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Posted - 01/13/2010 :  23:13:18
Wanli Xu

110 ChE bldg, South Stadium Dr,
Louisiana State University,
Baton Rouge, LA 70803,

OBJECTIVE: Seeking an internship or full time position as a chemical engineer/electrochemist in Lithium-ion battery design and testing, where my experience and knowledge can be utilized and further developed fully.

Creative with effective interpersonal skills and organizational abilities.
Strong, coordinating, planning and problem solving abilities.
Ability to work under pressure in time-sensitive, fast-paced environments.
Specialized in silicon electrochemical and electroless etching for nanowire fabrication and its applications as battery anode for lithium ion battery.
Experienced in Silicon processing including cleaning, etching, PVD, thermal treatment, Cleaning room operation, and etc.
Experienced in silicon nanowire anode preparation in glove-box system and anode testing via cyclic voltammetry, charge/discharge test, impedance analysis and other potentiostat measurements.
Proficient in SEM, AFM, XPS, XRD, FTIR, TEM and various material analysis tools.
Uncanny ability to handle projects from planning through to execution.
Fluent in both spoken and written English.


Fabrication of silicon nanowires in large quantity

Fabricated silicon nanowires via electroless etching in aqueous solution.
Scaled up the facile fabrication of silicon nanowires from mille-gram level to gram level each batch.
Silicon nanowire separation, purification and storage.

Application of silicon nanowire as interconnects for microelectronic system via nickel silicidation

Deposition of silicon nanowire on inter-digited microelectrodes, and creation of ohmic connects via thermal annealing to form nickel monosilicide (NiSi) contacts.
Electrical measurement of the annealed electrodes shows decrease in resistant by several orders of magnitudes and characterization of the contact proves monosilicide formation.

Silicon nanowire composite anode design and testing

Designed and prepared silicon nanowires composite anode for lithium-ion battery from scratch by using the electrolessly fabricated silicon nanowires.
Performed tests on the prepared anodes, including cyclic voltammetry, charge/discharge behavior and impedance analysis to study the cycliability and capacity retention.
Studied the surface chemistry of the Solid Electrolyte Interphase (SEI) on anode material to reveal further mechanisms governing the capacity fading problems.



Louisiana State University (LSU)
Baton Rouge LA
2006 now
Doctoral Study in Chemical Engineering: Silicon nanowire fabrication and applications.
Department of Chemical Engineering, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA (Anticipated Graduation Date: Sep. 2010) GPA:3.5/4

Dalian University of Technology (DUT)
Dalian P.R. CHINA
2001 2006
Bachelor in Chemical Engineering with intensive English training
School of Chemical Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, P.R. China GPA: 89/100


1. Wanli Xu and John C. Flake, Composite Silicon Nanowire Anode for Second Lithium Ion Cells, Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 157 (1) A41-A45 (2010)
2. Wanli Xu, Valdim Palshin and John C. Flake. Nickel Monosilicide Contact Formation in Electrolessly Etched Silicon Nanowires Deposition onto Nickel Electrodes, Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 156 (7) H544-H547 (2009)
3. Wanli Xu, John C. Flake. Integration and application of electrochemically-etched silicon nanowires. ECS Transactions 16 (3), 237-244 (2008)
4. Z. R. Scheibal, Wanli Xu, Audiffred, J. E. Henry and J. C. Flake, Protein Immobilization onto Silicon Nanowires via Electrografting of Hexynoic Acid, Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters, 11 (8) K81-K84 (2008)


1. Wanli Xu and John C. Flake, Silicon Nanowire Composite Anode for Lithium Rechargeable Batteries, 2009 AIChE annual meeting, Nashville, TN.
2. Sri Sai S. Vegunta, Wanli Xu, John Peter Ngunjiri, and John C. Flake, Alkyl Functionalized Silicon Surfaces, 2009 AIChE annual meeting, Nashville, TN.
3. Johnpeter N. Ngunjiri, Sri S. Vegunta, Wanli Xu, and John C. Flake, Electrografting of Organic Monolayers on Planar and Nanowire Silicon Substrates 2008 ECS 216th biannual meeting, Vienna, Austira
4. Wanli Xu and John C. Flake, Nickel silicidation formation on electrolessly fabricated silicon nanowires, 2008 ECS 214th biannual meeting, Honolulu, HI.
5. Wanli Xu and John C. Flake, Electrolessly Fabrication of Silicon Nanowires and its applications 2007 ECS 212th biannual meeting, Washington, DC.


Electrochemistry Society student member
AIChE student member


2007: Electrochemical Society Student Travel Grant
2006 to 2010: Graduate Supplement Award from Graduate School, Louisiana State University
2001 to 2006: Academic Excellence Scholarship, Dalian University of Technology


I am a native Chinese speaking fluent English, and learned both French and Japanese at entry level. Hobbies include travel and reading. I am also an active member within Chinese community in Baton Rouge, and worked as hostess for Chinese New Year party of Baton Rouge in the year of 2007 and 2008, and Chinese Culture Night 2009.

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