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Sheng Xu

Sheng Xu

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Georgia Institute of Technology
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Atlanta, GA 30318-5794
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  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University, China, 2006

Research Area

  • Chemical fabrication of piezoelectric oxide nanowire arrays.
  • Piezoelectric oxide nanowire enabled energy harvesting devices.
  • ZnO based high quantum efficiency light emitting diodes.


  1. "Piezoelectric BaTiO3 Thin Film Nanogenerator on Plastic Substrates "Kwi-Il Park, Sheng Xu, Ying Liu, Geon-Tae Hwang, Suk-Joong L. Kang,Zhong Lin Wang, and Keon Jae Lee, Nano Lett., online.
  2. "Piezoelectric-nanowire-enabled power source for driving wireless microelectronics " Sheng Xu, Benjamin J. Hansen,and Zhong Lin Wang, Nat. Comms.,Supplementary Information ,live video , online.
  3. "Growth and replication of ordered ZnO nanowire arrays on general flexible substrates "Su Zhang, Yue Shen, Hao Fang, Sheng Xu, Jinhui Song and Zhong Lin Wang, J. Mater. Chem., online.
  4. "Single ZnO Micro-/Nanowire Photodetector by Piezo-phototronic Effect" Qing Yang, Xin Guo, Wenhui Wang, Yan Zhang, Sheng Xu, Der Hsien Lien, and Zhong Lin Wang, ACS Nano., online.
  5. "Ordered Nanowire Array Blue/Near-UV Light Emitting Diodes " Sheng Xu ,Chen Xu , Ying Liu , Youfan Hu , Rusen Yang , Qing Yang , Jae-Hyun Ryou, Hee Jin Kim , Zachary Lochner , Suk Choi , Russell Dupuis , and Zhong Lin Wang, Adv. Mater.,Supplementary Information , online.
  6. "Lateral nanowire/nanobeltbasednanogenerators,piezotronics and piezo-phototronics " Zhong Lin Wang, Rusen Yang,Jun Zhou,Yong Qin,Chen Xu,Youfan Hu,Sheng Xu, Mater.Sci.Eng.R, , Online.
  7. "Planar Waveguide-Nanowire Integrated Three-Dimensional Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells " Yaguang Wei, Chen Xu, Sheng Xu, Cheng Li, Wenzhuo Wu, and Zhong Lin Wang, Nano Lett., 2010, 10, 2092–2096.
  8. "Self-powered nanowire devices " Sheng Xu, Yong Qin, Chen Xu, Yaguang Wei, Rusen Yang and Zhong Lin Wang, Nat. Nanotechnol.,Supplementary Information , 2010, 5, 366-373. Kick off world wide effort on
  9. "Growth and Transfer of Monolithic Horizontal ZnO Nanowire Superstructures onto Flexible Substrates " Sheng Xu, Yue Shen, Yong Ding, and Zhong Lin Wang, Adv. Funct. Mater., 2010, 20, 1493–1497.
  10. "A General Approach for Fabricating Arc-Shaped Composite Nanowire Arrays by Pulsed Laser Deposition " Yue Shen, Jung-Il Hong, Sheng Xu, Shisheng Lin, Hao Fang, Su Zhang, Yong Ding, Robert L. Snyder and Zhong Lin Wang , Adv. Funct. Mater., 2010, 20, 703–707.
  11. "Depth resolved luminescence from oriented ZnO nanowires "R. A. Rosenberg,, M. Abu Haija, K. Vijayalakshmi, J. Zhou, S. Xu and Zhong Lin Wang, Appl. Phys. Lett., 95, 243101 (2009).
  12. "Growth of ZnO nanotube arrays and nanotube based piezoelectric nanogenerator " Yi Xi, Jinhui Song, Sheng Xu, Rusen Yang, Zhiyuan Gao, Chenguo Hu and Zhong Lin Wang, J. Mater. Chem., 2009, 19, 9260-9264.
  13. "Structural colors from Morpho peleides butterfly wing scales " Yong Ding, Sheng Xu and Zhong Lin Wang, J. Appl. Phys., 2009, 106, 074702.
  14. "Piezoelectric Potential Gated Field-Effect Transistor Based on a Free-Standing ZnO Wire" Peng Fei,Ping-Hung Yeh,Jun Zhou,Sheng Xu,Yifan Gao,Jinhui Song, Yudong Gu,Yanyi Huang and Zhong Lin Wang, Nano Lett., 2009, 9, 3435-3439.
  15. " Patterned Growth of Horizontal ZnO Nanowire Arrays " Sheng Xu, Yong Ding, Yaguang Wei, Hao Fang, Yue Shen, Ashok K. Sood, Dennis L. Polla and Zhong Lin Wang , J. Am. Chem.Soc, 131, 6670–6671.
  16. " Optimizing and Improving the Growth Quality of ZnO Nanowire Arrays Guided by Statistical Design of Experiments"Sheng Xu,Nagesh Adiga,Shan Ba,Tirthankar Dasgupta,C. F. Jeff Wu and Zhong Lin Wang, ACS Nano. 2009, 3, 1803-1812. (Supplementary materials)
  17. "Growth of Vertically Aligned ZnO Nanobelt Arrays on GaN Substrate"Yaguang Wei, Yong Ding, Cheng Li,Sheng Xu,Jae-Hyun Ryo, Russell Dupuis, Ashok K.Sood, Dennis L.Polla, and Zhong Lin Wang, J. Phys. Chem., 2008, 112 ,(48), 18935-18937.
  18. " ZnO Nanowire Arrays on Flexible Substrates: Wet Chemical Growth and Applications in Energy Conversion" Sheng Xu, Benjamin Weintraub and Zhong Lin Wang, Flexible Devices Made from Nanostructures, ed. John Rogers and Yugang Sun, William Andrew Incorporation.
  19. "Integrated Multilayer Nanogenerator Fabricated Using Paired Nanotip-to-Nanowire Brushes"Sheng Xu,Yaguang Wei, Jin Liu,Rusen Yang, and Zhong Lin Wang, Nano Letters., 2008 .
  20. " " Patterned Growth of Vertically Aligned ZnO Nanowire Arrays on Inorganic Substrates at Low Temperature without Catelyst ,""Sheng Xu,Yaguang Wei,Melanie Kirkham, Jin Liu,Wenjie Mai,Dragomir Davidovic,Robert L Snyder and Zhong Lin Wang, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2008 .
  21. "" Density-controlled growth of aligned ZnO nanowire arrays by seedless chemical approach on smooth surfaces" ",S. Xu, C.S. Lao, B.Weintraub and Z.L. Wang Journal of Materials Research, 2008 (23) 2072.
  22. "Modifying the anti-wetting property of butterfly wings and water strider legs by atomic layer deposition coating: surface materials versus geometry", Y.Ding, S. Xu, Y. Zhang, A.C. Wang, M.H. Wang, Y.H. Xiu, C.P. Wong and Z.L. Wang, Nanotechnology, 19 (2008) 355708.

Research Highlights

Honors & Awards

  • Sigma Xi Best Ph.D. Thesis Award. 2010
  • SAIC Student Paper Award, 2010
  • SMC outstanding student research gold award, 2009
  • Chinese government award for outstanding self-financed students abroad, 2009
  • MRS graduate student silver award, 2009 Fall
  • Research Initiation Award, 2009
  • Research Initiation Award, 2008