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Xiangbo Meng

Xiangbo Meng

Assistant Professor


(MEEG)-Mechanical Engineering

Phone: 479-575-4912

Fax: 479-575-6982

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Dr. Meng received one PhD degree in Mechanical & Materials Engineering (2011) with Prof. Andy Sun and another in Chemical & Biochemical Engineering (2008) with Prof. Jesse Zhu at University of Western Ontario (ON, Canada). Prior to joining University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AR) in 2016, Dr. Meng was a research fellow (2016) in Energy Systems Division at Argonne National Laboratory (Lemont, IL) with Dr. Jeffrey W. Elam and a research associate (2012) in Chemistry Department at Brookhaven National Laboratory (Upton, NY) with Dr. Xiao-Qing Yang. Dr. Meng is the recipient of a Canadian NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship, the AVS Student Award in ALD, the 2nd Prize of OCE Competition, Western Engineering Scholarship, ECS Travel Grant, and the nominee of Canadian CGS/UMI Distinguished Dissertation Award.  

1. Smartly controllable nanosynthesis using atomic and molecular layer deposition

Atomic/Molecular Layer Deposition (ALD/MLD) are powerful techniques in developing novel nanostructured materials with unrivaled precision and controllability, suitable for almost any organic and inorganic materials. Consequently, they are providing new solutions in many applications from semiconductors to catalysis, new energies, surface engineering, metamaterials, and biomedical areas. Our research features the utilization of in situ techniques (such as quadrupole mass spectroscopy, quartz crystal microbalance, and Fourier infrared spectroscopy) to explore new ALD/MLD processes for novel inorganic, organic, and hybrid materials. This study has great potential in providing solutions to the above-mentioned applications. 

Our group focuses on using ALD/MLD to fabricate new nanomaterials for various energy-storage battery systems as anodes, cathodes, and solid-state electrolytes.


2. Development of next-generation high-performance advanced battery technologies


Our research aims at developing feasible strategies to resolve existing technical issues in various battery systems including lithium-ion batteries (LIBs), lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries, lithium-air (Li-O2) batteries, sodium-based batteries, and manganese-based batteries.

One of our strategies is smartly designing various nanostructured materials as electrodes in hope of improving transport of lithium ions and electrons, enhancing mechanical stability, and fully utilizing active materials.

Another important area of our research lies in interfacial engineering of batteries. In this way, we have succeeded in developing many types of ALD coatings to modify interfaces between electrodes and electrolytes in different batteries.    

In addition, we are pioneered in exploring solid-state electrolytes to replace traditional liquid electrolytes, and thereby ultimately resolving battery safety issues and the interfacial instability due to the direct contact of electrodes with liquid electrolytes.

Furthermore, we are active in investigating fundamental electrochemical mechanisms behind new electrode materials. By combining world-class synchrotron-based techniques (including x-ray diffraction and x-ray absorption) at Advanced Photon Source (APS), we have succeeded in clearly addressing electrochemical reactions for several new materials.

The last but not the least, our group has strong ties with industries and we pay a special stress on technical transfers of our discoveries. 

Graduate Courses

  • MEEG 591V- Special Topics- Section 025

          Energy Conversion and Storage via Electrochemistry: Rechargeable Secondary Batteries

  • MEEG 591V- Special Topics- Section 024

           Hybrid Electrical Vehicles 


Undergraduate Courses

  • MEEG 491V - Special Topics- Section 025

          Energy Conversion and Storage via Electrochemistry: Rechargeable Secondary Batteries

  • MEEG 491V- Special Topics- Section 024

           Hybrid Electrical Vehicles 

  • MEEG 4413

           Heat Transfer 

  • Ph.D. in Mechanical & Materials Engineering, University of Western Ontario
  • Ph.D. in Chemical & Biochemical Engineering, University of Western Ontario
  • Master in Mechanical & Electrical Engineering, China University of Petroleum
  • Bachelor in Chemical Engineering, Northwest University

Selected publications from over 50 articles:

