Xian Shi

Xian Shi

Assistant Professor (Starting January 2022)

Samueli School of Engineering
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697

Shi’s research seeks to enable next-generation energy conversion and propulsion technologies through studying the fundamental physics and chemistry of reacting flows and materials. Shi, who will join the faculty in spring, currently is a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University, where he leads research in detonation dynamics and kinetics and its realization in miniaturized power devices such as rotating detonation engines. He also studies carbon nanoparticles and quantum dots through the lens of soot formation in flames. His Ph.D. work at UC Berkeley focused on understanding composition-inhomogeneous reacting flow and abnormal high-pressure physics in reciprocating engines. Shi has won the Starkman and the Hamilton Fellowships from Berkeley, as well as the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award.

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, Mechanical Engineering, 2017

Energy conversion, propulsion, reacting flows, shock and detonation, chemical kinetics, energy storage, carbon materials, materials synthesis, nanoparticle dynamics, carbon capture and storage