University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota: Department of Mechanical Engineering


Xiaojia “XJ” Wang
Benjamin Mayhugh Assistant Professor Graduate Faculty Member, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Office: ME 246
Phone: 612-625-1583

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Postdoctoral Research Associate 2012-2014, Materials Science and Engineering,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Ph.D. 2011, Mechanical Engineering,
Georgia Institute of Technology

M.E. Mechanical Engineering,
Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China

B.S. 2004, Engineering,
Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China

Research Interests

  • Ultrafast laser spectroscopy
  • Thermal transport properties of materials (such as bulk, thin films, nanoparticles, and composites) and interfaces to (1) establish the structure-thermal property relationship and (2) design and synthesize functional materials via structural engineering
  • Thermal management of electronic devices and electrical systems
  • Solid-state energy conversion
  • Spin precession and magnetization dynamics in magnetic materials for data storage and spintronic devices
  • Radiative and optical properties of nanostructured materials


Synergistic Activities

  • Member of the editorial boards for Scientific Report (2016 - Present)
  • 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award
  • Member of the Scientific Council of the International Centre for Heat and Mass Transfer (ICHMT) (2018 - Present)
  • Member of the ASME HTD K9 Committee on Nanoscale Thermal Transport (2014 - Present)
  • Member of the American Physical Society (2013 - Present)
  • Member of the Materials Research Society (2013 - Present)
  • Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (2009 - Present)

Selected Publications

1. Lattery, D., Zhang, D.L., Zhu, J., Wang, J.P., Wang, X.J., "Low Gilbert Damping Constant in Perpendicularly Magnetized W/CoFeB/MgO Films with High Thermal Stability," Scientific Reports, 2018, 8, p. 13395

2. Wu, X.W., Walter, J., Feng, T.L., Zhu, J., Zheng, H., Mitchell, J.F., Biškup, N., Varela, M., Ruan, X.L., Leighton, C., Wang, X.J., "Glass-like Through-Plane Thermal Conductivity Induced by Oxygen Vacancies in Nanoscale Epitaxial La0.5Sr0.5CoO3-δ." Advanced Functional Materials, 2017, 27 (47), p. 1704233.

3. Zheng, K., Sun, F., Zhu, J., Ma, Y., Li, X., Tang, D., Wang, F., and Wang, X.J., "Enhancing the thermal conductance of polymer and sapphire interface via Self-Assembled Monolayer." ACS Nano, 2016, 10 (8), pp. 7792–7798

4. Chen, J.Y., Zhu, J., Zhang, D., Lattery, D., Li, M., Wang, J.P., and Wang, X.J., "Time-Resolved Magneto-Optical Kerr Effect of Magnetic Nano-Films for Ultrafast Thermal Characterization." The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 2016, 7, pp. 2328-2332.

5. Wu, X.W., Ni, Y., Zhu, J., Burrows, N.D., Murphy, C.J., Dumitrica, T., Wang, X.J., "Thermal Transport across Surfactant Layers on Gold Nanorods in Aqueous Solution." ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2016, 8 (16), pp. 10581–10589.

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