Xuesong is from southern China, specifically the Hunan province. After obtaining Bachelor (2008) and Master (2011) degrees under the direction of Prof. Guangtao Li and Prof. Yihe Zhang and working (2012) in China, he pursued two PhD degrees in France and Belgium (2016) under the supervision of Dr. Ivan Huc (France), Dr Victor Maurizot (France) and Prof. Anne-Sophie Duwez (Belgium). During his studies and working in China, he was focused on photonic/colloidal crystals whose ordered structures allowed him to explore then world of sensors, including detection of photo-induced dimerization, anions and enzymes, by using synthesis and self-assembly as tools. Xuesong’s research activities transitioned to foldamer chemistry as a PhD student in Europe where he synthesized a variety of protein- and nano-sized aromatic oligoamide foldamers, explored the physicochemical properties of these foldamers in gas phase and solution, and also applied these nanosized foldamers as a bridge to photoinduced electron transfer. Beginning August 2016, Xuesong is excited to work with Prof. Jonathan Barnes at WUSTL where he will employ synthetic and supramolecular chemistry as tools to investigate the construction and application of supramolecular polymers. Besides chemistry, Xuesong likes reading, cooking, traveling and sports.