Department of Materials


Dr Xujin Bao BSc, MEng, PhD

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Senior Lecturer

Director of the Loughborough China Materials Partnership Programme


Xujin attained a BSc and MEng from the department of Materials Science and Engineering at South China University of Technology, China. He then worked as a lecturer in Beijing University of Chemical Technology for six years. Following his move to England, Xujin spent a year as a visiting scholar at Newcastle University, followed by completing a PhD in Materials Chemistry at Northumbria University in 1997. After another four years RA experience in Brunel University, Loughborough University and Queen Mary University of London, Xujin became a lecturer in 2000 then senior lecturer 2006 in the Department of Materials at Loughborough University.


  • BSC 1982 and MEng 1986 (China)
  • PhD Northumbria University, 1997, Materials Chemistry

Outline of main research interests:

Focus on Materials Chemistry, Energy Materials and Nanomaterials including:

  • Ceramic and ceramic composites derived from preceramic polymers.
  • Cold sintering of functional ceramics
  • Bioceramic nanoparticles and bioceramic/polymer nanocomposites.
  • Hybrid composites and functional materials via novel synthetic methods.
  • Semiconducting ceramic nanoparticles and thin films.
  • Electrolyte polymer membranes for high temperature fuel cell applications.
  • Clay/polymer nanocomposites for medical applications
  • Nanocomposite conformal coatings for Tin whisker applications
  • Preparation, processing and properties of solid-state Li battery materials


Current teaching responsibilities:

  • MPB201: Structures and Properties of Polymers
  • MPB208: Fracture Mechanics of Materials
  • MPC102: Fracture and Failure
  • MPC104: Tomorrows Materials
  • MPC114: Composite Materials
  • MPD103: Tomorrows Materials
  • TTP302: Vehicle System Analysis

Current administrative responsibilities:

  • Teaching and Learning Committee (UG)
  • Director of Loughborough-China Materials Partnership programme
  • Director of M.Sc programme: Materials Science and Technology
  • Equal Opportunities Advisor

Recent publications: 

 View central publications database


External Collaborators: 

  • Pera Innovation Ltd.
  • Rondol Technology Ltd.
  • A/C Industries Ltd.
  • Advanced Surface Polymer Ltd.
  • Clinipart Ltd.
  • Newcastle University
  • Ningxia Rare Metal Institute
  • Beijing University of Chemical Technology
  • HumiSeal
  • Johnson Matthey Colour Technology

External roles and appointments:

  • Member of Editorial boards:  Journal World Engineering, Journal of Nanoparticles and Journal of Advances in Applied Ceramics
  • Guest professor: National Engineering Research Centre of Special Metal Materials, China and Hubei University of Science and Technology
  • Member of EPSRC review panel