D. F. Xie


Dr David Fengwei Xie holds a BE degree in Biological Engineering (2004) and a PhD degree in Polysaccharide Engineering (2009) from the South China University of Technology. He started his research career initially at the University of Guelph (Canada). Then, he spent a productive period of eight years at The University of Queensland (Australia) where he led a few research projects and studied for a Graduate Certificate degree in Higher Education (2014). In 2017, he moved to the University of Warwick (UK) by accepting a Marie Curie fellowship (actually, it turned out to be two). In 2020, he was awarded a five-year EPSRC Fellowship, which enables him to further work towards his research ambition. While his early studies primarily focused on starch processing, he has developed strong expertise in polymer science and engineering. He is passionate about applying particularly renewable and bio-polymers to addressing pressing challenges in sustainability, environmental, health, and food areas.

Dr David Fengwei Xie -- Expert in 'green'/bio-polymers for sustainability, materials, food and health
Dr David Fengwei Xie


  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (GCHEd), 2014, The University of Queensland, Australia
  • PhD in Polysaccharide Engineering, 2009, South China University of Technology, China
  • BE in Biological Engineering, 2004, South China University of Technology, China

Research experiences

  • Newcastle University, UK: EPSRC Fellow, 12/2021–Present
  • University of Warwick, UK: Marie Skłodowska-Curie WIRL-COFUND Fellow, 10/2017–12/2018; Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellow, 01/2019–12/2020; EPSRC Fellow, 01/2021–11/2021
  • California Institute of Technology, USA: Visiting Fellow, 04/2018–06/2018
  • The University of Queensland, Australia: UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 02/2009–02/2012; Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 02/2012–12/2013; Research Fellow, 01/2014–08/2017; Honorary Research Fellow, 09/2017–08/2020
  • Université de Strasbourg, France: Visiting Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 09/2010 & 09/2011–10/2011
  • University of Guelph, Canada: Post Doctoral Fellow, 08/2008–11/2008


See the list of publications and Google Scholar profile. Some of Dr Xie’s research findings are highlighted here.

Journal editorial and review work

Other highlights

  • Member, EPSRC Peer Review College (ranked in the top 4% of College members for participating in peer review activities in the 2020/21 academic year, and ranked in the top 6% in the 2019/20 academic year)
  • Professional member of RSC and IOM3