Professor Xiao works in experimental condensed matter physics with a focus on nanoscale materials. He has been studying spintronics, an emerging field that harnesses the electron's spin to create new electronic devices. He directs research toward the understanding of issues in spintronics, which are both fundamental and essential to applications. He has developed a method to visualize the flow of electrical current through very small wires. The technique is being applied to the quality control of integrated circuits and is the technical basis of start-up company, Micro Magnetics.
Professor Xiao joined the faculty at Brown in 1989. He is Professor of Physics and Professor of Engineering. He is the Director of the Center for Nanoscience and Soft Matter. He pursued his doctoral and postdoctoral studies at the Johns Hopkins University. He was an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow from 1990 to 1992. He received a five-year National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award in 1992. He was a recipient of the Outstanding Young Scientist Award from the Overseas Chinese Physicists Association in 1995. He received an IBM Partnership Award during 1997 to 1999. He has been a Visiting Scientist at IBM Watson Research Center, and a Visiting Professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Professor Xiao's research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and industrial sponsors. He was a recipient of the IBM Partnership Award, and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow.
On The Web:
Magnetic-Sensing Microscope (GSJ of May 23, 2003)
New material's odd traits to help improve computer memory
Physics professor, grad students refine computer memory device (GSJ of April 20, 2001)
A Fresh Spin in Quantum Physics (GSJ of Feb. 15, 2006)
Will China achieve science supremacy? (NY Times Room for Debate, Jan. 18, 2010)
Induction into JHU Society of Scholars (May 24, 2010)
Micro Magnetics, Inc., Commercializing Spintronics
From Made in China to Created in China (China Brief, January/February 2011)
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