Annie Xian Zhang (xzhang4)

Annie Xian Zhang

Assistant Professor

Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering and Science

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Edwin A. Stevens Hall 407
(201) 216-5541


  • PhD (2016) Columbia University (Mechanical Engineering)
  • BS (2009) University of Michigan - Shanghai Jiao Tong University joint program (visiting student at Purdue University) (Mechanical Engineering)


Nano and Quantum Scale Thermal and Thermoelectric Transport Phenomena

Micro & Nanomanufacturing

Low Dimensional Materials, Nano Crystals, and Thin Films

Micro Sensors

Machine Learning

Professional Service

  • Frontiers in Electronics - Flexible Electronics Editor
  • Journal Reviewer of >80 publications from Nature Communications, ACS Nano, 2D Materials, Physics Review B, Scientific Reports, Semiconductor Science and Technology, Journal of Mechanics, Proceedings of ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, etc.
  • American Association of University Women Fellowship Panelist
  • 2022 MRS Spring Meeting - Symposium "Thermal Processes and Management Under Unconventional Conditions" Symposium, Organizer
  • 2021 21st Symposium on Thermophysical Properties - Track "Thermal Properties of Nanostructured Materials" Chair
  • 2021 IEEE NEMS Program co-Chair
  • 2021 IEEE NEMS - Invited Session "Thermal management in Micro/Nano Systems" Chair
  • 2019-2021 ASME International Conference on Micro- and Nanosystems Symposium Chair
  • National Science Foundation Panelist
  • 2018 20th Symposium on Thermophysical Properties - Track "Thermal Properties of Nanostructured Materials" Chair

Honors and Awards

National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2022
National Science Foundation LEAPS-MPS Award, 2021
TEAN Education Award, 2019
Stevens Bridging Award, 2019
Educator, Amazon AWS Program, 2019
Travel grant, International Conference on Electron, Ion, and Photon Beam Technology and Nanofabrication, 2013
Silver medal, China National Mathematics Olympiad; Gold medal in Biology; Silver medal in Physics, 2005

Professional Societies

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Member
  • Materials Research Society Member
  • American Chemical Society Member
  • American Physical Society Member
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers Member

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Ye, F.; Liu, Q.; Xu, B.; Feng, P.; Zhang, X. (2023). Ultra-High Interfacial Thermal Conductance via Double hBN Encapsulation for Efficient Thermal Management of 2D Electronics. Small (Featured as Cover Article) (2205726 ed., vol. 19).
  2. Zhang, X. (2020). Please check the website of "" for publication information..


ME 354: Heat Transfer
NANO 600: Nanoscale Science and Technology
E 120: Engineering Graphics
ME 470: Mechanical Engineering Systems Laboratory
NANO 525: Techniques of Surface and Nanostructure Characterization
ME 181: Seminar in Mechanical Engineering