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Xing Wang

Assistant Professor


  • Nuclear Engineering

223 Hallowell Building


Research Areas:

Nuclear Power

Interest Areas:

Materials for Nuclear Reactors; Radiation-Matter Interaction; Microscopy Analysis (STEM, APT, EELS); Multiscale Materials Modeling




Xing Wang is an assistant professor in the Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering. Wang received a B.S. in engineering physics from Tsinghua University in 2011, as well as M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in nuclear engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013 and 2016, respectively. Before joining Penn State, Wang was a postdoctoral research associate in Oak Ridge National Laboratory from 2017 to 2019.


  • BS, Engineering Physics, Tsinghua University, 2011
  • Ph D, Nuclear Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2016


Journal Articles

  • Xing Wang, Hongliang Zhang, Tomonori Baba, Hao Jiang, Cheng Liu, Yingxin Guan, Omar Elleuch, Thomas Kuech, Dane Morgan, Juan-Carlos Idrobo, Paul M. Voyles and Izabela Szlufarska, 2020, "Radiation-induced segregation in a ceramic", Nature Materials, 19, pp. 992–998
  • Xing Wang, Constantinos Hatzoglou, Brian Sneed, Zhe Fan, Wei Guo, Ke Jin, Di Chen, Hongbin Bei, Yongqiang Wang, William J. Weber, Yanwen Zhang, Baptiste Gault, Karren L. More, Francois Vurpillot and Jonathan D. Poplawsky, 2020, "Interpreting nanovoids in atom probe tomography data for accurate local compositional measurements", Nature Communications, 11, (1)
  • Xing Wang, Christopher M Barr, Ke Jin, Hongbin Bei, Khalid Hattar, William J Weber, Yanwen Zhang and Karren L More, 2019, "Defect evolution in Ni and NiCoCr by in situ 2.8 MeV Au irradiation", Journal of Nuclear Materials
  • Yanwen Zhang, Xing Wang, Yuri N Osetsky, Yang Tong, Robert Harrison, Stephen E Donnelly, Di Chen, Yongqiang Wang, Hongbin Bei, Brian C Sales and others, 2019, "Effects of 3d electron configurations on helium bubble formation and void swelling in concentrated solid-solution alloys", Acta Materialia, 181, pp. 519--529
  • Xing Wang, Ke Jin, Di Chen, Hongbin Bei, Yongqiang Wang, William J Weber, Yanwen Zhang and Karren L More, 2019, "Effects of Fe concentration on helium bubble formation in NiFex single-phase concentrated solid solution alloys", Materialia, 5, pp. 100183
  • Xing Wang, Ke Jin, Di Chen, Hongbin Bei, Yongqiang Wang, William J Weber, Yanwen Zhang, Jonathan Poplawsky and Karren L More, 2019, "Investigating Effects of Alloy Chemical Complexity on Helium Bubble Formation by Accurate Segregation Measurements Using Atom Probe Tomography", Microscopy and Microanalysis, 25, (S2), pp. 1558--1559
  • Xing Wang, Ming-Jie Zheng, Izabela Szlufarska and Dane Morgan, 2017, "Continuum model for hydrogen pickup in zirconium alloys of LWR fuel cladding", Journal of Applied Physics, 121, (13), pp. 135101
  • Yingchao Yang, Cristina Ramirez, Xing Wang, Zhixing Guo, Anton Tokranov, Ruiqi Zhao, Izabela Szlufarska, Jun Lou and Brian W Sheldon, 2017, "Impact of carbon nanotube defects on fracture mechanisms in ceramic nanocomposites", Carbon, 115, pp. 402--408
  • Hao Jiang, Xing Wang and Izabela Szlufarska, 2017, "The multiple roles of small-angle tilt grain boundaries in annihilating radiation damage in SiC", Scientific reports, 7, pp. 42358
  • Xing Wang, L Jamison, K Sridharan, Daniel James Morgan, PM Voyles and I Szlufarska, 2015, "Evidence for cascade overlap and grain boundary enhanced amorphization in silicon carbide irradiated with Kr ions", Acta Materialia, 99, pp. 7--15
  • Xing Wang, Marat Khafizov and Izabela Szlufarska, 2014, "Effect of surface strain on oxygen adsorption on Zr (0 0 0 1) surface", Journal of Nuclear Materials, 445, (1-3), pp. 1--6

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The Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering at Penn State is one of the top ranked nuclear engineering programs in the United States. The department distinguishes itself with a strong focus on experimental research. The actively growing department leads four educational programs for students pursuing a bachelor of science, a master of science, a master of engineering, or a doctoral degree. The Radiation Science and Engineering Center (RSEC) facilities, including the Breazeale Reactor, are available to nuclear engineering faculty and students at Penn State for research and instruction. RSEC houses the Breazeale Nuclear Reactor, the country’s first and longest operating licensed nuclear research reactor. Having access to an operating research reactor is a key strength for the department and enables Penn State to harness research and educational opportunities that are unique in the United States. See how we’re inspiring change and impacting tomorrow at

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