College of Sciences

Department of Physics and Astronomy




Xuan Zhou

Xuan Zhou, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Office: AET 3.374
Phone: (210) 458-7843
Lab website

Areas of Specialization
  • Electrocatalysis
  • Materials under High Pressures and Shock
  • Nano-Optics and Photonics
  • Photopolymerization


Postdoc – Physical Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ph.D. in Optics and Nanotechnology; Université de Technologie de Troyes, France
M.S. in Mechanics and Physics, specialty in Optics and Nanotechnology; Université de Technologie de Troyes, France
B.S. in Materials Physics; Xi’an Jiaotong University, China

Research Interests

With a research background covering nano-optics, electrochemistry, and shock waves, I am interested in developing two distinct methodologies in two different areas: 1) nano-photolithography and 2) materials and devices under high pressures.

In the field of nanophotolithography, we seek to develop a method for 3D-printing of soft matter with ultra-high resolution. This method breaks the diffraction limit by surface plasmons and improves the resolution to sub-50 nm by assessing various types of photosensitive resins.

In the field of high pressures, we compress materials, photonic devices, and electrochemical systems with high pressures of GPa (10,000 atm) in a diamond anvil cell to find out-of-box solutions to current major challenges in nano-optics and electrochemistry. High pressure is a powerful tool to systematically tune the intrinsic properties of materials without introducing new chemical component to the system. In addition to static high pressures, we also study semiconductor materials under shock wave in collaboration with Dr. Bhowmick at Miami University.


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