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Hu, Liangbing

Hu, Liangbing

Herbert Rabin Distinguished Professor
Director, Center for Materials Innovation
Materials Science and Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Maryland Energy Innovation Institute
Electrical and Computer Engineering
1208 Engineering Lab Building


Ph.D., UCLA, 2007

Nanomaterials and nanostructures; energy storage: battery, supercapacitors for various applications; energy conversion: solar cells, solar fuel, transparent electrode, light-trapping; printed electronics including nano-ink, roll-to-roll printing, flexible electronics (display, touch screen, energy), and wearable devices.

  • The Bing Research Group works at the intersections of three fields: Nanomaterials, energy, and flexible electronics.
  • Current projects in nanomaterials include synthesis and nanomanufacturing, and the structure, properties and applications of materials. Areas of interest include nanocellulose (1D) and 2D materials.
  • The group's work in the design of energy-related devices include investigations of sodium-ion batteries, garnet-based solid state batteries, lithium-sulfer dioxide bateries, and nanobatteries.
  • Professor Hu has also become well known for his creation of flexible electronic materials and devices, such as transparent "nanopaper," nanotube ink, energy textiles, and tiny, printed antennae.

Professor Hu teaches "Nanotechnology for Energy: Principles, Materials and Devices" at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Professor Hu is also active in mentoring and outreach activities, including serving as an advisor to a Gemstone honors program team, hosting visits from high school students in Women In Engineering's LEAD Academy summer program, a partnership with Wheaton High School to create summer internships and new science lessons, and talking to visitors of all ages about materials science at Maryland Day.

  • Wang, C.; Ping, W.; Bai, Q.; Cui, H.; Hensleigh, R.; Wang, R.; Brozena, A., Xu, Z.; Dai, J.; Pei, Y.; Zheng, C.; Pastel, G.; Gao, J.; Wang, X.; Wang, H.; Zhao, J.; Yang, B.; Luo, J.; Zheng, X.; Mo, Y.; Dunn, B.; Hu, L.* A General Method to Synthesize and Sinter Bulk Ceramics in Seconds, Science, 2020, 268 (6490), 521-526. (COVER)

  • Yao, Y.; Liu, Z.; Xie, P.; Huang, Z.; Li, T.; Morris, D.; Fincrock, Z.; Zhou, J.; Jiao, M.; Gao, J.; Miao, J.; Zhang, P.; Shahbazian-Yassar, R.; Wang, C.; Wang, G.; Hu, L.*, Computationally-Aided, Entropy-Driven Synthesis of Highly Efficient and Durable Multi-elemental Alloy Catalysts, Science Advances, 2020, 6 (11), eaaz0510.

  • Yang, C.; Ko, B., Hwang, S., Liu, Z., Yao, Y., Luc, W., Cui, M., Malkani, A., Li, T., Wang, X., Dai, J., Xu, B., Wang, G., Su, D., Jiao, F., Hu, L.*, Overcoming Immiscibility toward Bimetallic Catalyst Library, Science Advances, 2020, 6 (17), eaaz6844.  

  • Hou, D.; Li, T.; Chen, X.; He, S.; Dai, J.; Mofid, S.A.; Hou, D.; Iddya, A.; Jassby, D.; Yang, R.; Hu, L.* Hydrophobic nanostructured wood membrane for thermally efficient distillation. Science Advances, 2019, 5 (8), 3203. 

  • Li, T.; Li, S.; Kong, W.; Chen, C.; Hitz, E.; Jia, C.; Dai, J.; Zhang, X.; Briber, R.; Siwy, Z.; Reed, M.; Hu, L.*, A nanofluidic ion regulation membrane with aligned cellulose nanofibers. Science Advances, 2019, 5 (2), eaau4238.

  • Gan, W.; Chen, C.; Kim, H.; Jia, Q.; Zhi, W.; Dong, Z.; Zhou, Z.; Ping, W.; He, S.; Xiao, S.; Yu, M. *; Hu, L.* Single-Digit-Micrometer Thickness Wood Speaker, Nature Communications, 2019, 10, 5084.

  • Xie, P.; Yao, Y.; Huang, Z.; Liu, Z.; Zhang, J.; Li, T.; Wang, G.; Shahbazian-Yassar, R.; Hu, L.*; Wang, C. Highly Efficient Decomposition of Ammonia Using High-Entropy Alloy Catalysts, Nature Communications, 2019, 10, 4011.

  • Li, T.; Zhai, Y.; He, S.; Gan, W.; Wei, Z.; Heidarinejad, M.; Dalgo, D.; Mi, R.; Zhao, X.; Song, J.; Dai, J.; Chen, C.; Aili, A.; Vellore, A.; Martini, A.; Yang, R.; Srebric, J.; Yin, X.; Hu, L.* A Radiative Cooling Structural Material. Science, 2019, 364 (6442), 760.

  • Yao, Y.; Huang, Z.; Xie, P.; Wu, L.; Ma, L.; Li, T.; Pang, Z.; Jiang, M.; Liang, Z.; Gao, J.; He, Y.; Kline, D.; Zachariah, M.; Wang, C.; Lu, J.; Li, T.; Wang, C.; Shahbazian-Yassar, R.; Hu, L.* High Temperature Shockwave Stabilized Single Atoms, Nature Nanotechnology, 2019, 14 (9), 851.

  • Li, T.; Zhang, X.; Lacey, S. D.; Mi, R.; Zhao, X.; Jiang, F.; Song, J.; Liu, Z.; Chen, G.; Dai, J.; Yao, Y.; Das, S.; Yang, R.; Briber, R. M.; Hu, L.* Cellulose Ionic Conductors with High Differential Thermal Voltage for Low-Grade Heat Harvesting. Nature Materials, 2019, 18 (6), 608.

