School of Materials Science and Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University
28 West Xianning Road, Xi'an, Shaanxi 710049, P. R. China


• Development and Application of New Electrochemical Energy Storage for Green Grid

Large-scale energy storage have attracted more and more attentions due to the increasing deployment of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power. However, current well-developed battery technology can’t meet the durability, high power and energy efficiency, and cost requirements for widespread application in the grid. Liquid metal battery (LMB), invented by Prof. Sadoway at MIT, can be severed as a grid scale electrochemical energy storage device with long cycle life and low cost. We are interesting in the fundamental research on the development of new electrodes and electrolyte for LMB to obtain the higher energy power, longer cycle life and lower cost. Moreover, we are also focus on designing the new structure for LMB, optimizing the operation parameters and lowering the cost of cell fabrication.

• Advanced Electrode materials for Lithium-ion Batteries and Sodium-ion Batteries

The lithium-ion batteries have significantly changes in people’s modern life. We can communicate with others by using cell phones and work by using laptop anywhere. However, the recent developments of smart phones and tablet computers request more operating cycles with thinner and lighter LIBs of higher energy. We are aiming at designing and synthesizing novel negative and positive electrode materials with higher capacity, longer cycle life and larger rate capability for lithium-ion battery and sodium-ion batteries. Moreover, we are also very interesting in the in-situ TEM observation of the electrochemical reaction of nano-materials in battery.


• 2006-2011 University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing, China
Ph. D in Non-ferrous Metallurgy, School of Metallurgical and Ecological Engineering

• 2003-2006 Hunan University, Changsha, China
M.S. in Applied Chemistry, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

• 1999-2003 Hunan University, Changsha, China
B.S. in Applied Chemistry, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering


·Jan. 2016-present

Associate Professor, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, Shaanxi,China

·Apr. 2013- present

Assistant Professor, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, Shaanxi,China

·Jan. 2013-Mar. 2013

Postdoc, Department of Nuclear Science and Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Advised by Prof. Ju Li

·Jan. 2012 – Jan. 2013

Postdoc, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Advised by Prof. Donald. R Sadoway

·Jan. 2011 – Jan. 2012

Engineer, Corrosion and Protection Center, Northwest Institute For Non-ferrous Metal Research

·Nov. 2008 – Nov. 2009

Visiting Student, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Hosted by Prof. Donald. R Sadoway


1. Liqiang Zhang, Yuecun Wang, Degang Xie, Yushu Tang, Chunyang Wu, Lishan Cui, Yongfeng Lia*, Xiaohui Ning* and Zhiwei Shan, In situ Transmission Electron Microscopy Study of the Electrochemical Sodiation Process for a Single CuO Nanowire Electrode, RSC Advances, 2016, 6, 11441-11445

2. Xiaohui Ning, Satyajit Phadke, Brice Chung, Huayi Yin, Paul Burke, Donald Sadoway, A self-healing liquid metal battery with high rate and long life for grid-scale energy storage, Journal of Power Sources, 2015, 275, 370-377

3. Takanari Ouchi, Hojong Kim, Xiaohui Ning, Donald Sadoway, Calcium-antimony alloys as electrodes for liquid metal battery, Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 2014, 161, A1898-A1904

4. Xiaohui Ning, Henrik Åsheim, Shuqiang Jiao, Hongmin Zhu, Electrocryllisation of titanium in chloride melts, Journal of Rare Earths, 2011, 29, 82-85

5. Xiaohui Ning,Henrik Åsheim, Hefei Ren, Shuqiang Jiao, Hongmin Zhu, Preparation of titanium deposit in chloride melts, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions B, 2011,42B:1181-1187

6. Xiaohui Ning, Hengyang Liu and Hongmin Zhu, Anodic dissolution behavior of TiCxOy in NaCl-KCl melt, Electrochemistry, 2010,78(6):513-516.

7. Shuqiang Jiao, Xiaohui Ning, Kai Huang and Hongmin Zhu. Electrochemical dissolution behavior of conductive TiCxO1-x solid solution, Pure and Applied Chemistry, 2010, 82(8): 1691~1699.

8. MA Song-jiang, LUO Sheng-lian, ZHOU Hai-hui, KUANG Ya-fei, NING Xiao-hui. Electrocatalytic oxidation behavior of L-cysteine at Pt microparticles modified nanofibrous polyaniline film electrode, Journal of Central South University of Technology, 2008, 15:170-175

9. H H Zhou, J B Wen, X H Ning, C P Fu, J H Chen, Y F Kuang, Comparison of the growth process and electrochemical properties of polyaniline films prepared by pulse potentiostatic and potentiostatic method on titanium electrode, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 2007, 104(1): 458-463

10. H. H. Zhou, J B Wen, X. H. Ning, J. H. Chen, Y. F. Kuang. Electrosynthesis of polyaniline films on titanium by pulse potentiostatic method,  Synthetic Metals, 2007,157: 98-103

11. H.H. Zhou,X. H. Ning, S. L. Li, J. H. Chen, Y. F. Kuang. Synthesis of polyaniline-silver nanocomposite film by unsymmetrical square wave current method, Thin Solid Film, 2006, 510:164-168

12. H.H. Zhou,X. H. Ning, J. H. Chen, W. Z. Wei,Y. F. Kuang. Pt-Ru electrodeposition on nanofibrous polyaniline and their electrocatalytic properties for methanol oxidation, Indian Journal of Chemistry, 2005, 44A(5): 1009-1015

13. Zhou Haihui, Chen Hong, Ning Xiaohui, Luo Shenglian, Wei Wanzhi, Kuang Yafei. The application of platinum modified superfine-fibrous polyanilina in glucose biosensors, Chinese Journal of Analytical Chemistry,  2004, 32(11): 1421-1425


1. Paul Burke, Brice Chung, Satyajit Phadke, Xiaohui Ning, Donald Sadoway, Self-Healing Liquid/Solid State Battery, Nov. 2013, US patent,61/896,777

2. 宁晓辉,杨烈,代涛,单智伟,一类用于液固金属电池的正极材料,申请号:201410347518.2

3. 宁晓辉,代涛,杨烈,单智伟,一种液态金属电池装置及其装配方法,申请号:201410350077.1

4. 宁晓辉,代涛,杨烈,单智伟,一种方形液态金属电池装置及其装配方法,申请号:201410349894.5


• 2011 Best Poster Award, The 12th World Conference on Titanium

• 2011 Best Ph D Thesis Award, University of Science and Technology Beijing