Xue Qikun is a materials physicist, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, a researcher at the Institute of Physics, CAS, the dean of the School of Electronic Engineering of Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications and president of the Beijing Academy of Quantum Information Sciences. He is also a professor, adoctoral supervisor and vice president of Tsinghua University, the president and deputy secretary of the CPC Committee of the Southern University of Science and Technology, a consultant to the Academician and Expert Association of Anhui province, and a winner of the Beijing Science and Technology Award.
In 2013, Xue's team realized the quantum anomalous Hall effect for the first time in the world. In 2014, Xue won the Qiushi Outstanding Scientist Award, and in 2016 he won the Material Science Award of the Future Science Awards. In 2017, he was elected as one of the most influential "science and technology innovation figures" in 2016. In 2019, he was selected into the list of "70 Chinese returnees in 70 years", and in 2020, he won the Fritz London Memorial Prize.
Xue has been engaged in the research on scanning tunneling microscopy, surface physics, spintronics, topological insulating quantum state and low dimensional superconductivity.