  • Yao, Y.; Huang, Z.; Xie, P.; Lacey, S.; Jacob, R.; Xie, H.; Chen, F.; Nie, A.; Pu, T.; Rehwoldt, M.; Yu, D.; Zachariah, M.; Wang, C.; Shahbazian-Yassar R.; Li, J.; Hu, L.* Carbo-Thermal Shock Synthesis of High Entropy Alloy Nanoparticles. Science, 2018, 359 (6383), 1489 (COVER).

  • Song, J.; Chen, C.; Zhu, S.; Zhu, M.; Dai, J.; Ray, U.; Li, Y.; Kuang, Y.; Li, Y.; Quyispe, N.; Yao, Y.; Gong, A.; Leiste, U.H.; Bruck, H.A.; Zhu, J.Y.; Vellore, A.; Martini, A.; Li, T.; Hu, L.* Processing Wood into Super Strong and Tough Structural Materials. Nature, 2018, 554 (7691), 224.

  • Li, T,; Pickel, A.; Yao, Y.; Chen, Y.; Zeng, Y.; Lacey, S.D.; Li, Y.; Wang, Y.; Dai, J.; Wang, Y.; Yang, B.; Fuhrer, M.S.; Marconnet, A.; Drew, D.H.; Hu, L.* High Performance Thermoelectric in 3300 K Reduced Graphene Oxide Networks with High Temperature Capability. Nature Energy, 2018, 3 (2), 148.  

  • Li, T.; Song, J.; Zhao, X.; Yang, Z.; Pastel, G.; Xu, S.; Jia, C.; Dai, J.; Chen, C.; Gong, A.; Jiang, F.; Yao, Y.; Fan, T.; Yang, B.; Wågberg, L.; Yang, R.; Hu, L.* Anisotropic, Lightweight, Strong, and Super Thermally Insulating Nanowood with Naturally Aligned Nanocellulose, Science Advances, 2018, 4 (3), 3724.

  • Han, X.; Gong, Y.; Fu, K.K.; He, X.; Hitz, G.T.; Dai, J.; Pearse, A.; Liu, B.; Wang, H.; Rubloff, G.; Mo, Y., Thangadurai, V.; Wachsman.; Hu, L.* Negating Interfacial Impedance in Garnet-Based Solid-State Li Metal Batteries, Nature Materials, 2017, 16 (5), 572.

  • Wang, C.; Fu, K.; Dai, J.; Lacey, S.; Yao, Y.; Pastel, G.; Xu, L.; Zhang, J.; Hu L.* Inverted Battery Design as Ion Generator for Interfacing with Biosystems, Nature Communications, 2017, 8, 15609. 

  • Chen, Y.; Egan, G.; Wan, J.; Zhu, S.; Zhou, W.; Dai, J.; Wang, Y.; Danner, V.; Yao, Y.; Fu, K.; Wang, Y.; Li, T.; Zachariah, M.; Hu, L.* Ultra-fast self-assembly and stabilization of reactive nanoparticles in reduced graphene oxide films, Nature Communications, 2016, 7, 12332.

  • Fu, K.; Gong, Y.; Liu, B.; Zhu, Y.; Xu, S.; Yao, Y.; Luo, W.; Wang, C.; Lacey, S.; Dai, J.; Chen, Y.; Mo, Y.; Wachsman, E.; Hu, L.* Towards Garnet Electrolyte-based Li metal batteries: An Ultrathin, Highly Effective Artificial Solid-State Electrolyte/Metallic Li Interface, Science Advances, 2016, 3 (4), e1601659. 

  • Bao, W.; Wan, J.; Han, X.; Cai, X.; Zhu, H.; Kim, D.; Ma, D.; Munday, J.; Drew, D.; Fuhrer, M.; Hu, L.* Approaching the Limits of Transparency and Conductivity in Graphitic Materials through Lithium Intercalation, Nature Communications, 2014, 5, 4224.

Selected Patents and Patent Applications

  • G. Gruner, L. Hu, D. Hecht, Graphene Film as Transparent and Electrically Conducting Material, Issued, US 7449133, 2006.
  • Y. Cui, L. Hu, H. Wu, Cu Nanofiber Transparent Electrode, Nonprovisional STFD259P1.
  • L. Hu, J. Choi, Y. Yang, Y. Cui, Conductive Paper and Textile for Electronics, Stanford, Nonprovisional S09-252.

Hafezi, Hu Named Blavatnik Finalists for Second Straight Year

For the second year in a row, two Clark School faculty members have been named Finalists of the Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists.

Two Clark School Faculty Named Finalists of Prestigious Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists

Hafezi and Hu are among 31 of the nation's rising stars who will compete for three Blavatnik National Awards.

2018 ARPA-E Summit to Showcase UMD Innovations

UMD Energy Innovation Technologies dominate

Clark School Researchers Recognized Among "World's Most Influential Scientific Minds"

Three Clark School faculty members have been named to Clarivate Analytics' 2017 Highly Cited Researchers list.

Li Named to Forbes' "30 Under 30" List

Clark School postdoc receives international recognition for her contributions to transparent wood.

Transportation Electrification REU in Full Swing at UMD

The REU program combines cutting edge, team-based research with technical and educational seminars.

UMD Engineering Gives Solar Decathlon Team a Competitive Edge

What if we told you that wood can be used to make a smart window that is more energy efficient than glass?

Liangbing Hu Wins NANOLetters Young Investigator Award

Dr. Hu was selected for this award for his contributions to the fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

UMD Researchers Find Ultra-thin Solution to Primary Obstacle in Solid-State Battery Development

Clark School researchers are developing game-changing solid-state battery technology