SUSTech offers unprecedented opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to work alongside the faculty to explore and tackle both fundamental and practical problems. 

The Global Engagement Office (GEO) is responsible for forming and implementing a coherent strategy to promote the University’s international development and global profile.

The undergraduate admission of SUSTech adopts comprehensive evaluation enrollment mode based on national college entrance examination.The graduate admission of SUSTech currently adopts joint training mode.

The main duties of SUSTCEF is to accept the donations from the domestic and foreign associations, enterprises, trading companies and individuals, and establish the funding projects depending on the demands of the university and the wishes of the donors.

SUSTech Faculty Finder

Home > Faculty > SUSTech Faculty Finder > Baomin XU


Baomin XU

Chair professor

Dean of Zhiren College

Materials Science and Engineering


    Professor Baomin Xu joined South University of Science and Technology of China (SUSTC) in July, 2014. Prior to that, he worked at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) as a Senior Member of Research Staff and Project Manager. Professor Xu is dedicated to fundamental researches with commercialization potential. He is the author or co-author of 60 technical publications, and the inventor of 27 granted US patents.

Research Interests:

◆ Low cost manufacturing approaches for high efficiency silicon photovoltaic cells; New material systems for solar cells based on earth-abundant and non-toxic elements; integrated solar photovoltaic and solar thermal technologies for high efficiency, full solar spectrum utilization.

◆ Microstructure design and optimization, digital and 3D printing technologies for energy storage materials and devices

◆ Intermediate and low temperature fuel cells using carbon-based fuels.

◆ Mechanisms of generation, separation, transportation, and combination of “energy carriers” at atomic and nanometer scales.

Professional Experience:

◆ 07/2014 – present: Chair Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, South University of Science and Technology of China

◆ 11/2000 – 07/2014: Senior Member of Research Staff and Project Manager, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)

◆ 10/1996 – 10/2000: Research Assistant Professor, Materials Research Laboratory, Pennsylvania State University

◆ 12/1994 – 09/1996: Postdoctoral Fellow, Materials Research Laboratory, Pennsylvania State University

◆ 08/1991 – 11/1994: Member of Research Staff and Assistant Director of Functional Ceramics Laboratory, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Educational Background:

◆ Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1991

◆ B.Eng. in Inorganic Materials, Tsinghua University, 1986

Honors & Awards:

◆ In 2014, selected as “Category-A Peacock Expert” of Shenzhen City

◆ In 2011, two patents awarded as “Best Patents of the Year” by Xerox Palo Alto Research Center

◆ In 2007, one patent awarded as “Best Patents of the Year” by Xerox Palo Alto Research Center

◆ In 1991, received the President Scholarship of Chinese Academy of Sciences

◆ In 1986, awarded as Honor Graduate of Tsinghua University

Selected Publications and Patents:

◆ K. Nakayashiki, Baomin Xu, “Interdigitated Back Contact Silicon Solar Cells with Separating Grooves”, US Patent 8,426,724, issued on April 23, 2013

◆ Baomin Xu, S. A. Buhler, S. D. White, and S. J. Limb, “Multi-layer Monolithic Fluid Ejectors Using Piezoelectric Actuation”, US Patent 7,905,580, issued on March 15, 2011

◆ Baomin Xu and D. K. Fork, “Metallization Contact Structures and Methods for Forming Multi-layer Electrode Structures for Silicon Solar Cells”, US Patent 7,820,540, issued on October 26, 2010.

◆ Baomin Xu, D. K. Fork, M. T. Young, and E. M. Chow, “Stressed Materials and Shape Memory Material MEMS Devices and Methods for Manufacturing”, US Patent 7,372,348, May 13, 2008

◆ Baomin Xu, S. A. Buhler, M. C. Weisberg , W. S. Wong, S. E. Solberg, K. A. Littau, J. S. Fitch, and S. A. Elrod, “Piezoelectric Ceramic Thick Film Element, Array of Element, and Devices”, US Patent 7,091,650, issued on August 15, 2006

◆ Baomin Xu, S. A. Buhler, W. S. Wong, M. C. Weisberg, S. E. Solberg, K. A. Littau, and S. A. Elrod, “Large Dimension, Flexible Piezoelectric Ceramic Tapes”, US Patent 6,964,201, issued on November 15, 2005.

