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Dr Bin Xu

Associate Professor

Department: Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Ben -XuDr. Ben B. Xu is an associate professor in Mechanical Engineering with interdisciplinary research experiences in functional materials, applied surfaces and mechanics, he has established a strong research portfolio supported by EPSRC (EP/N007921/1, EP/L026899/1), Royal Society, innovate UK and industry. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles, and achieved honours as an elected fellow member of IoM3 (FIMMM), chartered scientist and chartered engineer. Dr Xu is a vice-chairman for The Chinese Society of Chemical Science and Technology (CSCST-UK) and full member of EPSRC peer reviewer college. Dr Xu has been awarded 2016 Young investigator award from the International Polymer Networks Group and 2016 RSC-CSCST Emerging Talent Travel Grant from Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).Ben’s research interests include stimuli-responsive polymer and surfaces, formation of nanostructures by self-assembly, mechanics of materials, and nano-/micro-engineered functional structures/devices. 

Campus Address

Ellison Building


  • Education PGCert October 01 2015
  • Mechanical Engineering PhD March 01 2008
  • Materials Science MSc July 01 2006
  • Polymers and Textiles BSc (Hons) June 30 2003
  • Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry FRSC 2019
  • Fellow IOM3 2016
  • Other (please specify) Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) 2015
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2015
  • Graduate Member American Chemical Society 2011
  • Member Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) 2010

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • A broadband and tunable microwave absorption technology enabled by VGCFs/PDMS–EP shape memory composites, Li, X., Zhu, Y., Liu, X., Xu, B., Ni, Q. 25 Jan 2020, In: Composite Structures
  • A Flexible Topo-optical Sensing Technology with Ultra-high Contrast, Wang, C., Wang, D., Kozhevnikov, V., Dai, X., Turnbull, G., Chen, X., Kong, J., Tang, B., Li, Y., Xu, B. 19 Mar 2020, In: Nature Communications
  • Electro- and photon-induced cooling in BNT-BT-SBET relaxors with in situ optical temperature sensing, Wang, L., Zhang, J., Wang, J., Yao, Y., Ren, L., Chen, X., Birkett, M., Dala, L., Xu, B. 23 Mar 2020, In: Optics Letters
  • Fabrication and investigation on ternary heterogeneous MWCNT@TiO2-C fillers and their silicone rubber wave-absorbing composites, Zhao, J., Zhang, J., Wang, L., Lyn, S., Ye, W., Xu, B., Qiu, H., Chen, L., Gu, J. 1 Feb 2020, In: Composites - Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing
  • Interfacial Interaction Enhanced Rheological Behavior in PAM/CTAC/Salt Aqueous Solution- A Coarse-Grained Molecular Dynamics Study, Liu, D., Li, Y., Liu, F., Zhou, W., Sun, A., Liu, X., Chen, F., Xu, B., Wei, J. 25 Jan 2020, In: Polymers
  • Manganese hexacyanoferrate reinforced by PEDOT coating towards high-rate and long-life sodium-ion battery cathode, Wang, X., Wang, B., Tang, Y., Xu, B., Liang, C., Yan, M., Jiang, Y. 14 Feb 2020, In: Journal of Materials Chemistry A
  • Stimuli-responsive gel impregnated surface with switchable lipophilic/oleophobic properties, Li, Z., Liu, Y., Lei, M., Sun, A., Sridhar, S., Li, Y., Liu, X., Lu, H., Fu, R., Xu, B. 13 Jan 2020, In: Soft Matter
  • Stretchable Self-Healing Polymeric Networks with Recyclability and Dual Responsiveness, Dai, X., Du, Y., Wang, Y., Liu, Y., Xu, N., Li, Y., Shan, D., Xu, B., Kong, J. 13 Mar 2020, In: ACS Applied Polymer Materials
  • Advanced 3D morphing transducers by smart hydrogel patterning, Wang, C., Sridhar, S., Terry, J., Sun, A., Li, Z., Lu, H., Xu, B., Li, Y. 1 Jun 2019, 2019 20th International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems and Eurosensors XXXIII, TRANSDUCERS 2019 and EUROSENSORS XXXIII, Piscataway, NJ, IEEE
  • Advances in Biological Liquid Crystals, Zhao, J., Gulan, U., Horie, T., Ohmura, N., Han, J., Yang, C., Kong, J., Wang, S., Xu, B. 3 May 2019, In: Small

Current and Recent Projects

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Smart materials and surfaces enabled resilience engineering technology, Xu, B., Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, 01/02/18 - 21/11/18, £1,025.00
  • EE 3D printed smart materials structure and device for advanced engineering, Xu, B., Jinbaian Steel Product Co Ltd, 01/10/16 - 30/09/19, £75,000.00
  • Dynamically monitoring in plane strain transformation/localization during creasing of the gel surface, Xu, B., The Royal Society, 31/03/16 - 30/03/17, £14,586.00
  • Stimuli-responsive gel based microfluidic switch, Xu, B., Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, 01/10/15 - 30/07/17, £122,266.00
  • Mechanics and application of the micro-engineered smart structure, Xu, B., Reece Group Limited, 01/02/15 - 31/01/18, £41,400.00
  • SMSL-REECE Joint Summer Undergraduate Research Internship Program, Xu, B., Reece Group Limited, 09/06/14 - 30/09/14, £10,900.00
  • COST Training School - Particles at Liquid Interfaces: Fundamentals and Applications, Xu, B., COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology), 02/04/14 - 05/04/14, £508.00

PGR Supervision

  • Ding Wang Mechanics Study and Application of Micro-Engineered Smart Surface Start: 01/02/2015
  • Sreepathy Sridhar Start: 01/10/2017
  • Honghao Zhou Start: 01/11/2019
  • Ansu Sun 3D printing assisted development of bio-inspired structure and device for advanced engineering Start: 01/03/2017
  • Panagiotis Galatis Start: 16/05/2017
  • Panagiotis Galatis Start: 16/05/2017


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