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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

Academic Services

  • Topical Advisory Panel Member of Polymers

  • Guest Editor of Polymers

Special Issue "Mechanics of Polymeric Structures across Scales"

  • Reviewer of journals of ACS, RSC, Elsevier, MDPI


- 2023 -

Wanhao Cai, Johanna L. Trefs, Thorsten Hugel, and Bizan N. Balzer

Anisotropy of π–π Stacking as Basis for Superlubricity

ACS Mater. Lett., 2023, 5, 172-179.

- 2022 -

Wanhao Cai, Jakob T. Bullerjahn, Klaus Kroy, Bizan N. Balzer, and Thorsten Hugel

Angle-dependent strength of a single chemical bond by stereographic force spectroscopy

Chem. Sci., 2022, 13, 5734-5740.


Peichuang Li, Wanhao Cai, Kebing Wang, Lei Zhou, Shusheng Tang, Yuancong Zhao, Xin Li, and Jin Wang

Selenium-functionalized polycarbonate-polyurethane for sustained in situ generation of therapeutic gas for blood-contacting materials

Smart Materials in Medicine, 2022, 3, 361-373


Peichuang Li, Wanhao Cai, Xin Li, Kebing Wang, Lei Zhou, Tengda Shang, Xianmang Xu, Yuancong Zhao, and Jin Wang

Tellurium-containing Polymer Coating with Glutathione Peroxidase Mimics Capability for Surface Modification of Intravascular Implants

Mater. Des., 2022, 217, 110622


Peichuang Li, Wanhao Cai, Xin Li, Hong Zhang, Yuancong Zhao, and Jin Wang.

Sulfur-Mediated Polycarbonate Polyurethane for Potential Application of Blood-Contacting Materials

Front. Bioeng. Biotechnol., 2022, 10, 874419


Max Lallemang, Leixiao Yu, Wanhao Cai, Klaus Rischka, Andreas Hartwig, Rainer Haag, Thorsten Hugel, and Bizan N. Balzer.

Multivalent Non-covalent Interactions Lead to Strongest Polymer Adhesion

Nanoscale, 2022, 14, 3768-3776.

Song Lu, Wanhao Cai, Nanpu Cao, Hu-jun Qian, Zhong-yuan Lu, and Shuxun Cui.

Understanding the Extraordinary Flexibility of Polydimethylsiloxane through Single-Molecule Mechanics

ACS Mater. Lett., 2022, 4, 329-335.


Fa Zhang, Zheng Gong, Wanhao Cai, Hu-jun Qian, Zhong-yuan Lu, and Shuxun Cui.

Single-chain Mechanics of Cis-1,4-polyisoprene and Polysulfide

Polymer, 2022, 240, 124473.


Wanhao Cai, Duo Xu, Fa Zhang, Junhao Wei, Song Lu, Linmao Qian, Zhongyuan Lu, and Shuxun 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.

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