Carnegie Mellon University

Data Storage Systems Center

College of Engineering

Tianxiang Du

Tianxiang Du

PhD Student, Materials Science and Engineering

  • 234 Roberts Engineering Hall
Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Tianxiang Du is a PhD student in Material Science and Engineering Department and also a member of DSSC. He got an undergraduate degree in Material Science and Engineering in Shandong University, China and a master degree in Material Science and Engineering in CMU. He has a solid background in thin film fabrication and material characterization as well as experience in COMSOL Multiphysics simulation.

For more information, please see his LinkedIn page.


Tianxiang’s research interests lie in the Near Field Transducer material design in Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording. He is currently doing research on durable plasmonic material design to increase the thermal stability of NFT. Some material characterization techniques such as XRD and TEM are used to characterize the property of plasmonic thin films. Experiment results are combined with COMSOL simulation results to better study the optical property of fabricated thin films.


Tianxiang Du, B.S.D.C.S. Varaprasad, Zhitao Guo, Andrew J. Gellman, Jian-Gang Zhu, David E. Laughlin, TEMbased study of oxidation of FeCo high moment alloy at elevated temperatures, J. Magn. Magn. Mater., 539 (2021), Article 168347,

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