Xiwen Gong

Xiwen Gong  

Xiwen Gong is an assistant professor of Chemical Engineering, and by courtesy an assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Macromolecular Science & Engineering, and Applied Physics. Xiwen currently serves as an Associate Editor for ACS Photonics and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of ACS Applied Electronic Materials.

Xiwen joined the University of Michigan in 2021. Before that, Xiwen worked as a post-doctoral fellow with Zhenan Bao at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University (2018-2020). At Stanford, Xiwen focused on developing soft and stretchable semiconductors and devices for wearable electronics (inSPIREd Talk). Xiwen gained her PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering with Ted Sargent at the University of Toronto. During her PhD (2014-2018), Xiwen focused on the design of novel materials for solar energy harvesting, light emitting, and sensing. 

Xiwen was the recipient of the Extraordinary Potential Prize and the Rising Stars in EECS 2017 (Stanford University), the Inspiring Women in Science (runner-up, scientific achievement category, by Nature, 2023). She is a senior Schmidt Science Fellow (inaugural) and Amazon Physical Science Fellow. In 2024, Xiwen received the NSF Career Award.

Assistant Professor 

Department of Chemical Engineering

Materials Science and Engineering (by courtesy)

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (by courtesy)

Macromolecular Science & Engineering (by courtesy)

Applied Physics  (by courtesy)


2018 Ph.D. Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto, Canada

2014 B.A.Sc Materials Physics, Fudan University, China 

Awards and Scholarships


Nature Award: Inspiring Women in Science (2023), Runner up in the Scientific Achievement Category

[Nature, University of Michigan ChE news]

Amazon Physical Science Fellow (2022)

[Amazon Science, University of Michigan ChE news]

Schmidt Science Fellow (07/2018 - 10/2020)

[Forbes, University of Toronto News]

Extraordinary Potential Prize, Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad (04/2018 )

[China Daily]

Rising Stars in EECS (2017)

EECS Workshop at Stanford University

Best Talk of Junior Scientist Talk (11/2016)

Awarded by ACS Energy Letters

Mitacs Globalink Graduate Fellowship (2014 - 2016)

International students fellowship from the Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems,


National Scholarship (2013)

Awarded by the Ministry of Education of China