Dr. Xu joined the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at The University of Virginia in the fall of 2014. He received his PhD in Mechanics and Materials from Columbia University in 2012 under the supervision of Professor Xi Chen. He then came to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship working with Professor John A. Rogers on flexible and stretchable electronics and devices.
Dr. Xu’s research interests are focused on multiscale mechanics for functional material and device design, in particular, nanoporous materials, nanopore-functional liquid composite materials, bioinspired and biointegrated electronics and devices, soft-hard integration and adaptive soft materials, with applications to energy, environment, manufacturing and healthcare systems. The Xu Research group has also been actively working in nanomechanics at extreme conditions, including nanofluidics, mechanics of nano/energy materials, mechanics-guided unusual fabrication technique, and nanoindentation. Integration of experimental, theoretical and computational (FEM, CPFEM, MD, DFT) efforts has been employed to achieve these goals and explore underpinning mechanisms of mechanics and materials.