Prof. Chengliang Xiao obtained his PhD degree at Zhejiang University in 2011 and then joined Purolite (China) Co., Ltd as a R&D staff for designing new ion-exchange resins. In 2012, he returned to an academic career as a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Zhifang Chai at Institute of High Energy Physics, CAS. In 2014, he moved to Soochow University as an associate professor at State Key Laboratory of Radiation Medicine and Protection. During 2016-2017, he visited Northwestern University and collaborated with Prof. Mercouri G. Kanatzidis in exploring new layered metal sulfides for ion-exchangers.

Currently, he leads a group at College of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Zhejiang University, and focuses on the chemical separation relevant to spent fuel reprocessing, environmental remediation, and resource recycling. Up to now, he has published more than 50 peer-reviewed papers, including Nat. Commun., J. Am. Chem. Soc., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., Environ. Sci. Technol., etc. He also served on the Editorial Advisory Board of Chinese Chemical Letters and Journal of Applied Solution Chemistry and Modeling. His work published in Nat. Commun. (2018, 9, 3007.) was selected as the feature paper under technetium element in an interactive periodic table for celebrating International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements by Springer Nature publisher.