Xiaoqing Pan

Xiaoqing Pan

Professor and Henry Samueli Endowed Chair in Engineering
644F Engineering Tower
(949) 824-2368
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Samueli School of Engineering
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697


Xiaoqing Pan is an internationally recognized materials scientist and electron microscopy expert due to his pioneering development and applications of novel transmission electron microscopy (TEM) methods for probing the atomic scale structure, properties and dynamic behaviors of materials. His work has led to the discoveries of new materials and novel functionalities. Pan has received the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award and the Chinese NSF’s Outstanding Young Investigator Award. He is an elected fellow of the American Ceramic Society, American Physical Society, Microscopy Society of America, and the Materials Research Society. He has published over 400 peer-reviewed scientific papers in high impact journals such as Nature, Science, and Nature Materials and has a high citation rate. Pan is currently the Henry Samueli Endowed Chair in Engineering, professor of materials science and engineering, and professor of physics and astronomy. In addition, he is the inaugural director of the Irvine Materials Research Institute (IMRI), and founding director of the Center for Complex Active Materials (CCAM – an NSF MRSEC). Previously, he was a professor and the Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Endowed Chair of Engineering and director of the Electron Microbeam Analysis Laboratory at the University of Michigan. 

Ph.D., Universität des Saarlandes, Germany, 1991

Pan’s research focuses on the synthesis and atomic scale characterization of multifunctional materials with an emphasis on probing atomic scale structure and properties of material interfaces and nanostructures under controlled boundary conditions and environments. His group’s goal is to obtain a fundamental understanding of the atomic level structure-property relationships of nanoengineered materials, especially oxide heterostructures, ferroelectrics/multiferroics, nanocatalysts and two-dimensional (2D) functional materials. He is developing novel four-dimensional scanning transmission electron microscopy and momentum-resolved vibrational electron microscopy to probe atomic scale structure, chemical and physical properties of single atom catalysts, 2D strongly correlated oxides, ferroelectrics/multiferroics, and complex concentrated materials with multiple principal elements.