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Xichun Luo


+44 (0)131 451 3197

Heriot-Watt University
Roles and responsibilities


  • Mechanical Engineering Sciences
  • Design and Manufacturing
  • Manufacturing System Management

Areas of expertise

  • Ultra precision machining technology
  • Precision machine tool design and precision motion control
  • Ultra precision machining process modelling and analysis
  • CAD/CAM and CNC
  • Precision surface metrology
Selected publications
  • I.Durazno-Cardenas, P. Shore, X. Luo, T. Macklin, S. Imply, A. Cox, 3D Characterisation of tool wear while diamond turning silicon, Wear, Vol. 262, 2007, pp. 340-349
  • X. Luo, K. Cheng, R. Ward and X. Liu, Modelling flank wear of carbide tool inset in metal cutting, Wear, Vol. 259, 2005, pp.1235-1240
  • X. Luo, K Cheng and R. Ward, The effects of machining process variables and tooling characterisation on the surface generation: modelling, simulation and application promise, International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Vol. 25, 2005, pp.1089-1097
  • X. Luo, K. Cheng, D. Webb and F. Wardle, Design of ultraprecision machine tools with applications to manufacture of miniature and micro components, Journal of Materials Processing Technology, Vol.167, No.2-3, 2005, pp.515-528.

Xichun Luo has substantial experience in ultra precision technologies and also has research interest in nanotechnology and micro-robotics. He began his professional career in nanomanufacturing in 1998 at Harbin Institute of Technology in China, where he obtained his first PhD and two national awards because of his success in molecular dynamics simulation study. During his second PhD study at Leeds Metropolitan University, he has extensive involvement in EPSRC, DTI and some industrial projects. His research activities include modeling and simulation of precision machining processes, conceptual design of five-axis bench type ultra precision milling/grinding centre and precision machined surfaces metrology. In 2004 he joined Cranfield University after completing his second PhD. He was engaged on an EPSRC project, which seeks to develop a first-class ultra precision large freeform grinding machine tool for processing nanometrically smooth and precise complex shape surfaces for ground based Extremely Large Telescope (ELT). He was centrally involved in an IMRC project on ultra precision machining of complex form silicon optics and played a key role in an IMRC project on freeform machining next generation IR optics. At Cranfield he was also involved in ultra precision diamond turning of mid-IR spectrometers for James Web Space Telescope, which will be lunched in 2013 to replace Hubble Space Telescope. In 2007, he joined as a lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering within School of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Heriot-Watt University.

Further information


  • 2004 PhD, Precision Engineering, Leeds Metropolitan University
  • 2002 PhD, Nanotechnology, Harbin Institute of Technology
  • 1998 MSc, Mechanical Engineering, Northeast Forestry University