Professor Xichun Luo

Design, Manufacturing and Engineering Management

Personal statement

Xichun is a Professor in ultra precision manufacturing and technical director of Centre for Precision Manufacturing (CPM) at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow). He is an Elected Fellow of the International Society for Nanomanufacturing, the International Academy of Engineering and Technology and the International Association of Advanced Materials.His research interests include ultra-precision machining, hybrid micromachining, nanofabrication and digital manufacturing. He obtained his PhDs at Harbin Institute of Technology (China) and Leeds Metropolitan University (UK). From 2004 to 2007, he worked at Cranfield University as a research officer and delivered the world leading research in ultra precision diamond turning and grinding of freeform optics. From 2007 to 2012 he was a lecturer at Heriot-Watt University. From 2012 to 2013 he was a Reader in ultra precision manufacturing at the University of Huddersfield where he leads an Advanced Machining Research Group. He has established an international reputation in ultra precision manufacturing and digital manufacturing, as evidenced by more than 120+ papers in peer-reviewed highly ranked journals and international conferences, his contribution to two books and five invited book chapters and 20+ keynotes and invited talks. He received funding from EPSRC, EC, SFC, ROE and industries (Renishaw, STMicroeletronics, Spanoptic, etc.). He won Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) 2015 Ludwig Mond Prize for his seminal work in application of digital technology for micro and nanomanufacturing.


Flexible single-step fabrication of programmable 3D nanostructures by pulse-modulated local anodic oxidation
Luo Xichun, Gao Jian, Xie Wenkun, Hasan Rashed Md Murad, Qin Yi
CIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology (2023)
Investigation of grinding performance in ultrasonic vibration assisted grinding of Ti-6Al4V alloy using minimum quantity lubrication
Madarkar Rajeshkumar, Ghosh Sudarsan, Rao PV, Luo Xichun
2022 8th International Conference on Nanomanufacturing & 4th AET Symposium on ACSM and Digital Manufacturing (Nanoman-AETS) 8th International Conference on Nanomanufacturing & 4th AET Symposium on ACSM and Digital Manufacturing, pp. 1-6 (2023)
Atomistic insights into bias-induced oxidation on passivated silicon surface through ReaxFF MD simulation
Gao Jian, Luo Xichun, Xie Wenkun, Qin Yi, Hasan Rashed Md Murad, Fan Pengfei
Applied Surface Science Vol 626 (2023)
Oblique nanomachining of gallium arsenide explained using AFM experiments and MD simulations
Fan Pengfei, Katiyar Nirmal Kumar, Goel Saurav, He Yang, Geng Yanquan, Yan Yongda, Mao Hui, Luo Xichun
Journal of Manufacturing Processes Vol 90, pp. 125-138 (2023)
Investigation of material removal distributions and surface morphology evolution in non-contact ultrasonic abrasive machining (NUAM) of BK7 optical glasses
Guo Zongfu, Luo Xichun, Hu Xiaoping, Jin Tan
Micromachines Vol 13 (2022)
Advances in wearable flexible piezoelectric energy harvesters : materials, structures and fabrication
Shi Xiaoquan, Sun Yazhou, Li Dekai, Liu Haitao, Xie Wenkun, Luo Xichun
Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics (2022)

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Professional activities

International workshop in the fabrication and application of microstructured optical devices
Invited speaker
IEEE 20th International Conference on Automation & Computing
PhD external examiner
External Examiner
University of York
Visiting researcher
Keynote - Scanning probe lithography through pulse modulated local anodic oxidation
Invited talk at Henry Royce Institute 'multiscale digital twin-driven smart manufacturing system'

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Towards determinstic atomic scale manufacturing of next-generation quantum devices
Luo, Xichun (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 31-Jan-2024
Digital twin guided minimally invasive, intelligent and intuitive surgery (MI-3 Surgery)
Shu, Will (Principal Investigator) Kazakidi, Asimina (Co-investigator) Luo, Xichun (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 01-Jan-2023
Flexible Human-Robot Collaborative Inspection for In-Process Quality Control in Smart Manufacturing
Yang, Erfu (Principal Investigator) Luo, Xichun (Co-investigator) Othman, Uqba (Researcher)
The overall research aim of this project is to fundamentally investigate the novel flexible human-robot collaborative inspection strategies by enabling holistic control and interactions of collaborative robots in complex human-robot collaborative manufacturing environments such that safety and interaction of nearby humans/operators can be maintained while the in-process inspection and quality control are being done. At the same time, the efficiency and flexibility of the manufacturing process is also achieved when process variations or environmental changes occur in advanced manufacturing systems.
To achieve this aim, the proposed project will be focusing on the following three research objectives: 1) A comprehensive review of the state of the art in collaborative robotics and human-robot interactions towards smarter manufacturing in the digital age. 2) Investigation of novel concepts and algorithms for intelligent control, motion planning, and machine learning. 3) Development and testing of prototype sensing, Inspection with machine vision and NDT, path planning, and control system in the complex human-robot collaborative manufacturing environments.
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2024
A hybrid precision manufacturing platform for next-generation of nanoscale products
Luo, Xichun (Principal Investigator) Watson, Ian (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2024
Autonomous and Interactive Station Rover for Next-Generation Passenger Information System
Yang, Erfu (Principal Investigator) Luo, Xichun (Co-investigator) Corney, Jonathan (Co-investigator) Alcantara de la Cruz, Daniel (Researcher)
KTP project with TrainFX Limited. In total £190,122, funded by the Innovate UK.
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2023
New generation of offshore turbine blades with intelligent architectures of hybrid, nano-enabled multi-materials via advanced manufacturing
Qin, Yi (Principal Investigator) Luo, Xichun (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2024

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Design, Manufacturing and Engineering Management
James Weir

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