Xianming (Simon) Dai

Xianming (Simon) Dai

[email protected]
Phone: 972-883-5449
Mail Box: ECW 31
Office: NSERL 4.704
800 West Campbell Rd.
Mailstop: ECW 31
Richardson, TX 75080-3021

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Assistant Professor
of Mechanical Engineering


Post-Doc: Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, 2016

PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of South Carolina, 2013.

MS, Thermal Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 2009

BS, Thermal Energy and Power Engineering, Chongqing University, 2007

Research Interests

Heat transfer, nanofabrication, microfluidics, mechanobiology, and clean water

Five Most Recent Journal Publications, Book Chapters, and Books

  • Lei Zhang, Zongqi Guo, Jyotirmoy Sarma, and Xianming Dai, “Passive removal of highly wetting liquids and ice on quasi-liquid surfaces”, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 12 (2020) 20084-20095.
  • Gaurav Kumar Sirohia, and Xianming Dai, “Designing air-independent slippery rough surfaces for condensation”, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 140 (2019) 777-785.
  • Xianming Dai, Nan Sun, Steven O. Nielsen, Birgitt Boschitsch Stogin, Jing Wang, Shikuan Yang, and Tak-Sing Wong, “Hydrophilic directional slippery rough surfaces for water harvesting”, Science Advances, 4(3) (2018) eaaq0919. [ESI highly cited paper. Highlighted by NSF Science360; Reported by New Scientist and ACS C&EN]
  • Shikuan Yang, Xianming Dai, Birgitt Boschitsch Stogin, and Tak-Sing Wong, “Ultrasensitive surface-enhanced Raman scattering detection in common fluids”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 113(2) (2015) 268-273. [Direct submission, ESI highly cited paper.]
  • Xianming Dai, Birgitt Boschitsch Stogin, Shikuan Yang, and Tak-Sing Wong, “Slippery Wenzel State”, ACS Nano, 9(9) (2015) 9260-9267. [Top 1 most downloaded paper for twelve months]

Major Honors and Awards

  • Army Research Office Young Investigator Award, 2019
  • ASME Best Poster Award in the Micro and Nano Technology Forum, 2019
  • Water harvesting work highlighted by Nature Materials in Material Witness, 2019
  • 1st place prize in the STEM Bridge summer camp, 2018
  • JALA Top Ten Breakthroughs Award, 2016