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Lixin Dong

2009- Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Michigan State University

2004-2008 Research Scientist/Senior Research Scientist, Head of NanoRobotics Group, ETH Zurich

2003-2004 Assistant Professor, Micro/Nano Systems Engineering, MechanoInformation Engineering, Nagoya University

1992-1999 Research Associate/Lecturer/Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, Xi’an University of Technology


2003 Ph.D., Micro Systems Engineering, Nagoya University

1992 M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Xi’an University of Technology

1989 B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Xi’an University of Technology

Lixin Dong is an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Xi’an University of Technology (XUT) in 1989 and 1992, respectively. He became a Research Associate in 1992, a Lecturer in 1995, and an Associate Professor in 1998 at XUT, where he has served as the head of the Department of Mechatronics Engineering from 1997 to 1999. He received his Ph.D. degree in Micro Systems Engineering from Nagoya University in 2003, and became Assistant Professor at Nagoya University in 2003. In 2004 he joined Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich as a Research Scientist, and has been a Senior Research Scientist at ETH Zurich from 2005 to 2008, where he led the NanoRobotics Group in the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems (IRIS).


His main research interests include nanorobotics, nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS), and enabling nanomanufacturing technologies for fluidic, photonic, biomedical, and other nanosystems. He received the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award in 2011, the 2008 American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (The PROSE Awards) in 2009, the IEEE T-ASE Googol Best New Application Paper Award in 2007, and the Best Conference Paper Award at the Int. Conf. on Control Sci. and Engr. (ICCSE2003). He was a co-winner in Nano Today Cover Competition in 2008, and received Best Automation Paper Award—Finalist at 2007 IEEE Int. Conf. on Robotics and Automation (ICRA2007), RSJ/SICE Award for 2005 IEEE/RSJ Int. Conf. on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS2005) Best Paper Nomination Finalist, and Finalist in the Best Conference Paper Competition at ICRA2001. He has been awarded the Science and Technology Advancement Prizes by the Ministry of Education of China in 1999, by the Shaanxi Province Government in 1999 and 1995, by Xi’an City Government in 1999, and by the Ministry of Machine-Building Industry of China in 1998 and 1992.


He serves as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science & Engineering, a Guest Editor of Advanced Robotics, and has chaired several international conferences and workshops. He is Chair of the Technical Committee (TC) on Nano Energy, Environment and Safety (NEES), IEEE Nanotechnology Council, and a member of the TC on Micro/Nano Robotics and Automation, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. He is a senior member of IEEE and a member of MRS, and was a member of ASME, ACS (American Chemistry Society), APS (American Physics Society), and the Robotics Society of Japan (RSJ).


Key Publications


L. X. Dong, A. Subramanian, and B. J. Nelson, Carbon Nanotubes for Nanorobotics, Nano Today, Vol. 2, No. 6, pp. 12-21, Dec. 2007. (Invited review) [PDF]

L. X. Dong and B. J. Nelson, Robotics in the Small, Part II: Nanorobotics, IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine, Vol. 14, No. 3, pp. 111-121, Sept. 2007. (Invited tutorial). [PDF]


Nanoscale Mass Transport Systems

L. X. Dong, X. Y. Tao, L. Zhang, X. B. Zhang, and B. J. Nelson, Plumbing the Depths of the Nanometer Scale: Attogram Mass Transport via Nanochannels, IEEE Nanotechnology Magazine, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 13-22, Mar. 2010. [PDF]

L. X. Dong, X. Y. Tao, L. Zhang, X. B. Zhang, and B. J. Nelson, Nanorobotic Spot Welding: Controlled Metal Deposition with Attogram Precision from Copper-filled Carbon Nanotubes, Nano Letters, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 58-63, Jan. 2007. (Highlighted: (1) P. Ball, Nature Nanozone News: Spot-welding with Nanotubes, Nature Materials Updates, Dec. 20, 2006, (2) A.L. Chun, Top down bottom up: Making Connections, Nature Nanotechnology, Vol. 2, p.75, 2007, (3) T. Simonite, Nano-welds Herald New Era of Electronics, New Scientist, Vol. 391, p. 6, 2006, (4) Nanowerk Spotlight: Bronze Age Technique Works Just Fine in the Nanotechnology Era, Nanowerk website, Jan. 2, 2007. and (5) some 50 websites in 8 different languages including English, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, German, Korea, Spanish, and Turkish) [PDF]

L. X. Dong, X. Y. Tao, M. Hamdi, L. Zhang, X. B. Zhang, A. Ferreira, and B. J. Nelson, Nanotube Fluidic Junctions: Inter-nanotube Attogram Mass Transport Through Walls, Nano Letters, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 210-214, Jan. 2009. [PDF]

L. X. Dong, X. Y. Tao, M. Hamdi, L. Zhang, X. B. Zhang, A. Ferreira, and B. J. Nelson, Nanotube Boiler: Attogram Copper Evaporation Driven by Electric Current, Joule Heating, Charge, and Ionization, IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, Vol. 8, No. 5, pp. 565-568, Sept. 2009. [PDF]

X. Y. Tao, L. X. Dong, W. K. Zhang, X. B. Zhang, J. P. Cheng, H. Huang, and Y. P. Gan, Controllable Melting and Flow of β-Sn in Flexible Amorphous Carbon Nanotubes, Carbon, Vol. 47, No.13, pp. 3122-3127, Nov. 2009. [PDF]


