Dr. Xian (Annie) Zhang

School: Schaefer School of Engineering & Science
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Room: EAS 407
Phone: 201-216-5386
Email: xzhang4@stevens.edu

PhD, Columbia University

MS, Columbia University

BS, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (Joint Program with UMich, visiting at Purdue)

  • Energy transport / conversion
  • Fabrication of low-dimensional materials and heterostructures, and related flexible devices
  • Sensing applications of low-dimensional materials
  • Investigation of low dimensional materials by deep learning algorithms
General Information

Dr. Xian Annie Zhang joined Stevens Institute of Technology Mechanical Engineering in August 2018 after assistant professorship at University at Buffalo (MDI) during which her work focused on developing 2D thermal heterostructures for various device applications. Prior to that Dr. Zhang obtained her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University, followed by researcher experience at Columbia University/Cornell University. Her thesis work focused on experimental and theoretical study of nano-materials (carbon nanotubes and two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides). She was a visiting student in Purdue University in 2008-2009. She received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with highest honor from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, joint program with University of Michigan, in 2009.

  • Stevens Institute of Technology
    • 2018-Present: Assistant Professor
  • Columbia University / Brookhaven National Lab / Argonne National lab
    • 2017-Present: Visiting researcher
  • SUNY at Buffalo
    • 2017-2018: Assistant Professor
  • Columbia University / Cornell University
    • 2016-2016: Reseacher
Professional Service

·       Chair, 20th Symposium on Thermophysical Properties - Track: Thermal Properties of Nanostructured Materials II (2018)

·       Symposia Organizer, International Conference on Micro- and Nanosystems (ASME/MNS) (2019-2020)

·       Proposal Review Panel, National Science Foundation (2017-2020)

·       Fellowship Review Panel, American Association of University Women

·       Editorial Board, Frontiers in Electronics – Flexible Electronics

·       Committee, International Conference & Exhibition on Materials & Engineering (2018)

·       Journal Reviewer of  >50 publications from ACS Nano, 2D Materials, Physics Review B, Scientific Reports, Semiconductor Science and Technology, Journal of Mechanics, Proceedings of ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, etc.

Honors & Awards

TEAN Education Award and Grant, 2019

Stevens Bridging Award, 2019

Educator, Amazon AWS Program, 2019

Travel grant, International Conference on Electron, Ion, and Photon Beam Technology and Nanofabrication, 2013

Silver medal, China National Mathematics Olympiad, 2005

Professional Societies

·      Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) member

·      American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

·      American Physical Society (APS)

·      American Chemical Society (ACS)

·      Electron, Ion, and Photon Beam Technology and Nanofabrication (EIPBN)

Selected Publications
  1. W. Wu, L. Wang, Y. Li, F. Zhang, L. Lin, S. Niu, D. Chenet, X. Zhang, Y. Hao, T. F. Heinz, J. Hone, Z. L. Wang. (2014). "Piezoelectricity of single-atomic-layer MoS2 for energy conversion and piezotronics", Nature, 514 (7523), 470-474.  Download  (1967 kb PDF).
  2. X. Zhang, D. Sun, Y. Li, G.-H. Lee, X. Cui, D. Chenet, Y. You, T. F. Heinz, J. C Hone. (2015). "Measurement of lateral and interfacial thermal conductivity of single- and bilayer MoS2 and MoSe2 using refined optothermal Raman technique", ACS applied materials & interfaces, 7 (46), 25923-25929.  Download  .
  • ME 354 Heat Transfer
  • E 120 Engineering Graphics
  • NANO 600 Nanoscale Science and Technology
  • ME 470 Mechanical Engineering Systems Laboratory
  • NANO 525 Techniques of Surface and Nanostructure Characterization
  • ME 181 Seminar in Mechanical Engineering