Xiaoyu Zheng

Associate professor(Aug. 2012--present)
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Kent State University
Kent, OH, 44224

Phone: 330-672-9089 (O)
Fax: 330-672-2209
Email: zheng at math dot kent dot edu

  1. My CV


  • Ph.D., Mathematics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2006
  • M.S., Mathematics, Jilin Univerisity(P. R. China), 2001
  • B.S., Mathematics, Jilin University(P. R. China), 1999

Research Interests

  • Modeling and simulation of anisotropic fluids
  • Modeling of elastic devices

Selected Publications

  1. P. Palffy-Muhoray, E.G. Virga, M. Wilkinson, X. Zheng , On a paradox in the impact dynamics of smooth rigid bodies, Mathematics and Mechanics of Solids, 1-25 (2017)
  2. P. Palffy-Muhoray, E.G. Virga, and X. Zheng, Onsager's missing steps retraced , J. of Phys.: Condensed Matter, 29, 475102 (2017)
  3. E.S. Nascimento, P. Palffy-Muhoray, J. M. Taylor, E.G. Virga, and X. Zheng, Density functional theory for dense nematics with steric interactions, Phys. Rev. E, 96, 022704 (2017)
  4. S.D. Ryan, G.P. Richards, X. Zheng and P. Palffy-Muhoray, A finite volume method for computing flow induced orientation of nematic liquid crystals, Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals, 647(1), 207--215 (2017)
  5. M. Pevnyi, M. Moreira-Fontana, G.P. Richards, X. Zheng and P. Palffy-Muhoray, Studies of photo-thermal deformations of liquid crystal elastomers under local illumination, Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals, 647(1), 228-234 (2017)
  6. S.D. Ryan, X. Zheng, and P. Palffy-Muhoray, Curvature driven foam coarsening on a sphere: A computer simulation, Phys. Rev. E, 93, 053301 (2016)
  7. F. Meng, M. Doi, Z. Ouyang, X. Zheng P. Palffy-Muhoray, The Coin-Through-the-Rubber Trick: An Elastically Stabilized Invagination, J. Elast. J. Elast., 123(1), 43-57 (2015)
  8. X. Zheng and P. Palffy-Muhoray, Electrical energy storage and dissipation in materials, Physics Letters A, 379, 1853-1856 (2015)
  9. P. Palffy-Muhoray, M. Pevnyi, E. Virga, and X. Zheng The Effects of Particle Shape in Orientationally Ordered Soft Materials, IAS/Park City Mathematics Series, 23, 203-253 (2014)
  10. P. Palffy-Muhoray, E. G. Virga, and X. Zheng, The minimum excluded volume of convex shapes, J. Phys. A: Math. Theor. 47, 415205 (2014)
  11. P. Palffy-Muhoray, Y. Chen, H. Yokoyama, and X. Zheng, Dimensional Analysis and the Time Required to Urinate, arXiv, March, (2014)
  12. X. Zheng, J. Fontana, M. Pevnyi, M. Ignatenko, S, Wang, R. Vaia, P. Palffy-Muhoray, The effects of nanoparticle shape and orientation on the low frequency dielectric properties of nanocomposites, Journal of Materials Science, 47, 4914-4920, (2012)
  13. X. Zheng, R. Ennis, G. P. Richards, Peter Palffy-Muhoray, A Plane Sweep Algorithm for the Voronoi Tessellation of the Sphere", electronic Liquid Crystal Communications, www.e-lc.org, (2011)
  14. X. Zheng, P. Palffy-Muhoray, Maier-Saupe theory in four dimensions, Phys. Rev. E, 83, 041702, (2011)
  15. X. Zheng, P. Palffy-Muhoray, One order parameter tensor mean field theory for biaxial liquid crystals, Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems-Series B, 15 (2),475-490 (2010)
  16. E. P. Choate, M. G. Forest, L. Yao, X. Zheng, and R. Zhou, A Simple Model for Non-Topological Defects in Sheared Nematic Polymer Monodomains, Journal of Computational and Theoretical Nanoscience, 7(4), 787-794, (2010)
  17. A. Haji-Akbari, M. Engel, A. S. Keys, X. Zheng, R. G. Petschek, P. Palffy-Muhoray, S. C. Glotzer, Disordered, quasicrystalline and crystalline phases of densely packed tetrahedra, Nature, 462, 773-777 (2009)
  18. X. Zheng, W. Iglesias, P. Palffy-Muhoray, Distance of closest approach of two arbitrary hard ellipsoid, Phys. Rev. E, 79, 057702 (2009)
  19. A more detailed version of ellipse paper
  20. X. Zheng, P. Palffy-Muhoray, Distance of closest approach of two arbitrary hard ellipses in 2D, Phys. Rev. E, 75, 061709 (2007)
  21. M. G. Forest, X. Zheng, R. Zhou, Q. Wang, R. Lipton, Anisotropy and dynamic ranges in electrical properties of sheared nematic polymer nano-composites, Advanced Functional Materials, 15(12), 2029-2035(2005)ref="paper/cover.pdf">cover article)
  22. X. Zheng, M. G. Forest, R. A. Vaia, M. Arlen, R. Zhou, A strategy for dimensional percolation in sheared nanorod dispersions, Advanced Mater., 19(22), 4038-4043(2007)
  23. X. Zheng, M. G. Forest, R. Lipton, R. Zhou, Nematic polymer mechanics: flow-induced anisotropy, Continuum Mechanics and Thermodynamics, 18, 377-394 (2007)
  24. X. Zheng, M. G. Forest, R. Lipton, R. Zhou, Q. Wang, Exact scaling laws for electrical conductivity properties of nematic polymer nano-composite monodomains, Advanced Functional Materials, 15(4), 627-638 (2005)
  25. M. G. Forest, R. Zhou, Q. Wang, X. Zheng R. Lipton, Anisotropy and heterogeneity of nematic polymer nano-compositefilm properties, IMA volumes in Mathematics and its Applications,``Modeling of soft matter", 141, 85-98 (2005)
  26. H. Zhou, M. G. Forest, X. Zheng, Q. Wang, R. Lipton, Extension-enhanced conductivity of liquid crystalline polymer nano-composites, Macromolecular Symposia, 288(1), 81-90 (2005)
  27. X. Zheng, M. G. Forest, R. Zhou, Q. Wang, Likelihood & expected-time statistics of monodomain attractors in sheared discotic and rod-like nematic polymers, Rheologica Acta, 44(3), 219-234 (2005)


  1. NSF DMS-0807954, Mathematics of Anisotropic Electrical and Dielectric Properties of Nanocomposites, 07/01/2008-07/01/2011, PI
  2. NSF DMS-0821071 SCREMS: High Performance Scientific Computing Environment, by 09/01/2009, CO-PI
  3. NSF DMS-0908470 Nonlinear Diffusion on a Sphere, 10/01/2009-10/01/2011, CO-PI
  4. NSF DMS-1212046, Vorticity driven dynamics in orientationally ordered systems, 10/01/2012-09/30/2015, PI