Hongbo Feng was born in Zhengzhou, China. He obtained his BS degree at Zhengzhou University. Then he moved to Knoxville, Tennessee in 2012 and joined Professor Jimmy W. Mays’ research group to study the synthesis of well-defined block copolymers using living anionic polymerization techniques. After receiving his PhD in 2017, he moved to Chicago and joined Professor Nealey’s group as a postdoc to study high-χ block copolymers and their applications in directed self-assembly, co-advised with Professor Rowan.
Hongbo's research focuses on the self-assembly of well-defined high-χ block copolymers to achieve small feature size and perpendicular orientation without a top coating.