Zhihua Xu

Xu Zhihua
Professional Title
Associate Professor


Ph.D. Materials Science & Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.S. Materials Science & Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences 
B.E. Chemical Engineering, Tianjin University

Interest Areas
Nano material
Photovoltaic materials
Material processing


Brief Bio
Professor Xu has an educational background in Chemical Engineering as well as Materials Science. He also obtained multiple years’ industrial experience in a petrochemical company. At UMD, his teaching interest includes thermodynamics, engineering materials, and mineral processing. Professor Xu’s research background is mainly on optical and electronic materials and devices, like quantum dots, semiconductor polymers, organic solar cells, organic light-emitting diodes, etc. His current research interest includes optical properties of nanomaterials, light-harvesting materials; third-generation solar cells, and mineral materials. 

Courses Currently Teaching
ChE 2121 Thermodynamics
ChE 3231 Properties of Engineering Materials
ChE 4141 Material and Minerals Processing
ChE 4301 Chemical Reaction Engineering