Dr. Wenwu Xu received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Beijing University of Technology (China) in 2011. He then pursued postdoctoral research at Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena (Germany) in 2012 and The University of Manchester (U.K.) in 2013-2015. Since 2016, he has been working in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at University of California, Merced as a visiting researcher and later as a lecturer. He then joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at San Diego State University in 2017 Fall.
As shown in the figure, Dr. Xu’s research focuses on multiscale computational modeling of various material systems across different length scales including continuum, microscopic, atomistic, and quantum mechanics. He also uses extensively the high-performance supercomputing for this research. The current research effort in Dr. Xu’s group (Multiscale Modeling of Materials, M3) is multiscale atom-to-continuum modeling of nanomechanics and nanosintering of metals, ceramics, and their composite materials. In addition, the M3 group is incorporating the latest computational techniques (for example, high-throughput modeling) and database development of mechanical properties of nanomaterials. The applications of this work are expected to span from fundamental material sciences to mechanical engineering design.