Dr. Gu Xu is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Department at McMaster University, Canada. He received his Ph.D. degree in Physics from University of Pittsburgh, USA in 1987, and his Doc Eng Sci in Materials Science and Engineering from Columbia University, USA, in 1989. He then worked as a postdoc from 1989-1991, and became an Assistant Professor in 1991, Associate Professor in 1996 and Full Professor in 2002, all at McMaster University, Canada. He was elected as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering in 2015. Dr. Xu’s research is focused on Polymer Fuel Cells, Nanostructures and Organic Opto-electronics. His team discovered the origin of the mysterious bi-stability, found in both organic light emitting devices and organic memory devices, in addition to the organic light emitting device degradation mechanism, involving the origin of dark spots as well as intrinsic mode, which led to the lifetime improvement to reach the commercialization threshold. His team also offered the first conclusive evidence of hydrogen saturation in carbon nanotubes, targeted towards automobile fuel cells.
His research work includes Nanostructures, Organic light emitting devices, Organic Opto-electronics, Polymer fuel cells