Kelvin Xie

Assistant Professor

Kelvin Xie

Office: 247 RDMC
Phone: 979.458.3184

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Research Interests

  • Advanced transmission electron microscopy
  • Small-scale mechanics
  • Atom probe tomography
  • Ceramic engineering (boron carbide, silicon carbide, silicon oxycarbide, etc)
  • Physical metallurgy (Mg alloys, Ti alloys, steels, high entropy alloys, etc)

Awards & Honors

  • First Prize in Best Poster Competition for Characterization of Minerals, Metals and Material, TMS 2016, Nashville, TN, USA, 2016
  • Best poster award, MACH Conference, Annapolis, MD, USA, 2015
  • Postgraduate Research Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement, USYD, Australia, 2011
  • Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) Scholarship, Australia, 2009
  • First class honors and Dean’s list, USYD, Australia, 2009
  • Taste of Research Scholarship at the UNSW, Australia, 2007


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Sydney, 2013
  • B. Eng., Biomedical Engineering, University of Sydney, 2009
  • B.Com., Finance, University of Sydney, 2009

Selected Publications

Xie K.Y., Domnich V., Farbaniec L., Chen B., Kuwelkar K., Ma L., McCauley J.W., Haber R.A., Ramesh K.T., Chen M.W., Hemker K.J. Microstructural characterization of boron-rich boron carbide, Acta Materialia 136 (2017) 202-214.

Sim G.D., Krogstad J.A., Reddy K.M., Xie K.Y., Valentino G.M., Weihs T.P., Hemker K.J. Nanotwinned metal MEMS films with unprecedented strength and stability, Science Advances 3 (2017) e1700685.

Xie KY, An Q, Sato T, Breen, AJ, Ringer SP, Goddard III WA, Cairney JM, Hemker KJ. Breaking the icosahedra in boron carbide. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113 (2016) 12012-12016.

Xie KY, An Q, Toksoy MF, McCauley JW, Haber RA, Goddard III WA, Hemker KJ. Atomic-level Understanding of “Asymmetric Twins” in Boron Carbide. Physical Review Letters 2015;115:175501.

Xie KY, Shrestha S, Cao Y, Felfer PJ, Wang Y, Liao X, Cairney JM, Ringer SP. The effect of pre-existing defects on the strength and deformation behavior of α-Fe nanopillars. Acta Materialia 2013;61:439.