Pu Xiao obtained his BSc (2004) in Chemistry and PhD (2009) in Polymer Chemistry and Physics from the Wuhan University (China). Then he started his academic career as a Scientific Associate at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland from 2009. In 2012, he moved to the Institute of Materials Science of Mulhouse, CNRS (France) and worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow. In 2013, he was awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA), and worked as a DECRA Research Fellow and Lecturer at the University of New South Wales (Sydney) from 2014. In 2017, he was awarded an ARC Future Fellowship and then commenced as an ARC Future Fellow at the Australian National University.