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(15) Husic, C. C.; Hu, X; Robb, M. J. “Incorporation of a Tethered Alcohol Enables Efficient Mechanically Triggered Release in Aprotic Environments”, ACS Macro Lett. 2022 11, 948-953.

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(14) Versaw, B; Zeng, T; Hu, X; Robb, M. J. “Harnessing the Power of Force: Development of Mechanophores for Molecular Release”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2021, 143, 21461–21473.

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(13) Zeng, T; Hu, X; Robb, M. J. “5-Aryloxy Substitution Enables Efficient Mechanically Triggered Release from a Synthetically Accessible Masked 2-Furylcarbinol Mechanophore”, Chem. Commun., 2021, 57, 11173-11176.

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(12) Hu, X; Zeng, T; Husic, C. C.; Robb, M. J. “Mechanically Triggered Release of Functionally Diverse Molecular Payloads from Masked 2-Furylcarbinol Derivatives”, ACS Cent. Sci. 2021, 7, 1216-1224.

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(11) Hu, X; Zeng, T; Husic, C. C.; Robb, M. J. “Mechanically Triggered Small Molecule Release from a Masked Furfuryl Carbonate”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141, 15018-15023.

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(10) Barber, R. W.; McFadden, M. E.; Hu, X.; and Robb, M. J. “Mechanochemically Gated Photoswitching: Expanding the Scope of Polymer Mechanochromism”, Synlett 2019, 30, 1725–1732.

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(9) Hu, X.; McFadden, M. E.; Baber, R. W.; Robb, M. J. “Mechanochemical Regulation of a Photochemical Reaction”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 14073–14077.

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(8) Feeney M. J.; Hu, X.; Srinivasan R.; Van N.; Hunter M.; Georgakoudi I.; Thomas S. W. III “UV and NIR-Responsive Layer-by-Layer Films Containing 6-Bromo-7-hydroxycoumarin Photolabile Groups”, Langmuir 2017, 33, 10877–10885.

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(7) Hu, X.; Lawrence, J. A.; Mullahoo, J.; Smith, Z. C; Wilson, D. J.; Mace, C. R.; Thomas, S. W. III “Directly Photopatternable Polythiophene as Dual-Tone Photoresist”, Macromolecules 2017, 50, 7258–7267.

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(6) Kaner, P.; Hu, X.; Thomas, S. W. III, Asatekin, A. “Self-Cleaning Membranes from Comb-Shaped Copolymers with Photoresponsive Side Groups”, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2017, 9, 13619–13631.

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(5) Hu, X.; Qureishi, Z.; Thomas, S. W. III "Light-Controlled Selective Disruption, Multi-Level Patterning, and Sequential Release with Polyelectrolyte Multilayer Films Incorporating Four Photocleavable Chromophores”, Chem. Mater. 2017, 29, 2951–2960.

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(4) Hu, X.; Feeney, M. J.; McIntosh, E.; Mullahoo, J.; Jia, F.; Xu, Q.; Thomas, S. W. III "Triggered Release of Encapsulated Cargo from Photoresponsive Polyelectrolyte Nanocomplexes", ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2016, 8, 23517–23522.

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(3) Hu, X.; Macintosh, E; Simon, M. G.; Staii, C.; Thomas, S. W. III "Stimuli-Responsive Free-Standing Layer-By-Layer Films", Adv. Mater. 2016, 28, 715–721.

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(2) Hu, X.; Shi, J.; Thomas, S. W. III "Photolabile ROMP Gels Using ortho-Nitrobenzyl Functional Crosslinkers”, Polym. Chem. 2015, 6, 4966–4971.

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(1) Gumbley, P.; Hu, X.; Lawrence, J. A., III; Thomas, S. W. III "Photoresponsive Gels Prepared by Ring Opening Metathesis Polymerization”, Macromol. Rapid Commun. 2013, 34, 1838–1843.


  1. Hu, X.; Zhu, S.; Robisson, A.; Qu, M; Ossia, S. “Methods for Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization (ROMP) for In-Situ Formation of High Glass Transition Temperature (Tg) Polymers”, US Patent Number. US 11,377,580, Granted July 5, 2022. link (Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation)

  2. Asatekin, A.; Thomas, S. W. III; Kaner, P.; Hu, X. “Two-layer photo-responsive membranes”, US Patent Number 10,603,637, Granted March 31, 2020. link (Assignee: Trustees of Tufts College)

  3. Robb, M. J.; Hu, X. “Mechanical Regulation of Photoswitching”. US Patent App. 17/019,107, published March 11, 2021. (California Institute of Technology)

  4. Robb, M. J.; Hu, X.; Zeng, T. “Method for Controlled Release Using Mechanical Force”. US Patent App. 17/469,728, published March 10, 2022 (California Institute of Technology)

  5. Luozhong, S.; Yuan, Z.; Jiang, S.; Hu, X.; Bailey, S. "Zwitterionic lipid nanoparticle compositions, and methods of use". US Patent App. 63/129,343, published June 30, 2022. (Cornell)

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