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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
  • Advanced 3D morphing transducers by smart hydrogel patterning, Wang, C., Sridhar, S., Terry, J., Sun, A., Li, Z., Lu, H., Xu, B., Li, Y. 21 Feb 2019
  • 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
  • A Nature-Inspired, Flexible Substrate Strategy for Future Wearable Electronics, Zhu, C., Chalmers, E., Chen, L., Wang, Y., Xu, B., Li, Y., Liu, X. 28 Aug 2019, In: Small
  • A universal strategy to fabricate metal sulfides@carbon fibers as freestanding and flexible anodes for high performance lithium/sodium storage, Du, T., Zhu, H., Xu, B., Liang, C., Yan, M., Jiang, Y. 24 Jun 2019, In: ACS Applied Energy Materials
  • Cobalt-doping Enhancing Electrochemical Performance of Silicon/Carbon Nanocomposite as Highly Efficient Anode Materials in Lithium-Ion Batteries, Idrees, M., Liu, L., Batool, S., Luo, H., Liang, J., XU, B., Wang, S., Kong, J. 1 Feb 2019, In: Engineered Science
  • Correlations between performance of organic solar cells and film-depth-dependent optical and electronic variations, Wang, Z., Hu, Y., Xiao, T., Zhu, Y., Chen, X., Bu, L., Zhang, Y., Wei, Z., Xu, B., Lu, G. 17 May 2019, In: Advanced Optical Materials
  • Double-sided slippery liquid-infused porous materials using conformable mesh, Geraldi, N., Guan, J., Dodd, L., Maiello, P., Xu, B., Wood, D., Newton, M., Wells, G., McHale, G. 16 Sep 2019, In: Scientific Reports
  • Enhancement of Surface Wettability via Micro- and Nanostructures by single point diamond turning, Cabezudo, N., Sun, J., Andi, B., Ding, F., Wang, D., Chang, W., Luo, X., XU, B. 2019, In: Nanotechnology and Precision Engineering
  • Flexible, Strain Gated Logic Transducer Arrays Enabled by Initializing Surface Instability on Elastic Bilayers, Wang, C., Xu, B., Terry, J., Smith, S., Walton, A., Wang, S., Lu, H., Li, Y. Mar 2019, In: APL Materials
  • Low friction self-centering droplet propulsion and transport using a Leidenfrost herringbone-ratchet structure, Dodd, L., Agrawal, P., Parnell, M., Geraldi, N., Xu, B., Wells, G., Stuart-Cole, S., Newton, M., McHale, G., Wood, D. 27 Mar 2019, In: Physical Review Applied

Current and Recent Projects

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  • 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
  • Ansu Sun Start: 01/03/2017
  • Panagiotis Galatis Start: 16/05/2017
  • Panagiotis Galatis Start: 16/05/2017


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