Xiaowu Fan Ph.D.

Fan, Xiaowu
Position Department / Business Unit
Dept. of Chemistry
Institution Disciplines
University of Alabama at Birmingham
City State / Provence
Birmingham Alabama
Country Website
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During his Ph.D. study, he published 18 journal articles and 2 invited reviews in Dekker Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. He also received the annual Academic Excellence Award from International Student and Scholar Services of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

In 2003, he became a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Biomedical Engineering Department of Northwestern University supervised by Prof. Phillip Messersmith. His postdoctoral research involves antifouling/antibacterial biopolymer/copolymer thin films by controlled aqueous surface-initiated polymerization from biomedical implant and device surfaces including Ti, Ti6Al4V, Ni-Ti, and stainless steel; modification and stabilization of metal oxide colloidal nanoparticles with polymer coatings synthesized by in situ graft polymerizations; biomimetic synthesis of water-soluble acrylate/arylamide monomers and radical initiators for functional coatings in biomedical applications; and thermosenstive biocompatible polymers/copolymers for novel synthetic bionanomaterials. These projects were supported by funding from NIH and NASA’s Biologically Inspired Materials (BIMat) program. His scientific background in composite materials, hand-on experience in monomer and polymer design and synthesis, as well as extensive thin film fabrication and surface characterization skills, have enabled a considerable amount of achievement in his field. Since 2001, Fan has published 1 patent, 2 invited book chapters, more than 20 research articles in peer-reviewed journals, and more than 30 proceeding papers and conference abstracts.


Fan received his B.S. in 1996 from Beijing University of Technology, China, where he also received his M.S. in Materials Engineering in 1999. He received his Ph.D. degree in Materials Science from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2003.

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