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Dr Ben B. Xu FRSC, FIMMM, FRSA, CENG, CSCI, is a full professor in materials and mechanics with a multi-disciplinary research interest covering functional materials, applied mechanics and micro-engineering. Ben completed his first degree (Hons, 2003) in Polymer Science and MSc (2006) in Materials Science in Zhejiang University of Technology (China), and obtained his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Heriot-watt University in 2011. He subsequently worked as a postdoc researcher in Professor Hayward’s Group (Polymer Science and Engineering) at University of Massachusetts Amherst (2011-2013). He previously worked as a Chemical Engineer in an industrial research institute in Hangzhou (China) from 2006 to 2008.
He has published 1 US patent, 1 book chapter and over 80 peer-reviewed articles in the leading journals, including Nat. Commun., Adv. Mater., Adv. Fun. Mater., Energy. Environ. Sci., Nano Energy, Phys. Rev. Lett., etc (h-index 22, 4 ESI Highly Cited Paper). Ben has been invited to give 60+ invited/plenary talks in international conferences/leading institutions, chaired 10+ international events and reviewed paper publications for 30+ journals. He serves as an associate editor for the journal ES Engineered Science, and an editorial board member for the journal Polymers. He received awards as the Outstanding Paper Award at the 2018 IEEE International Flexible Electronics Technology Conference, Outstanding Reviewer for Journal of Molecular Liquids (2018), 2016 Young Investigator Award from the International Polymer Networks Group, 3rd prize in the 2016 EPSRC photo competition, 2016 RSC-CSCST Emerging Talent Grant from Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), etc.
He was elected to the Advisory Council and Nomination Committee in The Institute of Materials, Mining and Minerals (IoM3) from 2019, and the RSC Materials Chemistry Division Council and Newcastle upon Tyne and North East Coast Committee from 2020, the executive committee for The Chinese Society of Chemical Science and Technology (CSCST-UK) from 2016,. He serves as an associate editor for the journal ES Engineered Science, and an editorial board member for the journal Polymers. Ben has been reviewing grant proposal for EPSRC, NSFC, Leverhulme and ERC since 2015, and an invited penal member for UKRI EPSRC and NERC from 2018.
Progresses from Ben’s research have been featured by media presses in
Dr Xu is currently leading the research group of Smart Materials and Surfaces Lab (SMSL) in Northumbria to develop multidisciplinary research programmes, from fundamental understanding on engineering science to innovating the enabling technologies. His researches in extreme mechanics and functional materials includes the design and understanding of morphing structures, the development of novel flexible/wearable sensing/actuating structure/devices, the realization of functional surface/interface with unique chemical-physical features, the innovation of new circular economy technology using recycled plastic wastes and the exploration of future renewable energy solutions.
He has developed a novel approach to realise the sensing/actuation function by introducing elastic instabilities into the micro-engineered structure in a controllable manner, which shed extra lights in developing future micro-devices, especially in the sectors of flexible/wearable electronics, soft robots, etc. His work on soft active matter and developing novel micro-device is supported by the Royal Society, EPSRC and industries.
Progresses from Ben’s research have been featured by media presses in EPSRC,Materials World, UK Fluids Network, phys.org 2020, NECONNECTED 2020, phys.org 2019, Guardian, Telegraph, NECONNECTED 2019, polymer.cn, Materials views china 2019, Materials views china 2016.
Education, PGCert, Northumbria University
15 Nov 2013 → 31 Aug 2015
Award Date: 1 Oct 2015
Mechanical Engineering, PhD, Heriot-Watt University
1 Apr 2008 → 31 May 2011
Award Date: 1 Nov 2011
Materials Science, MSc, Zhejiang University of Technology
1 Sep 2003 → 30 Jun 2006
Award Date: 1 Jul 2006
Polymers and Textiles, BSc (Hons), Zhejiang University of Technology
1 Sep 1999 → 30 Jun 2003
Award Date: 30 Jun 2003
1/02/18 → 21/11/18
1/10/16 → 30/09/19
Dynamically monitoring in plane strain transformation/localization during creasing of the gel surface
31/03/16 → 30/03/17
1/10/15 → 30/07/17
1/02/15 → 31/01/18
A Highly Controlled Fabrication of Porous Anodic Aluminium Oxide Surface with Versatile Features by Spatial Thermo-anodizationZhang, Z., Sridhar, S., Wei, G., Yu, Y., Zhang, Z., Jiang, L., Yang, Y., Shahzad, M. W., Chen, X. & Xu, B. B., 25 Feb 2021, In: Surface and Coatings Technology. 408, 7 p., 126809.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review1 Citation (Scopus)
Xu, B. B., Yan, M. & Jiang, Y., 30 Jan 2021, In: Science Bulletin. 66, 2, p. 179-186 8 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Shahzad, M. W., Lin, J., Xu, B. B., Dala, L., Qian, C., Burhan, M., Sultan, M., Worek, W. & Ng, K. C., 15 Feb 2021, In: Energy. 217, 119352.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review3 Citations (Scopus)
Sun, A., Sridhar, S., Chen, S., Li, Y. & Xu, B. B., 27 Apr 2021, (Accepted/In press) Transducers 2021: 21st International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems. Piscataway: IEEE, 4 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Conference contribution › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile
Sridhar, S., Li, Y., McHale, G., Lu, H., Yu, Z., Wang, S. & Xu, B. B., 22 Jan 2021, In: Advanced Materials Interfaces. 8, 2, p. 1-7 7 p., 2001199.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile12 Downloads (Pure)
Xu, Ben B. (Recipient), 2016
Xu, Ben B. (Recipient), 2017
Prize: Honorary award
Xu, Ben B. (Recipient), 2018
Prize: Honorary award
Ben B. Xu (Member)Jun 2020
Activity: Membership › Membership of council
Advanced Materials Interfaces (WILEY Inc.) - Special Issue of ‘Wetting-Empowered Surface Functions for Engineering Applications’ (Event)
Ben B. Xu (Editor)Jan 2020 → Aug 2020
Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work › Editorial work
The Newcastle upon Tyne and North East Coast Committee in Royal Society of Chemistry (External organisation)
Ben B. Xu (Member)2020 → …
Activity: Membership › Membership of committee