Xikui Fang

Associate Scientist
148 Spedding Hall
The Ames Laboratory
Ames, IA 50011-3020
Phone 515-294-7505
Email xfang@ameslab.gov

Research Interests

Current research is focused on magnetic materials synthesis involving inorganic polyoxometalates. While the synthesis lies at the center of my research effort, the projects are directed toward developing materials with desired functions/properties at the interface of different fields.


  • Synthesize polyoxometalate-based single-molecule magnets and related model complexes for the surface deposition of magnetic molecules;
  • Prepare hybrid complexes of polyoxometalates and cucurbituril macrocycles;

(Chronologically most recent on top)Education


  • Ph.D. Emory University, 2006
  • M.S. Northeast Normal University, China, 2001
  • B.S. Northeast Normal University, China 1998

(Chronologically most recent on top)Professional Appointments


  • 2012 - present Associate Scientist, US DOE Ames Laboratory
  • 2009 - 2012 Assistant Scientist, US DOE Ames Laboratory
  • 2007 - 2009 Postdoctoral Associate, US DOE Ames Laboratory
  • 2004 - 2006 Service Instructor, X-ray Crystallography Lab, Emory University

(Chronologically most recent on top)Honors & Awards


  • 2006 Harold S. Johnston Award
  • 2005 Osborne R. Quayle Fellowship, 2005
  • 1998 Outstanding Student Award, Northeast Normal University, 1998

(Chronologically most recent on top)Publications with the Ames Laboratory

Fang X W; Wang C Z; Yao Y X; Ding Z J; Ho K M . 2010. Atomistic cluster alignment method for local order mining in liquids and glasses. Physical Review B. 82:184204. abstract
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Liu N; Li Y R; Lu N; Yao Y X; Fang X W; Wang C Z; Ho K M . 2010. Charge localization in [112] Si/Ge and Ge/Si core-shell nanowires. Journal of Physics D-Applied Physics. 43:275404. abstract
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Schroder C; Fang X; Furukawa Y; Luban M; Prozorov R; Borsa F; Kumagai K . 2010. Spin freezing and slow magnetization dynamics in geometrically frustrated magnetic molecules with exchange disorder. Journal of Physics-Condensed Matter. 22:216007. abstract
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Fang X K; Speldrich M; Schilder H; Cao R; O'Halloran K P; Hill C L; Kogerler P . 2010. Switching slow relaxation in a (Mn3MnIV)-Mn-III cluster: an example of grafting single-molecule magnets onto polyoxometalates. Chemical Communications. 46:2760-2765. abstract
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Fang X; Mao J; Levin E M; Schmidt-Rohr K . 2009. Nonaromatic Core-Shell Structure of Nanodiamond from Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 131:1426-1435. abstract
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Fang X; Kogerler P; Lsaacs L; Uchida S; Mizuno N . 2009. Cucurbit[n]uril-Polyoxoanion Hybrids. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 131:432-+. abstract
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Rawal A; Fang X W; Urman K; Iverson D; Otaigbe J U; Schmidt-Rohr K . 2008. Promotion of the gamma-phase of polyamide 6 in its nanocomposite with phosphate glass. Journal of Polymer Science Part B-Polymer Physics. 46:857-860. abstract
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Schroder C; Prozorov R; Kogerler P; Vannette M D; Fang X K; Luban M; Matsuo A; Kindo K; Muller A; Todea A M . 2008. Multiple nearest-neighbor exchange model for the frustrated magnetic molecules {Mo72Fe30} and {Mo72Cr30}. Physical Review B. 77:224409. abstract
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Levin E M; Fang X W; Bud'ko S L; Straszheim W E; McCallum R W; Schmidt-Rohr K . 2008. Magnetization and C-13 NMR spin-lattice relaxation of nanodiamond powder. Physical Review B. 77:054418. abstract
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Fang X K; Kogerler P . 2008. PO43--Mediated Polyoxometalate Supercluster Assembly. Angewandte Chemie-International Edition. 47:8123-8126. abstract
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