Xiaozhou Liao is a professor in the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering at The University of Sydney (USyd), New South Wales, Australia. He received his PhD degree from the School of Physics, USyd in 2000. He moved to the USA taking up a Director Funded Postdoctoral Fellowship in Los Alamos National Laboratory in 2001 and was a research scientist and the associate director of the electron microscopy core facility in the University of Chicago from 2004 to 2006. He returned to USyd as a lecturer in June 2006 and was promoted to senior lecturer in 2009, associate professor in 2011, and full professor in January 2013.

Dr. Liao’s research interest focuses on the structures and processing–structure–property relationships of advanced structural and functional materials, including ferroelectrics, using state-of-the-art ex-situ and in-situ electron microscopy techniques. His work provides guidance for the structural design of materials with superior properties. He has published over 250 journal papers, which have been collectively cited >17,000 times with an h-index of 66. He has been a recipient of many awards including the 2014 John Sanders Medal and the 2000 Cowley-Moodie Award from Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Society, a 2011 Future Fellowship and a 2007 Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship from the Australian Research Council, and a 1999 MRS Fall Meeting Graduate Student Gold Award.