Xu is Prof. of Chem., Jilin U., Changchun, China. He is a leading personality in the materials sciences and zeolite community of China, Asia and worldwide. His work on the extra large-pore microporous aluminophosphate JDF-20 is a classical illustration of his innovative work. He is currently researching on the formation mechanism and rational synthesis of zeolites and microporous materials. Awards include: Chem. Prize, HLHL Found. for Sci. and Tech Progress, 1995; Natl. Natural Scs. Prize, First awardee (2nd cl.) 2006; (3rd cl.) 1987 and 1999; Awardee, First Cl. Prize for Sci. and Tech. Progress, Min. of Ed., China in 1992, 1994, 1998, 2002. He is member, Chinese Acad. of Sciences (1991). He has published more than 500 peer-reviewed papers and 10 books, incl. 'Chemistry of Zeolites and Related Porous Materials: Synthesis and Structure' and 'Modern Inorganic Synthetic Chemistry'.