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Dr Ben Bin Xu

Senior Lecturer

Department: Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Ben -XuIt was May 2013 when I started as a Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering department in Faculty of Environment and Engineering, after I finished my 2nd year postdoc research associate contract in University of Massachusetts Amherst in US (UMass, 2011.07-2013.04).

I got my BSc in polymer science and Engineering (2003.07) and MSc in Materials Science (2006.06) in Zhejiang University of Technology in Hangzhou, PR China, a beautiful city in southeast china.

I had a short professional experience in industrial as an assistant chemical engineer in Institute of Geology & Mineral of Zhejiang province for 20 months between till April 2008. My PhD programme started in April 2008 in Heriot-watt university, and lasted till May 2011, supervised by Dr Richard Y.Q. FU(now in UWS) and Prof. Robert L. Reuben. 

Campus Address

Ellison Building

0191 227 3608


PhD, MRSC, Member of ACS, Member of APS

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Our research interests are including developing novel functional/structural soft materials and fabrication strategies, such as directed assembly of complex, nano- and micro-constructed soft materials system and their nanocomposites. Subjected to well design and precisely controlling, Ben and his partners are trying to explain the fundamental questions at surface-interface in a micro-environment, and reveal the structure-property relationship, which lead to a further application on advanced engineering with device validation and micro-system fabrication.

My particular research interests are chemical/physical phenomenon on surface/interface in the complex system of gels/colloidal particles/bio-fluidics, multi length scale physical instabilities and mechanics. Some special application oriented interests such as Bio-inspired structure and device, nanostructure and nanotechnology, Micro-/Nano-Engineering on polymeric materials, Smart materials and structures for aerospace/bio-application, Integrated micro-system design and fabrication, micro-fluidic. Some of above are multi-disciplinary as technically covering fields of micro-engineering, chemistry, chemical engineering and mechanical engineering. We' ve always been interested onn exploring theoretical understanding on new phenomenon, the tool we normally use is FEA.

My teaching modules are: Mechanics of materials, advanced materials design and application, production design and manufacture.

Department of My teaching interests are mechanics of materials, advanced materials design and application, production design and manufacture.

Sponsors and Collaborators

Close research partners:

Prof. Y.T. Pei (Advanced Production Engineering, University of Groningen), 
Prof. Jack (Jikui) Luo (IMRI, University of Bolton), 
Prof. Ryan C. Hayward (UMass, US), 
Dr. Richard Y.Q. FU (University of West Scotland), 
Prof. David Wood (Durham University), 
Dr. Halim Kusumaatmaja (Durham University), 
Dr. Jining Sun (Heriot-watt University),
Dr. Yinzhu Jiang (Zhejiang University, China)


Key Publications

B. Xu, Ryan C. Hayward. Low-voltage switching of crease patterns on hydrogel surfaces, Advanced Materials, 25 (2013), 5555-9.

B. Xu, Y. Q. Fu, M. Ahmad, J. K. Luo, et al. Thermo-mechanical properties of polystyrene-based shape memory nanocomposites, J. Mater. Chem.,20(2010), pp. 3442-8.

B. Xu, W.M. Huang, Y.T. Pei, Y.Q. Fu, et al. Mechanical properties of attapulgite clay reinforced polyurethane shape memory nanocomposites, European Polymer Journal, 45 (2009), pp. 1904-11.

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