Zhengfu Xu

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Associate Professor, Mathematical Sciences

  • PhD, Applied Mathematics, Brown University
  • MS, Computational Mathematics, Peking University
  • BS, Computational Mathematics, Peking University


Zhengfu received his B.Sc. and M. Sc in Mathematics from the Department of Mathematics at Peking University. Then he went on to the division of applied mathematics at Brown University for his graduate studies.  He got an M.Sc (minor in computer science) and PhD of applied mathematics from Brown University. After his graduation, he worked as the S Chowla research assistant professor in the department of mathematics at Penn State University. Before he moved to the Michigan Technological University, he worked as research assistant professor in the department of mathematics at Michigan State University. He is now an Assistant Professor at the Department of Mathematics in Michigan Technological University.

His research focuses on high order numerical methods for solving partial differential equation. His interest of research also includes inverse problems, mathematical imaging, nonlinear optics. His recent work is on computational modeling of the morphology of the nano-scaled network in the polymer electrolyte membrane (also known as proton exchange membrane) fuel cell.

He is a member of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

Areas of Expertise

  • Numerical PDE, Scientific computing
  • Computational modeling of Nafion material
  • Mathematical image processing, inverse problems, nonlinear optics

Recent Work

  • Sole PI, NSF grant- DMS-1316662 “High Order Maximum Principle Preserving Finite Difference Schemes for Hyperbolic Conservation Laws,” in the amount of $226,349, 2013–2016.