Baomin's research interests are focused around clean energy, including solar cells, solar thermoelectric conversion, rechargeable batteries, and fuel cells. He is also working on MEMS, laser materials processing, and piezoelectric materials and devices.
At PARC, Baomin has developed several techniques to improve solar cell performance/cost, including a novel metallization method and new process to make IBC cells. He invented the technique of using the laser liftoff transfer method to integrate piezoelectric and other electronic thick films into silicon microsystem devices -- which is fully compatible with silicon microelectronic process.
Prior to joining PARC, Baomin worked at the Penn State Materials Research Laboratory, where he led a group studying novel piezoelectric/ferroelectric thin films and related MEMS devices, and developed the hand-held sonar transducer array for Navy divers through a collaboration with the Charles Stack Draper Laboratory.
Dr. Xu earned his Ph.D. from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and B.S. from Tsinghua University, both in Materials Science and Engineering. He holds 12 patents and has published more than 50 technical papers.
PARC is developing a commercially viable approach to making carbon- neutral liquid fuel from sunlight and seawater that has the potential to be cost-effective, scalable, efficient, and, most important, realizable within the existing fuel infrastructure.
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Piezoelectric PZT Films: Novel Fabrication Approach and Applications for Energy Harvesting and Power Generation
29 July 2013 | Grapevine, TX
IEEE SCV-PV monthly meeting -- Richard Swanson, SunPower
8 August 2012
George E. Pake Auditorium, PARC
TechConnect WORLD 2012 -- visit PARC's booth
18 June 2012 - 21 June 2012 | Santa Clara, CA