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Ximin He


  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2019-2021
  • Bio-inspired Solar Energy




Ximin He aims to create bio-inspired smart materials for energy harvesting and conversion applications.

Dr. He is particularly interested in how plants adaptively track the sun to maximize energy harvesting, a phenomenon known as phototropism. Her group focuses on first understanding biological phototropism and photosynthesis and then developing synthetic smart materials that maximize solar energy harvesting and achieve high-efficiency energy storage and generation.


  • International Society of Bionic Engineering (ISBE) Outstanding Youth Award
  • Hellman Fellows Award
  • UCLA Faculty Career Development Award
  • Air Force Young Investigators Research Program (YIP) Award
  • NSF CAREER Award

Relevant Publications

  • A. Shastri, L. McGregor, Y. Liu, V. Harris, H. Nan, M. Mujica, Y. Vasquez, A. Bhattacharya, Y. Ma, M. Aizenberg, O. Kuksenok, A. Balazs, J. Aizenberg, X. He, An Aptamer-functionalized Chemomechanically-modulated Biomolecule Catch-and-release System, Nature Chemistry 2015, 7, 447.
  • X. He, M. Aizenberg, O. Kuksenok, L. Zarzar, A. Shastri, A. Balazs, J. Aizenberg, Synthetic Homeostatic Materials displaying Chemo-mechano-chemical Self-regulation, Nature 2012, 487, 214.
  • X. He, F. Gao, G. Tu, D. Hasko, S. Hüttner, U. Steiner, N. C. Greenham, R. Friend, W. Huck, Formation of well-ordered heterojunction in polymer photovoltaic devices, Adv. Funct. Mater. 2011, 21, 139.
  • X. He, J. Slota, W. Huck, Controlling nanoscale morphology in polymer optoelectronic devices, Nano Today, 2010, 5, 231.
  • X. He, F. Gao, G. Tu, D. Hasko, S. Hüttner, U. Steiner, N. C. Greenham, R. Friend, W. Huck, Formation of nanostructured polymer blends in photovoltaic devices, Nano Lett. 2010, 10, 1302.

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