Professor Xu's research interests focus on understanding the electrical, mechanical, and other characteristic behaviors of functional inorganic materials when they are geometrically engineered into a soft format, and exploring these materials as building blocks for soft electronics, nano electronics, and energy harvesting/storage devices.
Professor Sheng Xu was appointed in July 2015 as a member of the faculty in the Department of NanoEngineering at UC San Diego. Xu was a postdoctoral research associate in Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory from 2011 to 2015 at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he developed advanced wearable electronic systems for healthcare and energy applications. He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering in 2010 at Georgia Institute of Technology, and was the recipient of the 2011 IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists for his Ph.D. research on oxide nanowire arrays for energy sciences. He obtained his B.S. in Chemistry and Molecular Engineering from Peking University in Beijing, China in 2006.