Technische Universität Dresden

The Technische Universität Dresden (TUD) is one of the largest “Technische Universitäten” in Germany and one of the leading and most dynamic universities in Germany. TUD is one of eleven German Universities of Excellence, which will receive permanent funding within the framework of the Excellence Strategy of the Federal and State Governments as of 1 November 2019. TUD has about 32,000 students and over 8,300 employees from 70 countries. Interdisciplinary cooperation is a strength of the TUD, whose researchers also benefit from collaborations with the region's numerous science institutions – including Fraunhofer, Leibniz and Max Planck institutes. In recognition of the TUD’s emphasis on applications in both teaching and research, leading companies have honoured the university with currently fourteen endowed chairs.

Chair for Molecular Functional Materials

The Chair for Molecular Functional Materials at TUD begun in August 2014, which is a professorship in the context of the Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden. The Cluster "cfaed" addresses breakthroughs in advancing electronics in order to enable hitherto unforeseen innovations. The Cluster aims at impacting the future of electronics by initiating revolutionary new applications such as electronics featuring zero-boot time, THz imaging, and complex biosignal processing. Cfaed’s research continues to strengthen TUD, enhance its international credibility, and contribute in making Dresden a leading location of electronics fundamental research.


Xinliang Feng

principal Investigator

Dr. Xinliang Feng is a full professor and has been the head of the Chair for Molecular Functional Materials at Technische Universität Dresden since 2014. His current scientific interests include organic synthetic methodology, organic synthesis, and supramolecular chemistry of π-conjugated systems, bottom-up synthesis of graphene and graphene nanoribbons, electrochemical exfoliation of 2D crystals, 2D polymers, and supramolecular polymers as well as 2D carbon-rich conjugated polymers for optoelectronic applications, energy storage and conversion, and new energy devices and technologies. He has published more than 600 research articles which have attracted more than 57464 citations with H-index of 119 (web of science, 04.2021).

Ji Ma


Dr. Ji Ma is the research group leader in the Chair of Molecular Functional Materials at Faculty of Chemistry and Food Chemistry, Technische Universität Dresden. In August 2015, he joined the group of Prof. Xinliang Feng in Technische Universität Dresden as a PhD student, and received his doctorate degree in Synthetic Chemistry in November 2019. After that, he was appointed as a research group leader for the synthetic carbon subgroup in the Chair. His current research interests are the bottom-up synthesis of novel aromatic compounds, curved nanographenes, graphene nanoribbons, and hetero-atom doped nanocarbons as well as their applications for organic optoelectronics and the emerging organic spintronic fields.

Minghao Yu


Dr. Minghao Yu is the research group leader of the Chair of Molecular Functional Materials at Technische Universität Dresden. He received his doctoral degree in Material Physics and Chemistry in June 2017 and joined Prof. Xinliang Feng’s group as a Humboldt postdoctoral in November 2017. In March 2019, he was appointed as a research group leader at Technische Universität Dresden. His current research interests focus on (1) Development of novel 2D materials/hybrids; (2) Fundamental electrochemistry investigation related to electrochemical energy storage. (3) Functional energy device fabrication including supercapacitors, hybrid-ion capacitors, multivalent metal batteries, dual-ion batteries, etc.

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