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




        Member of the 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 2017:

ME507 Laser Processing


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 2D materials

- Active thermal transport control

- Thermal transport in nanoscale thermal interface materials

- Near-field radiation


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


- Nanoscale fast 3D printing

- 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 2017 (for postdoc, new graduate and undergraduate students seeking research projects), particularly in the area of experimental heat transfer in 2D materials



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 Students:

Anurup Datta, Ph.D.

Hakan Salihoglu, Ph.D.

Vasudevan Iyer, PhD.

Shouyuan Huang, Ph.D.

Prabhu Kumar Venuthurumilli, Ph.D.

Peter Barton, M.S.

Paul Somers, Ph.D.

Jithin Praba, M.S.

Qian Cao, M.S.


Visiting Scholar:


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 (Professor, University of Science and Technology of China)

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, Assistant Prof. Southern University of Science and Technology of China)

Jianli Wang, Visiting Scholar (Southeast University of China)

Yan Li, Ph.D., 2014 (Assistant Prof. Shandong University)

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.

Zhe Luo, Ph.D. 2016, Seagate Technology, MN.

Woongsik Nam, Ph.D. 2016, Samsung.

Xiaolong He, PhD., visiting student from HIT.

Luis Traverso, Ph.D. 2016, (Assistant Professor, Universidad del Turabo, Puerto Rico.)

Mithun Srinivasan, M.S. 2016, Nimbus Materials, Inc. CA.


Link to List of Publications