About Me


I am currently a postdoctoral researcher working with Prof. Eric R. Dufresne at ETH Zurich in Switzerland. I have general research interests in different topics in soft matter physics. Currently, I am specifically focusing on the elasto-capillarity of soft materials.


Before coming to Switzerland, I was working with Prof. Heinrich Jaeger in the Physics Department at the University of Chicago in the United States and obtained my PhD in the year of 2015. After that, I joined Dufresne’s lab in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Yale. After one year of staying in New Haven (Connecticut), I moved to beautiful Zurich along with Eric in the summer of 2016.

Originally, I grew up in Changsha, a vibrant city in the middle of China. Before I came to the United States. I finished my Bachelor Degree of Science in Fudan University, where I did theoretical research of electromagnetic properties of gradient meta-surfaces

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Ph.D.(Physics), University of Chicago, 2015
M.S. (Physics), New York University, 2010
B.S. (Physics), Fudan University, 2008

Contact Information
Laboratory of Soft and Living Materials
Department of Materials, ETH Zurich
Vladimir-Prelog-Weg 1-5/10, HCI, H539
8093 Zurich, Switzerland

Email: qin.xu@mat.ethz.ch
Tel: +41 44 633 92 48