◆ Baomin Xu, “Organic Ferroelectric Memory Cells”, US Patent 6,812,509, issued on November 2, 2004.

◆ Baomin Xu, S. Limb, A. Rodkin, S. Garner, and E. Shrader, “Improvement of Silicon Solar Cell Metallization with Printed Metal Nanoparticle Ink”, Proceedings of the 2012 Nanotech and Cleantech, 7-10 (2012).

◆ Baomin Xu, “Novel Metallization Approaches with Very Low Specific Contact Resistance for Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells”, Proceedings of the 26th European Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, 1212-1219 (2011)

◆ Baomin Xu, K. Littau, J. Zesch, and D. Fork, “Front Side Metallization of Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells Using Selectively Laser Drilled Contact Openings”, Proceedings of the 34th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, IEEE Catalog Number CFP09PSC-CDR, 517-522 (2009).

◆ T. Chakraborty, Baomin Xu, Q. Zhang, A. J. Bell, X. Bo, S. J. Milne, “Laser Transfer Processing and the Integration of Ferroelectric Films”, Integrated Ferroelectrics, Vol. 106, No. 1, 40-48 (2009).

◆ Baomin Xu, D. White, J. Zesch, A. Rodkin, S. Buhler, J. Fitch, and K. Littau, “Characteristics of Lead Zirconate Titanate Ferroelectric Thick Films from a Screen Printing Laser Transfer Method”, Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 87, No. 19, 192902 (2005).

◆ Baomin Xu, L. E. Cross, and J. J. Bernstein, “Ferroelectric and Antiferroelectric Films for MEMS Applications”, Thin Solid Films, Vol. 377-378, 712-718 (2000).

◆ Baomin Xu, Y. Ye, Q.-M. Wang, N. G. Pai, and L. E. Cross, “Effect of Compositional Variations on Electrical Properties in Phase Switching (Pb,La)(Zr,Ti,Sn)O3 Thin and Thick Films”, Journal of Materials Science, Vol. 35, No. 23, 6027-6033 (2000).

◆ Baomin Xu, Y. Ye, and L. E. Cross, “Dielectric Properties and Field-induced Phase Switching of Lead Zirconate Titanate Stannate Antiferroelectric Thick Films on Silicon Substrates”, Journal of Applied Physics, Vol. 87, No. 5, 2507-2515 (2000).

◆ Baomin Xu, R. G. Polcawich, S. Trolier-McKinstry, Y. Ye, L. E. Cross, J. J. Bernstein, and R. Miller, “Sensing Characteristics of In-plane Polarized Lead Zirconate Titanate Thin Films”, Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 75, No.26, 4180-4182 (1999).

◆ Baomin Xu, L. E. Cross, and D. Ravichandran, “Synthesis of Antiferroelectric Thick Films by Sol-gel Processing”, Journal of the American Ceramic Society, Vol. 82, No. 2, 306-12 (1999).

◆ Baomin Xu, P. Moses, N. G. Pai, and L. E. Cross, “Charge Release of Lanthanum Doped Lead Zirconate Titanate Stannate Antiferroelectric Thin Film Materials”, Applied Physics Letters, Vol.72, No.5, 593-595 (1998).


◆ Address: Room 411, Faculty Research Building 2, South University of Science and Technology of China, Shenzhen, Guangdong Province 518055, China

◆ Phone: 86-755-88018980

◆ Fax: 86-755-88018904

◆ Email:

© 2015 All Rights Reserved. 粤ICP备14051456号 Address:No 1088,xueyuan Rd., Xili, Nanshan District,Shenzhen,Guangdong,China 518055 Tel:+86-755-8801 0000