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Simon Dai

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

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Xianming (Simon) Dai

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
Superhydrophobic surfaces, wetting, nanofabrication, and thermal management

Five Most Recent Journal Publications, Book Chapters, and Books

  • 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. [Highlighted by NSF Science360; Reported by New Scientist and ACS C&EN]

  • Tengfei Xiang, Yang Han, Zongqi Guo, Rong Wang, Shunli Zheng, Sheng Li, Cheng Li, and Xianming Dai, "Fabrication of Inherent Anticorrosion Superhydrophobic Surfaces on Metals", ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 6(4) (2018) 5598-5606.

  • 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]

  • 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]

  • Xianming Dai, Mehdi Famouri, Aziz I. Abdulagatov, Ronggui Yang, Yung-Cheng Lee, Steven M. George, and Chen Li, “Capillary evaporation on micromembrane-enhanced microchannel wicks with atomic layer deposited silica”, Applied Physics Letters, 103(15) (2013) 151602. [Editor’s pick for two months]

Major Honors and Awards

  • Army Research Office Young Investigator Award, 2019

  • 1st place prize in the STEM Bridge summer camp, 2018

  • JALA Top Ten Breakthroughs Award, 2016

  • Outstanding Reviewer of Applied Thermal Engineering, 2014

  • Outstanding Graduate Cadre of Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 2008

  • Outstanding Undergraduate Student of Chongqing University, 2007

  • National Scholarship of China, 2006
  • First-class Academic Scholarship at Chongqing University, 2005

  • Membership: ASME, MRS, ACS, APS, and ISBE