ABOUT PROFESSOR XI
Professor Xiaoxing Xi is the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Physics at Temple University. Professor Xi is a proud American citizen who has lived and worked in the U.S. for over 25 years. He currently lives in Philadelphia, and is married with two daughters. He became chair of Temple's physics department in 2014, after spending 15 years at Penn State University and several years at the Karlsruhe Nuclear Research Center in Germany, Bell Communication Research/Rutgers University, and the University of Maryland.
Professor Xi was born in Beijing, China and grew up during the Cultural Revolution. As a result, his formative years were filled with hardship -- after graduating high school, he was sent to the countryside to perform manual labor, working in crop fields and shoveling manure from pigsties. When the Cultural Revolution ended, he took the first opportunity he could to go to college. He earned top marks on his college entrance exam in late 1977 and entered Peking University the following year.
After receiving his bachelors and PhD degrees at Peking University, Professor Xi and his wife came to the U.S. in 1989 to seek a better life and promising research opportunities. He joined the faculty of the Physics Department at Penn State University in July 1995, and stayed until June 2009, rising through the ranks of assistant professor, associate professor, and full professor, before moving to Temple University.
Professor Xi’s research is in the area of solid state physics, specifically concerning properties of thin film materials. At the time of his arrest, Professor Xi was conducting active research on four projects on magnesium diboride, three projects on oxide thin films, one project on superconductors that contain the element iron, and one project on monolayer two-dimensional materials, funded by various agencies.