BEN's Lab @Northumbria

Extreme Materials and Devices Lab @Northumbria


1. ‘Mechanically Gated Electrical Switches By Creasing Of Patterned Metal/Elastomer Bilayer Films’, U.S. IP No.:  20150294805, Published Date:  OCT, 2015.

Peer Reviewed Journal:


N. R. Geraldi, L. E. Dodd, B. Xu, D. Wood, G. Wells, G. McHale, M. I. Newton, Bioinspired nanoparticle spray-coating for superhydrophobic flexible materials with oil/water separation capabilities, 2018, Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, in press.
33. D. Wang, N. Cheewaruangroj, Y. Li, G. McHale, Y. Jiang, D. Wood, J. S. Biggins,
B. Xu, Spatially configuring wrinkle pattern and multi-scale surface evolution with structural confinement, 2018, Advanced Functional Materials, in press.

32. N. R. Gerald, L.E. Dodd,
B. Xu, G.G. Wells, D. Wood, M. I Newton, G. McHale, Drag reduction properties of superhydrophobic mesh pipes, Surface Topography: Metrology and Properties, (5)2017, pp. 034001.
31. E. R. Gutierrez, J.H Guan,
B. Xu, G. McHale, G.G. Wells, R. Ledesma-Aguilar, Energy invariance in capillary systems, Physical Review Letters, (118)2017, pp. 218003.
30. Y. Li, D. Wang, J. Richardson,
B. Xu, Responsive Hydrogels Based Lens Structure with Configurable Focal Length for Intraocular Lens (IOLs) Application, Macromolecular Symposia,(372)2017, pp. 127 –131.
29. H.B. Lu, Y.Z. Liu,
B. Xu, D. Hui, Y.Q. Fu, Spontaneous biaxial pattern generation and autonomous wetting switching on the surface of gold/shape memory polystyrene bilayer, Composites Part B: Engineering, (122)2017, pp. 9 –15.
28. J.H Guan, E. R. Gutierrez,
B. Xu, D. Wood, G. McHale, R. Ledesma-Aguilar, G.G. Wells. Drop transport and positioning on lubricant impregnated surfaces,Soft Matter, (13)2017, pp.3404-3410.

27. L. E Dodd, N. R. Gerald,
B. Xu, G. McHale, G.G. Wells, S. Stuart-Cole. , J. Martin, M.I. Newton, D. Wood. Low friction droplet transportation on a substrate with a selective Leidenfrost effect, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, (8)2016, pp 22658–22663.
26. H. Lu, J. Yin,
B. Xu, J. Gou, D. Hui, and Y.Q. Fu, Synergistic effects of carboxylic acid-functionalized carbon nanotube and nafion/silica nanofiber on electrical actuation efficiency of shape memory polymer nanocomposite, Composites Part B: Engineering, (100)2015, pp.146–151.
25. N. R. Gerald, G. McHale,
B. Xu, G.G. Wells, L. E Dodd, D. Wood, M.I. Newton. Leidenfrost transition temperature for stainless steel meshes, Materials Letters, (176)2016, pp.205–208.
B. Xu, Q.H. Liu, Z.G. Suo, R. C. Hayward. Reversible electrochemically-triggered delamination blistering of hydrogel films on micro patterned electrodes, 2016, Advanced Functional Materials, (26) 2016, pp.3218–3225.
23. T. Yuan, Y. Jiang, B. Xiang, Y. Li,
B. Xu, M. Yan. Ever-increasing pseudocapacitance in RGO-MnO-RGO sandwich nanostructure to dominate rate performance for ultrahigh-rate Li-ion batteries, Advanced Functional Materials, (26)2016, pp.2198-2206.
22. M. Lei*,
B. Xu*, Y.T. Yao, H.B. Lu, Y. Q. Fu. Micro-mechanics of nanostructured carbon/shape memory polymer hybrid thin film, Soft Matter, (12)2016, pp.106-114.


