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Degrees

  • Ph.D., Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.S., Solid State Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • B.S., Theoretical Physics, Shandong University

Biography

Xidong Chen, PhD, serves as a Professor of Physics in the Chemistry, Engineering and Physics Department at Biola University. Chen also held a special term appointment at Argonne National Laboratory where he conducted research on medium-range order structures in amorphous materials until 2008. Chen's research interests include surface growth dynamics, density functional calculations and atomic force microscopy. His research has been funded by grants from the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation. Chen is a member of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals and has presented his research at many conferences. His most recent paper was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

Affiliations

  • American Physical Society
  • Materials Research Society
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science

Awards

  • Provost Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship, Biola University, 2016
  • Faculty Scholar of the Year, Cedarville University, 2010-2011.
  • Faculty Excellence in Teaching, Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education, 2008.

Publications (Selected)

  • Hailang Qin, Xidong Chen, Jonathan Li, Peter Sutter, and Guangwen Zhou, “Atomic-Step Induced Local Non-Equilibrium Effects on Surface Oxidation”, the Journal of Physical Chemistry C 121, 22846 (2017).
  • Hailang Qin, Xidong Chen, Peter Sutter, and Guangwen Zhou, “Oxidation-driven Surface Dynamics on NiAl(100)”, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 112 (2), E103 (2015)
  • A. C. Y. Liu, Xidong Chen, D.-Y. Choi, and B. Luther-Davies, “Annealing-induced Reduction in Nanoscale Heterogeneity of Thermally Evaporated Amorphous As 2 S 3 Films,” Journal of Applied Physics 104, 093524 (2008).
  • Guangwen Zhou, Xidong Chen, David Gallagher, and Judith C. Yang, “Percolating Oxide Film Growth During Cu(111) Oxidation,” Applied Physics Letters 93, 123104 (2008).
  • A. C. Y. Liu, R. Arenal, and Xidong Chen, “Clustering in a Highly Hydrogenated Diamondlike Carbon Determined Using Fluctuation Microscopy and Phenomenological Atomistic Simulations,” Physical Review B 76, 121401(R) (2007).
  • Xidong Chen, J. P. Sullivan, T. A. Friedmann, and J. Murray Gibson, “Fluctuation Microscopy Studies of Medium-range Ordering in Amorphous Diamond-like Carbon Films,” Applied Physics Letters 84, 2823 (2004).
  • Xidong Chen and J. Murray Gibson, “Effect of Post-oxidation Annealing on Si/SiO 2 Interface Roughness,” Journal of the Electrochemical Society 146, 3032 (1999).
  • Xidong Chen and J. Murray Gibson, “Roughness at Si/SiO 2 Interfaces and Silicon Oxidation,” Journal of Vacuum Sciences and Technology A 17, 1269 (1999).
  • Xidong Chen and J. Murray Gibson, “Experimental Evidence of a Gaussian Roughness at Si(111)/SiO 2 Interfaces,” Physical Review Letters 81, 4919 (1998).
  • Xidong Chen and J. Murray Gibson, “Dramatic Effect of Post-oxidation Annealing on (100) Si/SiO 2 Roughness,” Applied Physics Letters 70, 1462 (1997).
  • Xidong Chen and J. Murray Gibson, “Measurement of Roughness at Buried Si/SiO 2 Interfaces by Transmission Electron Diffraction,” Physical Review B 54, 2846 (1996).

Presentations

  • Hailang Qin, Xidong Chen, Peter Sutter, and Guangwen Zhou, “In-situ Imaging of the Dynamic Interaction of the Oxide with the Atomic Steps During the Oxide Growth on NiAl(100)”, American Vacuum Society, 61st Annual International Symposium and Exhibition”, Baltimore, MD, Nov.9 -14, 2014.
  • Xidong Chen, “Understanding Interface Phenomena in the nano-world, from Brownian motion to Monte Carlo Simulations”, Colloquium, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, the Air Force Institute of Technology, December 3, 2009 (invited).
  • Xidong Chen, John Sullivan, Tom Friedmann, and Dean Miller, “Medium-range Ordering in Amorphous Materials,” Program Review, Argonne National Laboratory, April 26-27, 2006.
  • Xidong Chen, John Sullivan, Tom Friedmann, and Dean Miller, “Stress Relaxation and Medium-range Order in Diamond-like Amorphous Carbon Films,” Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, Boston, MA, 839, P5.5 (2004).
  • Xidong Chen, John Sullivan, and J. Murray Gibson, “Fluctuation Microscopy Studies of Amorphous Diamond-like Carbon Films,” Program Review, Argonne National Laboratory, June 2003.
  • Xidong Chen and Vijay K. Vasudevan, “Directional Fluctuation Microscopy Studies of Short-range Ordering in Ni-Mo Alloys,” Symposium BB 4.11, Materials Research Society Fall Meeting, Boston, MA, Dec. 2-6, 2002.
  • Xidong Chen, “Fluctuation Microscopy Studies of Medium-Range Order in Amorphous Materials”, Special seminar, Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, August 21, 2002 (invited).
  • Xidong Chen, “Transmission Electron Microscopy Studies of Medium-Range Order in Amorphous Materials”, Department seminar, Materials Science and Engineering Program, the University of Cincinnati, January 11, 2002 (invited).
  • Xidong Chen and J. Murray Gibson, “Transmission Electron Microscopy Studies of Aluminum Oxide Structure”, Symposium S, Materials Research Society Spring Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April 16-20, 2001 (invited).
  • Xidong Chen and J. Murray Gibson, “Roughness at Si/SiO 2 Interfaces and Silicon Oxidation”, Session EM1-ThA, the 45th International Symposium of the American Vacuum Society, Baltimore, MD, November 2-6, 1998 (invited).

Research Interests

  • Theoretical understanding of surface dynamics.
  • Atomic force microscopy studies of cell structures.
  • Monte Carlo simulation studies of surfaces and interfaces.
  • Fluctuation electron microscopy studies of medium-range ordering in amorphous materials.

Courses

  • PHSC 233 General Physics II Electricity and Magentism
  • PHSC 237 General Physics II Laboratory
  • PHSC 234 General Physics II Waves, Optics and Modern Physics
  • PHSC 318 Classical Mechanics
  • PHSC 331 Thermodynamics
  • PHSC 336 Mathematical Methods in Physics
  • PHSC 340 Electrodynamics
  • PHSC 412 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
  • PHSC 480 Advanced Physics Laboratory
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