• Associate Professor, Materials Science & Engineering
  • Director of Undergraduate Programs, Materials Science & Engineering
  • AZZ Inc. Fellow
Xiaofeng Qian

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Nuclear Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - 2008
  • B.S., Engineering Physics, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China - 2001

Research Interests

    • Materials Theory, Discovery, and Design for Energy Applications and Device Design Aided by High-Throughput Computing
    • Two-Dimensional Materials and Their Coupled Multi-Physical Properties and Novel Device Concepts
    • Electronic, Thermal, and Ionic Transport in Energy Materials and Electronic and Optical Devices
    • First-Principles Methodology Development towards Efficient and Accurate Prediction of Ground-state and Excited-state Properties of Materials
    • Multiscale Materials Modeling of Complex Physical and Chemical Processes

Awards & Honors

  • 2021 AZZ Faculty Fellow Award, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University
  • 2021 TEES Young Faculty Fellow Award, Texas A&M University
  • 2020 Materials Today Rising Star Award in Quantum Materials
  • 2018 NSF CAREER Award
  • 2006 Manson Benedict Fellowship, Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering, MIT
  • 2005 Letter of Commendation for Outstanding Academic Performance, Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering, MIT
  • 1999 Hosogoe Scholarship, Tsinghua University, China

Selected Publications

  • Wenbin Li, Xiaofeng Qian, and Ju Li. Phase transitions in 2D materials. Nature Reviews Materials 6, 829–846 (2021)
  • Zhuoliang Ni, Amanda V. Haglund, Hua Wang, Bing Xu, Christian Bernhard, David G. Mandrus, Xiaofeng Qian, Eugene J. Mele, Charles L. Kane, and Liang Wu. Imaging the Néel vector switching in the monolayer antiferromagnet MnPSe3 with strain-controlled Ising order. Nature Nanotechnology 16, 782–787 (2021)
  • Hua Wang and Xiaofeng Qian. Electrically and magnetically switchable nonlinear photocurrent in РТ-symmetric magnetic topological quantum materials. npj Computational Materials 6, 199 (2020)
  • Diane G. Sellers, Erick J. Braham, Ruben Villarreal, Baiyu Zhang, Abhishek Parija, Timothy D. Brown, Theodore E. G. Alivio, Heidi Clarke, Luis R. De Jesus, Lucia Zuin, David Prendergast, Xiaofeng Qian, Raymundo Arroyave, Patrick J. Shamberger, and Sarbajit Banerjee. Atomic Hourglass and Thermometer Based on Diffusion of a Mobile Dopant in VO2. Journal of the American Chemical Society 142, 15513–15526 (2020)
  • Jun Xiao, Ying Wang, Hua Wang, C. D. Pemmaraju, Siqi Wang, Philipp Muscher, Edbert J. Sie, Clara M. Nyby, Thomas P. Devereaux, Xiaofeng Qian, Xiang Zhang, and Aaron M. Lindenberg. Berry curvature memory through electrically driven stacking transitions. Nature Physics 16, 1028-1034 (2020)
  • Hua Wang and Xiaofeng Qian. Ferroelectric nonlinear anomalous Hall effect in few-layer WTe2. npj Computational Materials 5, 119 (2019)
  • Hua Wang and Xiaofeng Qian. Ferroicity-driven nonlinear photocurrent switching in time-reversal invariant ferroic materials. Science Advances 5, eaav9743 (2019)
  • Liping Guo, Baiyu Zhang, Ying Qin, Dawen Li, Lin Li, Xiaofeng Qian, and Feng Yan. Tunable Quasi‐One‐Dimensional Ribbon Enhanced Light Absorption in Sb2Se3 Thin‐film Solar Cells Grown by Close‐Space Sublimation. Solar RRL 2, 1800128 (2018)
  • Hua Wang and Xiaofeng Qian. Giant Optical Second Harmonic Generation in Two-Dimensional Multiferroics. Nano Letters 17, 5027-5034 (2017)
  • Hua Wang and Xiaofeng Qian. Two-dimensional multiferroics in monolayer group IV monochalcogenides. 2D Materials 4, 015042 (2017)
  • Xiaofeng Qian, Junwei Liu, Liang Fu, and Ju Li. Quantum spin Hall effect in two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides. Science 346, 1344-1347 (2014)
  • Ji Feng, Xiaofeng Qian, Cheng-Wei Huang, and Ju Li. Strain-engineered artificial atom as a broad-spectrum solar energy funnel. Nature Photonics 6, 866-872 (2012). Highlighted by the News and Views of Nature Photonics 6, 804 (2012)