) Project “ND-ACSE” (2020~2025, $20M) kicked off! Our group are excited to be part of the project team!
  • 06/2020: Dr. Xia received the Board of Trustees Endowment fund from the NDSU Foundation and Alumni Association. Thanks for the support!
  • 05/2020: Our group was awarded a three-year grant from Army Research Office for a collaborative project on development of lightweight complex materials. Thanks for the support!
  • 05/2020: Our collaborative paper “Toward the Prediction and Control of Glass Transition Temperature of Donor-Acceptor Polymers” got published in Adv. Funct. Mater.! Amir is the co-first author. Congrats!
  • 04/2020: Amir’s paper “Understanding the role of cohesive interaction in mechanical behavior of a glassy polymer” just got published in Macromolecules. Congrats!
  • 03/2020: Our new paper on theoretical investigations of energy renormalization for coarse-graining polymers was featured as a cover article in Macromol. Theory Simul.


  • 11/2019: Dr. Xia was invited to give a seminar in the Dept. of Coatings and Polymeric Materials at NDSU. Thank Dr. Pourhashem for the invitation!
  • 10/2019: Congrats to Anas on winning the Best Poster Award at ACS International Elastomeric Conference in Cleveland, OH. Great job!
  • 10/2019: Our group students Amir, Zhaofan, and Anas showcased their research work at the 5th KU-NDSU International Symposium. Congrats to Anas on winning the poster award!
  • 09/2019: Dr. Xia was awarded the NIST-MML Accolade for Technical Excellence. 
  • 08/2019: Our new paper “Interfacial dynamics governs the mechanical properties of glassy polymer thin films” published in Macromolecules.
  • 07/2019: Dr. Xia was invited to give a presentation “Multiscale modeling of polymer nanocomposite materials” at ACS Polymer Composites and High-Performance Materials Workshop in Rohnert Park, CA.
  • 06/2019: Our group received a grant from NASA for the development of advanced thin film coatings for planetary exploration. Thanks for the support!
  • 04/2019: Our group received the Centennial Endowment Fund from the NDSU Foundation and Alumni Association. Thanks for the support!
  • 04/2019: Our new paper on coarse-grained modeling of polymers got published in Science Advances. This work has been highlighted by the NDSU News, Northwestern News, ScienceDaily, as well as other news outlets.ScienceAdvances Slide copy
  • 02/2019: Our recent work on “graphene melt” was featured in the recent news story on the CHiMaD at Northwestern University! Check this out!
  • 01/2019: Dr. Xia was invited to give a presentation at the ExxonMobil, TX.


  • 11/2018: New paper on amorphous interfaces in cellulose nanocomposites got accepted in Macromolecules!
  • 10/2018: Dr. Xia was invited to give a presentation “Multiscale Modeling of Polymer Materials” at NDSU Physics Dept Seminar.
  • 09/2018: Our group received the New Faculty and Seed Awards from ND EPSCoR. Thanks for the great support!
  • 07/2018: Dr. Xia co-organized a symposium “Material Genomics” and presented the recent work at The 13th World Congress in Computational Mechanics (WCCM) in New York City, NY.
  • 07/2018: New paper on materials by design for assembled hairy nanoparticles published in ACS Nano.
  • 05/2018: Dr. Wenjie Xia will join the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at NDSU as a tenure-track Assistant Professor this summer. A new group research website is launched!