Xin Zhang, Ph.D.

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Ph.D., Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

phone: (617) 358-2702
office: 8 St. Mary’s Street, PHO 921

Research Interests

Fundamental issues and applications of micro- and nanoelectromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS or micro/nanosystems)

Xin Zhang is currently Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Boston University. Her research has focused on fundamental and applied aspects of MEMS and Nanotechnology. Specifically, she seeks to understand and exploit interesting characteristics of micro/nanomaterials, micro/nanomechanics, and micro/nanomanufacturing technologies with forward-looking engineering efforts and practical applications ranging from energy to health care to homeland security. Dr. Zhang has been on the Boston University Faculty since 2002, and is the recipient of the National Science Foundation Faculty CAREER Award in 2003. In 2007, she became an Invitee of National Academy of Engineering (recognized as one of the top engineers in the country between the ages of 30-45) and participated in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium; in 2009, she was named the inaugural Distinguished Faculty Fellow, a five-year appointment given to tenured College of Engineering faculty at Boston University who is on a clear trajectory toward exemplary leadership career in all dimensions of science and engineering; in 2011, she was selected to be one of 60 engineers (30 from the EU and 30 from the US) and took part in the NAE’s EU-US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium.

Recent Publications
  • C. Wang, X. Wang, S.W. Anderson, X. Zhang, “Biocompatible, Micro- and Nano-fabricated Magnetic Cylinders for Potential Use as as Contrast Agents for Magnetic Resonance Imaging,” Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 2014, 196: 670-675.
  • C. Wang, X. Wang, S.W. Anderson, X. Zhang, “Fabrication and Characterization of Composite Hydrogel Particles with X-Ray Attenuating Payloads,” Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B, 2014, 32(3): 032001(7pp).
  • K. Fan, X. Zhao, J. Zhang, G.R. Keiser, H.R. Seren, G.D. Metcalfe, M. Wraback, X. Zhang*, R.D. Averitt*, “Optically Tunable Terahertz Metamaterials on Highly Flexible Substrates,” IEEE Transactions on Terahertz Science and Technology, 2013, 3(6): 702-708.
  • X. Wang, C. Wang, S.W. Anderson, X. Zhang, “Microfabricated Iron Oxide Particles for Tunable, Multispectral Magnetic Resonance Imaging,” Materials Letters, 2013, 110: 122-126.
  • G.R. Keiser, K. Fan, X. Zhang*, R.D. Averitt*, “Towards Dynamic, Tunable, and Nonlinear Metamaterials via Near Field Interactions: A Review,” Journal of Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz Waves, 2013, 34(11): 709-723.
  • J. Dong, P. Du, X. Zhang, “Characterization of the Young’s Modulus and Residual Stresses for a Sputtered Silicon Oxynitride Film Using Micro-Structures,” Thin Solid Films, 2013, 545, 414-418.
  • G.R. Keiser, A.C. Strikwerda, K. Fan, V. Young, X. Zhang*, R.D. Averitt*, “Decoupling Crossover in Asymmetric Broadside Coupled Split Ring Resonators at Terahertz Frequencies,” Physical Review B, 2013, 88(2): 024101(5pp).
  • E.M. Frohlich, J.L. Alonso, J.T. Borenstein, X. Zhang, M.A. Arnaout, J.L. Charest, “Topographically-Patterned Porous Membranes in a Microfluidic Device as an in vitro Model of Renal Reabsorptive Barriers,” Lab on a Chip, 2013, 13(12): 2311-2319.
  • K. Fan, H.Y. Hwang, M. Liu, A.C. Strikwerda, A. Sternbach, J. Zhang, X. Zhao, X. Zhang, K.A. Nelson, R.D. Averitt, “Nonlinear Terahertz Metamaterials via Field-Enhanced Carrier Dynamics in GaAs,” Physical Review Letters, 2013, 110(21): 217404(5pp).
  • P. Du, X. Lin, X. Zhang, “Tunable Electrical and Mechanical Responses of PDMS and Polypyrrole Nanowire Composites,” Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 2013, 46(19): 195303(8pp).
  • K. Fan, A.C. Strikwerda, X. Zhang*, R.D. Averitt*, “Three-Dimensional Broadband Tunable Terahertz Metamaterials,” Physical Review B – Rapid Communications, 2013, 87(16): 161104(4pp).
  • P. Du, C. Chen, H. Lu, X. Zhang, “Investigation of Cellular Contraction Forces in the Frequency Domain Using a PDMS Micropillar-Based Force Transducer,” Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, 2013, 22(1): 44-53.