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XU Ning, Professor, Hundred Talents Program Theoretical and Computational Sciences

Name:  Ning Xu (徐宁)
Born:   Jan. 1973, Gansu
Address: Department of Physics
University of Science and Technology of China (USTC)
Anhui, Hefei 230026, P. R. China
Tel: 86-551-63607970(O)
Fax: 86-551-63607970
E-mail: ningxu@ustc.edu.cn
Office: Physics Building, Room 518
 
EDUCATION AND RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
 2010.01-present Professor, Department of Physics, USTC
 2011.07-present Professor, Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale
 2009.07-2010.01 Research Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Chinese University of Hong Kong
 2006.01-2009.07 Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pennsylvania
 2006.01-2009.07 Postdoctoral fellow, James-Franck Institute, University of Chicago
 2005 Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Yale University
 2000 Ph.D. in Physics, Institute of Physics, CAS
 1995 B.S. in Physics, University of Science and Technology of China
 
RESEARCH INTERESTS
Computational and theoretical soft condensed matter physics
1) Jamming
2) Glass transition and nature of glasses
3) Self-assembly of colloidal suspensions
4) Metamaterials
5) Rheology and non-equilibrium statistical physics
 
CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS
1) Non-crystalline liquid-solid transition and nature of non-crystalline solids (NSFC Distinguished Young Scholars)
2) Understanding, application, and manipulation of the normal modes of vibration of non-crystalline solids (NSFC regular project)
 
REPRESENTATIVE PUBLICATIONS
1) Mengjie Zu, Jun Liu, Hua Tong, and Ning Xu*, “Density affects the nature of the hexatic-liquid transition in two-dimensional melting of soft-core systems”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 117, 085702 (2016).
2) Xipeng Wang, Wen Zheng, Lijin Wang, and Ning Xu*, “Disordered solids without well-defined transverse phonons: The nature of hard-sphere glasses”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 035502 (2015).
3) Hao Liu, Xiaoyi Xie, and Ning Xu*, “Finite size analysis of zero-temperature jamming transition under applied shear stress by minimizing a thermodynamic-like potential”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 145502 (2014).
4) Lijin Wang and Ning Xu*, “Probing the glass transition from structural and vibrational properties of zero-temperature glasses”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 055701 (2014).
5) Peng Tan, Ning Xu, and Lei Xu*, “Visualizing kinetic pathways of homogeneousnucleation in colloidal crystallization”, Nature Phys. 10, 73 (2014).
6) Lijin Wang and Ning Xu*, “Critical scaling in thermal systems near the zero-temperature jamming transition”, Soft Matter 9, 2475 (2013).
7) Lijin Wang, Yiheng Duan, and Ning Xu*, “Non-monotonic pressure dependence of the dynamics of soft glass-formers athigh compressions”, Soft Matter 8, 11831 (2012).
8) Peng Tan, Ning Xu, Andrew B. Schofield, and Lei Xu*, “Understanding the low-frequency quasilocalized modes in disordered colloidal systems”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 095501 (2012).
9) Ning Xu*, Daan Frenkel, and Andrea J. Liu, “Direct determination of the size of basins of attraction of jammed solids”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 245502 (2011).
10) Cang Zhao, Kaiwen Tian, and Ning Xu*, “New jamming scenario: From marginal jamming to deep jamming”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 125503 (2011).
11) Ning Xu*, Thomas K. Haxton, Andrea J. Liu, and Sidney R. Nagel,“Equivalence of glass transition and colloidal glass transition in the hard-sphere limit”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 245701 (2009) .
12) Zexin Zhang*, Ning Xu*, Daniel T. N. Chen, Peter Yunker, Ahmed M. Alsayed, Kevin B. Aptowicz, Piotr Habdas, Andrea J. Liu, Sidney R. Nagel, and Arjun G. Yodh, “Thermal vestige of the zero-temperature jamming transition”, Nature 459, 230 (2009).
13) Ning Xu*, Vincenzo Vitelli, Matthieu Wyart, Andrea J. Liu, and Sidney R. Nagel, “Energy transport in jammed sphere packings”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 038001 (2009).
14)  Ning Xu*, Matthieu Wyart, Andrea J. Liu, and Sidney R. Nagel, “Excess vibrational modes and the boson peak in model glasses”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 175502 (2007).
15)  Ning Xu and Corey S. O’Hern*, “Effective temperature in athermal systems sheared at fixed normal load”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 055701 (2005).
16) Ning Xu, Corey S. O’Hern*, and Lou Kondic, “Velocity profiles in repulsive athermal systems under shear”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 016001 (2005).

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