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Dr. Xin Wang

Assistant Professor



  • B.S., Xi’an Jiaotong University, 2011
  • M.S., Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 2014
  • Ph.D., University of California Irvine, 2018

Dr. Xin Wang joined the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alabama as an Assistant Professor in 2023. Her research interests lie in utilizing and developing new electron microscopy-based and in situ nanomechanical techniques to study how engineering materials undergo deformation or transformative changes within diverse environmental contexts. The results shed mechanistic insights into the connections between the processing, microstructure, properties, and performance of materials. In combination with innovative materials processing methods, the goal is to apply the fundamental knowledge gained to design and synthesize high performance, durable, more affordable, and sustainable materials for structural and functional applications.

The team will primarily focus on the following research directions:

  • Micro- and nano-mechanical testing of complex materials and structures
  • (In-situ) electron microscopy to investigate material deformation, transformation and degradation
  • Materials and microstructures design
  • Materials processing

Affiliated Areas
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Selected Publications

  • X. Wang, J. Cortez, A.D. Dupuy, J.M. Schoenung, W.J. Bowman, High entropy oxide (Co,Cu,Mg,Ni,Zn)O exhibits grain size dependent room temperature deformation, Materials Research Letters. 11 (2023) 196–204.
  • X. Wang, Y. Hu, K. Yu, S. Mahajan, I.J. Beyerlein, E.J. Lavernia, T.J. Rupert, J.M. Schoenung, Room Temperature Deformation-induced Solute Segregation and its Impact on Twin Boundary Mobility in a Mg-Y Alloy, Scripta Materialia. 209 (2022) 114375.
  • X. Wang, B. Zheng, K. Yu, S. Jiang, E.J. Lavernia, J.M. Schoenung, The role of cell boundary orientation on mechanical behavior: A site-specific micro-pillar characterization study, Additive Manufacturing. 46 (2021) 102154.
  • X. Wang, L. Jiang, D. Zhang, T.J. Rupert, I.J. Beyerlein, S. Mahajan, E.J. Lavernia, J.M. Schoenung, Revealing the deformation mechanisms for room-temperature compressive superplasticity in nanocrystalline magnesium, Materialia. 11 (2020) 100731.
  • X. Wang, L. Jiang, C. Cooper, K. Yu, D. Zhang, T.J. Rupert, S. Mahajan, I.J. Beyerlein, E.J. Lavernia, J.M. Schoenung, Toughening magnesium with gradient twin meshes, Acta Materialia. 195 (2020) 468–481.

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