Baomin XU

Chair Professor Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Chair Professor Baomin Xu:Bachelor of Material Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, 1986; Doctor of Material Science and Engineering, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1991; Postdoctoral Studies, Materials Research Laboratory, Pennsylvania State University, 1994-1996, USA; Afterwards, Assistant Professor of Material Research, Institute of Materials Science. He joined Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) in July 2014 and served as chair professor in the Department of Material Science and Engineering. Prior to that, he worked at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) as a Senior Member of Research Staff and Project Manager during November 2000 and July 2014. Professor Xu dedicated to fundamental researches with commercialization potential. He is the author or co-author of more than 100 papers, applied more than 60 patents, 31 authorised U.S. patents, of which 23 patents for the first or the only inventor, 3 patents have been awarded the best patent award by Xerox, and he has also served as a long-term reviewer of APL, JAP, IEEE-UFFC, JACerS and other international famous magazines.

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Ph.D.      Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, 1991                       

B.S. (Hons)    Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 1986     



08/2014present: Chair Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China

       Initiating and in charge of the University’s Research work in clean energy area, including to setup the new Clean Energy Research Center, and initiate the research work in solar photovoltaic energy conversion, solar thermal energy storage and conversion, rechargeable batteries, fuel cells, and supercapacitors.


11/2000 – 07/2014: Senior Member of Research Staff and Project Leader, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), Palo Alto, CA 94304

        In charge of cleantech program and MEMS/NEMS research activities.

  • In charge of PARC’s solar cell R&D program, established five solar cell related projects with funding from industrial customers and federal government agencies. Invented and developed several technologies to improve solar cell performance, including a novel metallization method which can reduce the specific contact resistance by 100 times, and a low cost approach to fabricate high efficiency interdigitated back contact solar cells. One of the new metallization technologies has been transferred to a major solar cell manufacturer in Europe with multi-million dollar license fee.
  • Led PARC’s research work on lithium ion batteries and CO2 sequestration, developed the novel “co-extrusion” method to fabricate lithium ion battery cathode, which can greatly increase the battery efficiency and energy storage density.
  • Led PARC’s research activities on MEMS/NEMS materials and devices. Established smart materials-based MEMS/NEMS laboratory which is capable of studying sol-gel processing, screen printing, hydrothermal growth, excimer laser transfer and integration, and microsensor/microactuator characterization.
  • Studied the fabrication and integration of smart materials into microsystems, including piezoelectric films, shape memory alloys, and stressed metal thin films. Invented and developed the laser liftoff transfer technology to integrate piezoelectric and other electronic thin/thick films into silicon microsystem devices, which is fully compatible with silicon microelectronics This led to a $5M project from Xerox to develop next-generation, high speed integrated inkjet printers.
  • Led several other MEMS/NEMS projects including integrated FBAR for mobile devices, biofluidic micro ejectors, piezoelectric energy scavengers, automobile crash sensors, large area acoustic antenna and infrared detectors, and NEMS bio sensors.


10/1996 – 10/2000: Research faculty, Materials Research Laboratory, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802

        In charge of the research work on functional ceramic thin films for MEMS devices.

  • Managed three government and two industrial research projects, and supervised two visiting scholars and two graduate students.
  • Developed sol-gel processing to fabricate piezoelectric and antiferroelectric thin films, with the highest actuation performance reported in antiferroelectric thin films.
  • Studied the integration of piezoelectric films with silicon microelectronics and fabricated micromachined sonar transducer array for navy divers.
  • Developed the first in-plane polarized PZT microsensor which increased the sensitivity by more than 20-fold and was significant for integrated high resolution acoustic imaging systems and SAW devices.
  • Investigated the size effect, composition-processing-structure-property relations in ferroelectric/piezoelectric and antiferroelectric thin films.


12/1994 – 09/1996: Postdoctoral Fellow, Materials Research Laboratory, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802

       Supervisor: Prof. L. Eric Cross

  • First developed piezoelectric air acoustic transducers working at low frequency range, which can be used in active noise control and other smart systems.
  • Studied the electromechanical properties of bending-type piezoelectric transducers including bimorph, unimorph, multimorph and RAINBOW ceramics.
  • Studied the high-field electrical properties and nonlinear characteristics of piezoelectric ceramic actuators.


09/1991 – 11/1994: Assistant/Associate Professor, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1295 Dingxi Road, Shanghai 200050, China

        In charge of the study on grain boundary effect and characterization of semiconducting ceramics.

  • Investigated composition–grain boundary barrier–electrical property relationships in semiconducting ceramics including BaTiO3 PTC materials, SrTiO3 boundary layer capacitors, and ZnO varistors.
  • Developed impedance analysis methodology and software for semiconducting ceramics and automatic characterization system for the static and transient properties of PTC materials.


09/1988 – 08/1991: Graduate Assistant, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1295 Dingxi Road, Shanghai 200050, China

       Ph.D. Thesis: “Low-temperature Sintering, Microstructure Development, and Grain Boundary Phenomena of Ceramic Barrier Layer Capacitors”,  Advisor: Prof. Zhiwen Yin

  • Fabricated the first low-temperature, single-step sintered SrTiO3 barrier layer capacitors, with the sintering temperature 300°C lower than the conventional capacitor materials.
  • Discovered four types of grain boundary structures by using TEM and HREM and developed the grain boundary structure model in barrier layer capacitor materials.


1. Solar energy materials and technologies: Perovskite solar cell materials and devices, property improvements and fabrication technologies; Solar full spectrum energy conversion and utilization, integration of solar photovoltaic and solar thermal technologies; Novel low cost fabrication technologies for high efficiency silicon solar cells. New material systems for solar cells based on earth-abundant and non-toxic elements; integrated solar photovoltaic and solar thermal technologies for high efficiency, full solar spectrum utilization

2. Chemical energy materials and devices: The continuous full printing preparation of rechargeable batteries and supercapacitors, these rechargeable energy devices can be directly embedded in microchips and wearable electronic products, etc., to overcome the bottleneck of the integration of rechargeable energy devices and application systems.

3. Novel electrolyte materials and low – medium temperature carbon based fuel cells: Novel electrolyte materials based on ionic liquid are studied, including the improvement of ionic conductivity, the stability at higher temperatures and the electrical properties, etc. On this basis, developing a new type of medium-low temperature carbon-based fuel cells

4. Basic research of energy materials and devices simulation: research on the generation, separation, transmission and composite mechanism of various energy carriers (electrons, holes, positive and negative ions, photons, etc.) at the atomic and nano-level by means of modern analytical methods, atomic layer deposition and other advanced material preparation methods; Finite element simulation and design of energy components are carried out using computer software package

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