Cheryl Xu


Dr. Chengying “Cheryl” Xu’s research interests are advanced manufacturing of multifunctional materials, sensor design and manufacturing in harsh environments, process optimization, and sensor-based health monitoring and control through artificial intelligence (AI). Dr. Xu is active in conducting research in the field of materials processing and advanced manufacturing and has attracted a high level of research funding. She co-authored a textbook (Intelligent Systems: Modeling, Optimization, and Control, CRC Press, 2008) and has published five book chapters. Dr. Xu chaired the 1st NSF National Wireless Research Collaboration Workshop in 2015. She serves as an Associate Editor of ASME Transactions since 2015.

Research Interests

Dr. Xu’s research focus is the manufacturing of multifunctional ceramic materials, especially on their electrical/dielectric, mechanical, and thermal properties, and how to manufacture such materials for high-temperature applications. Such studies provide great flexibility in design and manufacturing and meet various application requirements, such as high-temperature sensor design, electromagnetic (EM) absorption material, high-temperature radio frequency (RF) transparent materials, metamaterial designs for extreme conditions, etc. The capabilities to effectively integrate these technologies and materials into applicable devices are critical for industry and federal government laboratories. Her research interests have been in the field of advanced manufacturing, and applying the knowledge and experience to help bring engineering components and devices for next-generation energy, environmental, aerospace, and defense applications, with specific focuses on the following aspects:

  • Research and development of novel multifunctional materials with desirable structures/functionalities;
  • Developing practical/robust manufacturing processes to transform new materials into engineering components and devices;
  • Understanding the fundamental physics and chemistry of advanced manufacturing processes;
  • Integrating artificial intelligence (AI) / machine learning (ML) into manufacturing processes.


Synthesis and characterization of functionally graded SiC-mullite thermal material
Sultana, F., Yang, N., Xu, C., Monroe, J., & El-Ghannam, A. (2024), JOURNAL OF SOLID STATE CHEMISTRY, 330.
An ultrathin polymer-derived UHTCs coating on CFRP substrate: Effective electromagnetic wave absorber
Yang, N., & Xu, C. (2023), COMPOSITES COMMUNICATIONS, 43.
Impact and wetting of polysilazane droplets on a metal surface
Polymer-derived SiOC reinforced with core-shell nanophase structure of ZrB2/ZrO2 for excellent and stable high-temperature microwave absorption (up to 900 degrees C)
Jia, Y., Yang, N., Xu, S., Snyder, A. D. D., Patrick, J. F. F., Kumar, R., … Xu, C. (2023), SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 13(1).
Structural Electromagnetic Absorber Based on MoS2/PyC-Al2O3 Ceramic Metamaterials
Liu, X., Liu, H., Wu, H., Zhou, Q., Liang, H., Liu, G., … Riedel, R. (2023, April 22), SMALL, Vol. 4.
The Role of Carbon Content: A Comparison of the Nickel Particle Size and Magnetic Property of Nickel/Polysiloxane-Derived Silicon Oxycarbide
Yang, N., Zhang, X., Reynolds, L., Kumah, D., & Xu, C. (2023, January 24), ADVANCED ENGINEERING MATERIALS, Vol. 1.
Vibration-based hidden damage imaging using stereo cameras with digital image correlation
Wang, S., Abbott, T. B., Fong, R.-Y., Xu, C., & Yuan, F.-G. (2023, August 30), STRUCTURAL HEALTH MONITORING-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL, Vol. 8.
Dielectric and mechanical properties of hypersonic radome materials and metamaterial design: A review
Kenion, T., Yang, N., & Xu, C. (2022). [Review of , ]. JOURNAL OF THE EUROPEAN CERAMIC SOCIETY, 42(1), 1–17.
Electron beam sintering (EBS) process for Ultra-High Temperature Ceramics (UHTCs) and the comparison with traditional UHTC sintering and metal Electron Beam Melting (EBM) processes
Pasagada, V. K. V., Yang, N., & Xu, C. (2022), CERAMICS INTERNATIONAL, 48(7), 10174–10186.
Highly electromagnetic transparent ceramic composite made of boron nitride nanotubes and silicon oxynitride via perhydropolysilazane infiltration method
Yang, N., Xu, S., & Xu, C. (2022), SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 12(1).

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Cheryl Xu