Xianfan Xu

James J. and Carol L. Shuttleworth Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (by courtesy)
School of Mechanical Engineering

Birck Nanotechnology Center
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907-1288


(765) 494-5639


(765) 494-0539



       Associated Editor: AIAA Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer

       Member of Editorial Board: Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group)


Ph.D., 1994, University of California, Berkeley
M.S., 1991, University of California, Berkeley
B.S., 1989, University of Science and Technology of China


Teaching in Spring 2016:

ME463 Engineering Design


Courses Taught:

ME300: Thermodynamics
ME315: Heat and Mass Transfer
ME463: Engineering Design

ME505: Intermediate Heat Transfer
ME507: Laser Processing

ME587: Engineering Optics
ME604: Diffusion of Heat and Mass

ME606: Radiation


Research Areas:

1) Nanoscale energy transport


- Energy transport in thermoelectric materials for waste heat recovery from automobile exhaust gas

- Energy transport in nanoscale thermoelectric materials for power generation

- Coherent control of thermal transport

- Thermal transport in nanoscale thermal interface materials

- Energy transfer in nanoscale photovoltaic materials


(2) Nano-optics and laser-based nano-optical engineering.  


- Parallel nanolithography using nanoscale optical antenna

- Parallel nanomaterials synthesis using nanoscale optical antenna and device development

- Near-field scanning optical microscopy

- Near-field radiation

- High density data storage using nanoscale optical antenna

- Nano opto-mechanics



See group website (https://engineering.purdue.edu/nanolab) for more details


Research Positions for Fall 2016 (for postdoc, new graduate and undergraduate students seeking research projects)


Immediate Opening (current) for Graduate Research Assistant in Mechanics and Opto-Mechanics (use the link above or contact xxu@ecn.purdue.edu).



ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award, 2014

Purdue University School of Mechanical Engineering Ruth and Joel Spira Award, 2013

James J. and Carol L. Shuttleworth Professor of Mechanical Engineering, 2010

Fellow, SPIE, 2009

Discovery in Mechanical Engineering Award, 2009

Fellow, ASME, 2007

B.F.S. Schaefer Young Faculty Scholar Award, 2002

Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, 2000
National Science Foundation Faculty CAREER Award, 1996
GM Faculty Fellowship, 1995


Current Graduate and Undergraduate Students:

Luis Traverso, Ph.D.

Woongsik Nam, Ph.D.

Richard Gerrelts, Ph.D.

Zhu Luo, Ph.D.

Anurup Datta, Ph.D.

Hakan Salihoglu, Ph.D.

Vasudevan Iyer, PhD.

Xiaolong He, PhD., visiting student from HIT

Mithun Srinivasan, M.S.

Shouyuan Huang, M.S.

Prabhu Kumar Venuthurumilli, Ph.D.

Xuejun Zhao, M.S.

Peter Barton, M.S.

Nick Cinko, undergraduate

Lenan Zhang, undergraduate


Visiting Scholar:

Bin Xu (Professor, University of Science and Technology of China)


Kevin H. Song, M.S. 1997, Ph.D. 1999 (Applied Materials, CA)

David Willis, M.S., 1997; Ph.D., 2001 (Associate Prof. the Southern Methodist University)

Guofei Chen, Ph.D., 1999 (CNH, IL)

Xinwei Wang, Ph.D., 2001 (Prof. Iowa State University)
Jaewook Ryu, M.S., 2001 (Resonetics, NH)
Rama Dontha, M.S., 2002 (co-advised by Prof. B. Yao, Cummins Engine, IN)
Halil Berberoglu, M.S., 2003 (Assist.
Prof. UT Austin)

X. Richard Zhang, Ph.D., 2004 (GE, NY)

Joohan Kim, Ph.D., 2004 (Assist. Prof. the Seoul National University of Technology)

Safa Akbatu, M.S., 2004

Ihtesham H. Chowdhury, M.S., 2002, Ph.D., 2005 (Intel, AZ)

Changrui Cheng, Ph.D., 2006 (Butler International, IL)

Eric X. Jin, Ph.D., 2006 (Seagate Technology, MN)

Nick Murphy-DuBay, M.S. 2007 (Harris Corp., FL)

Alex Q. Wu., Ph.D., 2008 (Seagate Technology, PA)

Liang Wang, Ph.D., 2008 (Molecular Imprint, TX)

Sinan Selcuk, Postdoc, 2008 (Intel, OR)

Rohan Kelkar, M.S., 2008 (Roche Diagnostics, IN)

Bara Cola, Ph.D., 2009 (co-advised by Prof. T.S. Fisher, Assist. Prof., Georgia Tech)

Sreemanth Uppuluri, Ph.D., 2010 (Intel, OR)

Se Jun Park, Postdoc, 2010 (Sumsung, Korea)

Carl Liebig, Postdoc, 2010 (Air Force Wright Patterson Research Laboratory)

Edward C. Kinzel, Ph.D. 2010 (Assist Prof. Missouri Univ Sci Tech)

Chengjuan Yang (Ph.D., from Xi’an Jiaotong University)

Yaguo Wang, Ph.D. 2011 (Assist Prof., Univ. Texas Austin)

Pornsak Srisungsitthisunti, Ph.D. 2011 (Assist Prof. King Mongkut’s Univ of Tech, Thailand)

Xiaolei Wen (Ph.D. Univ. Sci. Tech. China)

Zhisong Xiao, Visiting Scientist, Prof. Beihang Univ.

Xifeng Ren, Visiting Scientist, Associate Prof. Univ. Sci. Tech. China

Xiongfeng Zhu (M.S., currently PhD student in UCLA)

James Mitchell, Ph.D., 2014 (Maxim Integrated, OR)

Bryan Spann, Ph.D., 2014 (NRC Fellow, NRL)

Liang Guo, Ph.D. 2014 (Postdoc, UC Berkeley)

Jianli Wang, Visiting Scholar (Southeast University of China)

Yan Li, Ph.D., 2014

Sumeet Kumar, Ph.D. 2014, co-advised by Prof. S.D. Heister, KLA-Tencor, CA.

Jianjun Yang, Visiting Scientist, Nankai University

Nan Zhou, Ph.d. 2015, Seagate Technology, MN.

Andrei Dubitsky, M.S., 2015, co-advised by Prof. S.D. Heister, Aerospace Co. CA.

Qiaomu Yao, M.S., 2015, Appfolio Inc., CA.


Link to List of Publications