MSE Seminar Series: Xiaoxing Xi, Temple University
Friday, March 3, 2017
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Room 2110, Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Building
U.S.A. vs. Xiaoxing Xi: Why It Matters
As Interim Chair of Temple University’s Physics Department, May 20, 2015 was a normal day for me filled with work on my class, research, promotion of colleagues, and a university task force I was chairing. I had given a public lecture for “Pint of Science,” a science festival, at an Irish pub before picking up my wife at the airport, who was returning from an overseas conference trip. My elder daughter had come home a day earlier from college for a few days. We made a plan to visit a restaurant to try their famous Korean fried chicken. All of this was suddenly and forever changed a few hours later when I was awoken by the urgent pounding on my door. I was arrested by armed FBI agents and indicted by the U.S. government for sharing protected U.S. company technology with China. The indictment was dismissed in September after it had become clear that I did not share the protected technology with China. My case has raised serious concerns about international collaborations in science and technology, civil rights, and the long-term national security and economic future of the United States.
Xiaoxing Xi is Laura H. Carnell Professor of Physics at Temple University. Prior to joining Temple in 2009, he was a Professor of Physics and Materials Science and Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. He received his PhD degree in physics from Peking University and Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Science, in 1987. After several years of research at the Karlsruhe Nuclear Research Center, Germany, Bell Communication Research/Rutgers University, and University of Maryland, he joined the Physics faculty at Penn State in 1995. He is Fellow of the American Physical Society, and was a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award and a Chang Jiang Scholar at Tsinghua University, China. His research focuses on the materials physics of oxide, boride, and 2-dimensional dichalcogenide thin films, in particular epitaxial thin films and heterostructures at the nanoscale. He has published over 300 refereed journal articles and is holder of three patents in the area of thin films of high-Tc superconductors and magnesium diboride.