21. Y. Yao, J.J. Wang, H.B. Lu,
B. Xu, Y.Q. Fu, Y.J. Liu, J.S. Leng, Thermosetting epoxy resin /thermoplastic system with combined shape memory and self-healing properties, Smart Materials and Structures, (25)2015, 015021.
20. J.H. Guan, G.G. Wells,
B.B.Xu, G. McHale, D. Wood, J. Martin, S. Stuart-Cole, Evaporation of Sessile Droplets on Slippery Liquid-Infused Porous Surfaces (SLIPS), Langmuir, (31)2015, pp.11781–11789
19. D. Zhang, B. Wang, Y. Jiang, P. Zhou, Z. Chen,
B. Xu and M. Yan, Enhanced Electrocatalytic Performance of Co3O4/Ketjen-Black Cathodes for Li-O2 Batteries, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, (653)2015, pp.604-610,
18. H. Lu, X. Wang, Y. Yao, J. Gou, D. Hui,
B. Xu and Y.Q. Fu, Synergistic Effect of Siloxane Modified Aluminum Nanopowders and Carbon Fiber on Electrothermal Efficiency of Polymeric Shape Memory Nanocomposite, Composites Part B: Engineering, (80)2015, pp.1–6.
17. Y.Z. Jiang, Y. Li, W.P. Sun,
B. Xu, et al, Spatially-confined lithiation/delithiation in a highly dense nanocomposite anodes towards advanced lithium-ion batteries, Energy & Environmental Science, (8)2015, pp.1471-1479,
16. M. Lei, H.B. Lu, Y.T. Yao, C. Zha,
B. Xu and Y. Q. Fu, Structural design of stretchable Au electrode to enable shape memory polymer for electrical actuation, Smart Materials and Structures, (24)2015, 045015,
15. S.Y. Yu, Y. Li, Y.H. Lu,
B. Xu, Q.T. Wang, M. Yan, Y.Z. Jiang. A promising cathode material of sodium iron-nickel hexacyanoferrate for sodium ion batteries, Journal of Power Sources, 275(2015), pp.45-49,

B. Xu, D.Y. Cheng, R. C. Hayward. Mechanically gated transistors by creasing of patterned metal/elastomer bilayer films. Advanced Materials, (25)2014, pp.4381–4385.
13. M. Yan, M. J. Hu, D. Zhang, T. Z. Yuan, W. P. Sun,
B. Xu, Y. Z. Jiang. Transition metal oxides for high performance sodium ion battery anodes, Nano Energy, (4)2014, pp.60-66.

B. Xu, R. C. Hayward. Low-voltage switching of crease patterns on hydrogel surfaces, Advanced Materials, (39)2013, pp.5555–5559.

Before 2012
B. Xu, Y. Q. Fu et al. Electro-responsive polystyrene shape memory polymer nanocomposites, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Letters, (4)2012, pp.1-7.
10. M. Ahmad,
B. Xu, et al. High Performance Shape Memory Polyurethane Synthesized with High Molecular Weight Polyol as Soft Segment, Applied Sciences, (2)2012, pp.535-548
9. M. Ahmad, J.K. LuoB. Xu, Y.Q. Fu, et al. Synthesis and Characterization of Polyurethane-based Shape Memory Polymer for tailored Tg around Body Temperature for Medical Applications, Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics. (121)2011,pp.592-602.
8. Y.Z. Jiang, W.P. Sun, B. Xu, M. Yan, N. Bahlawane. Unusual enhancement in electrical conductivity of tin oxide thin films with zinc doping. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, (13)2011, pp. 5760-5763
B. Xu, Y. Q. Fu, M. Ahmad, J. K. Luo, et al. Thermo-mechanical properties of polystyrene-based shape memory nanocomposites, Journal of Materials Chemistry, (20)2010, pp. 3442-3448.   
B. Xu, Y. Q. Fu, W. M. Huang, Y.T. Pei, et al. Thermal-Mechanical Properties of Polyurethane-Clay Shape Memory Polymer Nanocomposites. Polymers, (2)2010, pp.31-39.   
5. Y Q Fu, C Shearwood,
B. Xu, L G Yu and K A Khor. Characterization of spark plasma sintered Ag nano-powders, Nanotechnology, (21)2010, 115707 (7pp). 
4. B. Xu, W.M. Huang, Y.T. Pei, Y.Q. Fu, et al. Mechanical properties of attapulgite clay reinforced polyurethane shape memory nanocomposites, European Polymer Journal, (45)2009, pp. 1904–1911.
3. B. Xu, M.Q Zhong, L Sun, S.F Xiang, L.X Xu. The UV aging resistance and crystallization of PP/nano-TiO2 or nano-ZnO composites, Polymer Materials Science & Engineering, (23)2007,pp.137-140.
B. Xu, M.Q Zhong, S.F Xiang. Synthesis of Hydrosol for paper surface using by emulsion polymerization. China Adhesives, (15)2006, pp.28-30.
1. L. Sun,
B. Xu, M.Q Zhong. Study on the Modification of Polypropylene through Melt-grafting, Plastic Science&Technology, (34)2006, pp.16-18.