SUN, Andy (Xueliang)

Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

B.Sc. Tianjin University of Sciences and Technology, China (1985)
M.Sc. Tianjin Normal University, China (1990)
Ph.D. University of Manchester (UMIST), UK (1999)
Post-doc fellow, University of British Columbia, Canada (1999-2001)
Research Associate, INRS-Energy & Materials, Canada (2001-2004)


DR. SUN’s research is associated with materials science and surface science in general. Particular interests are currently concentrated on nanotechnology and clean energy. Specifically, Dr. Sun’s and his group’s research activities include synthesis of carbon nanotubes and metal oxide nanowires as electrodes for fuel cells and sensors.

Dr. Sun’s research group (called “Nano+Energy@Western Group”) is using various methods, including chemical vapor deposition (CVD), plasma enhanced CVD and template methods, to fabricate one-dimensional nanomaterials such as nanotubes and nanowires. These nanomaterials have been integrated into fuel cell and sensor electrodes to reduce their cost and improve their performance.

Dr. Sun’s research is a mixture of fundamental studies and practical applications. An important aspect in his studies is to understand the growth mechanisms of nanomaterials and their behavior in fuel cells and sensors by applying various modern characterization techniques such as high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning Auger microscopy (SAM), energy-dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX), X-ray Diffraction (XRD), scanning probe microscopy (SPM) and electrochemical methods.

In addition, his research interests and expertise also include corrosion protection and exhaust emission control by nanotechnology for automobile applications.

KEYWORDS: Nanotechnology, Nanomaterials, Carbon nanotubes, Metal Oxide Nanowires, Nanoparticles, Clean Energy, Fuel Cells, Sensors, MEMS/NEMS, Materials Science and Surface Engineering, Electrochemistry, Microscopy

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Western Engineering

Spencer Engineering Building,
Room number 3089
Telephone: 519-661-2111 Ext. 87759
Fax: 519-661-3020
E-mail: xsun@eng.uwo.ca