New staff - Professor Nicholas Xuanlai Fang

Professor Nicholas Xuanlai Fang joined the department of mechanical engineering as full professor in July 2022. Professor Fang received his Bachelor’s (1996) and Master’s(1998) Degree of Physics from Nanjing University, China; and his PhD of Mechanical Engineering from UCLA (2004). He was on the faculty of Mechanical Engineering at University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) from 2004 to 2010, and at MIT from 2011 to 2022.

Professor Fang teaches and conducts research in the area of micro nanotechnology and advanced manufacturing. His previous research programs have focused on scalable manufacturing processes for wave functional materials. While the main efforts focus on new insights of design for advanced manufacturing of wave functional material and devices, his group also actively pursues applications in the areas of energy conversion, communication, and biomedical imaging. His research also leads to over 16 patent applications on nano- and micro-fabrication, additive manufacturing, and imaging technologies with successful technology transfer to industry (e.g. Osram, BASF, Nissan). For future research at HKU, Prof. Fang seeks to (i) gain fundamental understanding of energy-material interaction that dictate key environmental impacts such as material recovery and carbon footprint at micro/nanoscale processes, and (ii) develop innovative engineering solutions for sustainable health and environment.

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