Professor Xu, Dongyan

Associate Professor
BEng, Tsinghua University
MEng, Tsinghua University
DEng, Tsinghua University
Ph.D. Vanderbilt University
Mechanical and Automation Engineering
Room 206, William M.W. Mong Engineering Building
Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T.
Hong Kong SAR, China
(852) 3943 8045
(852) 2603 6002


Prof. Dongyan Xu received her B.Eng., M.Eng., and D.Eng. degrees from the Department of Engineering Mechanics at Tsinghua University in 1998, 2004, and 2004, respectively. She received her Ph.D. degree from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Vanderbilt University in 2008. After that, she worked as a Postdoc Fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley for two years. She joined the Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, in 2010, where she currently is an Assistant Professor. Her research interests include thermoelectrics, thermal management, nanoscale heat transfer, energy conversion and storage, and micro/nanofluidics.


  • Fundamental thermal transport studies in low-dimensional materials
  • Thermoelectric transport in topological insulator nanoribbons
  • Synthesis and property characterization of nanostructured thermoelectric materials
  • Design and fabrication of micro-thermoelectric generators
  • Development of thermal interface materials
  • Enhancement of critical heat flux in pool boiling

Teaching by Years


  • MAEG4030 Heat Transfer
  • ENGG1100 Introduction to Engineering Design (as Project Mentor)
  • GEUC4011 Senior Seminar
  • MAEG2030 Thermodynamics

  • MAEG4030 Heat Transfer
  • MAEG2030 Thermodynamics

  • MAEG2030 Thermodynamics
  • ENGG1500 Introduction to Energy and Environment

  • MAEG2030 Thermodynamics
  • MAEG5775 Energy and Environment
  • ENGG1500 Introduction to Energy and Environment
  • ENGG1100 Introduction to Engineering Design (as Project Mentor)

  • MAEG2030 Thermodynamics
  • ENGG1500 Introduction to Energy and Environment
  • MAEG2020 Engineering Mechanics
  • ENGG1100 Introduction to Engineering Design (as Project Mentor)

Journal Papers (in the recent five years)

  • X. Wang, R. Guo, D. Xu, J. D. Chung, M. Kaviany, and B. Huang, "Anisotropic Lattice Thermal Conductivity and Suppressed Acoustic Phonons in MOF-74 from First Principles," J. Phys. Chem. C, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b08675 (2015).
  • W. Chen, J. Yang, Z. Wei, C. Liu, K. Bi, D. Xu, D. Li, and Y. Chen, "Effects of Interfacial Roughness on Phonon Transport in Bilayer Silicon Thin Films," Phys. Rev. B 92, Art. No. 134113 (2015).
  • J. Yang*, H. Tang, Y. Zhao, Y. Zhang, J. Li, Z. Ni, Y. Chen, and D. Xu*, "Thermal Conductivity of Zinc Blende and Wurtzite CdSe Nanostructures," Nanoscale 7, 16071-16078 (2015).
  • A. Zhou, Q. Fu, W. Zhang, B. Yang, J. Li, P. Ziolkowski, E. Mueller, and D. Xu*, "Enhancing the Thermoelectric Properties of the Electroplated Bi2Te3 Films by Tuning the Pulse Off-to-on Ratio," Electrochim. Acta 178, 217-224 (2015).
  • Y. Li, X. Wang, D. Xu, J. D. Chung, M. Kaviany, and B. Huang, "H2O Adsorption/Desorption in MOF-74: Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics and Experiments," J. Phys. Chem. C 119, 13021-13031 (2015).
  • J. Mo, L. Li, J. Zhou, D. Xu, B. Huang, and Z. Li, "Fluid Infiltration Pressure for Hydrophobic Nanochannels," Phys. Rev. E 91, Art. No. 033022 (2015).
  • H. Tang, X. Wang, Y. Xiong, Y. Zhao, Y. Zhang, Y. Zhang, J. Yang*, and D. Xu*, "Thermoelectric Characterization of Individual Bismuth Selenide Topological Insulator Nanoribbons," Nanoscale 7, 6683-6690 (2015).
  • Q. Fu, J. Yang*, Y. Chen, D. Li, and D. Xu*, "Experimental Evidence of Very Long Intrinsic Phonon Mean Free Path along the c-axis of Graphite," Appl. Phys. Lett. 106, Art. No. 031905 (2015).
  • J. Sun, L. Zhang, J. Wang, Q. Feng, D. Liu, Q. Yin, D. Xu, Y. Wei, B. Ding, X. Shi, and X. Jiang, "Tunable Rigidity of (Polymeric Core)-(Lipid Shell) Nanoparticles for Regulated Cellular Uptake," Adv. Mater. 27, 1402-1407 (2015).
  • J. Wu, X. Wang, M. Chen, D. Xu*, and J. Yang*, "Estimation of Temperature Coefficient of Resistance for Microfabricated Platinum Thermometers in Thermal Conductivity Measurements of One-dimensional Nanostructures," Meas. Sci. Technol. 25, Art. No. 025008 (2014).
  • J. P. Feser*, D. Xu*, H. Lu, Y. Zhao, A. Shakouri, A. C. Gossard, and A. Majumdar, "Reduced Thermal Conductivity in Er-doped Epitaxial InxGa1-xSb Alloys," Appl. Phys. Lett. 103, Art. No. 103102 (2013).
  • J. Zide, J. Bahk, R. Singh, M. Zebarjadi, G. Zeng, H. Lu, J. Feser, D. Xu, S. Singer, Z. Bian, A. Majumdar, J. Bowers, A. Shakouri, and A. Gossard, "High Efficiency Semimetal/Semiconductor Nanocomposite Thermoelectric Materials," J. Appl. Phys., 108, Art. No. 123702 (2010).
  • J. Bahk, Z. Bian, M. Zebarjadi, J. Zide, H. Lu, D. Xu, J. Feser, G. Zeng, A. Majumdar, A. Gossard, A. Shakouri, and J. Bowers, "Thermoelectric figure of merit of (In0.53Ga0.47As)0.8 (In0.52Al0.48As)0.2 III-V semiconductor alloys," Phys. Rev. B 81, Art. No. 235209 (2010).