Principal Investigator



Dr. Xiaohu Xia has been a tenure-track Assistant Professor at Michigan Technological University since August 2014. He is the recipient of 2016 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award. He did postdoctoral research at Georgia Institute of Technology (with Prof. Younan Xia) during 2012-2014. As of now, he has published more than 40 papers in peer-reviewed journals, including PNAS, JACS, Angewandte Chemie, Nano Letters, Advanced Materials, and ACS Nano. His publications have been cited more than 3,000 times, with an h-index of 28.

Postdoctoral Fellows


Dr. Jiuxing Li was born in China, 1988. He received his B.S. degree (2011) and Ph.D. degree (2016) in chemistry and chemical engineering from Xiamen University, China. He has been working with Prof. Xiaohu Xia at Michigan Technological University as a postdoctoral fellow since October 2016. His research focuses on the synthesis and functionalization of noble metal nanoparticles with biomolecules for diagnosis

Graduate Students


Haihang (Alex) Ye was born in Ningbo, China. He received his B.S. in Material Chemistry (2012) and M.S. in Applied Chemistry (2015) from Beijing Jiaotong University, China. His M.S. thesis work was focused on the synthesis of cuprous sulfide-based nanostructures. Starting from Fall 2015, he is pursuing his Ph.D. degree in chemistry at Michigan Tech under the supervision of Prof. Xia. His research focuses on the synthesis of functionalized nanomaterials including noble metal nanoparticles and magnetic nanoparticles for catalysts and bio-sensing.


Shulin Wan was born in Nanchang, China. He received his B.E in polymer material science and engineering from Nanchang University in 2012, and master degree in material science and engineering from Beijing University of Chemical technology in 2015. He is now a graduate student in Michigan Michigan Technological University under the supervision of Prof. Xia and conducting research related to organic inorganic hybrid nanomaterials.

Visiting Graduate Students and Scholars


Zhuangqiang Gao was born in China, 1990. He received his B.S. degree in Chemistry in 2012 from Fuzhou University, China. He is pursuing his Ph.D. degree in Analytical Chemistry with Prof. Dianping Tang in the College of Chemistry at Fuzhou University, China. As a visiting graduate student, he joined the Xia group in May 2016. His research interests include shape-controlled synthesis of metal nanocrystals for chemical and biological sensing applications.

Undergraduate Students


Emily Lilla was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin and is a second year undergraduate at Michigan Technological University. She is majoring in Pharmaceutical Chemistry, and has had various previous opportunities in research environments. Currently she is assisting a graduate student with a nano particle synthesis project at the Xia group, in which they are changing the morphology of particular metals in specifically controlled environment.


Jacob Mohar is a first year Chemistry major in the Department of Chemistry at Michigan Technological University from Germantown, Wisconsin. He joined the Xia research group as a volunteer in September 2016 under visiting scholar Zhuangqiang Gao to study silver nanoparticle synthesis. The biggest thing he has taken away from his work in lab is the importance of preparation and confidence. It is very important to carefully read all pertinent journal articles possible about the experiment and check the math twice before actually performing the experiment. Then, while performing the experiment, having confidence in yourself and your abilities keep you calm and focused while dealing with very delicate and small amounts of materials.


Ashima Chhabra is a 4th year undergraduate student, from Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is currently attending Michigan Technological University finishing her bachelors in Pharmaceutical Chemistry. Ashima has had various experiences working in research environment; currently she is assisting a graduate student with a Nano-Particle synthesis project in the Xia group, to change the morphology of particular metals in specifically controlled environment.


Robert Rauschendorfer was born in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Currently he is a senior in the Chemistry Department as a pharmaceutical chemist. He joined the Xia group as of Fall 2016 in pursuit of a Nanoscale Science and Engineering minor.