2020.1-now: Postdoctoral researcher, University of Freiburg, Germany

2014.9-2019.9: Ph.D. in Materials Science, Southwest Jiaotong University, China

2018.7-2018.8: International Summer School on Polymers, Peking University, China

2015.9-2017.6: Teaching Assistant, Southwest Jiaotong University, China

2009.9-2013.6: B.E. in Materials Science, Southwest Jiaotong University, China




2019 Outstanding Graduate Ph.D, SWJTU

2018 Ming Cheng Award, SWJTU

2017 Best Poster Award, Chinese Chemical Society

2016 Excellent Graduate Student, SWJTU



- 2022 -

W. Cai, J.T. Bullerjahn, M. Lallemang, K. Kroy, B.N. Balzer and T. Hugel
Angle-dependent strength of a single chemical bond by stereographic force spectroscopy
Chemical Science, 2022, 13, 5734 - 5740.

M. Lallemang, L. Yu, W. Cai, K. Rischka, A. Hartwig, R. Haag, T. Hugel and B. N. Balzer

Multivalent non-covalent interactions lead to strongest polymer adhesion

Nanoscale, 2022, 14, 3768-3776.


W. Cai, D. Xu, F. Zhang, J. Wei, S. Lu, L. Qian, Z. Lu, and S. Cui

Intramolecular hydrogen bonds in a single macromolecule: strength in high vacuum versus liquid environments

Nano. Res., 2022, 15, 1517-1523.

- 2020 -

Peichuang Li, Wanhao Cai, Xin Li, Kebing Wang, Lei Zhou, Tianxue You, Rui Wang, Hang Chen, Yuancong Zhao, Jin Wang, and Nan Huang

Preparation of phospholipid-based polycarbonate urethanes for potential applications of blood-contacting implants

Regen. Biomater., 2020, 5, 491-504.


Peichuang Li, Xiaojing Li, Wanhao Cai, Huiqing Chen, Hang Chen, Rui Wang, Yuancong Zhao, Jin Wang, and Nan Huang

Phospholipid-based multifunctional coating via layer-by-layer self-assembly for biomedical applications
Mater. Sci. Eng. C, 2020, 116, 111237.


- 2019-

Wanhao Cai, Song Lu, Junhao Wei, and Shuxun Cui

Single-chain polymer models incorporating the effects of side groups: an approach to general polymer models

Macromolecules 2019, 52, 7324−7330.


Lu Qian, Wanhao Cai, Duo Xu, Yu Bao, Zhong-yuan Lu, and Shuxun Cui

Single-molecule studies reveal that water is a special solvent for amylose and natural cellulose

Macromolecules  2019, 52, 5006−5013.


Wanhao Cai, Duo Xu, Lu Qian, Junhao Wei, Chen Xiao, Linmao Qian, Zhong-yuan Lu, and Shuxun Cui

Force-induced transition of π−π stacking in a single polystyrene chain

J. Am. Chem. Soc.  2019, 141, 9500−9503.


Junhao Wei, Wanhao Cai  (co-first), and Shuxun Cui

Single-chain elasticity of poly(ethylene glycol) in high vacuum

Acta Chim. Sinica  2019, 77, 189-194.


Wanhao Cai, Chen Xiao, Linmao Qian, and Shuxun Cui

Detecting van der Waals forces between a single polymer repeating unit and a solid surface in high vacuum

Nano Res. 2019, 12, 57-61.


- 2018-

Xiaomin Kang, Wanhao Cai, Honggang Gu, Shiyuan Liu, and Shuxun Cui

A facile and environment-friendly method for fabrication of polymer brush 

Chinese J. Polym. Sci., 2018, 35, 857-865.


- 2017-

Xiaomin Kang , Wanhao Cai, Song Zhang and Shuxun Cui

Revealing the formation mechanism of insoluble polydopamine by using a simplified model system

Polym. Chem. 2017, 8, 860-864.


- 2015-

Xiaomin Kang, You Yu, Yu Bao, Wanhao Cai, and Shuxun Cui

Real time quantification of the chemical cross-link density of a hydrogel by in situ UV-vis spectroscopy

Polym. Chem. 2015, 6, 4252-4257.