Xiao Mingfei




Email: xiaomf11@hust.edu.cn

Academic Areas: Polymer electronics, Printable electronics, Sensors

Born in October 1988, Professor Xiao earned his B.Eng. in Optoelectronic Information Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) in 2011. Subsequently, he obtained an M.Eng. in Physical Electronics from Tsinghua University in 2014. Continuing his academic journey, he earned a D.Phil in Physics from the Optoelectronics Group at Cavendish Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Cambridge, in 2020, under the supervision of Professor Henning Sirringhaus (Fellowship of the Royal Society).

During his Ph.D., Professor Xiao focused on researching charge transport and mechanical properties of solution-processable conjugated polymers, along with the exploration of printable polymeric transistors. Post-Ph.D., he transitioned to the Engineering Department at the University of Cambridge as a research associate, working under the guidance of Prof. Tawfique Hasan. During this period, his research expanded to cover a wider range of printing technologies and a broader spectrum of printable devices. Professor Xiao has authored more than 20 SCI/EI papers, including first-author contributions to two in Science Advances, one in Advanced Materials, and one in Advanced Functional Materials. Notably, his work showcased promising applications in flexible displays, novel-type biosensors, smart packaging, and medical image diagnostics.

Following the completion of his postdoctoral research, Professor Xiao joined the School of Mechanical Science and Engineering at HUST in 2023, where he was appointed as a full professor. Currently, he heads a dynamic interdisciplinary research group within the Intelligent Microsystems team. Professor Xiao's primary research pursuits are centered around the realms of printable electronics and sensors. Additionally, his academic interests extend to the thorough exploration of the physics and underlying mechanisms inherent in semiconductor materials and devices associated with these technologies. This comprehensive approach underscores his dedication to advancing the understanding and application of state-of-the-art materials and devices in the field.

Academic Degrees

09/2007-06/2011 Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, B.Eng.

09/2011-07/2014 Tsinghua University, China, M. Eng.

10/2014-07/2020 University of Cambridge, the United Kingdom, D.Phil.

Professional Experience

10/2020-10/2023, Research Associate, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

11/2023-present, Professor, School of Mechanical Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Selected Publications

[1] Achieving ideal transistor characteristics in conjugated polymer semiconductors. Science advances, 2023, 9(22): eadg8659.

[2] Charge transport physics of a unique class of rigid-rod conjugated polymers with fused-ring conjugated units linked by double carbon-carbon bonds. Science Advances, 2021, 7(18): eabe5280.

[3] Fused electron deficient semiconducting polymers for air stable electron transport. Nature communications, 2018, 9(1): 416.

[4] Spin relaxation of electron and hole polarons in ambipolar conjugated polymers. Nature communications, 2024, 15(1): 288.

[5] Anisotropy of Charge Transport in a Uniaxially Aligned Fused ElectronDeficient Polymer Processed by Solution Shear Coating. Advanced Materials, 2020, 32(23): 2000063.

[6] Linking GlassTransition Behavior to Photophysical and Charge Transport Properties of HighMobility Conjugated Polymers. Advanced Functional Materials, 2021, 31(7): 2007359.

Awards and Honors

Courses Taught



[1] European Research Council (ERC) synergy grant (610115) 

[2] Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) grant (EP/M005143/1

[3] Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EP/T014601/1)