Xu Xianchen


  • Office Location: Room 341, 534 Research Dr
  • Email Address: xianchen.xu@duke.edu
  • Office Phone: 573-823-2198



Aug. 2015 - July. 2020, University of Missouri-Columbia, USA

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering  

Aug. 2012 - March. 2015, Beijing Institute of Technology, China

M.S. in Solid Mechanics

Sept. 2008 - June. 2012, Dalian University of Technology, China

B.E. in Engineer Mechanics



08/2021~07/2022 Research scientist (Advisor Prof. Guoliang Huang(MU))

Project I. Multi-functional metamaterials based triboelectric nanogenerators.

Project II. Impact resistant materials inspired by elastic cloaking.

Project III. Acoustic wave mitigation.

Project IV. Liquid metal based soft electronics.

08/2020~07/2021 Postdoc (Co-advisor Prof. Guoliang Huang (MU),Co-advisor Prof. Changyong Cao(MSU))

Project I. Multi-functional metamaterials based triboelectric nanogenerators. 

Project II. Machine learning aided design of metamaterials.

08/2015~07/2020 Research Assistant (Advisor Prof. Guoliang Huang (MU))

 Project I. Elastic Cloaking

Project II. Soft matter

Project III. Acoustic and elastic nonreciprocal wave propagation

Project IV. Acoustic and elastic wave attenuation

Project V. Heat-pipe PCM based cool storage for ACC system

08/2012~06/2015 Research Assistant (Advisor Prof. Xiaoming Zhou(BIT))

Project I: The wave dynamics in composite materials and metamaterials imaging

Project II: The study on anisotropic acoustic metamaterials for super-resolution imaging

08/2010~06/2012 Research Assistant (Advisor Prof. Dixiong Yang(DUT)).

Project I: Study about near-fault ground motion duration effect and the strength parameters 


  1. Xu, X.*, Wu, Q*., Chen, H*., Nassar, H., Chen, Y., Norris, A., Haberman, M.R. and Huang, G., 2020. Physical Observation of a Robust Acoustic Pumping in Waveguides with Dynamic Boundary. Physical Review Letter, 125(25), p.253901.(Editor’s Suggestion Paper)
  2. Xu, X.*, Wang, C*., Shou, W*., Du, Z., Chen, Y., Li, B.  Matusik, W., Nassar, H. and Huang, G., 2020.  Physical Realization of Elastic Cloaking with a Polar Material. Physical Review Letter, 124(11), p.114301. Reported by Phys.org, ScienceDaily, SciTechDaily, etc. 
  3. Xu, X., Wu, Q., Pang, Y., Cao, Y., Fang, Y., Huang, G., Cao, C., 2021. Multifunctional Metamaterials Enabled by Energy Harvesting and Vibration Control. Advanced Functional Materials, p.2107896.
  4. Xu, X., Barnhart, M.V., Fang, X., Wen, J., Chen, Y. and Huang, G., 2019. A nonlinear dissipative elastic metamaterial for broadband wave mitigation. International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, 164, p.105159.
  5. Xu, X., Barnhart, M.V., Li, X., Chen, Y. and Huang, G., 2019. Tailoring vibration suppression bands with hierarchical metamaterials containing local resonators. Journal of Sound and Vibration, 442, pp.237-248.
  6. Xu, X., Li, P., Zhou, X. and Hu, G., 2015. Experimental study on acoustic subwavelength imaging based on zero-mass metamaterials. EPL (Europhysics Letters), 109(2), p.28001.
  7. Nassar, H., Xu, X.C., Norris, A.N. and Huang, G.L., 2017. Modulated phononic crystals: Non-reciprocal wave propagation and Willis materials. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 101, pp.10-29.
  8. Deng, H. *, Xu, X.*, Zhang, C., Su, J., Huang, G. and Lin, J., 2020 Deterministic Self-morphing of Soft-Stiff Hybridized Polymeric Films. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. 12 (11), 13378-13385 (* Contribution equally)
  9. Deng, H. *, Xu, X.*, Zhang, C., Su, J.W., Huang, G. and Lin, J., 2019. Reprogrammable 3D Shaping from Phase Change Microstructures in Elastic Composites. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. (* Contribution equally)
  10. Li, Z. *, Xu, X.*, Li, K. *, Chen, Y., Ke, Z., Wang, S., Chen, H.H., Huang, G., Chen, C.L. and Chen, C.H., 2018. Bio-inspired self-agitator for convective heat transfer enhancement. Applied Physics Letters, 113(11), p.113703. (* Contribution equally)   


Excellent master graduation thesis of Beijing Institute of Technology (2015)

Scholarships for Excellent students of Beijing Institute of Technology (2012)

Science and Technology Innovation Award of Dalian University of Technology (2011)

College students' summer social practice in Liaoning province outstanding team (2010)

College students' innovative design competition in Dalian, third prize (2010)

The ninth college students' mechanical innovation design competition, first prize in Liaoning (2010)