Prof. Nicholas Xuanlai Fang

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Room 3-449D, 77 Massachusetts Avenue,  Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
Phone: 617-866-8282 

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)



Feb. 04:     Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of California - Los Angeles  
Dec. 98:     M.S., Physics, Nanjing University, China
Jun.  96:    B.S., Physics, Nanjing University, China


01/18-present            Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT
              Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT

            Core member, Microsystems Technology Laboratory, MIT
               Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Sciences and Eng., UIUC

              Assistant Professor (0%), Beckman Institute, UIUC
               Affiliate Faculty, Institute of Genomic Biology, UIUC

02/04 – 10/04
           Research Engineer, Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Eng., UCLA

Honors and recognitions:

2013:        Fellow, International Society for Nanomanufacturing (ISNM)
2013:        ASME Chao and Trigger Young Manufacturing Engineer Award
        ICO prize/Ernest Abbe Medal, by the International Commission for Optics
       d’Arbeloff Career Development Chair, MIT
       Cambridge Who’s Who Professional of the Year in Higher Education
       Xerox Faculty Award, UIUC
        SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineers Award
        NSF CAREER Award
        MIT Technology Review Magazine’s 35 Young Innovators Award
        UIUC Engineering Council Award of Excellence in Advising
        ASME Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal Award recipient

        Outstanding PhD Student Award, UCLA

Selected External Professional Service:

Journal of Micro- and Nano-Manufacturing, Editor-in-Chief     2018-Present
Frontiers in Optics and Photonics, Co Editor-in-Chief     2014-Present
ASME Symposium on Acostic/Photonic Metamaterials, Co-organizer     2009-2013
Co-organizer, MRS Symposium on Metamaterials  2006, 2011,2012
Technical Committee, CLEO/QELS  2011, 2012
Technical Committee, ICALEO Nanomanufacturing 2009-present
Expert Witness, Westlaw Round Table Group 2009-present
Board Member, Heroyk Company 2015-present
User Committee, Center of Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Laboratory 2009-2012
NSF Grant Reviewer on STC, NIRT, NUE, CMMI, ECCS, DMR and CBET  

Referee of over 50 journals including “Science”, “Nature Materials”, “Nature Communication”, “Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences’, “Nano Letters”, “Physical Review Letters”, “Journal of American Chemical Society”

Delivered Over 78 Invited Lectures and Keynote Presentations

Taught summer
short course of nanomanufacturing at NSF Summer Institute of Nanomanufacturing, Evanston, 2008



  1. 1. N. Fang, P. M. Ferreira, K. H. Hsu, P. Schultz, and A. Kumar, ” Direct Nanoscale Patterning of Metals Using Polymer Electrolytes,” US Patent No. 7,998,330, 2011.
    2. N. Fang, C. G. Xia and A. M. Cox, “Three-Dimensional Microfabricated Bioreactors with Embedded Capillary Network,” International Patent, WO2009042671.

    3. X. Li, N. Fang, P. Ferreira, W. Chern, I. Chun, K. Hsu, “Method of Forming an array of high aspect ratio semiconductor nanostructures”, International Patent, WO2011049804

    4. P. Ferreira, B. Azeredo, N.X. Fang, X. Han, K. E. Jacobs, A. Kumar, and K. H. Hsu, “Direct Nanoscale Patterning of Surfaces by Electrochemical Nanoimprinting”, International Patent, WO2012115635.

    5. Wei Q, Su K, Fang N and Zhang X, “ Micro-Electro-Mechanical Band-Pass Filters for Radio Frequency Signal Processing”, International Patent, WO2006039554.