NanoManufacturing Systems

L. X. Dong, K. Y. Shou, D. R. Frutiger, A. Subramanian, L. Zhang, B. J. Nelson, X. Y. Tao, and X. B. Zhang, Engineering Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Inside a Transmission Electron Microscope Using Nanorobotic Manipulation, IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, Vol. 7, pp. 508-517, July 2008. [PDF]

L. X. Dong, F. Arai, and T. Fukuda, Destructive Constructions of Nanostructures with Carbon Nanotubes through Nanorobotic Manipulation, IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 350-357, June 2004. [PDF]

L. X. Dong, F. Arai, and T. Fukuda, Nanoassembly of Carbon Nanotubes through Mechanochemical Nanorobotic Manipulations, Japanese Journal of Applied Physics Part 1-Regular Papers Short Notes & Review Papers, Vol. 42, No. 1, pp. 295-298, Jan. 2003. [PDF]

T. Fukuda, F. Arai, and L. X. Dong, Assembly of Nanodevices with Carbon Nanotubes through Nanorobotic Manipulations, Proceedings of the IEEE, Vol. 91, No. 11, pp. 1803-1818, Nov. 2003. (Invited review) [PDF]

L. X. Dong, F. Arai, and T. Fukuda, Electron-beam-induced Deposition with Carbon Nanotube Emitters, Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 81, No. 10, pp. 1919-1921, Sept. 2002. [PDF]


NanoElectroMechanical Systems (NEMS)

L. X. Dong, B. J. Nelson, T. Fukuda, and F. Arai, Towards Nanotube Linear Servomotors, IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, Vol. 3, No. 3, pp. 228-235, July 2006. (IEEE T-ASE Googol Best New Application Paper Award) [PDF]

A. Subramanian, A. R. Alt, L. X. Dong, B. E. Kratochvill, and B. J. Nelson, Electrostatic Actuation and Electromechanical Switching Behavior of One-Dimensional Nanostructures, ACS Nano, Vol. 3, No. 10, pp. 2953-2964, Oct. 2009. [PDF]


NanoMechanical Systems

L. X. Dong, L. Zhang, B. E. Kratochvil, K. Y. Shou, and B. J. Nelson, Dual-chirality Helical Nanobelts: Linear-to-rotary Motion Converters for Three-Dimensional Microscopy, Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, Vol. 18, No.5, pp. 1047-1053, Oct. 2009. [PDF]

A. Subramanian, L. X. Dong, J. Tharian, U. Sennhauser, and B. J. Nelson, Batch Fabrication of Carbon Nanotube Bearings, Nanotechnology, Vol. 18, No. 7, Art. No. 075703, Feb. 2007. (Featured article with cover picture. Highlighted: Nanotechweb and Nanowerk) [PDF]


NanoMaterials and Structures

X. Y. Tao, L. X. Dong, X. N. Wang, W. K. Zhang, B. J. Nelson, and X. D. Li, B4C Nanowire/Carbon-Microfiber Hybrid Structures and Composites from Cotton T-shirts, Advanced Materials, DOI. 10.1002/adma.200903071, Mar. 2010. (Highlighted by the Royal Society of Chemistry, Discovery News, Xinhua Net, 163.com, Softpedia, Huanqiu, Sina, China Radio, MoD ChinaMRS, and other media.)  [PDF]

D. J. Bell, L. X. Dong, B. J. Nelson, M. Golling, L. Zhang, and D. Grützmacher, Fabrication and Characterization of Three-Dimensional InGaAs/GaAs Nanosprings, Nano Letters, Vol. 6, No. 4, pp. 725-729, April 2006. [PDF]

L. Zhang, E. Ruh, D. Grützmacher, L. X. Dong, D. J. Bell, B. J. Nelson, and C. Schönenberger, Anomalous Coiling of SiGe/Si and SiGe/Si/Cr Helical Nanobelts, Nano Letters, Vol. 6, No. 7, pp. 1311-1317, July 2006. (Highlighted: (1) Editor's Choice: All Wound up, Science, Vol. 312, p.1719, 2006. (2) News Focus: Nanotechnology: Pretty as You Please, Curling Films Turn Themselves into Nanodevices, Science, Vol. 313, pp.164-165, 2006.) [PDF]


Bio-mimetic NanoSystems

L. Zhang, J. J. Abbott, L. X. Dong, B. E. Kratochvil, D. J. Bell, and B. J. Nelson, Artificial Bacterial Flagella: Fabrication and Magnetic Control, Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 94, No. 6, Art. No, 064107, Feb. 2009. (Highlighted: Swiss Info, Swiss Build "Fantastic Voyage" Micro-robot, by Simon Bradley, April 15, 2009, ETH Life, ETH Zurich Researchers Copy Bacteria, by Maja Schaffner, April 6, 2009,    Science Daily, Medical Micro-robots Made As Small As Bacteria, April 19, 2009, Ars Technica, Microscopic magnetic mimic of microbial motor made, by Chris Lee, March 2, 2009, New Scientist, Micromachine power problem solved with magnets, by Colin Barras, March 2, 2009, and reprinted by many websites in various languages including English, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish.) [PDF]



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NanoRobotic Systems Lab

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Office: 2325C Engineering Building

Tel: (517)353-3918, Fax: (517)353-1980

Email: ldong@egr.msu.edu

Homepage: http://www.egr.msu.edu/~ldong