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Dr. Xu joined the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at The University of Virginia in the fall of 2014. He received his PhD in Mechanics and Materials from Columbia University in 2012 and was a Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2012 to 2014. 

Dr. Xu’s group research interests are focused on multiscale-multiphysics mechanics-driven extreme design and nanomanufacturing of functional materials, structures and devices for applications in wearable electronics and healthcare, in particular, transfer printing in liquid, solution shearing, soft-hard material integration, solid-liquid functionalized materials, and bioinspired devices and structures. 

Dr. Xu’s group has also been working on nanomechanics at extreme conditions, including mechanics of liquids in nanoconfinements, nanofluidics in response to environments, and thermal transport of mechanically deformed nanomaterials.



PhD. ​Mechanics and Materials, Columbia University, 2012

Research Interests

Engineering mechanics
Nanomanufacturing for wearable electronics
Engineering design for biomedical devices
Soft-hard integration mechanics
Thermal transport of mechanically deformed materials

Selected Publications

Elastocapillary Rolling Transfer Weaves Soft Materials to Spatial Structures. Science Advances. 8(2023)eadh9232 Yue Zhang, Mengtian Yin, Baoxing Xu
Mechanical Janus structures by soft-hard material integration. Advanced materials. 35(2023)2208339 Haozhe Zhang, Weizhu Yang, Qingchang Liu, Yuan Gao, Zhufeng Yue, Baoxing Xu
Electro-chemo-mechanics theory in transfer printing of thin films in electrolyte solutions. International Journal of solids and structures 254–255(2022)111848 Yue Zhang, Baoxing Xu
Anomalous solid-like necking of confined water outflow in hydrophobic nanopores. Matter. 5(2022)266–280 Yuan Gao, Mingzhe Li, Haozhe Zhang, Yue Zhang, Weiyi Lu, Baoxing Xu
Printable and highly stretchable viscoelastic conductors with kinematically reconstructed conductive pathways. Advanced materials. 34(2022)2202418 Tao Wang, Qingchang Liu, Haitao Liu, Baoxing Xu, Hangxun Xu
Ultra-high sensitive au-doped silicon nanomembrane based wearable sensor arrays for continuous skin temperature monitoring with high precision. Advanced materials. 34(2022)2105865 Mingyu sang, Kyowon Kang, Yue Zhang, Haozhe Zhang, Kiho Kim, Myeongki Cho, Jongwoon Shin, Jung-hoon Hong, Taemin Kim, Shin Kyu Lee, Woon-Hong Yeo, Jung woo Lee, Taeyoon Lee, Baoxing Xu and Ki Jun Yu
Electrically suppressed outflow of confined liquid in hydrophobic nanopores. ACS Nano 16(2022)9420–9427 Yuan Gao, Mentian Yin, Haozhe Zhang, Baoxing Xu
Transferable, deep-learning-driven fast prediction and design of thermal transport in mechanically stretched graphene flakes. ACS Nano. 15(2021)16597–16606 Qingchang Liu, Yuan Gao, and Baoxing Xu
Pattern transfer of large-scale thin membranes with controllable self-delamination interface for integrated functional systems. Nature Communications. 12 (2021)6882 Jun kyu Park, Yue Zhang, Baoxing Xu, and Seok Kim
All-printed stretchable corneal sensor on soft contact lenses for noninvasive and painless ocular electrodiagnosis. Nature Communications 12 (2021) 1544 Kyunghun Kim, Ho joong Kim, Haozhe Zhang, Woohyun Park, Dawn Meyer, min Ku Kim, Bongjoong Kim, Heun Park, Baoxing Xu, Pete Kollbaum, Bryan W Boudouris, Chi hwan Lee
Capillary transfer of soft films. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). 117(2020)5210–5216 Y Zhang, M Yin, Y Baek, K Kim, G Zangari, L Cai, B Xu
Rotation mechanics of optical scatters in stretchable metasurfaces. International Journal of solids and structures. 191–192(2020)566–576 H Zhang, W Yang, B Xu
Spontaneous outflow efficiency of confined liquid in hydrophobic nanopores. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). 117(2020)25246–25253 Y Gao, M Li, Y Zhang, W Lu, B Xu
Evaporation-driven crumpling and assembling of two-dimensional (2D) materials: a rotational spring–mechanical slider model. Journal of the mechanics and physics of Solids.133(2019)103722 Q Liu, J Huang, B Xu
3D printed microheater sensor-integrated, drug-encapsulated microneedle patch system for pain management. Advanced Healthcare Materials. 8(2019)1901170 M Yin, L Xiao, Q Liu, S Kwon, Y Zhang, P Sharma, L Jin, x Li, B Xu
Multilayer polypyrrole nanosheets with self-organized surface structures for flexible and efficient solar–thermal energy conversion. Advanced materials. 31(2019)1807716 X Wang, Q Liu, S Wu, B Xu, H Xu
Theoretical search for heterogeneously architected 2D structures. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (pnas).115(2018)7245–7254. W yang, Q Liu, Z Gao, Z Yue, B Xu
Wafer-recyclable, environment-friendly transfer printing for large-scale thin film nanoelectronics. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). 115(2018)7236–7244 D Wie, Y Zhang, M Kim, B Kim, S Park, Y Kim, P Irazoqui, X Zheng, B Xu, C Lee
Rotation of hard particles in a soft matrix. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 101(2017)285–310 W Yang, Q Liu, Z Yue, x Li, B Xu
A hybrid elastomeric foam-core/solid-shell spherical structure for enhanced energy absorption performance. International Journal of solids and structures. 92–93(2016)17–28. W Yang, Z Yue, B Xu
Lattice mismatch dominant yet mechanically tunable thermal conductivity in bilayer heterostructures. ACS Nano. 10(2016)5431–5439. Y Gao, Q Liu, B Xu

Courses Taught

MAE2300 Engineering Mechanics-Statics
MAE6070 The Theory of Elasticity


Young Investigator Medal, Society of Engineering Science (SES) 2023
Participant of China-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium (CAFOE), US National Academy of Engineering (NAE) 2022
Sia Nemat-Nasser Early Career Award, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) 2020
Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award, Office of Naval Research 2020
Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2012