Ben Bin Xu
Dr. Ben Bin Xu is a Full Professor of Materials and Mechanics, Department of Mechanical and Construction Engineering (MCE), Northumbria University (NU), Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom. and leads the research group of the Smart Materials and Surfaces Lab. He obtained his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Heriot-Watt University, Scotland, in 2011 and subsequently worked as a postdoc researcher at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (2011–2013). His research interests include advanced materials, smart surfaces, energy materials/systems, thin films, flexible electronics, and microengineering. He has published more than 120 journal articles and 3 book chapters. He has four patents to his credit. He has given more than sixty invited talks and won multiple awards, such as the Outstanding Paper Award at the 2018 IEEE International Flexible Electronics Technology Conference, the 2016 Young Investigator Award from the International Polymer Networks Group, and the 3rd prize in the 2016 EPSRC photo competition, among others. Dr. Xu is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining (IoM3), and Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). He is also a Chartered Scientist and Chartered Engineer. He has been an elected member in the Advisory Council and Nomination Committee of IoM3 since 2019, an elected member in the RSC Materials Chemistry Division Council since 2020, an elected member in the RSC Newcastle upon Tyne and North East Coast Committee since 2020, and the executive committee for the Chinese Society of Chemical Science and Technology (CSCST-UK) since 2016.