Xiaoxing Xi


Temple University
Department of Physics
SERC 560
1925 N. 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Phone: (215) 204-7654


Xiaoxing Xi is the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Physics at Temple University. Prior to joining Temple in 2009, he was a Professor of Physics and Materials Science and Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. He received his Ph.D degree in physics from Peking University and Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Science, in 1987. After several years of research at the Karlsruhe Nuclear Research Center, Germany, Bell Communication Research/Rutgers University, and University of Maryland, he joined the Physics faculty at Penn State in 1995.  

Research Interests
Xiaoxing Xi’s research focuses on the materials physics underlying the applications of oxide, boride, and transition metal dichalcogenide thin films, in particular epitaxial thin films and heterostructures at the nanoscale. Using various deposition techniques including Laser Molecular Beam Epitaxy and Hybrid Physical-Chemical Vapor Deposition, his group is currently working on the atomic layer-by-layer growth of artificial oxide heterostructures, magnesium diboride thin films for electronic and radio frequency cavity applications, iron pnictide superconductor thin films for phase sensitive measurements, and thin films of 2D layered materials transition metal dichalcogenides. He has published over 300 papers in refereed journals, book chapters, and conference proceedings, and holds three patents in the area of thin films of high-Tc superconductors and magnesium diboride. 

Honors & Awards

  • 2007 Fellow, American Physical Society
  • 2006 Chang Jiang Scholar Visiting Professor, Chinese Ministry of Education and Li Ka Shing Foundation
  • 1997 Career Award, National Science Foundation

5 most relevant publications

  • Y.F. Nie, Y. Zhu, C.-H. Lee, L.F. Kourkoutis, J.A. Mundy, J. Junquera, Ph. Ghosez, D.J. Baek, S. Sung, X.X. Xi, K.M. Shen, D.A. Muller, and D.G. Schlom, Atomically precise interfaces from non-stoichiometric deposition, Nature Commun. 5, 4530 (2014)
  • Che-Hui Lee, Nathan D. Orloff, Turan Birol, Ye Zhu, Veronica Goian, Eduard Rocas, Ryan Haislmaier, Eftihia Vlahos, Julia A. Mundy, Lena F. Kourkoutis, Yuefeng Nie, Michael D. Biegalski, Jingshu Zhang, Margitta Bernhagen, Nicole A. Benedek, Yongsam Kim, Joel D. Brock, Reinhard Uecker, X. X. Xi, Venkatraman Gopalan, Dmitry Nuzhnyy, Stanislav Kamba, David A. Muller, Ichiro Takeuchi, James C. Booth, Craig J. Fennie, and Darrell G. Schlom, Exploiting dimensionality and defect mitigation to create tunable microwave dielectrics, Nature 502, 532 (2013)
  • K. Chen, W. Q. Dai, C. G. Zhuang, Qi Li, S. Carabello, J.G. Lambert, J.T. Mlack, R.C. Ramos, and X. X. Xi, “Momentum-dependent multiple gaps in magnesium diboride probed by electron tunnelling spectroscopy”, Nature Commun. 3, 619 (2012)
  • X. X. Xi, “Two-band superconductor magnesium diboride”, Rep. Prog. Phys. 71, 116501 (2008)
  • X. H. Zeng, A. V. Pogrebnyakov, A. Kotcharov, J. E. Jones, X. X. Xi, E. M. Lysczek, J. M. Redwing, S. Y. Xu, Qi Li, J. Lettieri, D. G. Schlom, W. Tian, X. Q. Pan, and Z. K. Liu, “In situ epitaxial MgB2 thin films for superconducting electronics”, Nature Materials 1, 35 (2002)