Birck Nanotechnology Center

Xianfan Xu


Professor Of Mechanical Engineering


Contact Information:

Phone: (765) 494-5639



Engineering Thermophysics, University of Science and Technology of China, B.E., 1989
ME, UC Berkeley, M.S., 1991
ME, UC Berkeley, Ph.D., 1994


Research Interests:

1. Energy transfer in nanoscale energy conversion materials, including nano-particle/quantum dot, nanowire, thin film, and superlattice thermoelectric and photovoltaic materials.
2. Ultrafast optics, fundamentals of ultrafast light-matter interactions.
3. Nano-optics (near-field optics), field concentration and enhancement at nanoscale, e.g., using nanoscale optical antenna.
4. Ultrafast and nanoscale optical diagnostic methods for investigation of energy transfer processes in nanomaterials.
5. Laser-based micro- and nano-manufacturing, including parallel nanolithography, nanomaterials growth, and laser fabrication of MEMS.

Impact Statement & Explanation of Research:

Prof. Xu's group develops advanced ultrafast optical and nanoscale optical technologies and apply them in (1) energy transfer study and (2) development of advanced manufacturing methods.


Current Projects

Current research in Prof. Xu's group is sponsored by NSF (two projects), DARPA (three projects), AFOSR (two projects), MURI, ONR, and the Sandia National Laboratory.




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