Current research interests:

 Infrared Absorption and Heat-Resistant Materials*

 Microwave Absorbing Materials*

 Thermoelectric Materials: Energy Conversion from Heat to Electricity*

 Photovoltaics and photo catalysis

 Nano porous structure and nanotechnology

 Chemical sensing and biomaterial detection


*New Research Fields (From 2017 to Current):


*Infrared Absorption and Heat-Resistant Materials

†††††† Infrared absorption and heat-resistant materials could greatly improve solar cell efficiency.† Heat energy from sun light is usually at infrared spectrum that is less than the energy band gap of light harvesting semiconductor in a typical solar cell. Infrared light and some visible light may waste as heat or just simply pass through the solar panel. Using a designed surface coater to absorb or reflect infrared light will enhance solar cell quality and efficiency.









*Microwave Absorbing Materials

†††††† The electromagnetic spectrum for detection purposes has been investigated intensively from ultra violet through visible, infrared, microwave and radio frequencies. Based on the same theory, conversely detection avoidance through absorbing materials also interests military applications.† The exploitation of microwave (radar) absorbing materials has a long history since the advent of radar in the 1930ís. Absorber design has incorporated materials with different loss mechanisms and has make use of physical optics to optimize absorption over wide bandwidths. Absorbers therefor come with many different materials, shapes and structures.†


*Thermoelectric Materials: Energy Conversion from Heat to Electricity

†††††† Thermoelectric effects enable direct conversion between thermal and electrical energy. Such devices provide an alternative for power generation and refrigeration. Promising thermoelectric materials show simultaneously high electrical conductivity, high thermoelectric power, and low thermal conductivity. These properties define thermoelectric materials with large molecular weights, complex crystal structure, and liquid-like transports. Thermoelectric system is an environment-friendly energy conversion technology with the advantages of small size, high reliability, no pollutants and feasibility in a wide temperature range.











Techniques and methods you will learn:

 Spin-coating organic/inorganic thin films

 Self-assembly and self-organizing

 Nano patterning and thin film fabrication

 Optical and electronic property measurement

 Review optical physics and energy conversion principles


 Dr. Fanís research currently focuses on design, growth, and characterization of novel materials with emphasis on nanoscale thin films. The project is to develop a fast, easy and low cost process to fabricate nanoporous metal oxide thin films and membranes for solar energy conversion, photocatalysis, and biomaterials detections. Dr. Fan is also interested in the optical, electronic and magnetic properties of organic/inorganic hybrid systems and bulk materials for the applications of molecular memory and spintronic devices. Now exploring 3 new research fields: Infrared Absorption and Heat-Resistant Materials; Microwave Absorbing Materials; Thermoelectric Materials: Energy Conversion from Heat to Electricity.


1982-1989, BS & MS, in Applied Physics, Dept. of Physics, Anhui University, China

1996-1999, Ph.D† in Condensed Matter Physics, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China


Research Experience                                                                                     

2007-Present, Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Marshall University

2004-2007, Research Specialist, Dept. of Chemistry, University of California at Santa Cruz

2003-2004, Visiting Scholar, Dept. of Chemistry, State University of New York

2000-2002, Postdoc, Tokyo Institute of Technology & National Institute of Materials Science of Japan


Professional Membership

American Physics Society, Materials Research Society, American Chemistry Society


Research Projects

 Infrared Absorption and Heat-Resistant Materials

 Microwave Absorbing Materials

 Thermoelectric Materials: Energy Conversion from Heat to Electricity

 High Efficient Perovskite Solar Cells

 Porous Thin Films for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

 SAM-Based Molecular Junction Devices

 Contact Printing and Stamp Deformation

 Porous Doped Metal Oxides for Photocatalysis under Visible Light

 Diluted Magnetic Semiconductors








Dr. Xiaojuan (Judy) Fan

Associate Professor

Department of Physics and Physical Science

Marshall University

One John Marshall Drive

Huntington, WV 25755

Office S256, Lab S151

Phone: (304) 696-3757

Fax: (304) 696-2949

Email: fan2@marshall.edu