Xin Zhang

Professor (ME, ECE, BME, MSE)

Professor (ME, ECE, BME, MSE)

  • Primary Appointment Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Education Ph.D., Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Additional Affiliations Division of Materials Science & Engineering
    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Department of Biomedical Engineering
    Photonics Center
  • Honors and Awards Member of National Academy of Inventors, 2020
    Fellow of APS, 2019
    Boston University Innovator of the Year, 2018
    Charles DeLisi Award and Distinguished Lecture, 2018
    Fellow of IEEE, 2017
    Associate Fellow of AIAA, 2017
    Fellow of AAAS, 2016
    IEEE Sensors Council Technical Achievement Award (Advanced Career), 2016
    Fellow of AIMBE, 2016
    Fellow of OSA, 2016
    Fellow of ASME, 2015
  • Areas of Interest Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS), Metamaterials, Sensors, Photonics, Nanomanufacturing
  • Research Areas In a quickly advancing world, scientific concepts and research ideas that once only existed in laboratories are being transformed into functional materials and devices. From an engineering perspective, Prof. Xin Zhang’s laboratory has concentrated on the design, fabrication, characterization, and testing of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS or microsystems) and metamaterials (electromagnetic, acoustic, terahertz, nonlinear, …) for the past decade and, more importantly, has been dedicated to tailoring and transforming these systems for use in fundamental research and to fulfill societal needs.

    In the area of advanced materials, Zhang has applied MEMS and multidisciplinary techniques to develop metamaterials–arrays of engineered structures that act like artificial atoms and exhibit unusual properties such as negative refractive indices and cloaking. She has focused on creating metamaterials in the terahertz range (wavelengths between optical and microwave frequencies) that may ultimately be used for surveillance, imaging, and chemical detection. She has also developed acoustic metamaterials that enable high-performance sound silencing and magnetic metamaterials that boost Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) signal-to-noise ratio. In biomedicine, she has developed a MEMS-based toolset to analyze cellular behavior to yield knowledge that could improve our understanding of cardiovascular, kidney and other diseases, and potentially lead to novel therapies. Finally, in the energy domain, she has taken a fresh look at microfluidic applications in the midinfrared range, and developed micro gas chromatography and microfluidic communication systems designed to improve the efficiency and safety of oil and gas extraction.


Affiliation: Primary & Affiliated Faculty (BME), Primary & Affiliated Faculty (ECE), Primary & Affiliated Faculty (ME), Primary & Affiliated Faculty (MSE), Primary Faculty (MSE)