Xia Research Group - Nanomaterials and Nanomechanics
Welcome to the research group website of Prof. Zhenhai Xia at the University of North Texas. Our research is focused on the understanding of basic principles that control mechanical properties and behaviors of materials. We study polymeric, metallic and ceramic materials in composite and thin film forms, and the materials mimicking biological materials such as gecko by combining experiment with theory and computation.
The topics include
> Ceramic, metal, and polymer matrix micro-/nano-composites
> Multifunctional materials for sensing and damage detection
> Catalytic materials for clean energy (fuel cells, batteries ...)
> Bio-inspired and bio-mimetic materials and bio-nano interfaces
> Multiscale/multiphysics modeling and simulation
Catalysts for clean energy
Structural and functional composites
Bio-inspired materials and design
You will find more in-depth information about our ongoing projects and cutting-edge results in corresponding pages of this site.
- NSF supports our three-year research on "Smart materials and Interfaces".(7/6/2013)
- Our work on X-doped Carbon nanomaterials as catalysts for Fuel Cells has been published in SCIENTIFIC REPORTS June 5, 2013. Read the story.
- Lipeng Zhang has passed his Ph.D. defense and graduated. Congratulation! (5/2013)
- Lili Li has passed his Ph.D. defense and graduated at NWPU, China. Congratulation! She will be a assistant professor at Fujian University of Technology, China (4/2013)
- Shihao Hu has passed his Ph.D. defense and graduated. Congratulation! . He continue his research work as postdoctoral research associate at Case Western Reserve University.(5/2012)
- Jie Wen has passed his Ph.D. defense and graduated. Congratulation! (11/2011)
- AFOSR MURI award on Nanofabrication of 3D tunable Carbon Nanotube Architectures. The team, from five universities, two government research institutes and a private company, has been awarded a Department of Defense Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative grant totaling more than $7 million over five years. (11/2011)
- NSF award on catalytic mechanisms of carbon nanomaterials as electrodes in fuel cells (6/2010); Naval SBIR supports our research on ceramic matrix composites (6/2010)
- Austen BioInnovation Institute Award: Real-time sensing of nerve strain for nerve injury prevention and diagnosis (2/2010)
- Air Force SBIR supports our research on ceramic matrix composites (1/2010)
- NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) awarded an AFM/Raman system to support our research on Bio-/Nano- Functional Materials and Devices (9/2009).
- Our work on Fuel Cells has been published in SCIENCE February 6, 2009. Read the story in Crain's Cleveland Business, Akron Beacon Journal, U. Akron.
- Our work on Gecko-foot-mimetic dry adhesives has been published in SCIENCE October 2008. Read the story.
- NSF supports our research on Interfaces in Nanocomposites and Nanoimprinting.
- NASA continues its support to the projects on Physics-based multiscale modeling of multifunctional nanoceramic composites.
- NASA GSRP second-year award to Craig Smith for sensing damage in CMCs.