Dr David Fengwei Xie

Honorary Research Fellow

School of Chemical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology


Dr David Fengwei Xie holds a PhD (2009) in Polysaccharide Engineering from South China University of Technology (China) and a Graduate Certificate degree (2014) in Higher Education from The University of Queensland (Australia). Since 2008, he has worked as a research fellow at University of Guelph (Canada), Université de Strasbourg (France), and The University of Queensland (Australia), being involved in multiple research projects supported by governments and industry. In 2017, he moved to The University of Warwick (UK) as a Marie Sklodowska-Curie WIRL-COFUND Fellow. In 2018, he was sent to the California Institute of Technology (USA) on secondment. Since 2019, he has been working at WMG, University of Warwick as a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellow.

His research focuses on ‘green’/bio-polymers for sustainability, environmental protection, people’s better life and health. He works on developing ‘green’ processes and ‘green’ materials for greater resource efficiency and reduction in wastes and carbon footprints. He is particularly interested in the use of renewable, biomass resources for materials development. He also studies the functionality of biopolymers and polysaccharides as food ingredients. He investigates the mechanisms behind the relationship among processing, structure and properties/functionality of biopolymers and biocomposites, leading to advantageous materials and nutritious food. His research has led to over 100 publications in international academic journals.

He has been recognised a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC). He serves as an Editorial Board Member for the journal, Carbohydrate Polymers.

Research Interests

  • Advanced polymer processing
    - Processing-induced structural evolution - Innovative manufacturing - Reactive processing - ‘Green’ processes
  • Fundamental materials science
    - Chemical and physical modification - Molecular interactions - Multilevel structures - Structure-property relationships
  • Competitive sustainable materials
    - Enhancement and tailoring of properties through materials hybridisation - Biodegradable polymers for biomedical and sustainability applications - Bioinspiration for extraordinarily improved properties - Biopolymer-derived functional materials


  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Engineering, South China University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Engineering, South China University of Technology


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Featured Publications


Book Chapter

  • Xie, Fengwei, Zhang, Binjia and Wang, David (2017). Starch thermal processing: technologies at laboratory and semi-industrial scales. Starch-based materials in food packaging: processing, characterization and applications. (pp. 187-227) edited by Marcelo Vilar, Silvia Elena Barbosa, Maria Alejandra García, Luciana Castillo and Olívia Valeria Lopez. London, United Kingdom: Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-809439-6.00007-8

  • Xie, Fengwei, Pollet, Eric, Halley, Peter J. and Avérous, Luc (2015). Advanced nano-biocomposites based on starch. Polysaccharides: bioactivity and biotechnology. (pp. 1467-1553) edited by Kishan Gopal Ramawat and Jean-Michel Mérillon. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-03751-6_50-1

  • Xie, F., Avérous, L., Halley, P. J. and Liu, P. (2015). Mechanical performance of starch-based biocomposites. Biocomposites: Design and Mechanical Performance. (pp. 53-92) edited by Misra, Manjusri, Pandey, Jitendra K and Mohanty, Amar K. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Woodhead Publishing. doi: 10.1016/B978-1-78242-373-7.00011-1

  • Xie, Fengwei, Liu, Peng and Yu, Long (2014). Processing of plasticized starch-based materials: state of the art and perspectives. Starch Polymers: From Genetic Engineering to Green Applications. (pp. 257-289) edited by Peter J. Halley and Luc R. Avérous. Burlington, MA, USA: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-444-53730-0.00024-5

  • Xie, Fengwei (2012). Biodegradable starch-based nano-composites. Wiley encyclopedia of composites. (pp. 102-113) edited by Luigi Nicolais, Assunta Borzacchiello and Stuart M. Lee. Hoboken, NJ, USA: John Wiley & Sons. doi: 10.1002/9781118097298.weoc014

  • Xie, Fengwei, Halley, Peter J. and Averous, Luc (2011). Bio-nanocomposites based on starch. Nanocomposites with biodegradable polymers: Synthesis, properties and future perspectives. (pp. 234-260) edited by Vikas Mittal. New York, United States: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199581924.001.0001

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