Dr. Zhiping Xu received his B.S. (2002) and Ph.D. (2007) from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. After working at Rice University (2007-2008) and MIT (2008-2010) as a postdoctoral researcher, he returned to Tsinghua in 2010 and is now a Professor of Engineering Mechanics.

Education background

2002-2007 Tsinghua University, Ph. D in Solid Mechanics
1998-2002 Tsinghua University, M. S. in Engineering Mechanics


2015-Now Tsinghua University, Professor of Engineering Mechanics
2010-2015 Tsinghua University, Associate Professor of Engineering Mechanics
2008-2010 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Postdoctoral Researcher
2007-2008 Rice University, Postdoctoral Researcher

Social service

Members of APS, MRS CSTAM and CPS

Areas of Research Interests/ Research Projects

Mechanical Behaviors of Low-Dimensional Materials; Growth and Decay Kinetics of Crystals and Glasses; Microstructural Evolution and Damage Accumulation in Fatigue and Fracture; Mass, Heat Transfer and Phase Changes at Nanoscale.

Research Status

Recent research has been focused on the mechanical behaviors of low-dimensional materials and their assemblies, as well as the physics of transport and phase changes under nanoconfinement.

Honors And Awards

2017 National Award for Natural Sciences of China (Second Class)
2015 Young Top-Notch Talent (part of the Ten Thousand Talent Program), CPC
2012 National Science Fund for Excellent Youth Scientists, NSFC



Academic Achievement


10 Representative Publications

[1] E. Gao, S. Lin, Z. Qin, M. J. Buehler, X. Feng and Z. Xu, Mechanical exfoliation of two-dimensional materials, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 115, 248-262 (2018)

[2] Z. Song, V. I. Artyukhov, J. Wu, B. I. Yakobson, and Z. Xu, Defect-detriment to graphene strength is concealed by local probe: The topological and geometrical effects, ACS Nano 9 (1), 401-408 (2015)

[3] Z. Song, V. Artyukhov, B. Yakobson, and Z. Xu, Pseudo Hall-Petch strength reduction in polycrystalline graphene, Nano Letters 13 (4), 1829-1833 (2013)

[4] E. Gao, W. Lu and Z. Xu, Strength loss of carbon nanotube fibers explained in a three- level hierarchical model, Carbon 138, 134-142 (2018)

[5] Y. Liu and Z. Xu, Multimodal and self-healable interfaces enable strong and tough graphene-derived materials, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids 70, 30-41 (2014)

[6] Y. Liu, B. Xie, Z. Zhang, Q. Zheng, and Z. Xu, Mechanical properties of graphene papers, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids 60 (4), 591-605 (2012)

[7] S. Jiao and Z. Xu, Non-continuum intercalated water diffusion explains fast permeation through graphene oxide membranes, ACS Nano 11 (11), 11152-11161 (2017)

[8] N. Wei, X. Peng and Z. Xu, Understanding water permeation in graphene oxide membranes, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 6 (8), 5877-5883 (2014)

[9] Y. Wang and Z. Xu, The critical power to maintain thermally stable molecular junctions, Nature Communications 5, 4297 (2014)

[10] Y. Wang, Z. Qin, M. J. Buehler and Z. Xu, Intercalated water layers promote thermal dissipation at bio-nano interfaces, Nature Communications 7, 12854 (2016)