Mao Research Group @ NUS
(*Corresponding author; † Equal contribution)
 K. Shen; and X. Mao.*
Understanding and Controlling Charge Functions in Materials for Electrochemically Mediated Water Treatment.
J. Electrochem. Soc. 2022, 169, 073511
 S. Baral; C. Liu;* X. Mao; G. W. Coates; and P. Chen.*
Tuning Single-Polymer Growth via Hydrogen Bonding in Conformational Entanglements.
ACS Cent. Sci. 2022, 8, 1116
 M. Suri; Z. Mohamed; S. F. B. E Naser; X. Mao; P. Chen; S. Daniel;* and T. Hanrath.*
Bioelectronic Platform to Investigate Charge Transfer between Photoexcited Quantum Dots and Microbial Outer Membranes.
ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2022, 14, 15799
 X. Mao; P. Chen.*
Inter-facet junction effects on particulate photoelectrodes.
Nature Mater. 2022, 21, 331
Chem. Eng. News: "Probing the properties of interfacet junctions"
Cornell Chronicle: "3D semiconductor particles offer 2D properties", January 3, 2022
Phys.org, EurekAlert!, Newswise
Prior to NUS
 R. Ye†; M. Zhao†; X. Mao; Z. Wang.; D. A. Gorzon; H. Pu; Z. Zhao; P. Chen.*
Nanoscale cooperative adsorption for materials control.
Nature Commun. 2021, 12, 4287
"The many facets of cooperativity," Nat. Rev. Mater. 2021; DOI: 10.1038/s41578-021-00368-y
Featured in Cornell Chronicle, July 13, 2021: "Small molecule plays outsize role in controlling nanoparticle."
Featured in Nature Communs Editors’ Highlights in Materials Science and Chemistry.
"Chemistry discovery could remove micropollutants from environment," US Army DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory Public Affairs; July 14, 2021
 S. Baral; C. Liu; U. K. Chakraborty; K. Kubo; X. Mao; G. W. Coates; P. Chen*,
Polymerization dynamics and conformational mechanics of conjugated polymers at the single-chain level.
Chem 2021, 7, 2175
Featured in Cornell Chronicle, June 16, 2021: "Magnetic tweezers reveal polymers’ hidden properties."
Featured in U.S. Army DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory: "Pioneering chemistry approach could lead to more robust soft electronics"
 X. Mao*
Rational design of charge-functional materials: Insights from molecular engineering and operando imaging
MRS Bull. 2021, 46 (3), 273-279. (Invited MRS awardee contribution)
 C. Liu†, S. Baral†, K. Gu, X. Mao, P. Chen* (†equal contribution)
Real-time single polymer growth toward single monomer resolution
Trends Chem. 2021, 3, 318
 X. Mao†; R. Ye†; P. Chen*
Single Molecule Fluorescence Microscopy for Characterizations of Heterogeneous Catalysts.
Springer Handbook of Advanced Catalyst Characterization. (Invited book chapter). In press.
 L. A. Genova†, M. F. Roberts†, Y.-C. Wong, C. E. Harper, A. G. Santiago, B. Fu, A. Srivastava, W. Jung, L. M. Wang, L. Krzeminski, X. Mao, X. Sun, C.-Y. Hui, P. Chen*, C. J. Hernandez* (†equal contribution)
Mechanical stress compromises multicomponent efflux complexes in bacteria
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 116, 25462-25467 (2019)
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Phys.org, EurekAlert!, Newswise, 7thSpace, ScienceDaily, Medical News
 X. Mao*, P. Brown, C. Červinka, G. Hazell, H. Li, Y. Ren, D. Chen, R. Atkin, J. Eastoe, I. Grillo, A. A. H. Padua, M. F. C. Gomes*, T. A. Hatton*,
Self-assembled nanostructures in ionic liquids facilitate charge storage at electrified interfaces.
Nature Materials 18, 1350–1357(2019)
MIT Main Page Spotlights, Aug 14, 2019. http://web.mit.edu/
MIT Energy Initiative "Energy Futures", SciTechDaily, Materials Today, World Economic Forum, University of Bristol News, PV Magazine, New Zealand Herald, SpaceDaily, University of Western Australia News, Phys.org, Nanowerk, University of Chester News, AZO Materials, LongRoom News, EurekAlert!, Institution of Mechanical Engineers New, WorldProNews, EnergyDaily, SciGlow News, Mirage News, ScienceDaily, Innovations Report, Industry Update, etc
 X. Mao, C. Liu, M. Hesari, N. Zou, P. Chen*,
Super-resolution imaging of nonfluorescent reactions via competition.
Nature Chemistry 11, 687-694 (2019).
[PDF] [SI] [Link] Featured on the front cover of Nature Chemistry
 M. Hesari, J. B. Sambur, X. Mao, W. Jung, P. Chen*,
Quantifying Photocurrent Loss of a Single Particle–Particle Interface in Nanostructured Photoelectrodes.
Nano Letters 19, 958-962 (2019).
 M. Hesari†, X. Mao†, P. Chen*, (†equal contribution)
Charge Carrier Activity on Single-Particle Photo(electro)catalysts: Toward Function in Solar Energy Conversion.
Journal of the American Chemical Society 140, 6729-6740 (2018).