Cui Shuxun


Email: cuishuxun@swjtu.edu.cn

Tel: 028-87600998



PhD, Jilin University, College of Chemistry (2004)

B.S., Jilin University, College of Chemistry (1999)


Academic Appointments

Professor, Key Laboratory of Advanced Technologies of Materials, Southwest Jiaotong University, School of Mechanical Engineering, China (2008-present)

Associate Professor, Sichuan University, China (2005-2008)

Humboldt Fellow, Munich University, Germany (2004-2005)

Research Interests

Nanomechanics of Macromolecules, Molecular Motors, Self-assembly of Macromolecules, Visible-light Triggered Reactions in Polymers.


Principal Publications of the Last Five Years

Environment-Dependent Single-Chain Mechanics of Synthetic Polymers and Biomacromolecules by Atomic Force Microscopy-based Single-Molecule Force Spectroscopy and the Implications on Advanced Polymer Materials. Bao, Y.; Luo, Z.; Cui, S., Chem. Soc. Rev. 2020, 49, 2799-2827. (Review)

Force-induced transition of π-π stacking in a single polystyrene chain. Cai, W.; Xu, D.; Qian, L.; Wei, J.; Xiao, C.; Qian, L. M.; Lu, Z. Y.; Cui, S., J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141, 9500-9503.

Towards unveiling the exact molecular structure of amorphous red phosphorus by single-molecule studies. Zhang, S.; Qian, H.; Liu, Z.; Ju, H.; Lu, Z.; Zhang, M.; Chi, L.; Cui, S., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 1659-1663.

Detecting van der Waals forces between a single polymer repeating unit and a solid surface in high vacuum. Cai, W.; Xiao, C.; Qian, L.; Cui, S., Nano Research 2019, 12, 57-61.

Effects of water content of the mixed solvent on the single-molecule mechanics of amylose. Qian, L.; Bao, Y.; Duan, W.; Cui, S., ACS Macro Lett. 2018, 7, 672-676.

Single-Chain Polymer Models Incorporating the Effects of Side Groups: An Approach to General Polymer Models. Cai, W.; Lu, S.; Wei, J.; Cui, S., Macromolecules 2019, 52, 7324-7330.

Single-molecule studies reveal that water is a special solvent for amylose and natural cellulose. Qian, L.; Cai, W.; Xu, D.; Bao, Y.; Lu, Z. Y.; Cui, S., Macromolecules 2019, 52, 5006-5013.

How big is big enough? Effect of length and shape of side chains on the single-chain enthalpic elasticity of a macromolecule. Luo, Z.; Zhang, A.; Chen, Y.; Shen, Z.; Cui, S., Macromolecules 2016, 49, 3559-3565.

Revealing the formation mechanism of insoluble polydopamine by using a simplified model system. Kang, X.; Cai, W.; Zhang, S.; Cui, S., Polym. Chem., 2017, 8, 860-864.

Effects of stereo-regularity on the single-chain mechanics of polylactic acid and its implications on the physical properties of bulk materials. Cheng, B.; Qian, L.; Qian, H.; Lu, Z.; Cui, S., Nanoscale, 2017, 9, 14312-14316.

Hydrophilicities of amylose and natural cellulose are regulated by the linkage between sugar rings. Bao, Y.; Xu, D.; Qian, L.; Zhao, L.; Lu, Z.; Cui, S., Nanoscale, 2017, 9, 3382-3385.

Selected Awards and Honors

Tianfu Elite, Sichuan Province (2018)

Distinguished Young Scholar of Sichuan Province (2016)

Excellent Young Scholar, NSF of China (2012)

New Century Excellent Talents, Ministry of Education of China (2011)

Young Chemist Award, Chinese Chemical Society (2008)

Humboldt Research Fellowship, Humboldt Foundation (2004)

QiuShi Graduate Student Award, Hong Kong QiuShi Science and Technology Foundation (2003)

Professional Activities

Member of Biomimetic Materials Chemistry Professional Committee, Chinese Chemical Society


Primary Teaching areas

Surface and interface

Current Courses

Nano tribology and biological tribology


In my group, four PhD and seven master students have obtained their degrees over the past five years.

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