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Dr Ben 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

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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