  • X. Meng, X. Wang, D. Geng, C. Ozgit-Akgun, N. Schneider, and J. W. Elam, Atomic layer deposition for nanomaterials synthesis and functionalization in energy technology, Materials Horizons, 2017, DOI: 10.1039/C6MH00521G.
  • N. P. Dasgupta, X. Meng, A. B. Martinson, and J. W. Elam, Atomic layer deposition of metal sulfide thin films and nanostructures, Accounts of Chemical Research, 2015, 48, 341-348. 
  • X. Meng, D. Comstock, T. Fister, and J. W. Elam, Atomic layer deposition of nanoscale Li2S films for high performance lithium-sulfur batteries, ACS Nano, 2014, 8, 10963-10972. 
  • X. Meng, K. He, D. Su, C. Sun, X. Zhang, C. Sun, Y. Ren, W. Weng, L. Trahey, and J. W. Elam, Gallium sulfide-single walled carbon nanotube composites: high-performance anodes for lithium-ion batteries, Advanced Functional Materials, 2014, 24, 5435-5442. 
  • X Meng, J. Libera, T. T. Fister, H. Zhou, P. Fenter, and J. W. Elam, Atomic layer deposition of gallium sulfide films using hexakis(dimethylamido)digallium and hydrogen sulfide, Chemistry of Materials, 2014, 26, 1029-1039. 
  • X. Meng, X.-Q. Yang, and X. Sun, Emerging applications of atomic layer deposition for lithium-ion batteries, Advanced Materials, 2012, 24, 3589-3615.
  • X. Li, X. Meng, D. Geng, J. Yang, J. Liu, R. Li, and X. Sun, Three dimensional sandwich-structured crystalline and amorphous SnO2-graphene nanosheet composites with superior Li+ storage for high performance lithium ion battery anode materials, Advanced Functional Materials, 2012, 22, 1647-1654. 
  • Lead Guest Editor for Special Issue for Atomic Layer Deposition in Journal of Nanomaterials, 2015-2016.
  • Technological Committee Member, International Symposium on Materials Application and Engineering, Chiang Mai, Thailand, August 20 – 21, 2016.
  • Review panels of 33 scientific journals

Angewandte Chemie International Edition 

Nano Letters

Advanced Functional Materials

Advanced Energy Materials

Nano Energy

Chemistry of Materials

Scientific Reports


Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics

Journal of Materials Chemistry A

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces

Advanced Materials Interfaces


Electrochimica Acta

RSC Advances

Journal of Physical Chemistry

Chemical Engineering Science

Chemical Engineering Journal

Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics

International Journal of Hydrogen Energy

Journal of Nanoparticle Research, etc.

  • Invited reviewer for research grant applications

          SBIR grants of the US Department of Energy (DOE), 2012 

          Argonne LDRD proposals of Director's Competitive Grant, 2013-2016.

  • Membership of professional associations

           AAAS, IOP, ACS, ECS

  • Selected Researcher for Midterm Review of CEES II, a US DOE EFRC research center, Mar. 01, 2016.
  • 228th ECS Meeting Travel Grant by The Electrochemical Society, October 2015.
  • CEES Director Nominated Researcher for DOE EFRC PI Meeting, October 2015.
  • Argonne Patent Application Award by Argonne National Laboratory, August 2015
  • Argonne Patent Application Award by Argonne National Laboratory, July 2015.
  • One paper ranked No. 3 in Advanced Materials Top 40, 2012
  • NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship sponsored by Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Oct. 2011 - Sept. 2013.
  • The AVS Student Award at 11th International Conference on Atomic Layer Deposition, Cambridge, MA, USA, 2011. 
  • One Paper selected as Cover Page in Nanotechnology, 2011.
  • Nomination to The National CAGS/UMI (Canadian Association for Graduate Studies/University Microfilms International) Distinguished Dissertation Award by the Dean of Graduate Studies at The University of Western Ontario, 2009.
  • 2nd Prize for OCE Student Competition, Ultrafine powder coating, The 3rd OCE (Ontario Centers of Excellence) Annual Discovery Conference Student (Video) Competition, Toronto, ON, Canada, 2008.
  • Western Engineering Scholarship from 2005 - 2008, The University of Western Ontario.